NewsOne Now Super Tuesday Primary Review
Donald Trump and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton win big in another round of Super Tuesday primaries as they eye the convention coming up in a few months.
Yesterday, voters headed to the polls in five states for the presidential primaries: Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
On the Democratic side, Mrs. Clinton won in four states: Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her delegate total is now 2,141. Senator Bernie Sanders won Rhode Island. He now has 1,321 delegates (2,383 delegates are needed for the Democratic nomination).
Here’s a look at the Republican results. Donald Trump swept all five states and now has 950 delegates. Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich still trail him with 560 and 153 delegates respectively (1, 237 delegates are needed for the Republican nomination).
Key Election Races
Besides the presidential primaries, there were several key elections involving African-Americans in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
According to election officials there was a heavy voter turnout in Maryland. Polls in four Baltimore precincts had to stay open an hour late, because they were late opening. As for the results, it was a photo finish in Baltimore for the mayoral race.
State Senator Catherine Pugh walked away with 37 percent of the vote, beating former Mayor Sheila Dixon by just three percentage points.
Unfortunately, Representative Donna Edwards fell short of making history. She lost the Democratic Senate Primary to Representative Chris Van Hollen.
Here’s a look at the numbers: Edwards had 38.8 percent of the vote compared to 53. 3 percent of the vote for Van Hollen.
In Pennsylvania, Chaka Fattah was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Representative Dwight Evans. Evans won with 42.2 percent of the vote.
Fattah’s loss comes 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial for racketeering, bank fraud, bribery and money laundering.
SF Cops Racist Texts Exposed
The San Francisco police department is under scrutiny again after racist and homophobic texts sent to and from former Officer Jason Lai were obtained by CNN.
The messages sent in 2014 and 2015 were discovered during a sexual assault investigation against Lai, a six year veteran on the force. He resigned from the police department after the scandal broke earlier this month.
Dozens of text messages came to light during the investigation, including Lai’s use of the n-word when joking about President Obama and NBA star LeBron James.
Prince’s Death Highlights Importance Of Estate Planning
As the world continues to mourn the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, it has been revealed that the musical icon allegedly did not have a will, leaving an estimated $250 million fortune up for grabs.
The beloved singer died nearly a week ago at his Paisley Park property, and although an autopsy has been performed, the official cause of death is still unknown.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, filed court documents Thursday, requesting his longtime banker Bremer Bank National Association serve as special administrator and manage the musician’s estate. In her petition to the courts, she insisted Prince did not have a will: “I do not know of the existence of a Will and have no reason to believe that the decendent executed testamentary documents in any form.”
Unfortunately, the untimely death of “The Purple One” has thrust into question the importance of estate planning and how a lack of conversation around the topic in the Black community is a critical issue that must be addressed.
Attorney Dianne Stewart Hamlin joined guest host Laura Coates on Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now to discuss estate planning and why African-Americans must tackle the oftentimes uncomfortable topic.
Congressman Introduces Legislation After Newark Schools Test Positive For Lead
The levels of lead in the water systems of Newark, New Jersey’s public school systems recently tested above the federal action limit, but according to allegations by the Newark teachers union, the school district knew about the elevated lead levels for more than 10 years.
School districts across the country are not required by law to test their drinking water, nor are they required to share the results if they do. However, in light of the lead contaminated water systems in Newark and Flint, Michigan, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) recently introduced new legislation called the Transparent Environment in School Testing for Lead Act, better known as the TEST for Lead Act.
Rep. Payne, Jr. spoke with guest host Laura Coates during Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the TEST Act and the revelation that the nation’s water supply could pose an imminent threat to our children.
Grammy and Oscar winning singer Regina Belle is back after being away from the studio for 15 years, surviving brain surgery in 2009, and going back to college to finish up her African Studies degree in 2015, Ms. Belle has returned to the studio and is ready to bring her latest project titled, “The Day Life Began” to the masses.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.