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Herman Cain's RNC 'ABC's' -- American Black Conservatives

Herman Cain’s RNC ‘ABC’s’ — American Black Conservatives

by Jorge Rivas on August 28 2012, 11:27AM

Despite not being part of the formal convention program, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is making the rounds and making himself available for interviews at the Republican National Convention

Topics: /NOW, Politics

This is What Voter Participation Looks Like

This is What Voter Participation Looks Like

by Aura Bogado on August 28 2012, 9:23AM

Nearly half of all California voters are new or occasional voters. In South LA, one group is empowering community members to realize the significance of their vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

RNC Cancels First Day As Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency

RNC Cancels First Day As Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency

by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 11:50AM

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to convene on Monday but won’t hold its first session until Tuesday as Tropical Storm Isaac has caused disruptions due to its proximity to the city.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Who Decides If You're American Enough to Vote? [Reader Forum]

Who Decides If You’re American Enough to Vote? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 27 2012, 9:24AM

The Colorlines.com community reacts to Brentin and Aura’s newest dispatches from the voter ID wars, being fought in your state right now.

Topics: Politics

Voter ID Threatens to Storm Next Week's GOP Convention

Voter ID Threatens to Storm Next Week’s GOP Convention

by Aura Bogado on August 24 2012, 1:36PM

As the RNC platform is amended to include support of voter ID legislation, we bring you the week’s voting rights updates

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

LIVE CHAT: Colorlines.com Reporters on the Threat to Voting Rights in 2012 Interactive

LIVE CHAT: Colorlines.com Reporters on the Threat to Voting Rights in 2012

by Kai Wright on August 23 2012, 10:12AM

Watch—and join—a conversation about the 2012 elections and the growing rightwing attack on the right to vote.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

How the Tea Party's Building a 'Poll Watcher' Network for November

How the Tea Party’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November

by Brentin Mock on August 23 2012, 9:43AM

True the Vote began as a small outfit in Houston three years ago. Now, its agenda for intimidating voters reaches all across the country.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Infographic: True the Vote's Spreading Campaign to Intimidate Voters in 2012 Infographic

Infographic: True the Vote’s Spreading Campaign to Intimidate Voters in 2012

by Hatty Lee on August 23 2012, 9:37AM

An interactive map of how one Tea Party group is moving the voter fraud meme inside far right and Republican Party politics.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Florida's Menacing Moves to Restrict Voting

Florida’s Menacing Moves to Restrict Voting

by Aura Bogado on August 22 2012, 4:00PM

Changes to Florida’s voting rules target people of color, and not those who have done anything wrong. Our newest community journalists reports what’s happening on-the-ground.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Planned Parenthood President, Eva Longoria, Lilly Ledbetter to Speak at DNC

Planned Parenthood President, Eva Longoria, Lilly Ledbetter to Speak at DNC

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2012, 2:05PM

The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled a list of prominent women Wednesday that are scheduled to speak at the party’s upcoming convention, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Lilly Ledbetter and actress Eva Longoria.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Leads Romney Among Black Voters 94-0% (Yeah, as in Zero Percent)

Obama Leads Romney Among Black Voters 94-0% (Yeah, as in Zero Percent)

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2012, 1:22PM

Wondering how Mitt Romney is doing with black voters? Not good.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Ohio GOP Election Official: Early Voting Should Not Accommodate Blacks

Ohio GOP Election Official: Early Voting Should Not Accommodate Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 12:29PM

An Ohio GOP election official who voted against the weekend voting rules that enabled thousands to cast ballots in the 2008 election said Sunday that he did not think that the state’s early voting procedures should accommodate African-Americans.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Get Ready to Debate Obama's American Identity, Again

Get Ready to Debate Obama’s American Identity, Again

by Sally Kohn on August 20 2012, 9:51AM

In the run-up to the GOP convention, the Romney camp has cried foul about the Democrats’ nasty tactics—while simultaneously reviving one of the most offensive themes in American politics.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics

What Does Paul Ryan Tell Us About What Romney Thinks? [Reader Forum]

What Does Paul Ryan Tell Us About What Romney Thinks? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 20 2012, 9:37AM

Readers talk about Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate, and what we can deduce about his views of women and people of color.

Topics: Paul Ryan, Politics

Court Cases Continue to Decide Future of Voting Rights

Court Cases Continue to Decide Future of Voting Rights

by Aura Bogado on August 17 2012, 2:02PM

This week’s updates on early voting, voter ID, and the power of marginalized voters.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

What's Ahead in the 'Voting Wars'? Certainly Not Peace.

What’s Ahead in the ‘Voting Wars’? Certainly Not Peace.

by Brentin Mock on August 17 2012, 10:00AM

A conversation with election law expert Richard Hasen on the true scope of voter fraud, the power of the ACORN myth and John Roberts’ scary interest in the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems

by Akiba Solomon on August 17 2012, 9:10AM

The VP candidate is good with online aesthetics but falls short when it comes to women’s reproductive health. Oh, and he’s not below trotting out Dred Scott to get his way.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Paul Ryan, Politics

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward

by Brentin Mock on August 15 2012, 11:09AM

Civil rights groups vow appeal, arguing that hundreds of thousands may be disenfranchised in November.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

by Rinku Sen on August 14 2012, 8:32AM

Rinku Sen profiles several artists and cultural organizers who’s work you can check out this summer—and at our Facing Race conference in November.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics, Movement

Voting Suppression Schemes and How They're Being Challenged

Voting Suppression Schemes and How They’re Being Challenged

by Aura Bogado on August 10 2012, 2:42PM

Voters are turned away because of confusion in Michigan, purges take hold in New Mexico and Iowa, and Voter ID is challenged in Pennsylvania and Tennessee

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics