Guest post by Joe HoftSenator Kamala Harris from California stated this past week that she was for reparations for black Americans for slavery. But, according to her father, her ancestors were plantation slave owners in Jamaica. So is Kamala willing to pay for these reparations? According to the New York Post Senators Harris and Elizabeth Warren support reparations for African-Americans affected by slavery. Asked about the matter last week on the 105.1 FM show “Breakfast Club,” Harris agreed with the host that reparations are necessary to address problems of “inequities.” “America has a history of 200 years of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time,” she said on the radio show. “We have got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base in terms of their ability to succeed and so we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up.” The … [Read more...] about Senator Kamala Harris Supports Reparations for Slavery – But Her Jamaican Ancestors Were Plantation Slave Owners?
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SAN FRANCISCO — With the growing recognition that prosecutors hold the keys to a fairer criminal justice system, the term “progressive prosecutor” has almost become trendy. This is how Senator Kamala Harris of California, a likely presidential candidate and a former prosecutor, describes herself. But she’s not. Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent. Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold Consider her record as San Francisco’s district attorney from 2004 to 2011. Ms. Harris was criticized in 2010 for withholding information about a police laboratory technician who had been accused of “intentionally sabotaging” her work and stealing drugs from the lab. After a memo surfaced showing that Ms. Harris’s deputies knew about the technician’s wrongdoing and recent … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’
If Senator Kamala Harris’s book tour is a preview of her likely presidential campaign, the early signs point to a catchall message meant for Democrats across the spectrum. Speaking Friday night at the 92nd Street Y on New York’s Upper East Side, Ms. Harris covered many bases: her origin story from Oakland to Capitol Hill, what drew her into public life and the importance of voters “seeing themselves” reflected in the nation’s array of leaders. She cited her work to reform the juvenile criminal justice system in California as one of her biggest policy accomplishments. She talked about the necessity for Democrats to work in a bipartisan fashion while standing strong against a White House that many of their voters view as corrupt. It was a broad, biography-heavy message — not a rigid ideological mantra — meant to lay groundwork for a national profile as she prepares a next possible step: joining a growing field of Democrats who will compete to … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris Is Hard to Define Politically. Maybe That’s the Point.
Democrats across the country are going to have to fight to reclaim power and redefine American values, California Sen. Kamala Harris said in her debut Iowa appearance Monday. "This is a moment in time that’s requiring us to fight for the best of who we are," told a group of about 75 people at a meeting of the Asian Latino Coalition at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday morning. "And there is so much at stake." It was her first stop on a two-day tour across the first-in-the-nation caucus state. But she declined to talk about her presidential ambitions. Instead, like other potential presidential candidates in Iowa lately, she said she is focused on next month's election. "This is about 2018," she said. "2018 is going to be a pivotal year. There are incredible candidates in Iowa, very important issues at stake that are going to impact the future of the folks in this state and, frankly, the nation. So that’s why I’m here." She reminded the Democrats gathered … [Read more...] about ‘There is so much at stake’: U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris rallies Democrats in her debut Iowa trip
Senator Kamala Harris of California is eyeing Baltimore or Atlanta as a possible base of operations for her likely 2020 presidential bid and is close to bringing on a top aide to run her campaign. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator, has completed a detailed review of her writings and political record to identify potential vulnerabilities, and her aides have been scouting headquarters near Boston. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has been interviewing possible campaign managers, as well as strategists who could run his Iowa caucus effort. And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been reaching out to more women than men for campaign roles, though she is expected to pick a man — her current top aide — to manage a campaign likely to be based near her upstate New York home. These four high-profile Democratic senators are poised to enter the 2020 presidential race in the next several weeks, advisers and people briefed by their associates say, after spending December … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Other Democrats Shift Into High Gear for 2020