The Skanner News Endorsements 2012 for Mayor, City Council, Congress, State and Ballot Measures
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The Skanner News Editorial Board
We endorse Charlie Hales for Mayor and Amanda Fritz for City Council. Also these are our endorsements for the ballot initiatives on the Nov. 6 ballot. Read the complete article
The Skanner News Endorses Charlie Hales for Mayor, Amanda Fritz for City Council
The Skanner News Editorial Board
We can’t remember the last time the race for mayor of Portland was so rocky. While both Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales – and their primary race challenger Eileen Brady – are all obviously bright and committed to public service, somehow the entire mayoral campaign has been marked by scandals, untruths and negativity Read the complete article
Student Loan Problems Mirror Those of Mortgages
Today one in four American households are headed by someone under the age of 35 with student loan debt
Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist
After years of mortgage borrowers complaining about servicing – or the lack thereof – it appears that problems student loan borrowers face are remarkably similar. Read the complete article
What ‘Choo Talking ‘Bout Romney?
Why should anybody trust him when he can’t say whether he will cut the mortgage deduction, the charitable contributions deduction, or college credits?
Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist
Halfway through the second presidential debate, I remembered the show where Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges played Arnold and Willis Jackson. Little Arnold was always asking, “What you talking ’bout Willis?” Read the complete article
The Skanner News Ballot Measure Endorsements
Whether you agree or disagree, be sure to get out and vote
These are our endorsements for the ballot initiatives on the Nov. 6 ballot. Check back next week for our candidate endorsements. Whether you agree or disagree, you should be sure to get out and vote. Read the complete article
Steps to Counter Voter Suppression
On Election Day there are a variety of challenges for which we must prepare. Among other things we have to make sure that the voting machines correctly tabulate the vote
Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist
Hopefully by now you have heard a thing or two about efforts on the part of the Republicans to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, the elderly, union members and many veterans. The plot is fairly simple: make it especially difficult to vote by setting up all sort of systems of identification in the name of avoiding alleged voter fraud. Read the complete article
Black Politics: Presidential Candidates Turn Down Debate Hosted by Media of Color
What will it finally take for Black people to accept the fact that we have no real political clout?
James Clingman NNPA Columnist
What will it finally take for Black people to accept the fact that we have no real political clout? A little influence, yes, but no power. If our voting bloc were as strong as we like to think, the Republicans would not ignore us and the Democrats would not take us for granted. Read the complete article
With Zero Percent of the Black Vote -- What if Romney Wins?
Bush had more Blacks in his administration than Obama or Bill Clinton. How’s that for a White supposed racist Republican?
Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist
With the presidential election right around the corner and most of the pundits saying the race is Obama’s to lose, I have begun to ponder the possibility that Romney might win and the impact that would have on the Black community. Read the complete article
The Ku Klux Klan, Slavery and Terror: University of Texas’ History of Racism
"UT is the progeny of a state that seceded from the Union in 1861 with the explicit goal of preserving ‘negro slavery’ for ‘all future time’”
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
Even after rejoining the Union and despite passage of the Reconstruction Amendments, Texas sought to implement its goal of excluding blacks from public life and political personhood. In the early decades of the twentieth century, the Court repeatedly struck down Texas statutes designed to deny blacks full citizenship Read the complete article
My View: School Districts Need to Stop Losing 'Irreplaceable' Teachers
When top-performing teachers leave their schools, as few as one in 11 possible replacements will be of similar quality
Robert Jeffers Special to CNN
It takes a lot to make a successful teacher: Hard work, a generous support network and faith from colleagues and administrators all play a role. I've been lucky to have those things, and have seen some professional success --- success that's evident in my student growth data, their college acceptances and the outstanding hands-on projects they've completed. Read the complete article