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Democrats’ smart butt white boys syndrome

In 1984, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young described the inner circle of Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale as “smart a– White boys” who thought they knew everything.  Obviously, they didn’t because Mondale lost the general election by a large margin to Ronald Reagan.
Knowing that in a president’s second-term the party in power usually loses 29 House seats, along with the real possibility of Democrats losing control of the Senate this year, some party leaders are trying to give the appearance they are in control and Democrats will buck that historical voting trend.

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

BOSTON – With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters – especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama – to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November.
Democrats are pushing hard and early to encourage black and Hispanic voters to show up in November, driven in part by fears of a drop-off since Obama won't be on the ballot. Republicans, meanwhile, are seeking to elevate their party's profile in minority communities to let voters know that the GOP is a viable option.

Grizz owner defends front office shake-up with new hires

Memphis owner Robert Pera says he made changes in the Grizzlies' front office this offseason to make sure the organization is headed in the direction he wants it going.
Pera discussed his decision to keep Chris Wallace as his general manager along with other moves in the shake-up Friday during a press conference. It was just his fourth press conference with local reporters since taking over the Grizzlies as controlling owner in November 2012. He covered a variety of topics in a 30-minute session.

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Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity

JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi, which has long struggled to distance itself from plantation-era imagery, is renaming a street known as Confederate Drive and adding historical context to Old South symbols that have long stood on the Oxford campus.
"Our unique history regarding race provides not only a larger responsibility for providing leadership on race issues, but also a large opportunity – one we should and will embrace," Chancellor Dan Jones wrote in the report that was developed with the help of a university committee and outside consultants.