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Richard Sherman won’t shut up. The star cornerback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks has become one of the NFL most recognizable and talked about athletes, an especially remarkable feat given the anonymity of wearing a helmet each week for work and the lack of attention Sherman’s team receives. Although he does have an endorsement or two, Sherman has kept his name in water cooler circulation with his tweets, press conferences, and blog posts that appear regularly on Peter King’s MMQB.

Most recently, Sherman penned a post about former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson. Jackson was released by the team and has subsequently found a home with Washington’s professional team. It’s the offseason, and football players are cut and signed by teams everyday. However, what was notable about Jackson’s release was the news that accompanied it. Jackson is  a dynamic, game-changing, and popular player. Yet the Eagles justified cutting Jackson by calling into question his work ethic and expressing concerns about his negative impact on the locker room and young players. Given the climate of the NFL  (e.g. Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin), teams are particularly sensitive to these kinds of intangibles and how they effect the energy of the team. That wasn’t all, though. Jackson’s release was also accompanied by reports that his affiliation with alleged gang members and people who had been to jail. In other words, Jackson had maintained a close relationship from the guys he grew up with, who played a significant role in his life after his father passed away.

CPS Report: privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates

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According to a report released by the Chicago Public Schools, privately run charter schools expel students at higher rates than other institutions of learning in the district.

The data revealed that during the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, compared to 182 kids expelled out of district-run schools. Charter schools have a total enrollment of about 50,000, compared to the district’s 353,000 plus.

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.