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Mike Espy’s Battle for Senate Plagued with Racism

Mike Espy’s Battle for Senate Plagued with Racism

Mississippi’s Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy are competing in a November 27th runoff, with the winner getting the final two years of the term. Despite Hyde-Smith appearing on a video making comments praising a cattle rancher by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Democrats still face tough odds of pulling off an upset in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1982. On Sunday, Hyde-Smith -- who characterizes herself as a Trump ally -- characterized her comments as "an exaggerated expression of regard," and dismissed "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation" as "ridiculous." At a press conference on Monday, she responded to questions -- among many others, "Are you familiar with Mississippi's history of lynchings?" -- by repeating, over and over, "I put out a statement yesterday, and I stand by the statement." When reporters pressed Republican Governor Phil Bryant, he conceded that "all of us in public life have said things on occasion that we could have phrased better," and otherwise defended her. National Republicans are now investing in the race, while also looking to bring in Donald Trump -- no stranger to his own racist rhetoric -- as they look to lock down one of the two the last remaining Senate races in the country along with the still-too-close-to-call Florida contest. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will be up on the air starting today, while Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC will run their first TV ads on Friday. African Americans, make up 38% of the state’s population -- a voting bloc that could help Espy overcome the uphill battle. More here

Black Caucus Issues Vote of ‘No Confidence’ in DNC Chair Tom Pérez

Black Caucus Issues Vote of ‘No Confidence’ in DNC Chair Tom Pérez

Ben Ray Luján Aims to Protect Indian Country’s Right to Vote 

Ben Ray Luján Aims to Protect Indian Country’s Right to Vote