By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comI voted for Larry Hogan in 2014. However, I won’t be voting for him in 2018, because I am voting for Ben Jealous in November.Here’s why.I voted for Hogan over Rep. Anthony Brown (then Lt. Gov. Brown) and it wasn’t even a close call for me. I interviewed Brown on more than one occasion and I spoke to people who dealt with him on a regular basis in the months leading up the 2014 election and two things seemed abundantly clear to me; Brown didn’t seem genuinely interested in the fate of Baltimore City and he didn’t seem particularly eager to help resolve the HBCU lawsuit against Maryland favorably for the state’s majority Black higher education institutions, and begin to repair the fiscal Jim Crow implemented against HBCU’s in Maryland for decades.So, it wasn’t really hard for me to cast a vote for Hogan, the avuncular, seemingly harmless moderate Republican. Ultimately, when it comes to elections, I’m actually an Independent. But, unlike Sens. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in 2014 I went with the Republican. And I wasn’t alone.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, Hogan garnered 12.4 percent of the Black Democrat vote in 2014 (Trump won 8 percent of the total Black vote in 2016). According to the same poll, only 27 percent of the so-called “Hogan Democrats” approved of the job Martin O’Malley, did during the years Brown served as his Lieutenant Governor. This is an important data point of the Post-UM poll; the apparent general dissatisfaction of Hogan Democrats generally and Black Democrats specifically during the O’Malley-Brown years, probably made pulling the lever for Hogan more palatable. I know it did for me. But, I argue many Black Democrats weren’t just voting against O’Malley and/or Brown in 2014, I suspect a significant number were voting against the Democratic establishment machine for various reasons.Personally, during the 2018 primary process, I leaned towards Jealous (for reasons I’ll expound upon later). But, once I got to sit down with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (who I had never met before), Jealous’ most formidable opponent, I saw why so many people I respect were on Baker’s team and had been for many years. Then I saw the phalanx of Maryland’s Democratic establishment figures, led by O’Malley line up behind Baker. That did it for me; I enthusiastically voted for Jealous on June 26.Now, it is time for Black Democrats or Black Independents, who typically vote Democrat (like me) to come home to Jealous.I’ve known Jealous for a long time; I don’t know him extremely well, but I know enough to know that he is no darling of the Democratic establishment. Maryland’s Democratic machine has far too often taken the Black vote and Black people for granted and has at times (too many times) been openly hostile to Black progressive political leaders within the party (Sen. Jill Carter comes to mind).Jealous is at the apex of progressive Democratic leadership, not just here in Maryland, but nationally (he has been endorsed by Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA.), among others). As we find ourselves combating virulent strains of authoritarianism and fascism (not hyperbole), spewing wildly from the White House, an authentic Progressive movement is needed in America now more than any other time in my lifetime. Jealous has crafted a Progressive platform essential to many in Maryland’s burgeoning disenfranchised communities. Throughout his adult life Jealous has been a champion for these communities.On November 6, the winner of Maryland’s gubernatorial race will likely be a strong indicator of the breadth and ferocity of the much anticipated “blue wave” predicted to sweep across the nation on Election Day. For the sake of most Black and Brown people, poor people, the working class and LGBTQ community, I hope it is Jealous.But, in order for Jealous to win in Maryland, Black Democrats who voted for Hogan in 2014 have to “come back home” in a big way.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor and the author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of Baltimore’s Great Imperiled Cities.
Kolkata: Taking strong exception to the name of the party written under the symbol of BJP during a mock poll at Barrackpore, the Trinamool Congress has lodged a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal.TMC had raised questions over the act as the name of no other party is written under its respective symbol, except the saffron party. The ruling party alleged that BJP is trying to influence the Commission through such an act. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe anomaly was perceived during the mock poll at the office of the SDO of Barrackpore on Friday morning. Soon, the polling agents of TMC who were present during the mock poll protested and started agitating. The mock poll was stopped and a complaint was lodged with the returning officer. Congress also joined the protest along with TMC. It may be mentioned that Arjun Singh is contesting on the ticket of the saffron party from the Barrackpore seat, while Dinesh Trivedi is the candidate for Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater in the day, a delegation of TMC led by its secretary general Partha Chatterjee, along with senior TMC leaders Tapas Roy, Derek O Brien, Subrata Bakshi and Subhasish Chakraborty met CEO Ariz Aftab and lodged a complaint in this regard. “We have seen during the elections till date that only the symbol of a political party is present on the EVM. The name of any political party does not feature on it. If the name of one party is written then it should have been so for other parties as well. It seems that a political party is trying to use technology with an evil intention. We have urged the Commission to take immediate action so that such things are not reflected during the elections,” Chatterjee said. Barrackpore, along with six other Lok Sabha constituencies namely Bongaon, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh goes to polls on May 6, the fifth phase of the ongoing seven phase elections. TMC district president, North 24-Parganas, Jyotipriya Mallick said: “We are witnessing strange things during the elections this year. How can the name of a political party be written under the symbol? The act is illegal and BJP has done this with malafide intentions. They have realised that they will be defeated and so they are doing such things out of desperation.” TMC has also pointed out in its complaint that similar things had also occurred during the mock poll at Raiganj, where the elections have already been held. A senior official of the CEO’s office said that they have forwarded the report of the District Magistrate in this regard to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. June 17, 2014 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free With the addition of 250 new emojis to an existing palette of roughly 850, mobile users will soon be able to flip their friends the bird via text.“Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended” is just one of the many new pictographs announced by Unicode, a nonprofit organization that governs the representation of text in software products.While code for all of the new symbols has been added, Apple, Android and other mobile companies must still design the emojis themselves.Other icons slated to arrive on phones in coming months range from the fairly predictable (“Fog,” “Chipmunk”) to the whimsical (“Envelope With Lightning,” “Raised Hand With Part Between Middle And Ring Fingers” — also known as the Vulcan salute) to the downright insane (“Derelict House Building,” “Man In Business Suit Levitating.”)The list can be viewed in full here.Related: Lazy Customers Can Now Search Yelp Using Emojis
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 15, 2019 2 min read If a police officer or federal investigator wants to get into your smartphone, they can no longer use your eyes, face, or fingerprint to force you to unlock it.A federal judge in Northern California has ruled that compelling a device unlock using biometric data is a violation of Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Cops are already barred from asking suspects to unlock their devices with a passcode, thanks to a Florida appeals court decision this past October. With this decision, biometric login mechanisms are afforded the same protection.In her decision, Judge Kandis Westmore said that fingerprints and face scans such as Face ID on iOS devices are not the same as physical evidence, and that even with a warrant, the government has no right to force suspects to incriminate themselves.”If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device,” she wrote.The case hinged on Judge Westmore denying a warrant to police officers investigating an alleged extortion crime in Oakland, California, where the suspects used Facebook Messenger to threaten the release of a compromising video. She said officers had probable cause to search the suspects’ property, but not to unlock any devices or compel suspects to do so.Apple and other device makers have pushed back against forced device unlocks in many forms for years. The warrant denial, and the precedent it sets for protected biometric data, is a significant decision for digital privacy as well as search and seizure law in the connected devices era. This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now »