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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns As DNC Chair Over WikiLeaks Email Scandal, VA High Court Invalidates Executive Order Restoring Voting Rights For 200K Ex-Felons


Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns As DNC Chair Amid WikiLeaks Email Scandal

Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters took to the streets in Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National  convention.

This comes on the heels of Wikileaks releasing thousands of emails from the DNC showing that the staff secretly conspired to undermine Sander’s presidential campaign.

On Sunday, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned under pressure. She said she will continue to work on helping Clinton get elected and released a statement saying in part: 

“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention.”

Before that statement, Bernie Sanders, and Donna Brazile, the new interim DNC chair weighed in on CNN’s State of the Union and ABC’s This Week.

Hillary Clinton Names Sen. Tim Kaine As Her VP Running Mate

Former Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton tapped Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential Running mate. Her supporters hope the choice will help her win the swingstate in November.

Clinton and Kaine made the announcement in Miami, Florida on Saturday as Senator Kaine addressed the crowd in both English and Spanish.

Considered a safe choice by most political observers, Kaine brings a well-rounded resume to the Democratic presidential ticket.

Virginia High Court Invalidates Gov. McAuliffe’s Executive Order Restoring Voting Rights To 200K Ex-Felons

In a historic move, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-felons who paid their debts to society, are no longer incarcerated, on probation, or on parole.

Critics of Gov. McAuliffe claim the move was political and aimed at helping Hillary Clinton win the 2016 presidential election.

The Virginia Supreme Court has put an end to McAuliffe’s apparent good gesture by invalidating the executive order that restored voting rights to the formerly incarcerated.

During a special simulcast with The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, talked with Gov. McAuliffe about the Virginia High Court’s decision to reinstate voting rights for the former felons who served their time and paid their debt to society.

Miami Behavioral Therapist Shot With Hands In The Air While Laying On The Ground

Charles Kinsey, a Behavioral Therapist was attempting to help an autistic patient was shot by a North Miami Police Officer while he laid on the ground with his hands up. When the officer was asked why he shot the unarmed behavioral therapist, the cop said, “I don’t know.”

Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the disturbing shooting.

Austin Cop Body-Slams An African American Teacher To The Ground, Later Says Blacks Have “Violent Tendencies”

Video of an Austin police officer who violently arresting Breaion King, a black schoolteacher has reached the light of day. After the assault, the offending officer told explained to King that Blacks have “violent tendencies” in what would seem to be an attempt to explain why he threw the elementary school teacher to the ground.

Also in today’s NewsOne Now headlines:

  • Court rules Texas voter ID law is discriminatory
  • Former Jailer admits falsifying log in Sandra Bland’s Death
  • Man Fights to Work after sharing Alton Sterling shooting video
  • Former KKK Leader David Duke Announces Senate Run

All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast

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VA Governor Terry McAuliffe Restores The Rights To Vote For 200,000 Felons

Roland Martin talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring the rights to vote for felons despite the Republicans trying to stop him.

“This really made no sense. I had the authority to do this. This was unfortunately a political decision…for Republicans to take away people’s right to vote. I eradicated 114 years of racial divide.” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.


NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Bill Cosby To Stand Trial For Sex Assault, GOP Sues To Strip Ex-Cons Of Voting Rights, DOJ Seeks Death Penalty For Dylann Roof,


Bill Cosby Will Stand Trial For Criminal Sex Assault In Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania judge ordered Bill Cosby to stand trial on criminal sexual assault charges. The judge found there was sufficient evidence to try the entertainment mogul on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

The charges stem from an incident more than a decade ago involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand

In a statement given to police in 2005, Mr. Cosby said he gave Constand allergy medicine, but Constand claims it was those pills that made her unable to stop  Cosby’s sexual advances.

Cosby and his attorney Brian McMonagle have always maintained that the relationship with Constand was consensual and therefore, there was no crime committed.

If convicted, Cosby faces up to ten years in prison.

Prosecutors To Seek The Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with shooting up a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof is accused of killing nine people during bible study at the historically black Emanuel A-M-E Church last year.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement saying, “the nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.” 

Roof faces 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms offenses.

GOP lawmakers in Virginia are trying to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 individuals who were formerly incarcerated.

Republicans filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Virginia complaining Gov. McAuliffe overstepped his authority last month when he restored felons’ voting rights. They have also accused McAuliffe of rushing to restore the ex-cons’ voting rights in time to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in November’s general election.

Student With Cerebral Palsy Walks For The First Time To Get Diploma

high school senior in Oklahoma surprised his classmates with something they never thought they’d see.

Micah McDade walked for the first time during his high school graduation to receive his diploma.

The Okmulgee High School senior suffers from cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound, but months ago, he made the decision that he wanted to walk across the stage to accept his diploma.

Okmulgee News reported that McDade was working “behind the scenes” to achieve his goal of walking on graduation day.

The family of the late baseball legend Tony Gwynn has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

Gwynn used smokeless tobacco for 31 years, admitted he had an addiction to the substance and in 2014, he died from salivary gland cancer at the age of 54.

The lawsuit targets Altria Group, Inc., formerly Philip Morris Companies, Inc., which makes Skoal chewing tobacco. The company gave Gwynn free samples of the product during his college years.

The suit also alleges the tobacco company did not mention the highly addictive nature of the substance.

WHy Did A A 12-Year-Old Black Girl Return From A School Trip With Severe Rope Burns Around Her Neck?

A 12-year-old Black girl says her White classmates intentionally injured her neck with a rope.

The injury happened while the student was on a 6th grade overnight school camp trip late last month.

The girl says that she and 22 white students were playing with a rope swing and that when she stopped to watch, a classmate placed the rope around her neck from behind. She also said she was pulled to the ground and that no one tried to help.

Her mother, Sandy Rougely, believes her daughter was attacked because she is Black and plans to press a personal injury claim against the Live Oak Classical School.

Are School Principals Going Too Far?

A high school senior at Homewood Flossmoor High School was banned from the prom and possibly graduation for a spoke word performance that contained questionable language at the school’s talent show. 

Ball is an honor student and  has been accepted into eleven colleges and universities receiving more than $1 million dollars in scholarships.

Ball is awaiting a final decision as to whether she will be allowed to walk at graduation.

On a similar note, the valedictorian of a Louisiana High School was not allowed to walk in his graduation because of facial hair.

Despite Andrew Jones being a straight A student and gifted athlete, who is heading to college on a scholarship, he was not allowed to take the stage at his graduation last week.

The reason? He refused to shave his beard. A beard he’s had all four years in High School.

The student of the year was one of thirteen students who were told to shave prior to the graduation ceremony. Since the rule had never been enforced before, Jones refused to completely remove his beard and settled on a goatee.

Former NBA Player Outs Woman Who Denied Him A Seat On A Train

Recently, retired NBA player Etan Thomas had to check a woman on social media for her rude behavior on the train.  Etan’s post reads:

“Ok so I’m getting on the train and there are no open seats and I ask this lady if I could sit next to her (very politely and I soften my voice as to not frighten her) and she says someone is sitting here. So I go to the next seat. Now, less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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Governor Will Automatically Restore Voting Rights For All Virginians With A Drug Record

Source:  Nicole Flatow / Think Progress

The Virginia Constitution does not allow anyone with a felony conviction to vote unless their rights have been restored by the governor. But on Friday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced he would immediately restore voting rights to anyone who has completed their sentence for a drug offense, and reduce the waiting period for other violent felonies from five years to three.

The move comes two months after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called for states to roll back felon disenfranchisement laws rooted in Reconstruction-era voter suppression “too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear.” After Reconstruction, when Southern states were passing felon disenfranchisement measures just as slaves were being freed, 90 percent of the Southern prison population was black, Holder said. In Virginia, one in five African American adults is disenfranchised because of a felony conviction, according to the Advancement Project.

Virginia is one of four states that ban all ex-felons from voting for life unless they receive clemency from the governor. But governors in these states can take executive action to alter the policies on these felons. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) already made some progress in this direction when he allowed the state’s non-violent felons to have their voting rights restored at the end of their sentence, while others could apply for restoration after five years.In Iowa, another of the four states, former governor Tom Visack (D) had established automatic restoration of voting rights for all felons by executive order. But Gov. Terry Brandstad (R) reversed that policy after he took office, requiring all felons to apply for restored voting rights via a process that requires individuals to clear hurdles that include a credit check. Only 12 ex-felons have had their voting rights restored through this process out of some 8,000 in the state.

Virginia’s policy will not automatically restore voting rights for those with a non-violent conviction for an offense other than drugs. And a future governor could alter this policy so long as the constitutional provision remains in place. But those who do have their rights restored also regain their ability to run for office, serve on a jury, or serve as a public notary.

To read this article in its entirety visit Think Progress.