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Is True the Vote Shaking Down States With Nuisance Lawsuits?

Is True the Vote Shaking Down States With Nuisance Lawsuits?

by Brentin Mock on October 17 2012, 10:42AM

The battered group’s poll watching “army” is on the retreat, but is it now trying to cash in through harassing state election officials?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Jeff Chang on Hope, Change and How Culture Can Shape Politics

Jeff Chang on Hope, Change and How Culture Can Shape Politics

by Jamilah King on October 17 2012, 10:06AM

The author of one of the hip-hop generation’s seminal texts talks about shifting cultural images of Barack Obama, storytelling and what’s been inspiring him lately.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics

An Illustrated Guide to All The Finger Pointing at Last Night's Debate

An Illustrated Guide to All The Finger Pointing at Last Night’s Debate

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 9:05AM

At last night’s second presidential debate, pointing and sometimes wagging fingers sparred.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

'Binders Full of Women,' Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

‘Binders Full of Women,’ Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

by Akiba Solomon on October 17 2012, 8:52AM

At least nobody can call the second debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama boring.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Supreme Court Refuses Republican Request to Halt Early Voting in Ohio

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 1:20PM

Supreme Court refuses Republican request to halt early voting in Ohio days before election.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Michelle Obama Casts Absentee Ballot, Urges Supporters to Vote Early

Michelle Obama Casts Absentee Ballot, Urges Supporters to Vote Early

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 4:57PM

Obama’s campaign said it was the first time a presidential nominee and his spouse will not vote in person on Election Day.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

'Put the White Back in the White House' Meme Moves from Twitter to GOP Rally

‘Put the White Back in the White House’ Meme Moves from Twitter to GOP Rally

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 11:31AM

A racist anti-Obama trending topic making the rounds on Twitter for months finally made an appearance on a t-shirt at a Romney campaign rally this past weekend.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Easier as a Latino? Rosie Pérez Schools Mitt Romney in New Video

Easier as a Latino? Rosie Pérez Schools Mitt Romney in New Video

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 9:19AM

Easier as a Latino? Rosie Perez sets Mitt straight.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why is Abortion a Sidenote in the Big Show?

Why is Abortion a Sidenote in the Big Show?

by Akiba Solomon on October 12 2012, 11:26AM

Staunchly anti-choice Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got off easy on reproductive health rights at last night’s debate. Which makes sense, since the issue was cast as a personal matter.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns--and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns—and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

by Imara Jones on October 12 2012, 9:41AM

After the vice presidential debate, the divide between the candidates on jobs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security could not be more stark.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan, Politics

Judicial Watch Explains Its 'Integrity' While Swing States Take Spotlight

Judicial Watch Explains Its ‘Integrity’ While Swing States Take Spotlight

by Aura Bogado on October 12 2012, 8:40AM

With the presidential election less than a month away, eligible voters in swing states are fighting to make sure that they’ll be counted on November 6.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Voting Rights Act Protects Two More States From Suppression Efforts

Voting Rights Act Protects Two More States From Suppression Efforts

by Brentin Mock on October 10 2012, 12:35PM

Voter ID laws blocked in South Carolina and Mississippi, the latter where tea party leader says women don’t deserve to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Ohio Appealing to US Supreme Court To Block Weekend Early Voting

Ohio Appealing to US Supreme Court To Block Weekend Early Voting

by Brentin Mock on October 9 2012, 12:39PM

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted must really dislike black church’s “souls to the polls” GOTV campaigns.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

A Swing State Disenfranchises Its Poor Electorate

A Swing State Disenfranchises Its Poor Electorate

by Aura Bogado on October 9 2012, 9:35AM

Despite a federal obligation to do so, Nevada public service agencies are accused of not providing their clients with voter registration forms.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Is Voter Suppression Becoming Less Common, or Just Less Overt? [Reader Forum]

Is Voter Suppression Becoming Less Common, or Just Less Overt? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on October 8 2012, 9:56AM

Colorlines readers discuss the latest efforts by conservatives to paint disenfranchised voters of color as “lazy” or “undeserving” of the right to vote.

Topics: Politics

Are True the Vote's Poll Watching Activities Illegal?

Are True the Vote’s Poll Watching Activities Illegal?

by Brentin Mock on October 8 2012, 9:51AM

Rep. Elijah Cummings and law experts say if they are targeting people of color, a court could find True the Vote operations unlawful.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Rep. Elijah Cummings Launches True the Vote Investigation

Rep. Elijah Cummings Launches True the Vote Investigation

by Brentin Mock on October 5 2012, 4:03PM

True the Vote will have difficult time harassing voters with Congress watching them at the polls.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn't Racist--Just Ask Artur Davis

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn’t Racist—Just Ask Artur Davis

by Brentin Mock on October 4 2012, 10:13AM

The black former congressman has emerged as the tea party’s new best friend, because he insists his colleagues in the southern Black Belt are the real threat to voting rights.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Pennsylvania GOP Leader Insists Voter ID Opposition Is About 'Lazy' Voters

Pennsylvania GOP Leader Insists Voter ID Opposition Is About ‘Lazy’ Voters

by Brentin Mock on October 3 2012, 10:18AM

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says judge who blocked the state’s voter ID law yesterday enables the “entitlement mentality” and people who live off others’ labor.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics