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As President of Reaching America I travel around our great nation quite a bit. One of my favorite things to do when I visit a city is to go for a nice run. There really is no better way to familiarize yourself with a new area than running through its parks and down its streets. I’ll often take the time to stop and read the historical plaques and take a look at the statues. For...

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This Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a hearing concerning whether or not to increase the amount of ethanol in our gasoline. I testified in opposition of this proposal and here’s why: the unintended consequences of this policy are hurting African American families and other disadvantaged American groups. As the President of Reaching America, an organization developed to address complex social issues impacting the African American community, my team and I work to find...

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I’m always going to keep it 100 and present you with the facts. Sometimes I’m going to agree with President Trump, and sometimes I’m going to disagree with him, but of all the controversial decisions he has made since being sworn into office, it is hard for me to think of one less deserving of all the doom-and-gloom hatred than withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. While defenders of the accord say...

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As the President of Reaching America, I spend every day talking about the complex social issues impacting the African American community. With all the attention surrounding Donald Trump, the FBI, and the Russian soap opera, the media is letting real news fall through the cracks. For example, how many of you have heard of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT)? The BAT isn’t that complex at all, but with all the distractions, it just isn’t being...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Unfortunately mental health isn’t talked about much in the Black community. It’s almost considered to be taboo, and that really needs to change. We’ve always been told to “just pray about it.” Now, I’m a true believer in prayer, but sometimes we need a little outside help along with prayer. Here’s the thing: I can’t ask or expect other people in my community to talk about mental health unless...

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If I told you a new plan by the city government of Richmond, Virginia, to make electricity more expensive and less reliable was in the works would you be excited about it, or would you fight it? Well that’s exactly what Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is proposing to do, except he’s dressing it up as a 80 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades. The mayor’s plan to cut emissions by...

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On Monday former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned from office following an alleged affair with a staffer and an Alabama Ethics Commission ruling that cited evidence Bentley broke state ethics and campaign laws. Unlike most Americans, as a professional courtesy he was allowed to turn himself over to authorities; but like any other American who breaks the law and gets caught, he was then fingerprinted, booked, and had his mugshot taken. Then in a matter...

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President Trump delivered some good news for American workers Tuesday when he signed an executive order dismantling some of former President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and regulations. The centerpiece of those regulations was the Clean Power Plan, which would have eliminated 125,800 American jobs and permanently shut down 66 electricity plants. Unfortunately under President Obama’s plan electricity rates, as he says, will ‘necessarily skyrocket,’ but not only that—more than 100,000 families would have...

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This year Maryland has an opportunity to move the state forward by helping businesses create jobs, providing safe, clean, affordable energy for its people, helping get minorities out of poverty, and leveling the playing field with other energy-producing states. That is, if anti-energy activists in Annapolis don’t get their way. Lawmakers in the General Assembly are considering whether or not to renew a ban on the natural gas retrieval method called hydraulic fracturing. This method...

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Under the Obama Administration, Americans saw eight years of a fundamental disrespect for the rule of law, which is one of the many reasons I am glad President-elect Trump has nominated Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General. Senator Sessions has shown, during his 20 years in the Senate, as U.S. Attorney, and as Alabama’s Attorney General, that he will stand up for the rule of law amidst political pressure from both sides—a...

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