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Junot Díaz Calls DREAM Act 'A Tiny Little Bone' for People Who Deserve More

Junot Díaz Calls DREAM Act ‘A Tiny Little Bone’ for People Who Deserve More

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 6:07PM

“I think the DREAM Act is a tiny little bone that they throw in to a community that deserves a lot more, and certainly I think it’s nice and important but we should be able to recognize the community—the people who do the heavy lifting—and stop afflicting them.”

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Romney's Dad Was on Welfare For First Years of His Life, Says Mom

Romney’s Dad Was on Welfare For First Years of His Life, Says Mom

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 3:04PM

Welfare wasn’t always a dirty word In the Romney family tree.

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Romney Asked Four Times If He'll Get Rid of Deferred Action, No Clear Answer

Romney Asked Four Times If He’ll Get Rid of Deferred Action, No Clear Answer

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 11:55AM

Romney first criticized President Obama for failing to pass immigration reform and then went on pledge to pass immigration himself but evaded the question.

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Latina Voter Schools Romney in New Political Ad

Latina Voter Schools Romney in New Political Ad

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2012, 4:30PM

The ad stars a Latina who takes Romney to task for saying he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino.

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Pa. Supreme Court Doubts State Can Comply With Its Own Voter ID Law

Pa. Supreme Court Doubts State Can Comply With Its Own Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on September 19 2012, 11:16AM

From the voters’ perspective, the Court’s unresolved issue is rooted in the age-old conundrum best expressed by Mos Def: “Why do I need ID to get ID? If I had ID, I wouldn’t need ID.”

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Soledad O'Brien Asks Romney Aide if It's 'Just a Hot Mess In There?' [Video]

Soledad O’Brien Asks Romney Aide if It’s ‘Just a Hot Mess In There?’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 3:10PM

CNN host Soledad O’Brien asked Romney adviser Bay Buchanan on Tuesday if the campaign is just a hot mess!

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Pa. Supreme Court Leaves Voter ID Law in Limbo

by Brentin Mock on September 18 2012, 3:10PM

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just issued a 4-2 ruling on the state’s voter ID law saying that the matter should be kicked back to the lower Commonwealth Court for further review.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Obama Campaign Releases Ad Targeting Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks

Obama Campaign Releases Ad Targeting Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 2:15PM

The Obama/Biden just released an ad on YouTube that responds to Romney’s comments.

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Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

by Imara Jones on September 18 2012, 2:06PM

Mitt Romney didn’t use the word “black” in his ‘47 Percent’ remarks. He didn’t have to. The nature of his economic smear did it for him.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Voting's Outcasts: Why One in Five Blacks in Kentucky Can't Cast a Ballot

Voting’s Outcasts: Why One in Five Blacks in Kentucky Can’t Cast a Ballot

by Aura Bogado on September 18 2012, 9:56AM

One in every five African Americans in Kentucky are barred from voting—only due to their criminal record.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Romney: 'If I Was Latino I'd Have a Better Shot at Winning This Thing'

Romney: ‘If I Was Latino I’d Have a Better Shot at Winning This Thing’

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 6:28PM

Mitt Romney said Obama supporters are freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.

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What Does It Mean for Black America When Obama Calls Himself 'Mixed'? [Reader Forum]

What Does It Mean for Black America When Obama Calls Himself ‘Mixed’? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on September 17 2012, 10:44AM

Obama finally mentions race on the campaign trail; the Colorlines.com community puts it in perspective.

Topics: Politics

Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That's Beside the Point

Immigrants Are Losing the Policy Fight. But That’s Beside the Point

by Rinku Sen on September 17 2012, 9:50AM

When reform advocates begin to win a profoundly racialized cultural fight over the nation’s identity, our politics will follow.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, Politics, Movement

Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down Gov. Walker’s Collective Bargaining Law

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 6:02PM

Wisconsin Circuit Judge Juan Colas judge has ruled that Governor Scott Kevin Walker collective bargaining reforms violate both the state and U.S. Constitution.

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This Week's Victories in Voting Rights

This Week’s Victories in Voting Rights

by Aura Bogado on September 14 2012, 11:29AM

The push back against voter suppression has resulted in some major victories this week.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

The Racial Burdens Obscured by Voter ID Laws

The Racial Burdens Obscured by Voter ID Laws

by Brentin Mock on September 14 2012, 9:48AM

The burdens of voters of color in Pennsylvania continue to be overlooked by the state’s lawyers.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Obama Talks Race, Calls Himself a 'Mixed Kid From Hawaii'

Obama Talks Race, Calls Himself a ‘Mixed Kid From Hawaii’

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2012, 3:30PM

While the comments may seem ordinary they’re not. The last time the President addressed race was at the height of the Trayvon Martin media coverage in March.

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Romney's Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

Romney’s Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

by Imara Jones on September 13 2012, 9:47AM

At their core, Romney’s priorities assert that the few should have more, and that the rest of us should pay for it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Philadelphia Groups Scramble to Help Residents Get Voter ID

Philadelphia Groups Scramble to Help Residents Get Voter ID

by Aura Bogado on September 12 2012, 9:30AM

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is already proving to be a burden to local agencies and non-profits.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

New Video Aims to Mobilize Rural Native Youth to Register to Vote

New Video Aims to Mobilize Rural Native Youth to Register to Vote

by Aura Bogado on September 11 2012, 2:45PM

A new video aims to mobilize rural Native youth to register to vote. Watch and share it now.

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