A young black female Republican speaks out

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The following article originally appeared on The Root, and was written by Chelsi P. Henry. Henry is a RNC Rising Star and an environmental policy adviser. She was also the youngest elected woman in Jacksonville, Fla.’s history. 

By: Chelsi P. Henry

I’m often asked, “When did you become a Republican?” And my answer is the same every time: “I’ve always been one!”

My mother gave birth to me when she was 16 years old, and we received government assistance during the first few years of my life. When I was growing up, she taught me the importance of making a budget and living by it. In our home I learned the importance of having a plan and delaying gratification for the things I wanted or thought I deserved. It meant generic brands instead of name brands and buying what I needed, rather than what I may have wanted. It meant living more conservatively.

Retired judge who sent racist email about Obama passed along hundreds of others

It turns out that a former chief judge who retired after a racist email comparing President Obama’s conception to sex with a dog was sent from his account passed along a number of racist emails.

Richard Cebull admitted to sending the email, which contained a picture with the caption, “A Little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?”

“His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!'”

For the first time ever, Republican National Committee commemorates Kwanzaa

 

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Yesterday marked the first day of Kwanzaa, an annual 7-day celebration honoring African and American American heritage and culture, and the Republican National Committee wants you to know that they support the holiday.

In the committee’s first-ever commemoration of the holiday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus wrote that he wants “to extend my best wishes to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa.”

Poll: Majority of America wants to raise minimum wage

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The U.S. government hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2009. Those earning the minimum make $7.25 hr., an income bracket that is sure to keep them in poverty.

But according to a new Gallup poll, 58% of self-identified republicans would vote to raise the minimum wage to $9 hr.

From Gallup Politics:

“…more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they would vote for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour (it is currently $7.25) in a hypothetical national referendum, a five-percentaged-point increase since March. About one-fifth (22%) would vote against this.”

Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison early

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Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived at a North Carolina correctional facility to begin serving his 30 month sentence on Tuesday.

The former congressman pleaded guilty to stealing $750,000 in campaign funds, and using them for personal use. He was ordered to pay the money back in restitution in addition to his sentence.

From Chicago Tribune:

A day earlier, Jackson had tried to report to the prison near Durham, N.C. but was turned away, according to Chris McConnell, executive assistant at Butner. McConnell declined to specify why Jackson was not allowed to surrender Monday, but the ex-congressman’s appearance Monday came four days earlier than was ordered, court documents show. Burke said did not know what transpired to let Jackson enter custody today.

GOP leaders meet to impeach President Obama

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is at the head of a group of GOP leaders meeting to impeach President Obama.

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the national healthcare law are some of the issues Dewhurst is bringing to the forefront of the impeachment talks.

From USA Today:

Dewhurst’s comments were made during a recent Tarrant County Tea Party forum and were first reported on Twitter by a reporter for the Texas Observer.

Radio interview: Who is really affected by the government shutdown?

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Last week, BYP Web Coordinator Shantell Jamison appeared on Chicago Public Media’s Vocalo 90.7FM to talk about the affects of the government shutdown. There are a lot of media outlets that continue to show us exactly why we should care about the government shutdown, but many aren’t doing the best job. If you’re not a government employee, or a lover of the Washington Monument, then it’s understandable how you can acknowledge the fact that the shutdown is happening, but not educate yourself past the fact that 800,000 employees are on furlough.