First Latina Senator to chair DSCC and Janelle Monáe joins POTUS44.
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November 15, 2018
Black Caucus Member Mulls Speaker Challenge, Barack Obama Hosts Chicago Summit, and Andy Kim Makes History
PISSED AT DAMN NEAR EVERYONE… This, apparently, is the president’s mood and the current situation for everyone in the White House. NOTHING TO SEE HERE… Still, POTUS45 claims things at the White House are running smoothly. SCOOBY DOO VOTERS… Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed people commit voter fraud by casting a ballot, returning to their cars to change clothes, and then going back to polling places in disguise to cast additional ballots. FLORIDA RECOUNTAs Florida recounts votes county by county, one major issue of contention is unclear signatures on ballots, particularly those that were mailed in. A judge has given the state two more days to sort it out. CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM… The president said he would support a proposal developed by a bipartisan group of Senators which would reduce mandatory minimum terms, fund programs intended to cut reoffending, and allow more judicial discretion in sentencing. But the measure still faces obstacles in the full body of the upper chamber. FLAKED ON JUDGESRetiring Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) vowed Wednesday to oppose Trump’s judicial nominees until GOP leaders allow a vote on legislation protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s job. WHOSE HOUSE? Democrats have picked up two more seats, bringing their total so far to 32 pickups, shifting the current balance of power come January to 227 Democrats and 200 Republicans. Eight House races remain undecided. LEADERSHIPSenate Democratic Leader-elect Chuck Schumer (NY) on Wednesday announced the Senate Democratic leadership for the 116th Congress following Senate Democratic leadership elections. Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell (KY) as Majority Leader and Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA) as Minority Leader. FREE PRESSA federal judge in DC is expected to rule at 3P today on CNN's lawsuit seeking immediate restoration of Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass. LEAN IN… While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Sheryl Sandberg was overseeing an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat the social media giant's critics, shift public anger toward rival companies, and ward off damaging regulation. BASTAMichael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday following allegations of domestic violence -- accusations his ex-wife says are false. VICTORIA’S SECRETThe CEO of the lingerie division, Jan Singer, is departing the company amid declining sales. TOXICThat’s the “word of the year” selected by Oxford Dictionaries, saying that it's "the sheer scope of its application that has made it the standout choice." HELLThe death toll in the California wildfires has climbed to 56. SNOWFLAKES… Meanwhile, on the East Coast, snow is falling. Winter is coming. We’re back on Monday but kicking off your Thursday with this...
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) is considering challenging Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the 116th Congress' Speaker gavel.
  • Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) aims to protect Indian Country’s right to vote.
  • Mike Espy faces an uphill battle in Mississippi Senate race plagued by racism.
  • Congressional Black Caucus issues vote of 'no confidence' in DNC Chairman Tom Pérez.
  • The Wall Street Journal names Training and Outreach Manager.
  • Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman to step down.
  • Be sure to catch The Beat DC’s Tiffany D. Cross on MSNBC Friday eve at 7P on Hardball with Chris Matthews and on Saturday morning at 10A on AM Joy with Joy-Ann Reid.
ABC 7 NY’s Nina Pineda, AMC Networks’ Marissa Desimone, and MSNBC’s Richard Lui on Tuesday at the Womankind Benefit Gala in NYC.
TV host Camila Canabal Sapelli with MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio collecting toys for children in Venezuela last week.
Catherine Cortez Masto to Head DSCC
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
will be tapped to Chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) this morning, according to The Nevada Independent.  The first Latina to ever serve in the Senate will become only the second woman to head the DSCC and the second Latinx to do so. Cortez Masto will face murky waters with the 2020 presidential cycle, as a few of her Senate Democratic test the waters for their own presidential runs. The map is more favorable for Senate Democrats in 2020 -- there will be 21 Republican seats up for election and 12 for Democrats. However, there will be two significant tests for Cortez Masto if she takes the chairmanship: she’ll be tasked with holding on to the seats of Senators Doug Jones in deep-red Alabama and Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire. More here.
Marcia Fudge Considers Challenging Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker
Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Marcia Fudge is weighing a bid against Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress. Fudge told that Democrats won because voters wanted change -- something Pelosi does not represent, according to Fudge. She also said that one of the party's two top leaders should be a minority and that a Black woman should be in leadership. “People are asking me to do it, and I am thinking about it. ... I need to give it some thought and see if I have an interest. I am at the very beginning of this process. It is just in discussion at this point,” Fudge said. “When you look at the people who support this party the most, they are women and African Americans and especially African American women. We keep talking about diversity, but there is nothing diverse about the top of our ticket. We have to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk.” The Congresswoman said that should she become Speaker, her legislative priorities would include fighting student loan debt, making sure people with pre-existing medical conditions can get health insurance, and making infrastructure improvements that would help create better paying jobs. She has until November 28th to make her bid official. More here.

Kamala Harris Wants ICE to Back Off Arresting Child Migrant Caretakers
Federal officers have arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants who came forward to take care of undocumented immigrant children in government custody. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) want to stop this from happening, and on Wednesday, they introduced the Families Not Facilities Act -- legislation that would prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information gathered in the process of resettling unaccompanied immigrant children to take civil enforcement actions against individuals in the homes of prospective sponsors. The legislation would also redirect ICE funding to programs that would provide for the safety and welfare of unaccompanied children, and would also create an ORR Advisory Committee on Shelters comprised of nonprofit immigration and child welfare experts and require the committee to publish reports on their findings. “Right now, unaccompanied children are being held in detention facilities or living in tent cities due in part to potential sponsors’ fear of retribution from ICE for coming forward. This is an unacceptable obstacle to getting these children into a safe home, and we must fix it,” said Harris. “We will ultimately be judged as a society by how we treat our children, and without these crucial protections we are depriving unaccompanied minors of a place they can begin to call home.” More here.
Cory Booker Intros Bill to Extend Educational Benefits for Student Vets
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
on Wednesday introduced a bill that would extend educational benefits for student veterans. The Veteran Education and Transfer Extension Act would address critical gaps in current Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits by expanding coverage for remedial courses, allowing veterans to transfer benefits to future dependents and ending the restriction on education benefits transfer for longtime service members. Most student veterans receive education benefits through the post-9/11 GI Bill, which grants 36 months of educational entitlement to veterans after they separate from the military. But those 36 months do not include the time needed for servicemembers to take remedial courses, which are often required for students who are out of school for a period of time. In July of this year, the Department of Defense announced that eligibility to transfer educational benefits to a dependent will now be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total active-duty or selected reserve service, where previously there were no restrictions. Booker’s bill addresses these issues by increasing the months of assistance available to qualifying veterans by the lesser of 15 months, or in the case of an individual who has already completed remedial courses, the full-time equivalent number of months of educational assistance that they used to complete such courses. "By expanding education benefits for the men and women who served in our Armed Forces ... we are boosting both their employment rate and earning potential after graduation,” said Booker. “It’s vital that we ensure our veterans are empowered for success as civilians, and this legislation takes an important step in fulfilling that commitment.” More here.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) honoring constituent and Judge Vincent Okamoto, who is the highest-decorated Japanese American veteran of the Vietnam War, on Veterans Day.
KS Democratic Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids and NM Democratic Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland on Tuesday at new member orientation on Capitol Hill.
Ben Ray Luján Aims to Protect Indian Country’s Right to Vote 
Regular Beat readers are familiar with recent events in North Dakota that underscore the urgency and necessity of federal legislation to secure the voting rights of Native American voters. To help protect the community’s rights at the polls, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) on Wednesday introduced the Native American Voting Rights Act -- landmark legislation to provide the resources and oversight necessary to protect Native Americans’ access to the ballot box. The bill incorporates principles of self-determination into the electoral process, meaning that tribes and their members will be the decision-makers when it comes to ensuring their communities and members have equal access to their constitutional right to vote. The legislation would establish a Native American Voting Rights Task Force, increase Native access to voter registration sites and polling locations, and ensure equal treatment for tribal ID cards for voting purposes. “Voting today anywhere in America should be easier, not harder,” said Luján. “Yet, Native Americans continue to face obstacles to exercising their fundamental right to participate in our democratic processes. This legislation will help create equal access to the ballot box for Native voters, ultimately strengthening our democracy and the voice of Native America.” Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced companion legislation in the upper chamber. More here.

Elijah Cummings Launches Investigation of Acting AG’s Involvement in Company Charged with Bilking Consumers of Millions
The new Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker recently served on the advisory board of a scam company -- World Patent Marketing, which allegedly bilked millions from consumers and suppressed criticism of their activities -- that the government shut down. This has prompted concern from Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Energy, and Commerce, and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, respectively. The group sent seven letters requesting information relating to Whitaker’s specific involvement with World Patent Marketing. “Because Mr. Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate, both Republican and Democratic constitutional law experts warned that his appointment was, and continues to be, unconstitutional. In addition, because the Senate was not given an opportunity to properly vet Mr. Whitaker’s background, serious questions are now arising about his fitness to serve in this position of trust.” The letters requesting briefings and documents were sent to Whitaker; Scott Cooper, the former Founder and CEO of World Patent Marketing; the FTC; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and the Better Business Bureaus serving Metro New York and Southeast Florida and the Caribbean. More here.

Raúl Grijalva Calls for Homeland Security Sec to Resign
Donald Trump is reportedly getting ready to give Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen a pink slip after what he views as her failure on his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy and his belief that she was not effective in its implementation. And for Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and 25 House colleagues, her exit cannot come soon enough. They wrote a letter to Secretary Nielsen urging her to resign and did not hold back. “You are responsible for the unimaginable trauma of thousands of children across the United States. From the children torn from their parents at the border, to Dreamers facing exile from their home, and to the U.S. citizen children who face losing a parent to deportation; your actions continue to wreak havoc on communities across this nation. In order to restore our values and the public’s trust in the DHS, we demand your resignation and urge the reversal of the policies implemented at DHS and DOJ designed to destroy families,” the lawmakers wrote. “The evidence is clear. During your tenure as DHS Secretary, you have inflicted real harm on children and families coming to the United States, immigrant youth growing up in communities across the country, and U.S. citizen children born to immigrant parents. These actions have ruined the moral credibility of the United States and are an affront to American values. For these reasons, we ask that you immediately resign.” Seventeen of the signatories were members of color. More here.
Black Caucus Issues Vote of ‘No Confidence’ in DNC Chair Tom Pérez
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members are not happy with DNC Chairman Tom Pérez, and on Wednesday, they voiced their displeasure by issuing a vote of “no confidence” in his leadership. The lawmakers are still angry over Pérez’s handling of the Party’s vote to strip superdelegates of their power during the presidential nominating process, giving even more weight to the outcome of state primaries and caucuses. CBC Chair Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) said the Caucus issued the vote for a “combination of reasons,” but that the primary reason was the superdelegate reforms because they felt that the DNC pitted them against their constituents. “So now if they want to be a delegate, they have to run against their constituents who want to be delegates, and it’s an unfair proposition. We don’t want to run against our constituents, so the caucus had made its position known. ... It speaks for itself,” Richmond said. “It's not a motion saying he needs to go, it's a motion expressing real concern about where we are." The changes block superdelegates -- elected officials and party leaders -- from voting for any presidential candidate unless a second ballot is required at a national convention, significantly reducing their power. More here.

Meet the Indian American Nominated to Replace Brett Kavanaugh on the DC Circuit
At the White House on Wednesday, Trump informally announced his nomination of Neomi Rao to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the DC Circuit Court. Regular Beat readers will recall that in October, Donald Trump interviewed the Office of Management and Budget official after she had been recommended by former White House Counsel Don McGahn. Rao, a former clerk for conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was an Associate Professor of law and the founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School before joining the Trump administration. Her research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law. She also previously practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London. During President George W. Bush’s second term, Rao worked in the White House Counsel's office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 45-year-old Yale grad, who completed law school at the University of Chicago, is the daughter of Indian immigrants. Judges of the DC Circuit can have an extraordinary impact on the direction of the country. Hence, people often refer to the DC Circuit as the second-most powerful court in the country after the Supreme Court. More here.

Miami Mayor Francis Suárez and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) at the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Museum Park earlier this month.
AURN’s April Ryan on Wednesday on-set to co-host The Real in LA.
Democrat Andy Kim Flips NJ House Seat and Makes History 
Andy Kim
has defeated two-term Republican incumbent Congressman Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s 3rd District. Kim, a former national security aide to President Barack Obama, had actually declared victory earlier this week despite the race just being called in his favor on Wednesday. He’s the son of South Korean immigrants and the first Asian American Congressman elected from New Jersey. The 36-year-old Democrat has never run for or served in elected office before, but said he was inspired to run because of MacArthur’s role in helping House Republicans pass a bill that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare. The Rhodes scholar spent a decade in DC, working first under President George W. Bush as a Conflict Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development and then, after earning his doctorate in international relations at Oxford, under Obama. He was a State Department Foreign Affairs Officer and an Advisor to Gens. David Petraeus and John Allen in Afghanistan. Between 2013 and 2015, he handled Iraq at the National Security Council. "There is a tremendous amount of work to be done, from expanding access to affordable health care, to working across the aisle, to creating jobs, and lowering taxes for New Jersey families. I am excited to get to work and am truly honored to serve as the next member of Congress from New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District," Kim said. More here.

Mike Espy’s Battle for Senate Plagued with Racism
Mississippi’s Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy are competing in a November 27th runoff, with the winner getting the final two years of the term. Despite Hyde-Smith appearing on a video making comments praising a cattle rancher by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Democrats still face tough odds of pulling off an upset in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1982. On Sunday, Hyde-Smith -- who characterizes herself as a Trump ally -- characterized her comments as "an exaggerated expression of regard," and dismissed "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation" as "ridiculous." At a press conference on Monday, she responded to questions -- among many others, "Are you familiar with Mississippi's history of lynchings?" -- by repeating, over and over, "I put out a statement yesterday, and I stand by the statement." When reporters pressed Republican Governor Phil Bryant, he conceded that "all of us in public life have said things on occasion that we could have phrased better," and otherwise defended her. National Republicans are now investing in the race, while also looking to bring in Donald Trump -- no stranger to his own racist rhetoric -- as they look to lock down one of the two the last remaining Senate races in the country along with the still-too-close-to-call Florida contest. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will be up on the air starting today, while Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC will run their first TV ads on Friday. African Americans, make up 38% of the state’s population -- a voting bloc that could help Espy overcome the uphill battle. More here
TX Candidate Goes to DC for Freshman Orientation -- but She Hasn’t Been Elected to Congress
Texas congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones was in DC on Wednesday for freshman orientation -- except that she hasn’t actually been elected to Congress. The Air Force veteran from San Antonio trails Republican incumbent Congressman Will Hurd. A Bexar County judge on Tuesday denied a request by Jones to extend the deadline by 48 hours to make official provisional ballots. Jones has not given up the fight. For a recount to take place, the difference in votes between both candidates has to total less than 10% of the vote leader's total support. Although the final number isn't clear, the magic number appears to be about 10,000 votes. Hurd's lead has grown from 689 to 1,150 as officials continue to review ballots that have been cast and receive ballots through the mail. That is still within the margin for a recount. If either candidate pursues a recount, they would have to foot the bill. It would cost $60 for each precinct that uses regular paper ballots and $100 for precincts that use electronic voting systems. If the outcome of the election changes after the recount, the money would be returned. More here.
Mia Love Sues to Stop Vote Count 
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT)
, the only Black woman in the Republican Caucus, is filing a lawsuit against the Salt Lake County Clerk in a bid to stop the counting of votes until her campaign is allowed to challenge whether signatures on ballot envelopes match those on file. The Love campaign is claiming poll-watchers have seen a few cases where voter signatures on ballots accepted by election workers did not appear to match those on file in Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County. But County attorneys are pushing back, arguing that state law gives the campaign no right to interrupt the vote count and that letting the campaign question signatures could violate voters’ rights by revealing whom they cast their ballots for. Democrat Ben McAdams, whose lead over Love dipped Wednesday from 1,229 votes to 873 votes, tweeted that the complaint “is unfortunate and smacks of desperation. Utah voters deserve better than this.” A judge is set to hear arguments today. More here.


NY Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her dad Sergio Cortez-Román in the 90’s.
Former PBS NewsHour anchor and journalist Gwen Ifill, who passed away two years ago on Wednesday, working at the Boston Herald early in her career.
Barack Obama Heads to Chicago for Second Foundation Summit
President Barack Obama
will attend the second Obama Foundation Summit this weekend. The Summit will bring together young leaders from across the Foundation’s programs launched in 2018, including Obama Foundation Fellows, Scholars, Africa Leaders, Community Leadership Corps participants, and representatives of the Global Girls Alliance and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, as well as some of our neighbors in Chicago. Obama will be joined by singer/actress Janelle Monáe; filmmaker Bing Liu; Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad; comedian Lilly Singh; author Dave Eggers; historian Tara Westover; and National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier. This year’s theme is “Common Hope. Uncommon Stories.” The conversation will pick up where it started at last year’s inaugural Summit on how individuals can come together to bring about positive change in their communities and around the world. The Summit also will look back on the programs and initiatives the Obama Foundation launched this past year and look ahead to what will come in 2019 and beyond, including the Obama Presidential Center. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago November 18th-19th. More here.

Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman to Step Down
Marian Wright Edelman
is transitioning from President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) into the new role of President Emerita in the Office of the Founder. In her new role, she will focus on building a lasting movement for children to end child poverty and inequality through leadership development at key spiritual retreats and convenings. Wright Edelman founded CDF 45 years ago. Wright Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her mission in the mid-60s when, as the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, MS. In 1968, she moved to DC to serve as Counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. CDF evolved from the Washington Research Project, which Wright Edelman began in 1968, to prepare for and coordinate the policy positions of the Poor People's Campaign. "I will shift away from the day-to-day responsibilities of running a leading, national organization, and in my new role, I will focus all my energies towards building a movement to end child poverty and inequality," said Wright Edelman. "I am proud of CDF's groundbreaking work over the past 45 years and the significant progress we have made for children and families—but there is still so much work to be done. ... I look forward to supporting the Board's search for a new President to lead CDF into its next chapter; someone who is committed to taking on the challenges children face today and those that will emerge in the future." Read her letter about the decision here.

New GAO Report Finds FCC Can Do More to Help Native American Tribes with Broadband
The FCC estimates that 35% of Americans living on tribal lands lack broadband service compared to 8% of Americans overall. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday issued a report saying the FCC can do more help Native American tribes obtain licensed spectrum to provide broadband service in some of the most underserved parts of the country. The GAO identified barriers to tribes buying spectrum licenses, including high cost and a lack of information on who holds licenses over tribal lands. The GAO recommended that the FCC (1) collect data on tribal access to spectrum; (2) analyze unused licensed spectrum over tribal lands; and (3) make information available in a more accessible manner that would promote tribes’ ability to purchase or lease spectrum licenses over their lands from other providers. While the FCC agreed with the report’s recommendations, the agency’s efforts to promote and support tribal entities’ access to spectrum so far have done little to increase tribal use of spectrum. More here.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló on Tuesday greeting students from the Perpetual Help Academy at the Governor’s mansion.
Fox News’ Eboni K. Williams on Monday on the set of VH1’s In Session Live.
Bloomberg’s Lananh Nguyen Joins the Finance Team 
Bloomberg News Reporter Lananh Nguyen has joined the outlet’s finance team. She currently covers economic news from print, TV, and radio. In her new role, she’ll focus on Wall Street, Bank of America, wealth management and insurance companies, MetLife, and Prudential. Nguyen has been with Bloomberg since 2010, when she joined the staff in London as a Reporter covering crude oil and refined product markets. Before that, the bilingual reporter -- who is fluent in English and Vietnamese -- was a Markets Reporter for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, both in London. The Tufts University graduate, who is also on the board of the New York Financial Writers' Association, is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. More here.

Wall Street Journal Names Training and Outreach Manager
Cordelia A. Banny 
will join The Wall Street Journal as Manager of Training & Outreach. In her new role, she’ll be tasked with leading growth and success, as well as redesigning and expanding the WSJ’s training programs. Banny previously served as a Program Manager for Dow Jones’ Innovation team, where she supported partnerships and communications. Before that, Banny worked as a Project Manager for WJM Associates, an executive coaching company. There, she played a central role in structuring workshops, overseeing implementation of coaching services and driving the organization’s digital transformation. The Hofstra University graduate begins her new role on November 19th. More here.

Marketplace Names a New NYC Bureau Chief
Amir Bibawy
has joined Marketplace as the NYC Bureau Chief and Senior Editor. He was previously the Business Editor for Breaking News and Digital Strategy at the Associated Press, where he focused on earnings, mergers, bankruptcies, and trending business news. Bibawy also served as a News Producer at the AP, managing coverage across the company’s regions and platforms, the mobile news app and social media accounts, and more. Prior to that, the trilingual journalist -- who is fluent in English, French, and Spanish -- reported for Qué Pasa News, Radio Sawa, and Reuters. The 2000 American University in Cairo graduate holds a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Columbia University. More about him here

Actress and activist América Ferrera with Latino Victory Co-Founder Eva Longoria at the ACLU SoCal Gala over the weekend.
Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) with a young constituent on Tuesday for World Kindness Day.
Elijah Cummings Staffer Joins Forbes Tate Partners
Francesca McCrary
has joined bipartisan public affairs firm Forbes Tate Partners as Vice President. In her new role, she’ll help the government relations practice continue to expand and deepen relationships across both parties and chambers. McCrary most recently served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), where she was responsible for the Committee’s health care portfolio and worked closely on the Medicare Negotiation Bill. She was also the lead investigator for the Committee’s Multiple Sclerosis Drug Price Investigation and managed the Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee. Fluent in English and Spanish, McCrary has also served as a Legislative Aide, Deputy Clerk on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and as a Staff Assistant under Cummings. The Citadel graduate, who holds a Master’s from American Public University, is also the President of Congressional Black Associates. “Forbes Tate Partners is known on and off Capitol Hill for their dynamic, client-centered work,” said McCrary.“I look forward to joining the firm and contributing to Forbes Tate Partners’ good work.” More here

Stacey Plaskett Adds Director of Operations
Lewis H. Myers III
has joined the office of Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) as the Director of Operations. He was previously a Scheduler for Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA), and prior to that, spent three years in the office of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as the Director of Operations. Myers has served as Treasurer, Member Coordinator and President of the Congressional Black Associates and is the Founder and Commissioner of the Congressional Golf Association. The double Hampton University graduate, who is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., began his career on the Hill as a Special Assistant to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). More here. 

Today, 3:30P: Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) hosts a roundtable with fellow members of Congress, civil rights advocates, and student leaders to discuss attacks on civil rights protections for students -- particularly students of color, students with disabilities, transgender students, and survivors of sexual assault. Cannon House Office Building Room 421, 27 Independence Ave., S.E., DC. Click here for more information.
Today, 5P: Women's Congressional Staff Association diversity and inclusion mixer. 2261 Rayburn House Office Building, DC. Click here for more information.

Today, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Tracee Ellis Ross, in support of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA. Click here for more information
Today - Friday, November 16th: Men of Color in Communications Business Summit, a two-day conference bringing together more than 300 men of color in marketing, advertising, media, PR, and the digital space. Speakers include Jeffrey Litvack, CEO, AdweekRodney Williams, CEO, Belvedere Vodka; Jana Fleishman, EVP Strategic Marketing, Roc Nation (JAY-Z's Publicist); and many more. Bloomberg Corporate Headquarters, 731 Lexington Avenue, NYC. Click here for more information.
Friday, November 16th, 3:30P: Samsung, Diageo, and Spotify host a first-of-its-kind mixer for new members to connect directly with diverse applicants. Remarks by Congresswomen Alma Adams (D-NC) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL). Address provided upon RSVP. DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, November 17th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Valerie Jarrett, in support of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. Capital One Arena, 601 F Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Monday, November 19th, 9:30A: FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment Meeting. The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group, Diversity in Tech Working Group, and Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group will report. Commission Meeting Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street, S.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, November 24th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Michele Norris, in support of Obama’s highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA. Click here for more information.
Sunday, November 25th, 8P: “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” moderated by Elizabeth Alexander, in support of Obama's highly anticipated memoir, Becoming. Capital One Arena, 601 F Street N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, November 28th, 6P: The CHCI Alumni Association hosts the 2018 Chiefs of Staff Reception, recognizing two congressional Chiefs of Staff for their leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion on Capitol Hill. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, 1128 16th Street, N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30P: Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino hosts the American Latino Influencer Awards, in recognition of Latino leaders and trailblazers in public service, arts and culture, business, and in the government. The InterContinental Wharf, 801 Wharf Street, S.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, November 28th: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute convenes a tech summit. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, November 28th - Saturday, December 1st: National Black Caucus of State Legislators host their 42nd Annual Legislative Conference, “Rejecting Walls That Divide and Building Bridges That Bring Us Together.” New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY. Click here for more information.
Thursday, December 6th - Sunday, December 9th: National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators host their 16th National Summit. Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA. Click here for more information.
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