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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catch U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond talking about race after tonight's State of the Union

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:52 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

The State of the Union address — the usually-annual policy speech the president delivers to Congress — returns tonight from its inauguration-year hiatus.

After the rhetoric (and clapping. endless clapping) winds down, a palate cleanser is available: you can catch Louisiana's very own U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond in a discussion about race and President Donald Trump with habitual New Orleans New Year's partier Don Lemon. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) chair joins fellow members including U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, James E. Clyburn and Robin Kelly in a discussion that airs on CNN at 9:30 p.m. Central.

There is perhaps a higher degree of excitement than usual about this year's State of the Union because it's Trump's first; in the past his tendency to wander off-script has startled aides and many wonder if he'll stick to prepared remarks this evening.

There also are several rather sedate protests and demonstrations planned by lawmakers, including black garb on some women Democrats meant to call attention to sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement and red pins worn by CBC members to commemorate Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by white men whose attackers never stood trial. Taylor's granddaughter also will attend the address.

All the big networks usually stream the speech, along with the cable news channels and their websites — catch it almost anywhere online at 8 p.m.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

WATCH: Cedric Richmond introduces resolution to censure Trump over 'shithole' characterization

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 4:42 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, head of the Congressional Black Caucus, today introduced a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over Trump's widely reported remarks calling Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African countries as "shithole nations."

According to POLITICO, Richmond took special exception to House Majority Leader Paul Ryan's statement that the wording was "unfortunate":
“It’s unfortunate when I miss my bus. Or it’s unfortunate when the airlines lose my luggage,” he said. “But when the president of the United States decides to call Africa, Haiti and El Salvador the words he used, that’s not unfortunate. That is wrong. That is disgusting. That is hurtful. There are a number of words for it, but unfortunate’s not one of them.”
Ryan and House Republicans can block a vote on the resolution.


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cedric Richmond: Trump's 'shithole' remark 'proof that his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 6:45 PM

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

After multiple news outlets reported President Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "shithole countries" in a meeting about immigration reform — and the White House did not deny it — Democratic and some Republican lawmakers were quick to condemn the statement.

But it was Louisiana's sole Democratic Congressional representative, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, who produced one of the strongest replies to Trump, in his role as the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying "his Make America Great Again agenda is really a Make America White Again agenda":

Richmond later issued a complete statement:

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

12 Clancy DuBos 'Politics' columns of 2017

Posted By on Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 12:00 PM

In our annual Year in Review issue, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos always composes his Top 10 political stories of the year. Here are 12 of his "Politics" columns from 2017.

• Counting coup, for now: DA Leon Cannizzaro and Mayor Mitch Landrieu exchange barbs over funding and crime

• All-out war in Jefferson Parish: Mike Yenni and Chris Roberts have accused each other of being unfit for office

• The target is truth itself: A National World War II exhibit on Nazi propaganda resonates today

• Our monumental challenge: Coming to grips with the past as the city takes down its monuments to the Confederacy

• Disarm all abusers: House Bill 223 prevents domestic abusers from possessing guns

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