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-Kodak Black, the controversial Miami rapper who has had a number of run-ins with the law will be sleeping in his jail bed a little happier tonight.
-State prosecutors dropped three of the five charges that Black faces on Thursday.
-Black, whose real name is Dieurson Octave had one charge each of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a delinquent, grand theft of a firearm, and child neglect, dropped by the State.
-Despite the legal victory won by his attorneys, Black is still in jail without the option of bonding out.
-He was originally charged with grand theft of a firearm, two counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a felon, suspicion of committing child neglect and two counts of violating of probation.
-He was arrested in January after police raided his Pembroke Pines home after he posted a live Instagram video that showed people smoking weed near an infant. A handgun was also spotted in the video. When police arrived, they say that they found 95 grams of marijuana in the house.
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I lean to the left, voted for the Democrat, and wanted her to win.
I’m ashamed that the first black president will be succeeded by someone who led a racist birther movement and is supported by the KKK.
But despite the number of factors that lead to this election outcome, some of which are valid, many which are not, the Democratic Party largely has themselves to blame.
They dropped the ball.
The twist ending to this election is that what was supposed to be a civil war in the Republican Party is actually something that will certainty now take place in the Democratic Party.
Democrats need to recalibrate and figure out what happened, and what they stand for.
From my point of view, there are a number of things that need to be changed going forward.
I think Hillary Clinton would have made a fine President.
But the reality is that she was a truly awful candidate.
Her campaign will become the textbook “what not to do” for future campaigns.
The people around her cared more about protecting her than lifting her up and making her a successful candidate.
In an age where authenticity mattered, she was too scripted, and not human enough.
She carried enormous baggage, made many mistakes, and seemed out of touch with what the electorate was really feeling.
I support a DNC “drain the swamp” effort.
Get people who will follow a mandate, be fair, and not become an extension of another campaign.
The way Bernie Sanders was treated by the DNC was shameful.
The way the DNC tried to shoe in Clinton for the nomination is a disgrace.
Clinton was treated as the incumbent nominee by the party before the primaries even began.
The party forfeited a lively, spirited primary process with a number of interesting candidates to back an establishment candidate with enormous baggage and a likability problem.
Why they took the risk on an accomplished but incredibly flawed candidate, when it was so important to conserve President Obama’s progress for a new term, I will never understand.
It was status quo politics, elitism, and people are rightfully sick of that crap.
Clinton’s ideas were generally the right ideas.
She had vast knowledge of world and domestic issues that Trump does not have.
If that wasn’t clear before, it certainly will become so during his administration.
The problem was with communication and perception.
Perception is reality.
If there was one piece of advice I could offer to change this for democratic candidates in the future, it would be this:
Democrats, stay away from Hollywood.
Stay away from celebrities.
Stay away from elites.
Stop associating yourself with big money interests.
Appeal to the average working person that Trump intercepted.
It felt like every other week Clinton was having a celebrity fundraiser in Los Angeles or New York.
Celebrities don’t represent most people.
They don’t represent me.
Instead of taking the message to Wisconsin, which Clinton didn’t visit once as the nominee, and then lost, she chose to have a big money event with elites somewhere.
What a missed opportunity.
Wisconsin and Michigan should have been won.
And no one gives a shit about celebrity endorsements by the way.
We don’t care what Eva Longoria thinks about politics, or that Lena Dunham likes Clinton.
No one on the face of the earth should use a celebrity endorsement as a major factor in choosing a candidate.
Stop encouraging it.
No more $30,000 per plate dinners with George Clooney in the Hollywood Hills.
Clinton doesn’t need their money.
She had enough of her own.
No more concerts with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, or Beyonce.
No one is impressed.
People are tired of elitism, and I am, too.
The bells and whistles do nothing, people just want someone who will listen to them.
Take the message to the people, and make clear that your interest is to stand up for them.
Michael Moore posted on Facebook that the Democratic Party needs to be returned to the people.
Moore has been right about this election all along.
Nearly everyone else wasn’t.
I’m optimistic real change will happen.
I think we are in for some major disillusionment about Trump, and in the meantime, the party will have the opportunity to fix the issues, re-evaluate their strategy, and come back stronger.
It needs to.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is apparently very thin skinned and unable to take public criticism well.
Scott, the governor of the nation’s third largest state spent actual money on a web video bashing Cara Jennings, a woman who screamed obscenities at him during an ill-fated trip to a Gainesville Starbucks earlier this week.
“You cut Medicaid so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” Jennings yelled at Scott in a video that quickly went viral. “You’re an asshole. You don’t care about working people. You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”
Now Jennings is not exactly a random person. She is a former city councilperson in Lake Worth and a longstanding activist who isn’t afraid to push the envelope.
But instead of just letting go of the awkward encounter, Gov. Man-Child decided to bring out the knives to hack at Jennings in a web video.
And it is rather incredible.
“You may have seen this video of a terribly rude woman at a coffee shop cursing and screaming at Governor Scott,” a smarmy voice over guy says at the start of the video.
For the next minute, the video tries to discredit Jennings as a “anarchist” who refused to recite the pledge of allegiance.
Seriously. He couldn’t have spent time doing anything else?
Anyway, all we could hope for is that Donald Trump will just double down and pick Scott as his running mate. They would spend half of the campaign sending out Tweets and Facebook videos attacking random people they meet at Starbucks.
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By Alexandra Van Erven
Even though it didn’t make national headlines, something really important happened in San Francisco over the course of the last few weeks.
Major protests have rocked the Bay Area after five local activists endured a 17 day hunger strike in an effort to force out San Francisco’s police chief.
The chief in question, Greg Suhr was accused by the strikers of not being responsive to the concerns of members of minority communities after a series of police involved shootings.
The hunger strike ended last week after doctors implored the strikers to stop it for their own health and safety, but the movement to reform the city continues.
Last Monday, May 9, nearly 100 impassioned citizens of San Francisco took to the streets in front of City Hall, calling for the resignation of Suhr.
The protesters circled the city hall roughly a dozen and a half times, doing so for the protesters who had to make sacrifices such as not eating for nearly two and a half weeks.
“One for every day the hunger strikers did not have food in their bodies,” Benjamin Bac Sierra, one of the organizers said according to ABC 7 News.
The Frisco Five protesters had been at it for 17 days and had camped out in front of the Mission District police station, going days without food and without shopping in order to protest police brutality, killings, and racism.
Police also allegedly injured four journalists who were covering the protests, further escalating the situation:
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 9, 2016
These protests seem to be having some of the desired effects, with multiple sources claiming that San Francisco supervisors Jane Kim, David Campos, Eric Mar and John Avalos are all calling for Suhr to be replaced, therefore becoming the first San Francisco elected officials to do so.
“Chief Greg Suhr has served San Francisco for over 30 years and we should thank him for that service,” Jane Kim said in a press release. “But even he must acknowledge that leading a culture shift in that department would be easier and faster if there was new leadership there.”
And the Mayor of San Francisco has called for more money to fund police reforms. However, the hunger strikers do not seem to feel like that is a real fix for the problems gripping the city:
— Mission Local (@MLNow) May 12, 2016
RISE NEWS will continue to monitor further developments as this story progresses.
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