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Professions: Before They Were Elected to Congress

The Hill new members guide

Wondering what professions newly elected members of the 114th Congress had prior to being elected? Answers to this question, will shed light on the experience that they likely bring to an incredibly difficult job. Farmers, dentists, attorneys, consultants and more will walk the halls of the Capitol Building very soon. What about those newly elected […]

Senate Leadership in the 114th U.S. Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress in Washington

In a GOP majority, whose likely running the Senate? From Mitch McConnell to Thad Cochran the Senate will be under new leadership starting in January. Here are a few Senators whose names have been mentioned in a recent Politico article likely to assume Chairmanships… Appropriations: Thad Cochran Fresh from his narrow win in Mississippi over […]

Freshman Class of the 114th United States Congress

Capitol Hill

Did the Congressional leadership in your state change as a result of the midterm elections? For many Americans, the answer is yes. The 114th United States Congress will begin on January 3, 2015. As of November 5, 2014 there were 11 new senators (10R, 1D) and 50 new representatives (34R, 16D). For a complete list, […]

The Permanence Project

Beta Testing Permanence Project

Interested in beta testing a new online public policy engagement tool? This week, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced the enrollment launch of a new virtual community, named the Permanence Project. The project is designed to engage the public around policy issues impacting black communities. As part of the enrollment launch, the CBCF is […]

The Continuing Resolutions (CR) …Continue

Capitol Hill

Are you surprised that Congress utilized another CR to fund the federal government? If so, you really shouldn’t be. The national government’s budget calendar runs from October 1st through September 30th. Every year, Congress must pass and the President must sign 13 separate appropriations bills by October 1st to fund all of the national government’s […]

Women in Leadership Series: Norma Torres

Norma Torres

Could a woman whose parents sent her from Guatemala “on vacation”, become a U.S. Congresswoman? It is quite possible with Norma Torres. Earlier this year, the current California State Senator announced her intention to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod. As detailed in a recent Huffington Post article… “More […]

Election Day Long Lines: Resource Allocation

Long Lines at the Polls

Is there a correlation between election day lines and resource allocations? Yes – and minority voters are suffering as a result (or quite possibly by design). Research recently published by NYU Law’s Brennan Center for Justice focused on an issue that received much media attention on election day 2012 – incredibly long lines at the […]

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Trayvon Martin & Countless Others: Where Do We Go From Here?

Hands Up Dont Shoot

First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother, father and family of Michael Brown. There are no words of comfort that can ease the loss of your beloved child. Though we did not know Michael, we are grateful for his life, and certainly his death is not in vain. Our hearts […]

Seeking Nominations: UN GEM-TECH Award

UN Gem-Tech Awards

Is someone or an organization in your community worthy of the GEM-TECH Award? Women’s digital empowerment and their full participation in the information society is a key objective of UN Women and ITU. ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). Through the GEM-Tech Award, both UN bodies […]

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Investing in the Next Generation

US Africa Summit

Have an interest in emerging markets? You are not alone. In fact, countries across the African continent are in the process of reaping the benefits of emerging market investors. Governments around the globe have also raced to strengthen partnerships. Toward this end, over the next few days, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the […]

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