Concerns with Predatory Lending

Austin – Representative Senfronia Thompson filed legislation to help prevent consumers from going into deeper financial debt while trying to pay off their payday or title loan. “In an attempt to curb the abuse some lenders commit against working class Texans, while not cutting off access to these loans that are needed from time to…

Stephen A. Smith’s Failed Attempt at Political Commentary

One of the most discussed issues in African-American political circles is a question regarding if Blacks should be as wedded to the Democratic Party as they have been for the past half-century. The latest public personality to address this situation is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. It would be gross understatement to posit that Smith fails…

Ms. Lynch must be confirmed as Attorney General

  Loretta Lynch, the president’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as the U.S. Attorney General, is poised to become the first African American woman to lead the Justice Department. Ms. Lynch is a Harvard-educated lawyer with a reputation as a tough prosecutor. Her impeccable record includes the successful prosecutions of high profile public corruption and…

Representative Yvonne Davis Announces $500,000 2015-2016 Urban Scholarship Fund

State Representative Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) announced that over $500,000 in scholarships are available for high school graduates from Dallas and twenty eight other urban areas throughout Texas. Administrated by the Texas Association of Developing Colleges (TADC), the Urban Scholarship Program was created during the 74th Legislative session as part of House Bill 2128 with the…

Electrocardiogram Screenings for University Interscholastic League

  AUSTIN – State Representative Sylvester Turner (Houston), State Representative Wayne Smith (Baytown), State Representative Dan Huberty (Houston), and Scott Stephens, President of the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation, urged the Texas Legislature to support legislation that will allow for electrocardiogram screenings (ECGs) as part of the University Interscholastic League (UIL)…

“Campus Carry” & “Open Carry” Bills

AUSTIN – Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, released the following statement today regarding the Committee’s hearing on SB 11 and SB 17, the so-called “campus carry” and “open carry” bills: “There are an endless number of more pressing challenges facing this legislature, from investing in and improving…