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Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Improved quality of Medicare plans, steady premiums great news as Open Enrollment begins

Marilyn Tavenner Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It’s also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare Open Enrollment begins. As we prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7, Medicare […]

Democrats have no consistent message

Democrats have no consistent message

Pundits are likely to spend the next several weeks attempting to explain the many reasons that Republicans simply kicked the Democrats square in the hind parts to dominate both houses of Congress in ways that had not been expected. With turnout at abysmal low – 33 percent – two thirds of the electorate didn’t think […]

Democrats: A party out of sync

Democrats: A party out of sync

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA COLUMNIST If there was one lesson to be learned on Election Day it was this: Until President Obama is gone and the Democratic Party leadership changes, Democrats will continue to lose. Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership over the past four years House Democrats have lost 74 seats. In 2010 alone, Democrats lost […]

Republicans can make headway with Blacks

Republicans can make headway with Blacks

Last week’s midterm elections were historic. Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate, increased their majority in the House, and expanded their majority among governors. While these gains were historic and impressive, there was a bigger story that no one is talking about. According to early polling figures, Black participation in this year’s midterm was […]

Wildcats rack up another big MEAC win

Wildcats rack up another big MEAC win

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman’s defense scored two fourth quarter safeties and held Norfolk State to 67 total yards as the No. 18/20 Wildcats took a 13-7 victory over the Spartans on Nov. 7 in a nationally televised ESPNU contest at William “Dick” Price Stadium. It was the 800th contest in program history, while the […]

Harvick wins in Arizona, heads to Homestead for championship race

Harvick wins in Arizona, heads to Homestead for championship race

BY JIM UTTER CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (MCT) AVONDALE, Ariz. — And then there were four. Kevin Harvick dominated the field in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for his third consecutive Sprint Cup Series win at the track and raced his way into a berth in next weekend’s championship race at Homestead, Fla. Joining […]

‘I am an activist who became an artist’

‘I am an activist who became an artist’

Harry Belafonte discusses activism, how he ended up in show business BY SUSAN KING LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) When Harry Belafonte appeared in mob-controlled Las Vegas in the 1950s at the Thunderbird Hotel, he decided to challenge the racist system that prevented African-American performers from staying at hotels on the Strip. “I walked into the […]

Strong finish for Black candidates

Strong finish for Black candidates

Local incumbents Cusack, Henry, Taylor hold on to their seats BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The city, county and state held onto their Black representatives in Volusia County. Daytona Beach Commissioner Patrick Henry, Volusia County At-Large Member Joyce Cusack and Florida Rep. Dwayne Taylor all were re-elected to their posts on Tuesday. Henry won […]

Social media fuels ‘messy’ campaigns

Social media fuels ‘messy’ campaigns

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “Messy, messy, messy.’’ That’s how one Volusia County voter described the recent election campaigns. “It was pretty bad,” Samantha Mason told the Daytona Times. Signs were knocked over, stolen and defaced. Social media spars over who received campaign funds from whom and who slung the most dirt were not […]

Speedway signs up for state’s stadium-funding process

Speedway signs up for state’s stadium-funding process

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and the Miami Dolphins, both unsuccessful in getting money out of Florida lawmakers in recent years, were the first to sign up for the state’s new stadium-funding process. The deadline to apply for the new annual funding process was Saturday. The […]