GOP Redistricting Plot To Unseat Rep. Corrine Brown Exposed
Members of the Florida Republican Party conducted a secret meeting to lay out a plan to unseatCongresswoman Corrine Brown through redistricting. The plan – spearheaded by Florida State Rep. Janet Adkins – would pack inmates/felons who are ineligible to vote into the 5th Congressional District.
But as lawmakers and GOP activists in the meeting were secretly plotting against Brown, they were also secretly being recorded.
Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown joined Roland Martin on Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now to discuss the GOP redistricting plot against her. She told Martin that neither the Democratic National Party nor the Florida Democratic Party have assisted her in combating the attack.
Politico.com reported Adkins as saying during the closed-door meeting, “You draw [Brown’s seat] in such a fashion so perhaps, a majority, or maybe not a majority, but a number of them will live in the prisons, thereby not being able to vote.”
Adkins, who is heard detailing the plan to oust Brown, is also heard on the leaked audio recording of the private GOP meeting saying the following about the population of the proposed congressional district:
“They’re a part of the population. No, they can’t vote. So when you take a look at, and I don’t know what the numbers are, but you take a look at how many minorities are in the prisons within that newly drawn proposed congressional — how many of them live in the prisons, that’s why Corrine Brown is so against having an east-west, because her concern is that they live in prisons and they can’t vote. So it’s a perfect storm.”
Brown said she knew by looking at the proposed 5th Congressional District lines, “they drew it to get rid of me.” She later commented that the purpose of the redrawn map was to “destroy the 5th Congressional District.”
Republicans in Florida have reportedly said the proposed redrawn 5th Congressional District was a Democratic idea, so in essence, Rep. Brown is “criticizing a Democratic plan.” Brown responded to that assertion, saying, “Let’s be clear, in politics you don’t have permanent friends or permanent enemies, you got permanent causes.”
“Whoever drew the district, they drew the district to take Congresswoman Corrine Brown out of that district, maybe hoping to get additional Democratic districts,” she said.
Brown continued, “A lot of people feel that we can be the sacrificial lambs, but we’ve already given. The 1965 Voting Rights Act is where we gave. We gave blood to be at the table … if you are not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
Rep. Brown also told Martin what is happening to her is not just happening in Florida – it’s taking place all over the country: “There is an organized effort to take African-Americans out for whatever purpose — divide our districts, try to get more civility in Congress — we’ve already given.”
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss: Accept Your Desert Assignment
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago spoke during this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference prayer breakfast and NewsOne Now was there to capture his inspirational message.
Moss connected the plight of the Black Lives Matter Movement with the mission of a monumental Biblical figure.
WealthyU: How To Avoid Debt While In College
It is nearly impossible for college students to walk away with their two-year or four-year degrees without some sort of debt. When you compound that with the fundamental problem of credit card debt, young Americans just starting out can be buried in bills before they cross the stage to receive their diplomas.
With that in mind, America’s Wealth Coach Deborah Owens shared her top tips to help undergrads manage debt while in college and presented a few tactics that parents, as well as students, should implement to offset the cost of higher education during this week’s installment of NewsOne Now’sWealthyU.
Owens explained that incoming college freshmen should take advantage of advanced placement courses that allow students to acquire college credit. This will help them cut the cost of college by allowing them to bypass some prerequisite classes.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast