Democratic debate at Tyler Perrys could miss the mark with black voters

The Democratic debate next week is making history by holding it in Tyler Perry's production studio in Atlanta. This is the first time an African American forum is being used to host a presidential debate. 

I love Tyler Perry. For many years, I’ve attended his plays and watched his movies. If you've ever seen one of his plays on stage or watched his films in the theater, you sense his appeal to many in the African American community. 

The community I'm talking about are every day hardworking folks. The fact that the debate is being held at his studio is something every day black folks are talking about. We're proud. This is a big step in recognizing race issues as it pertains to politics.

But it's not enough. It's not enough for several reasons.

First, I love the moderators are all female, but there's only one black woman on the panel. We need to be represented more equally. 

Second, the location doesn't necessarily mean that the questions or answers are going to speak to us. In the last debate, for instance, the moderators asked the candidates who they were friends with who did not share their views. The answers ranged from Former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to others preferring no response. This has no bearing on my community.

So, what do every day black people want to hear about from our Democratic candidates? We want to make sure our jobs are secure and pay good wages. We want to make sure we can send our kids to college. We want to make sure we have affordable, accessible and quality healthcare for our families. We want affordable housing. We want to make sure we don’t bury our sons and daughters due to police shootings. 

The quality of healthcare and its accessibility and affordability is a concern among African Americans. Black mothers are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from childbirth or complications shortly thereafter than white mothers. Black babies are twice as likely to die as infants than white babies. The World Health Organization (WHO) states the odds of black women surviving childbirth compares to countries with significant poverty.

And the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CRED) recommends that the U.S. a

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Williams testified in the impeachment probe that Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president was “unusual and inappropriate.”

President Donald Trump lashed out on Sunday against Jennifer Williams, a foreign policy aide to Vice President Mike Pence who has become the latest impeachment inquiry witness to be targeted by the president’s ire.

“Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement (sic) from Ukraine,” he tweeted. “Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers, who I don’t know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!”

Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump

Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement from Ukraine. Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers, who I don’t know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!

2:57 PM - Nov 17, 2019

Offering a non-defensive response to Trump’s tweet, Pence’s spokesperson told CNN, “Jennifer is a State Department employee.”On Saturday, House lawmakers released a transcript of Williams’ testimony on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the heart of impeachment proceedings. A rough transcript of the call shows Trump sought Zelensky’s help with a corruption probe of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, based on unsubstantiated allegations.

Earlier this month, Williams told Intelligence Committee members that the conversation on which she listened in, “struck me as unusual and inappropriate.”

She described the discussion as “more political in nature” th

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Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards reelected in blow to Trump

John Bel Edwards

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is projected to narrowly win a second term as Louisiana governor, beating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone by 1.4 percentage points and delivering another blow in off-cycle elections to President Donald Trump.

Edwards was up by over 19,000 votes with 96% of precincts reporting Saturday night, according to the Associated Press.

Edwards’ victory in a state that Trump carried in 2016 by nearly 20 percentage points highlights the limitations of nationalizing local races. Rispone, a wealthy businessman and long-time Republican donor, tied himself to Trump. He often railed against illegal immigrants on the campaign trail and portrayed Edwards as a "liberal, socialist-leaning governor."

But Edwards, a conservative Democrat, managed to remain fairly popular by frequently breaking with national Democrats. He signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country, favored gun rights, and touted his willingness to work with Republicans, including Trump.

 President Donald J. Trump Edwards also earned a level of goodwill in his first term for his focus on local issues, such as ending the budget crisis created by his predecessor and expanding Medicaid.

Louisiana is the second reliably red state that voted for Trump to elect a Democrat as governor in the past month. Kentucky elected Attorney General Andy Beshear over GOP incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin, despite Trump’s campaign efforts in the state.

Edwards was a top target for the GOP as the Republican National Committee spent $2 million to defeat him and Trump visited the state three times in five weeks to support Rispone.

Before the polls closed Saturday, Trump tweeted multiple times encouraging voters to support Rispone.

Louisiana, 3 hours left, get

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Chris Wallace If You’re ‘Not Moved’ By Yovanovitch ‘You Don’t Have A Pulse’

The Fox News anchor noted her extensive résumé and long bipartisan service as a U.S. diplomat.

x News’ Chris Wallace told viewers on Friday that if they “were not moved by the testimony of” former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, they “don’t have a pulse.”

The anchor’s remarks came as Yovanovitch, the latest witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to detail her May ouster from her envoy post.Yovanovitch testified that Trump allies led by one of the president’s personal lawyers, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani waged a “smear campaign” against her, feeding unsubstantiated allegations to right-wing media to malign her.

Wallace ― whose own network took part in amplifying attacks on Yovanovitch ― called attention to her more than three decades of diplomatic service, including posts in Somalia and Uzbekistan and her “story of being a leading fighter against corruption in Ukraine.”

Kyle Griffin ✔@kylegriffin1

Fox News' Chris Wallace: "If you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don't have a pulse. This is a woman who had served in seven posts for presidents of both parties over more than 30 years."

12:40 PM - Nov 15, 2019

Giuliani has accused Yovanovitch of handing Ukrainian officials a “do not prosecute” list to protect Americans, though she has denied the unproven allegation. In her testimony, she said that her efforts to root out corruption had intimidated Ukrainians, and for that reason they wanted her dismissed.

Wallace’s emphasis on Yovanovitch’s career is a significant break from the overall Fox News focus on the efforts by Republican lawmakers to downplay and discount the seemingly damning revelations about Trump’s conduct provided by witnesses in

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