By HERB BOYD, Special to the AmNews
In an hour-long speech followed by a question and answer session in the White House’s East Wing, a day after the election, President Barack Obama said, “I take responsibility,” on a number of points. And no acceptance of blame was more crucial and telling than the tidal wave, or “shellacking,” as he put it, that gave Republicans control over the House of Representatives.
“Over the last two years, we’ve made progress, but clearly too many Americans haven’t felt that progress yet. They told us that yesterday,” he said, his voice trailing off. “As president, I take responsibility for that.”
By HERB BOYD
Special to the AmNews
Unlike the rest of the country, where the Republicans reaped a harvest of votes and almost ran the midterm tables, the state senate race in New York remains a big question mark with three races still up for grabs.
Not in doubt, though, are the state’s top positions that were handily retained by the Democrats with Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo defeating Carl Paladino by a two-to-one margin out of a total of some 2.5 million votes. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand beat back their Republican opponents; Eric Schneiderman, after a nip and tuck race with Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, is the new attorney general-elect; and Thomas DiNapoli, who replaced Alan Havesi as state comptroller, finally edged out Harry Wilson.
By CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff
As the midterm elections come close, questions linger about whether or not the Democrats in the New York state Senate will hang on and keep control.
After a having power for such a short time, Democrats are looking to maintain their majority. While all 62 seats are up for grabs, Republicans, with no members of color in their caucus, are seeking to regain a majority again after losing it in 2008 and getting it back briefly due to last year’s legislative coup. Continue reading
By STEPHON JOHNSON
Amsterdam News Staff
It’s been a trying year for the Democratic Party, one where even their collective achievements have been dampened by public relations disasters. Despite Democrats’ fright at the thought of losing seats in Congress to the Republican Party, there are several groups that can help them sustain their power if they can get them to the polls.
One of those groups? Black folks.
All over the country, Black voters have a chance to make a significant impact in major elections. From Senate races in Kentucky, Nevada and Missouri to gubernatorial races in Georgia, Florida, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Black vote could be the key to Democrats holding down the fort come November. But does that mean candidates, incumbents and newcomers alike will alter their message to cater to Black voters? Continue reading