Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress – USA Today

Response: Just don’t understand why these guys think they are untouchable. Don’t feel sorry for his ignant a… Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on Wednesday for health reasons, but acknowledged an ongoing federal investigation and vowed to "accept responsibility for my mistakes." Jackson’s decision ends a once-promising political career for the Illinois Democrat,…Read more Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress – USA Today

Candidate backed by Bloomberg wins Democratic primary in Chicago

(CNN) – Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly, who was boosted by support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, won a primary election in Chicago Tuesday, putting her closer to filling the vacant seat previously held by disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Her chief rival, Democratic State lawmaker Debbie Halvorson, conceded the race shortly…Read more Candidate backed by Bloomberg wins Democratic primary in Chicago

The Family Business – William Reed Columnist

In American politics, many object to power flowing through blood rather than through the ballot. A “dynasty” is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Among Blacks, some prominent families regard politics as business operations. Blacks elected immediately after the civil rights era, gained office as mayors or to the House of…Read more The Family Business – William Reed Columnist

THE YEAR IN REVIEW by William Reed Columnist

Again this year, African Americans placed higher priorities on participation in politics than the pursuit of capitalistic and business development initiatives to improve their economic conditions. Their primary motivation is to use “the vote” to get what they want and need. In 2012 Blacks continued to display dysfunctional political behavior. Instead of seeking and supporting…Read more THE YEAR IN REVIEW by William Reed Columnist

THE BLACK CAUCUS IN THE 112TH CONGRESS by William Reed Columnist

As they assembled at the US Capitol for the 112th Congressional session a record number 44 African Americans were sworn in as Members of the House of Representatives.   The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) gained national recognition when its Members met with President Richard Nixon in March of 1971 and presented him a list of 60…Read more THE BLACK CAUCUS IN THE 112TH CONGRESS by William Reed Columnist