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Video: Liberty U President Jerry Falwell Goes on “Fox & Friends”...

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We'd expect no better from a right-wing extremist nutjob like Jerry Falwell, Jr. - pals with the "pool boy" - than to go on...

Tom Perriello: “Presence of Evil” Clearer with Jerry Falwell, Jr. than...

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I'm not sure about Jerry Falwell, Jr. being *more* evil than "warlords and war criminals," but I absolutely agree with Tom Perriello that Falwell...

Jerry Falwell Jr. and Dave Brat: A Match Made in…NOT Heaven,...

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Is the following (see press release, below) the least surprising news ever? I mean, could there possibly be a more perfect fit than far-right...

FROM FLORIDA WITH DON: Scott Taylor Heading to Florida to Campaign...

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From the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA): FROM FLORIDA WITH DON: Scott Taylor is heading to Florida to campaign with Donald Trump, Jr.   While Scott...

MLK Jr. Day News: “Trump Is a Racist. Period.”; “Black Churches...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, MLK Jr. Day, January 22. Blow: Trump Is a...

Video: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Speaks at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church...

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Check out video of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s sermon to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville this morning. Per Daily Progress Michael Bragg,...

Tom Perriello Has Three Questions for Jerry Falwell, Jr.

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Tom Perriello, kicking butt as usual, has three questions for Liberty "University" President and all-around extremist nutjob Jerry Falwell, Jr. I can't wait for...

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto

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How much stranger can the race for the seat of retiring Roanoke Del. Onzlee Ware get? First, the establishment candidate, David Trinkle, loses to Sam Rasoul, who cobbled together a diverse coalition of various groups who have felt left out of city politics. Then today, the news breaks that there will be a third candidate in the race, Kimble Reynolds, Jr., a lawyer who filed petitions to run as an independent and has been certified by the Roanoke City registrar. Reynolds is a lawyer with the Martinsville law firm of Kimble Reynolds and Associates, but he and his wife only recently bought a house in Roanoke. Until a year ago, Reynolds served on the Martinsville City Council.

Evidently, Reynolds' petitions for candidacy were circulated on Sunday and notarized also on Sunday, the day after the firehouse primary that chose Sam Rasoul as the Democratic candidate. Reynolds has always been a Democrat in the past, but this time he is facing a duly chosen Democratic nominee as an independent. He ran against Robert Hurt for House of Delegates in 2003 and lost decisively. He also served as a aide to Tom Perriello when Perriello was in Congress.  

All of this happens as the Democrats in the city have rallied behind Sam Rasoul, including the man who lost to him by 44 votes, David Trinkle. Trinkle hosted a unity rally at one of the restaurants he owns in Roanoke. Onzlee Ware, State Sen. John Edwards, the other candidates for the nomination all joined to support the nominee chosen by the people.

This development is certainly a stumbling block in the election for the only seat in the House of Delegates from Southwest Virginia still held by a Democrat. If Mr. Reynolds indeed is a strong Democrat, this is a srange way to show it. At worst, Reynolds will bleed off votes and elect Octavia Johnson, who is ill prepared to serve in the office. At best, he will just be a diversion for Sam Rasoul in his quest for the office. I can think of conspiracy theories to explain this whole thing, but I can't think of any logical explanation. Can you?  

Reflections on Dr King and The State of The Dream

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"We will live in peace.  We will live in peace.  We will live in peace one day.... Oh, deep in my heart I do believe we will live in peace one day." ("The last verse to We Shall Overcome," which we sang on Dr. King's birthday.

Each time I sing those words, I am moved (sometimes to tears) by the the distance yet to go juxtaposed to the promise of equality and peace. This year I am not so hopeful. It has been a year of national backsliding.  No matter what, we try to keep the dream alive. No matter what, we believe that we can make progress toward the dream.  In many was we have.  But in important other ways we have not.

We have an historic president.  But the truth is that the institutions of America have found subtle and un-subtle ways to sabotage this presidency and our national progress on race. Racism is alive and not well.  And it makes the accomplishments of this President against such constraints all the more remarkable. Lowkell has enumerated many of these accomplishments on this front page today. Nonetheless, we have substantial racism in 2012 America.

If you doubt that, you have only to look at all the institutional efforts to purport that quotas are required under Affirmative Action (they are not only not required but forbidden unless there is a court order).  Yet the myth is professed to rile white America.  You have only to look as far as Prince William County and its codified xenophobia.  You have only to look to the shrinking enrollments of African Americans in some universities or the incredibly (even staggeringly) high unemployment among African American youth.  You have only to look at our prisons and the prison industrial complex's unwillingness to move beyond the faux justice ("need" for "finality") in favor of real justice of getting the right person in criminal cases. The incarceration of so many people of color should make all Americans reflect.  My reflection brings me to the point of resolving to work in some capacity on innocence and sentencing reform projects.  They are the civil rights problems of our time.