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Black women’s groups exercising new political power going into 2020 presidential campaign

WASHINGTON – After historic midterms, when they helped Democrats recapture the House of Representatives, women of color are moving fast to leverage their newfound political clout for the 2020 presidential election. They’re hosting a presidential forum – in a bold move to get national candidates to recognize their influence – while ramping up get-out-the-vote efforts and preparing more women to run for Congress. “There’s…

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Kamala Harris’ hidden army

Thanks to her HBCU connections, the California senator is well positioned in the key early state of South Carolina. Read more at Politico.com

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Kari Steele Elected as New President at MWRD

Second-term Commissioner Kari Steele was elected earlier this month as the new president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, replacing outgoing President Mariyana Spyropoulos, who had served in the role for the past four years. Spyropoulos nominated Steele for the position, and MWRD’s board voted unanimously in Steele’s favor. Steele will now…

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In TED Talk, Stacey Abrams asks three important questions that everyone needs to hear

Democrats had many incredible wins during the 2018 election cycle. There were also a few devastating losses—one of which was the very high-profile gubernatorial race in Georgia in which Republican Brian Kemp managed to cheat and steal votes away from Democrat Stacey Abrams in order to become the winner. For her part, Abrams never conceded the race. She ended her bid for…

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Female black journalists and politicians get sent an abusive tweet every 30 seconds

Twitter can be a toxic place. In recent years, trolling and harassment on the site have made it an extremely unpleasant and upsetting experience for many people, particularly women and minorities. But automatically identifying and stopping such abuse is difficult to do accurately and reliably. This is because, for all the recent progress in AI, machines generally still…

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‘Congress wasn’t built for members like me’

It didn’t take long for Katie Porter to collide with the reality of serving in Congress as a single mother of three. First the newly-elected Democrat from California had to scramble to line up babysitting so she could make it cross-country for freshman orientation. Then, within hours of arriving in D.C., two sessions were scheduled…

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Lack of minority staffers threatens to hobble 2020 Democrats

Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in the early stages of assembling campaign staffs are running into an uncomfortable truth: Among the already small pool of capable operatives, there’s an even smaller pool of nonwhite campaign managers and senior advisers. Read more at Politico

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