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NORTHWEST NEWS

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping

US Appeals Court Upholds Trump Rules Involving Abortions

The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Washington, Oregon and California

NEWS BRIEFS

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

Multnomah County is partnering with National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) to promote #TRUSTEDINFO2020 ...

New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

The expansion of the Muslim ban targets more Black immigrants ...

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

After passing the House, the bill will head to the president’s desk to be signed into law ...

Laugh Yourself Clean Recovery Comedy Show to be Held March 20 in Portland

Featuring Pacific Northwest comedians, the show will be held at the Clinton Street Theater ...

Suburban Seattle high school closed over new virus concerns

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle high school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China - an action health officials say is unnecessary.Bothell High school, bout 20...

Man arrested by ICE near his kids’ school bus stop

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A father who had just put his children on a school bus was arrested last week by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents near Portland, officials said.On Feb. 19, the man, identified by ICE as Tomas Galvan-Rodriguez, dropped his children off at a school bus stop,...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday.The moves included Alfonso Marquez being elevated to the second Hispanic crew chief in MLB history.Crew...

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of Fotis Dulos, who died after a suicide attempt last month while accused of killing his estranged wife.Dulos' lawyer, Norman Pattis, had appealed the order, saying it...

Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big

NEW YORK (AP) — The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its somber Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square Garden, performing the play for 18,000 school kids in an electric one-time-only performance that one actor called “primal.”It marks the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film Review: 'Invisible Man' is a cunning if empty remake

Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells’ classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned “The Invisible Man” as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow. Our image of Wells’ villain —...

Soundtrack City: How Nashville is awash in film, game scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville is already known as Music City, but a new wave of music being recorded there for video games, TV shows and movies could earn it a new title as Soundtrack City. The city has a reputation for high quality studio musicians that can play just about any genre,...

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died. She was 91.Bell died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

UK court blocks Heathrow expansion over climate concerns

LONDON (AP) — Heathrow Airport's plans to increase capacity of Europe's biggest travel hub by over 50% were...

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government...

Activists say Syrian opposition fighters retake key town

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government...

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for...

Activists say Syrian opposition fighters retake key town

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government...

3,000-strong African force planned against Sahel extremism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West...

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Shannon Travis CNN Political Reporter

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As the Republican Party struggles with ways to attract more African-Americans to its party, one of their own former, African-American presidential candidates could throw a wrench in their plan.

Herman Cain insisted Monday he does not want to be called Republican for fear of being saddled with the "dumb things" Republicans have said in the past. Cain also said the black conservative movement is "different from the Republican brand."

To be sure, Cain is not straying from his conservative stances. Instead, he hopes to entice even more African-Americans to join the black conservative movement.

Yet Cain insisted that'll happen by black conservatives pushing a collaborative message -- and by separating black conservatism from the GOP.

The recruitment effort will work "by separating the two brands," Cain said. "The ABC or the [black] conservative movement is different from the Republican brand. So I'm not here to defend the Republican brand."

Cain's comments came after a small coming together of about a dozen other black conservatives in Washington over Sunday night and Monday morning. The group, Cain said, labeled itself, ABC or, "American Black Conservatives." Their goal: plot ways to convince more African-Americans to join the conservative movement.

Cain explained the inspiration behind the "American Black Conservatives" moniker.

"I put that on the table because I use that on my radio show," Cain said. "When people call me, they want to call me, 'You Republicans.' Stop right there. Don't label me. Or they want to call me other ugly names. I say, I'll label myself."

"We do not want to be labeled Democrats. We do not want to be labeled Republicans. This is about conservative values. That we all share."

When a reporter reminded Cain he actually ran as a Republican in last year's presidential race, Cain bristled.

"I did," he insisted. "This is my point. You can be conservative, and run as a Republican...you might be able to be a conservative and run on some Democratic ticket in some races."

Cain stressed he will likely continue to vote Republican, as he has in the past. Yet he emphatically stressed his point about the party label.

"Don't call me a Republican," Cain said. "Here's why I'm making the distinction. If I allow somebody to label me a Republican, then they're going to drag up all of the negative perceptions of other Republicans -- of dumb things they've said."

"I'm not here to defend the entire Republican Party," Cain added. "I can't do that. But I can defend my beliefs."

Cain added: "This is what's wrong with the narrative that shows up in the press. People want to try and make conservative and Republican the same thing. They are not. They are not."

CNN reached out to the Republican National Committee but did not receive a response.

Cain said he and his group's members are overwhelmingly concerned with the plight of the nation's economy. Yet they are particularly worried about African-Americans.

"I, along with my guests, are disturbed about the state of the black community in America," Cain said. "Even more so, than the state of the country in general. When you look at welfare, when you look at unemployment, when you look at food stamps, when you look at graduation rates. And so, all my guests would be able to bring a black perspective to how we need to one: begin to address these issues -- and two, they will bring a perspective in terms of how do we shape the narrative to make it a part of -- what the RNC is going to be talking about, what some of the other think tanks are going to be talking about."

 

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