Archives for December 2013

Holder Determined to Challenge Voter-Suppression Laws

North Carolina went from being the model of a voter-friendly state to the poster child for voting restrictions, in one session of a Republican-dominated state legislature.

 Now, the battle over sweeping new laws passed this year is in the courts, with challenges from the Justice Department and civil rights groups, with crucial midterm elections on the line and the country watching.

After ‘Selfie’ at Mandela Service, More Stereotyping of First Lady

Media coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was inclusive — up to a point. That this one South African had changed minds and changed the world was clear during scenes from the service broadcast around the world.

But when that big story was overwhelmed, then reduced to President Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to the president’s picture-taking with two other heads of state, it was business as usual.

Tim Scott treads – carefully – through South Carolina and D.C. political thicket

Tim Scott, the junior senator from South Carolina, is a reliably conservative vote, most recently his “no” on Wednesday’s bipartisan budget agreement. But while the Republican’s record mirrors that of other tea party-backed members of Congress, his rhetoric is noticeably cooler.

That much was clear during his recent conversation with members of the Trotter Group, a national association of African-American columnists, who spent a few days in Washington meeting with policymakers from various parties and persuasions.

Big Changes in Mecklenburg Co. Politics


Charlotte, N.C.- A group of North Carolina activists are demanding Mecklenburg Senator Bob Rucho apologize for his controversial tweet. Also in Mecklenburg Co., a new county manager takes the reigns. Washington Post Columnist Mary C. Curtis joined Rising to discuss all these changes.

Why Sarah Palin is here to stay

CHARLOTTE – Merry Christmas spoken here.

That could have been the slogan at Sarah Palin’s book-signing on Friday at the Billy Graham Library. As she greeted admirers, surrounded by the lights, trees and decorations, her message came across loud and clear.

“She’s gorgeous,” someone said, after she appeared to loud applause from the crowd. And she was, dressed in black pants and a black patterned lace top – glasses on, hair up and pen ready.

Many of those waiting in line wore a pin that read “It’s OK to Wish Me a Merry Christmas,” carrying through the theme of Palin’s book “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” which sees the freedom to express the Christian values of the season under siege.

The message of Pope Francis can survive Rush and the rest

Did Pope Francis know what he was getting into when he spoke from his heart and from the heart of Roman Catholic doctrine?  At the very least, if the pontiff didn’t know who Rush Limbaugh was before, he sure does now.

Race, Politics and County Commission


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pat Cotham is out as board chair and Trevor Fuller is in. Members of Cotham’s party voted to make the replacement a done deal. Now, critics say the move was racially motivated in a game of dirty politics. Rising’s Terrance Bates sits down with Washington Post columnist, Mary C. Curtis to talk about the shakeup and what’s next for the board.

First in family values? How a White House image could change perceptions

The holiday season, when family relationships, good and bad, move to the forefront, might be just the time to consider how the image of the Obamas in the White House — mother, father, two daughters, grandmother — has affected ideas about the American family in general, and the African American family in particular.