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  • Trump promised big plans to flip Black and Latino voters. Many Republicans are waiting to see them

    MATT BROWN and STEVE PEOPLES|Apr 26, 2024

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he wants to hold a major campaign event at New York's Madison Square Garden featuring Black hip-hop artists and athletes. Aides speak of Trump making appearances in Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta with leaders of color and realigning American politics by flipping Democratic constituencies. But five months before the first general election votes are cast, the former president's campaign has little apparent organization to show for its ambitious plans. His campaign removed its point person for coalitions and has not...

  • At conservative gala, Trump remarks show challenges in GOP Black voter outreach

    MATT BROWN|Feb 28, 2024

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Golden and scarlet balloons adorned an entrance guarded by the Secret Service that led straight to a bar abuzz with excited reunions, a line of attendees waiting to take pictures at a photo wall and a spacious auditorium set to celebrate a unique subset of the conservative movement in downtown Columbia last weekend: Black Republicans. The Black Conservative Federation's honors gala convened around 500 largely Black conservative lawmakers, activists, pundits and donors for a formal affair. The mood at the Friday evening e...

  • Fani Willis' testimony evokes long-standing frustrations for Black women leaders

    MATT BROWN and JOCELYN NOVECK|Feb 16, 2024

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is used to prosecuting high-profile, challenging cases. But as she parried questions about her own personal conduct from the witness stand against the legal teams for defendants her office has accused of election interference, many Black women recognized a dispiriting scene. "It absolutely feels familiar. There is no secret that the common sentiment among Black women in positions of power (is that they) must over-perform to be seen as equals to their counterparts," said Jessica T. Ornsby, a family...

  • Republican candidates struggle with Civil War history as party grapples with race issues in present

    MATT BROWN|Jan 12, 2024

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republicans make their case for the future, they keep getting stuck on the past. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spent much of the summer mired in controversy over new educational standards that call for teaching that slaves developed skills that "could be applied for their personal benefit." Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley failed last month to mention slavery as the root cause of the Civil War. And former President Donald Trump last weekend called the Civil War "so fascinating" and said it could have been "negotiated," sidest...