The African American Democratic Club of Greater Baltimore

Posted in Blogroll, business, news, politics on October 21, 2007 by bmorenews

Kudos to C.D. Witherspoon on getting new organization for African American Democrats in Baltimore area (See

Such an initiative is long overdue, especially given the need for a black agenda in Maryland.

Keep up the great work, CD, and all who joined him, including freshman Delegate Cheryl Glen.  


Dixon/Rawlings-Blake Pull It Out

Posted in business, news, politics on September 16, 2007 by bmorenews

Despite the challengers, despite the power of the media, despite the emergence on the scene of mayoral hopeful Michael Sarbanes – Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon won on Tuesday.

For the first time in history, four women dominate the top posts, includingComptroller Joan Pratt, and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy.

Men have had these positions from the beginning of time. Good luck, ladies!


Billy Murphy Slams Baltimore Afro, Supports Rawlings-Blake

Posted in business, news, politics on September 11, 2007 by bmorenews

COMMENTARY – Letter to Afro Newspaper
from Billy Murphy, Esquire:

The Afro endorsement of Ken Harris
(BALTIMORE – Sept. 11, 2007) –

Dear Jakie:

By endorsing Ken Harris for Baltimore City Council President, the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper has dealt a serious blow to Sheila Dixon’s (or Kieffer Mitchell’s) ability to run Baltimore City for multiple terms and to Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s candidacy and her opportunity to become mayor after Sheila or Kieffer. You have also delighted Michael Sarbanes and his supporters. The logic is inescapable; and I shared it with you two weeks ago when I urged you to support Stephanie instead of Michael.

Anyone with the slightest political sophistication knows that Ken Harris has no chance to win and can only divide the black vote. He has no name recognition, is dismally behind in every known political poll, has no money, and cannot raise money at this late date. It is obvious that he can only be a spoiler of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s candidacy. Why, then, would the Afro want to spoil her candidacy if her loss would mean that Michael Sarbanes would win? Ostensibly, by endorsing Ken Harris, the Afro was not in favor of Sarbanes. Obviously, and under cover, the Afro is, in fact, in favor of a Sarbanes victory.

Many believe that because the Afro did not like Pete Rawlings for his stance on Morgan State University, it opposed Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. But it did not want the embarrassment in the black community which would flow from endorsing Sarbanes . So it did the politically equivalent by endorsing Ken Harris. Unfortunately, by doing it this way, the Afro also gave black readers the false picture that the Afro sincerely wanted to maximize black political power and opportunity in this election.

Assuming that the Afro wants to maximize this black political opportunity to learn to wield significant political power, why would the Afro deliberately undermine Sheila’s (or Keiffer’s) and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s ability to continue to learn to do that by ensuring a Sarbanes victory, thereby destroying Stephanie’s chance to win and putting Sarbanes in a commanding position to beat Sheila or Kieffer in the next election four years from now by using his position to promote his own eventual candidacy?

Everyone who has ever owned a newspaper has had a political agenda. What on earth is the Afro’s? It is certainly not the consistent desire to achieve, maximize and maintain black power and opportunity. It is certainly not the desire to promote the historic elevation in this election of two competent black women to unprecedented positions of shared power. What the Afro did is totally at odds with what the late great Carl Murphy did in 1970 when both Milton Allen and Arthur Murphy wanted to run for State’s Attorney against a white candidate. He convened a summit of respected black leaders at his office to persuade one of them to drop out of the race to assure black political power and opportunity. He recognized that the black community then – as now – needed more political power, not less, to achieve its worthy goals and to ensure the survival of the black community. He recognized that this is the only legitimate role of a black newspaper. He recognized that Frederick Douglass was right when he said that power yields nothing without struggle and that it never has and never will.

Milton’s victory in 1970 created the black community’s first real opportunity to hire, train and develop an entire generation of black prosecutors who eventually and successfully moved into politics and the private sector.

The Afro has also forgotten that when Parren Mitchell beat the powerful incumbent congressman Sam Friedel and the up-and-coming Paul Friedler by 49 votes in 1970 to become the first black congressman in the United States in the 20th century, he won only because the Jewish community, which has been repeatedly victimized by anti-Semitism, permitted these two excellent and popular Jewish candidates to split the Jewish vote.

Parren became a revered political leader who opened the doors of opportunity to countless blacks, women and other disadvantaged people. Jews learned their lesson and never again split their votes to their disadvantage. For example, when Michael Steele ran against Ben Cardin last year, Michael’s close friend, a powerful lobbyist, told him unapologetically that he was supporting Cardin because they were both Jews and because the Jewish community could not afford to give away power. Trust me, as disappointed as Michael Steele was, he understood and respected that approach because he understood that Jewish political power is essential to Jewish survival.

The Afro could have convened a similar summit with Stephanie Rawlings and Ken Harris to get Ken to drop out of the race to maximize this enormous black political opportunity instead of giving a de facto endorsement to Michael Sarbanes, who, who like Stephanie Rawlings, happens to be a fine person from an illustrious political family. Instead, the Afro is encouraging black people to give away power in this coming election. Unfortunately, in this election year, the black community will again have to rely on others to consistently, courageously and unapologetically pursue a power agenda like every other disadvantaged group in America.

As Carl Murphy was fond of saying, it is not the man, it’s the plan.

I am deeply disappointed. Please print this.

William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr., Esq.
William H. Murphy, Jr. & Associates, P.A.
12 West Madison Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-735-0333 – Direct
410-539-6500 – Main
410-539-6599 – Fax
410-493-6500 – Cell

410-558-0606 – Home

Black people must vote

Posted in business, news, politics on September 11, 2007 by bmorenews

For Fannie Lou Hamer’s sake, as well as that of every other person who fought for black people’s rights in this US of A – black people must vote. Today is election day in the City of Baltimore. Regardless of who one supports, it is imperative that black people show up and vote at the polls today. There is no excuse. People can go to the club and to every other place they want. However, the ancestors and elders of the black community implore every voter to vote. Point blank. To not vote is a horrible mistake. Again, black people must vote today in Baltimore for the candidates of one’s choice. Vote, vote, vote! Our futre and that of our children depends on it!  

With Mitchell Implosion, Rawlings-Blake Benefits

Posted in business, news, politics on September 7, 2007 by bmorenews

Correct me if I am wrong. Right now, with Keiffer Mitchell getting pimp slapped by his daddy in front of the class – talking about all eyes on me – Mayor Sheila Dixon might be in more of a position to lend some assistance to the Rawlings-Blake campaign for City Council President.

Tuesday is going to be about flushing out the voters. Black. White. Latino. Korean, even. Tuesday is going to be about who has the money to pay people to do the otherwise incomprehensible. Tuesday is about the best organization, the best teamwork, the best knowledge of the game. It is not, I repeat again, for the faint at heart. Remember, victory belongs to the person – be it Elizabeth Smith, Nick Mosby, or Vernon Crider – who thinks they can and who works like there is no tomorrow. 

In the words of noted photographer J. D. Howard, “You can’t rule where you don’t go and you can’t teach what you don’t know.” 

Most anybody can run for office, but not all of them should

Posted in business, news, politics on August 20, 2007 by bmorenews

Criteria for winning an election: first, one has to be electable – you know, no murders, rapes, or recent B&Es under their belt. Secondly, one needs money to run for office. Without one’s own money, there is the possibility of having the wrong people’s money – like big corporations. Third, one needs a consensus, a constituency, a team of supporters. Next, one has to be organized; unorganized campaigns lose every time. It is not enough to be “for the people.” One must have the basic elements for victory. Otherwise, the campaign would be a waste of time. Yes, people like Jill and Bundley have the community’s interest at heart. But, more is needed. Politics is not for the faint at heart, the weary, the weak, the broke, the unorganized, or the short-sighted. And, for the record, a little charm goes far. Again, this is not about who has the best platform or stump speech. Politics is war, and people play for keeps. Further, blacks are more likely – if history remains true – to look out for blacks. The time for blacks having to wait and – in the meantime – push candidates from other communities is dead and stinking. First, blacks must exhaust the resources already available so as to promote a black agenda. For BMORENEWS, this black agenda includes public education, black business, universal access to healthcare, ex-offender services, and housing. For the record, few if any of the citywide candidates in Baltimore’s citywide races have addressed all of these concerns.  

At this point, Harris ought get out of race for council prez

Posted in business, news, politics on August 20, 2007 by bmorenews

The Glover Report, Vol. VII, No. 13

Appeal to Baltimore’s Black Leadership:  

Dearest Councilman Kenneth N. Harris …

By D. Morton Glover, Publisher

(BALTIMORE – Aug. 20, 2007) – I imagine the following words will lose me some friends. But, that’s okay. For as my father taught me and as my brothers often encourage – my humble lot in life is to ask the tough questions.

As a political analyst, it is also my duty to tell the truth … as best I can.

To follow the light of such torches who have graced our community like the late Congressman Parren J. Mitchell, making friends is not the primary responsibility here, is not the primary task. What’s first and foremost is living one’s purpose. Hence, my prayer is to illuminate the truth.

Having said that, the future of black Baltimore’s political power is at-risk like a person having promiscuous, unprotected sex on Pennsylvania Avenue. And unless black Baltimore’s leadership comes together from every facet of the community – business, professional, faith, community, political and otherwise – Baltimore may not see another black mayor for a very long time.

For whatever reason or reasons, the City Council President’s race – from an objective observer’s standpoint – is truly one for the ages. Additionally, the competition is so tight between Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Michael Sarbanes.

However, when the jade is from a black perspective – not an anti-white one – but from a pro-black and a ‘what’s good for black Baltimore’ perspective: The conclusion is that with two blacks in, the white guy wins.

Again, this is not to say that the white guy in question, Sarbanes, would not or cannot make a good Baltimore City Council President and do well for the city. He lives in ‘the ‘hood’ and has adopted two black sons from Ethiopia. This is noble.

Certain questions, however, do come to mind, though – one has to admit. For instance, why didn’t Sarbanes go for a Council seat first? Just like Andrey Bundley chose to bypass the traditional process of working one’s way up, Sarbanes has done the same. Both, unfortunately, have little experience doing the ‘day-to-day’ of an elected official, especially in a large and complex major metropolitan area. 

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