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So do we have a gun violence problem or not?

It took Donald Trump’s “gloom and doom” acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week to make President Obama realize that violence in the United States isn’t really as bad as he has been telling us.

For years, the...

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An important week for Puerto Rico In Philadelphia

The issue of the United States Territory of Puerto Rico will be upfront at the 2016 Democratic Party National Convention in Philadelphia. Finally, after decades of negligence by the two major political parties in the mainland, Puerto Rico will be...

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Trump phenomenon has opened a sealed door against bigotry

America was founded by those who ran from Europe. They escaped religious, political, and social persecution. America was also founded by those who had to leave all behind in order to pursue dreams of better economic opportunities. Those pioneers...

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Gingrich’s dangerous rhetoric on Muslims

Hours after the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared, “Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they...

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Grassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions

These are interesting times. Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in the GOP convention. Sen. Bernie Sanders did endorse Hillary Clinton but his supporters tanked Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protested speakers at the Democratic...

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Fixing the disastrous nomination process

“California came here to nominate a President of the United States. She did not come here to deadlock this convention or to engage in another disastrous contest like that of 1924.” William McAdoo, swinging the Democratic Convention in 1932 to...

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A winning message for the Democratic Party

As my party holds our national convention this week in Philadelphia, party leaders face the challenge of uniting the party under one tent—a must if the Party of the People hopes to galvanize President Obama’s successes in office with a win in...

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Hillary Clinton needs to start embracing progressives

When Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination for president, attention within the party shifted to how she would appeal to the disheartened progressives that had pushed Bernie Sanders to the surprising success that he enjoyed during the...

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Have Republicans hit rock bottom on voting rights yet?

It’s been a challenging few years for voting rights advocates.  The confluence of bad Supreme Court decisions, politicians attempting to discourage some voters by changing the rules of elections, and congressional obstruction have brought on...

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