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January 20, 2015 Press Release

                " President Barack Obama made an appeal to Congress tonight in an uplifting and inspiring speech.  I am glad that he took the time to describe some of the successes of his administration, which are not discussed often enough.  There is no question that when he took over our economy was teetering on the brink of depression.  Today it is also clear that he has guided this

December 17, 2014 Press Release

             "I am a strong supporter of President Obama's decision to begin normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba.  I am relieved by this shift in U.S. policy because it is long overdue.  It was the right thing to do.  It was the moral choice, and I am glad the President had the courage to do it.

December 1, 2014 Press Release


December 1, 2014 Press Release

                "Today, 59 years ago Rosa Parks was arrested for keeping her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Her courage and her action sparked an enduring and effective 381-day protest, one of the longest lasting in American history.  She lit the fire of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement which reformed housing, transportation, public accommodations, voting

November 24, 2014 Press Release

"I was sorry to learn early this morning that Ward 8 Councilman and four-term Mayor of Washington D.C. Marion S. Barry Jr. died.  I first met Marion in 1959 in Nashville when we both were some of the first participants in the non-violent workshops held in the basement of First Baptist Church and Clark Memorial United Methodist Church led by the Rev. James Lawson. 

November 21, 2014 Press Release

                "Tonight President Obama spoke passionately to the nation about the guidelines of an executive order he will issue to jumpstart the process of immigration reform in this country.  He was clear that the steps he outlined tonight do not undermine or preclude the necessary legislative action of Congress, where the most far-reaching work on immigration reform still must be done.

November 7, 2014 Press Release

"I was very sorry to learn of the passing of the former Rep.

October 23, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON--Yesterday, the historic editor of The Washington Post, Mr.