African-Americans in Swing States Hold the Key

Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
~ Matthew 7:7

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“The winning coalition Democrats need to win Michigan and Pennsylvania, and certainly Ohio, depends on very high black turnout along with winning some union, working-class white voters,” FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver said on ABC’s Good Morning America on Election Day November 8, 2016.
According to Time:
In the final count, Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote of the 2016 presidential election was nearly three million votes.
According to the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report, Clinton’s final tally came in at 65,844,610, compared to Donald Trump’s 62,979,636, with a difference of 2,864,974. The total number of votes for other candidates was 7,804,213.
Clinton received about the same as President Obama’s 2012 totals of 65,915,795 but trailed his 2008 totals of 69,498,516 by more than 3.65 million ballots.

Nate Silver on Good Morning American

Hillary Clinton lost Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, states that Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012.

Where did she fare the worst? Line them up, and it doesn’t look good—they’re a bevy of heavily Democratic counties.

Top Ten Counties Where Clinton Performed Worse Than Obama
Wayne County, MI Detroit 595,846 519,444 -76,402
Cuyahoga County, OH Cleveland 447,273 398,271 -49,002
Milwaukee County, WI Milwaukee 332,438 288,986 -43,452
Erie County, NY Buffalo 237,356 197,686 -39,670
Sonoma County, CA Santa Rosa 153,942 116,027 -37,915
Macomb County, MI Detroit suburbs 208,016 176,317 -31,699
Honolulu County, HI Honolulu 204,349 175,696 -28,653
Suffolk County, NY Greater New York 304,079 276,953 -27,126
Genesee County, MI Flint 128,978 102,751 -26,227
Lucas County, OH Toledo 136,616 110,833 -25,783

With the exception of Macomb and Suffolk, Clinton still won all these counties. She just didn’t win them as decisively as Obama did. That hurt her: Counties, unlike most states, are not winner-take-all, and every vote counts toward the statewide total that determines who wins the electors. Clinton needed to run up the score in Democratic centers as high as she could to counter Trump’s overwhelming lead among rural voters. When she went to the liberal well, they didn’t give her the votes.

African-American population in select counties in states that Clinton lost
COUNTY PRIMARY CITY African-American population Percentage
Wayne County, MI Detroit 685,751 39.2
Cuyahoga County, OH Cleveland 381,052 30.5
Milwaukee County, WI Milwaukee 258,793 27.2
Macomb County, MI Detroit suburbs 101,524 11.7
Genesee County, MI Flint 83,766 20.5
Lucas County, OH Toledo 83,766 20.0

And Clinton’s critics miss an important point: She actually performed better than Obama did in nearly 400 counties. Some of these places are quite hefty, population-wise. Here’s where she exceeded her predecessor the most:
Top 10 Counties Where Clinton Performed Better Than Obama
Cook County, IL Chicago 1,488,537 1,611,869 +123,332
Harris County, TX Houston 587,044 706,471 +119,427
Los Angeles County, CA Los Angeles 2,216,903 2,329,231 +112,328
Maricopa County, AZ Phoenix 602,288 702,907 +100,619
Miami-Dade County, FL Miami 541,440 624,146 +82,706
Travis County, TX Austin 232,788 306,475 +73,687
Orange County, CA Anaheim 512,440 585,683 +73,243
San Diego County, CA San Diego 626,957 694,091 +67,134
Santa Clara County, CA San Jose 450,818 510,231 +59,413
Orange County, FL Orlando 273,665 329,894 +56,229

Clinton killed it in California. And she performed very well, compared with Obama, in many of the country’s major population centers. If you factor in these successes, Clinton’s net turnout actually tops Obama’s in the areas that went Democratic four years ago. In the end, she beat Obama’s take by 120,000 among those counties, with gains in the coasts canceling her popular-vote losses in the Rust Belt. That’s not a weak showing.

IT IS NOT an exaggeration to say that the Democratic Party is in shambles as a political force. Not only did it just lose the White House to a wildly unpopular farce of a candidate despite a virtually unified establishment behind it, and not only is it the minority party in both the Senate and House, but it is getting crushed at historical record rates on the state and local levels as well. Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “The Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.”
The Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.
Democrats are not putting resources into registering nine million African-American voters.
~ Jesse Jackson via Ralph Nader
The Democrats knowing that they win or lose presidential elections based on the turnout in the African-American community, especially in the swing states…
~ Ralph Nader

The party expected its loyal followers to look at the Clinton Foundation, and speak only of the good. It demanded that when asked about any appearance of influence peddling, the response was the Citizens United defense: where is the quid pro quo? We Democrats were to turn a blind eye to the way Bill Clinton sold the party out to Wall Street in the 1990s. We were to affirm our deep faith in his and Hillary’s good character, despite them both grotesquely cashing in after his presidency ended, even while she remained in public service. Even remarking the contrast between Jimmy Carter’s foundation — which earned the former President nothing in personal wealth — and the Clinton Foundation was verboten among loyal Democrats. She was good, her motives were good, so the stench of influence peddling must be ignored.
Wealth, power and crony capitalism fit together. Americans know a takeover has occurred, and they blame the establishment for it….
Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and for four of those years had control of both houses of Congress. But in that time they failed to reverse the decline in working-class wages and economic security.
We should be cautious about putting too much faith or fear into elected officials. At the end of the day, this is just a president.
If we want to have a better world we can’t hope for an Obama, and we should not fear a Donald Trump, rather we should build it ourselves.
~Edward Snowden

Learning from the Italians and their experience of having Silvio Berlusconi as a PM for nine years, the most powerful way to oppose Trump is to try and understand what his voters want and try to address the need of his voters. No jokes, stop shouting, and stop crying.
We contacted the Bernie Sanders campaign in June 2015, over eight months before Super Tuesday, to stress the importance of the African-American vote and the need to go beyond his standard stump speech. Politico:
In Tennessee, Clinton is winning with 82 percent of African American voters, while Sen. Bernie Sanders has picked up just 12 percent, according to a CNN News exit poll. African Americans from Virginia similarly came out in force giving her 84 percent of their vote. In Georgia, Clinton won a similarly large margin of African American voters with 83 percent, according to CNN. The network’s exit polls also showed that 87 percent and 88 percent of African Americans had voted for Clinton in Alabama and Arkansas, respectively. And finally, in Texas, Clinton won 80 percent of African Americans, according to CNN’s exit polls.
Now with general election over, there is a need to be concerned about Republicans using tactics to suppress voting in swing states for the next mid-term election. As we learned from a New York Times article, “New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States:”
Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.
According to the article, new laws were passed in Virginia and North Carolina effecting voting. Also in Virginia, a panel of federal judges recently issued a ruling that lawmakers illegally concentrated African American voters into one congressional district to reduce their influence elsewhere. This brings Virginia a step closer to being forced to redraw its congressional districts.
Is there gerrymandering in Virginia? Republicans have not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009, yet they hold eight of the state’s 11 congressional seats.
Clementa Pinckney

The Reverend Clementa Pinckney speaking at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on December 31, 2012. Pinckney was one of only two votes in the state senate opposing the latest South Carolina voter ID law designed to limit the franchise for black and brown people.

These facts along with last year’s mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina has motivated us to shift gears and also bring our magazines to the South starting with Petersburg, Richmond, and Hampton Roads in Virginia; along with Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina.
According to a Washington Post article there are nine truly swing states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Our long-term is to keep pushing South to make South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana swing states also. This is not as difficult as many would have you believe. For one, there are significant African-American populations in these states.
Rank State African-American
Alone Population (2010)
% African-American
1 Mississippi 1,074,200 37.3%
2 Louisiana 1,452,396 32.0%
3 Georgia 3,150,435 31.4%
4 Maryland 1,700,298 29.4%
5 South Carolina 1,290,684 28.5%
6 Alabama 1,251,311 26.4%
7 North Carolina 2,048,628 21.6%
8 Delaware 191,814 21.0%
9 Virginia 1,551,399 19.9%
10 Tennessee 1,055,689 16.8%
11 Florida 2,335,505 14.6%
12 Michigan 1,412,742 14.2%
13 Ohio 1,301,307 11.5%
14 Pennsylvania 1,224,612 10.0%
Seven Magazine is a free community magazine that will combine print, video, and digital using variable data printing (VDP), while also addressing the human element. One idea that we are exploring is including neighbors’ voting histories which is inspired by this New York Times article:
Before the 2006 Michigan gubernatorial primary, three political scientists isolated a group of voters and mailed them copies of their voting histories, listing the elections in which they participated and those they missed. Included were their neighbors’ voting histories, too, along with a warning: after the polls closed, everyone would get an updated set.
After the primary, the academics examined the voter rolls and were startled by the potency of peer pressure as a motivational tool. The mailer was 10 times better at turning nonvoters into voters than the typical piece of pre-election mail whose effectiveness has ever been measured.

In addition to print and digital, we will be exploring incorporating video. About 10 years ago, I developed a local entertainment television show called Live From VA that interviewed such guests as: Academy Award winner Mo’NiqueRussell Simmons & Rev RunKanye WestPharell Willams & Chad Hugo (the Neptunes), and Katt Williams. The underlying idea for the television show was to develop a tech company based on the strengths African-Americans, for example music. Considering the recent $3 billion sale of Beats By Dr. Dre to Apple, maybe there is something to this basic philosophy.

Hip Hop rich

One of our services is database marketing and the basic idea in database marketing is to build a close personal relationship with each customer that is based on quality, service, friendship, loyalty, and communications. And, not based on discounts. You would not give a neighbor $5 for helping you move furniture. It would be an insult. Instead, you offer a cup of coffee or a beer, and 15 minutes of chat around the kitchen table. That is the kind of relationship that database marketing creates. Discounts send the wrong message: we are cheap guys whose basic product is overpriced. We want to buy your loyalty. We don’t care about you. We care about your money.
All businesses have Gold customers – a small percentage that provides 80% of your revenue and profit. With a marketing database, you can identify these Gold customers. Then you develop programs designed to retain them. You use resources that you could not afford to spend on all of your customers. Profits come from working to retain the best, and encouraging others to move up to higher status levels.
Employee satisfaction is also very important to growing a business. According to Christopher Groening at University of Missouri:
We found that keeping your employees satisfied with their work experience, providing them with challenges and allowing them to have a sense of ownership in the business can have a tremendous effect on customer satisfaction and loyalty.
The need for employee satisfaction and greater equality to increase innovation is reinforced by Nobel Laureate and Columbia University’s director of Center on Capitalism and Society Edmund Phelps:
Little [innovation] will happen… without a wider embrace of the old ethos of imagination, exploration, experiment and discovery. It is that ethos that laid the foundation for the broad-based prosperity of the American middle class in the postwar years, and without its revival, no amount of government intervention can fully mitigate the widening inequality that the slowdown in innovation has helped create.
Roger Martin in Fixing the Game, reveals one of the culprit behind the sorry state of American capitalism. Our deep and abiding belief that the firm exists to maximize shareholder value has led to massive growth in stock-based compensation for executives and a naive and wrongheaded coupling of the “real” market with the “expectations” market. Real long-term economic growth comes from developing strong communities and not from being focused on short-term economic gains.
Why is 6 afraid? 7 8 9!
There are 7 Colors in the rainbow and 7 Notes on the musical scale. There are 7 Objects in the solar system that are visible to the naked eye. There are 7 Levels in the periodic table of elements.
The first book of the Old Testament Genesis has 7  letters. The first book of the New Testament Matthew also has 7 letters.

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