06 26 2016
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Kilpatrick era comes to an end as Congresswoman loses election

They called it "Team Kilpatrick," a small army of family and friends dedicated to keeping a Detroit congresswoman and her brash, rising star son in office.
As election cycles rolled around, team members donned their trademark green and yellow jackets and poured into Detroit's neighborhoods to knock on doors, pass out literature and get people to the polls.
Until now, it always worked. But the formidable machine that helped keep Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in Congress and put her son, Kwame, in the Detroit mayor's office may have finally ground to a halt with Ms. Kilpatrick's defeat this week in her bid for an eighth term in the Democratic primary.


Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lose power

These were supposed to be heady days for African-Americans in Congress, with President Barack Obama occupying the White House and a half-dozen blacks holding powerful committee chairmanships and leadership jobs.
But the past two weeks have brought nothing but trouble for members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Two of Congress' most senior African-Americans, Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California, are fighting to save their reputations and quite possibly their jobs over ethics allegations.


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