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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

Romney Enlists Gingrich on Welfare-Bashing Kick

Romney Enlists Gingrich on Welfare-Bashing Kick

by on August 8 2012, 5:25PM

Romney has positioned welfare as his newest line of attack, bringing his former primary rival on to serve as head assault dog.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Undocumented Immigrants Ride Through South, Headed For a DNC Coming Out

Undocumented Immigrants Ride Through South, Headed For a DNC Coming Out

by Aura Bogado on August 7 2012, 11:49AM

Why would a group of people who are ineligible to vote engage in electoral politics? We talk to a rider on the “UndocuBus” to find out.

Topics: Voting Rights, Immigration, Politics

Voter Suppression in the Land of Enchantment

Voter Suppression in the Land of Enchantment

by Aura Bogado on August 3 2012, 11:26AM

George Lujan, the latest community journalist to join Voting Rights Watch, reports from New Mexico, where the state’s busy frustrating registration efforts and prepping a massive voter purge.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

I Have Photo ID, Therefore I Am

I Have Photo ID, Therefore I Am

by Brentin Mock on August 2 2012, 10:27AM

Ten Pennsylvania residents have spent the past week explaining in court that they do, in fact, exist and ought to be able to vote.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

What's Happening With Voting Rights Near You? Here's a National Look

What’s Happening With Voting Rights Near You? Here’s a National Look

by Aura Bogado on July 31 2012, 2:07PM

Some of the latest voting rights news from around the country.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Taking a 'Freedom Ride' Against Pennsylvania's Voter ID [Photos] Photo

Taking a ‘Freedom Ride’ Against Pennsylvania’s Voter ID [Photos]

by Aura Bogado on July 27 2012, 9:40AM

More than 1,000 people rallied against Pennsylvania’s voter ID law this week. James Cersonsky shares his images from a “Freedom Ride” bus to the capital.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Watch

General Motors and Walgreens Leave ALEC, 30 Firms Have Left

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 2:23PM

Walgreens and General Motors are the 29th and 30th corporations to announce that they have dropped ALEC.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Why the Voter ID Faceoff in Pennsylvania Is Crucial

Why the Voter ID Faceoff in Pennsylvania Is Crucial

by Brentin Mock on July 25 2012, 9:52AM

Ten voters will attempt to show in court that the law has clear and racially biased impact on Pennsylvanians’ right to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Study Links 'Racial Resentment' and Voter ID Support

Study Links ‘Racial Resentment’ and Voter ID Support

by Aura Bogado on July 20 2012, 9:49AM

Race and racism continue to determine your attitudes towards voter ID—and whether you can even get one.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

New Romney Ad Pushes Mexican Roots with Grandpa on Horseback Wearing Cowboy Hat

New Romney Ad Pushes Mexican Roots with Grandpa on Horseback Wearing Cowboy Hat

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 2:37PM

Earlier this year Mitt Romney told Univision it would be disingenuous for him to claim he was Mexican.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Minnesota Voter ID Amendment Draws Youth Activists

Minnesota Voter ID Amendment Draws Youth Activists

by Aura Bogado on July 18 2012, 9:20AM

Minnesota’s voter ID is creating a new generation of activists fighting for social justice. Miracle Randle is one of them.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Watch

Why Our Vision of America's Future Must Count People of Color's Needs

Why Our Vision of America’s Future Must Count People of Color’s Needs

by Rinku Sen on July 18 2012, 9:19AM

It would be best to build an agenda for the country based on who and what we want to be, rather than on who and what we fear.

Topics: Census, Politics, Movement