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Romney's Campaign Acknowledges Attracting Black Voters is a Long Shot

Romney’s Campaign Acknowledges Attracting Black Voters is a Long Shot

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 11:23AM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will tell black voters Wednesday that backing him over the Democratic incumbent, who won their overwhelming support in 2008, is in the best interest of their families.

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Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son's 'Crisis is Deeper Than We Thought'

Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son’s ‘Crisis is Deeper Than We Thought’

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 10:59AM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office says the Democratic Chicago congressman is struggling with “physical and emotional ailments” worse than previously known.

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MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy Leave ALEC

MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy Leave ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 10:33AM

The companies join the roughly 20 companies that have already parted ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding an end to corporate-sponsored voter suppression.

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Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act's Authority

Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act’s Authority

by Aura Bogado on July 10 2012, 4:10PM

200,000 Latinos will turn 18 between now and Election Day. But if they’re in Texas, their right to vote is under threat.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Fencing Team's Ibtihaj Muhammad Hoped to Become First U.S. Woman to Compete at Olympics in a Hijab

Fencing Team’s Ibtihaj Muhammad Hoped to Become First U.S. Woman to Compete at Olympics in a Hijab

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 11:56AM

The 25-year-old New Jersey native appeared to be unstoppable at competitions last month and came pretty close to making it to London.

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Georgia's Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

Georgia’s Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

by Seth Freed Wessler on July 10 2012, 9:49AM

Georgia followed Florida’s example in forcing safety-net recipients to get drug tests, despite the fact that neither law is likely to stand up in court. Why? Because actual policymaking was never the point.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy, Politics

Judge who Helped Popularize the Term 'Driving While Black' Hearing Texas Voter-ID Case

Judge who Helped Popularize the Term ‘Driving While Black’ Hearing Texas Voter-ID Case

by Aura Bogado on July 9 2012, 2:59PM

One of the judges hearing the Texas voter ID law, which targets voters of color, is no stranger to civil rights.

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Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

by Imara Jones on July 9 2012, 9:38AM

Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now—including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia's Electorate

How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia’s Electorate

by Aura Bogado on July 6 2012, 2:45PM

Forty-four percent of Philly is African-American—and nearly 20 percent of voters there may lose their right to cast a ballot this fall.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

A Case Study in How Kris Kobach's Cabal Aims to Remake Election Law

A Case Study in How Kris Kobach’s Cabal Aims to Remake Election Law

by Brentin Mock on July 5 2012, 10:20AM

The battle unfolding in Michigan this week illustrates how a 15-state consortium of rightwing elections officials—who are willing to say anything to advance the voter fraud meme—plan to dismantle voting rights.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

How Many Lawyers Does it Take to Screw an Election?

How Many Lawyers Does it Take to Screw an Election?

by Aura Bogado on July 2 2012, 9:58AM

Minnesota lawmakers claim ignorance over violating ethics in the voter ID suit that stands to discriminate against voters of color.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Democrats Walk Out to Protest House Contempt Vote Against Holder

Democrats Walk Out to Protest House Contempt Vote Against Holder

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 10:58AM

As the Republican-led House voted to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt on Thursday, Democrats led by the Congressional Black Caucus walked out in protest.

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Florida to People of Color: Don't Vote Here

Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here

by Brentin Mock on June 29 2012, 9:38AM

What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Early Voting, Politics

Federal Judge Denies US Request to Stop Florida Voter Purge

by Brentin Mock on June 27 2012, 5:30PM

A federal judge denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency restraining order to halt Florida’s non-citizen voter purge.

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Three Interesting Facts About Communities of Color in Utah Before Republican Primary

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 5:08PM

A look at the State’s emerging communities of color before the Republican Primary.

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Eric Holder's New Role as Right Wing Boogeyman

Eric Holder’s New Role as Right Wing Boogeyman

by Aura Bogado on June 26 2012, 4:36PM

What does Holder’s defense of voting rights have to do with a House committee move to hold him in contempt? Everything.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Pa. House Majority Leader Says State Voter ID Law Will Allow Romney to Win State

Pa. House Majority Leader Says State Voter ID Law Will Allow Romney to Win State

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 5:02PM

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told the Republican State Committee that Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law will allow Romney to win PA.

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Voter ID Standoff Threatens New Hampshire's Proud Turnout Record

Voter ID Standoff Threatens New Hampshire’s Proud Turnout Record

by Aura Bogado on June 22 2012, 2:25PM

After a year of standing ground, the governor warms up to voter ID—but still vetoes bill that would have affected the voting rights of eligible students and African Americans.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

One Voter Suppression Law Isn't Good Enough in Michigan

One Voter Suppression Law Isn’t Good Enough in Michigan

by Aura Bogado on June 19 2012, 2:00PM

In a state with an existing voter ID law, three bills target voters of color, youth, the elderly and non-English speakers.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Spanish Talk Shows Biggest Name Cristina Saralegui Endorses Barack Obama

Spanish Talk Shows Biggest Name Cristina Saralegui Endorses Barack Obama

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:50PM

This is the first time that Cristina Saralegui has endorsed a President or actively participated in a presidential campaign.

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