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Civil Rights Groups Sue Florida Over Voter Purging Lists

Civil Rights Groups Sue Florida Over Voter Purging Lists

by Brentin Mock on June 19 2012, 11:58AM

Civil rights groups are suing Florida over the state’s voter purging initiative. The Advancement Project’s co-director Penda Hair explains why this lawsuit is necessary.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Arkansas Tea Party Rally Kicked Off With Racist Icebreaker Joke

Arkansas Tea Party Rally Kicked Off With Racist Icebreaker Joke

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 10:07AM

Not only was an Arkansas Tea Party rally kicked off with a racist joke but then a Senator went ahead a tweeted the speaker did a great job.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

by Aura Bogado on June 15 2012, 2:20PM

What does reporting on voting rights mean at a time when a person’s race, class and gender still determines if they’ll be targeted for voter suppression?

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

Jon Stewart Takes on Rick Scott's Voter Suppression in Florida [Video]

Jon Stewart Takes on Rick Scott’s Voter Suppression in Florida [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 1:14PM

Check out the ‘Florida’ tag page to get the latest on voter suppression in Florida.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Places Expiration Date on Democracy

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Places Expiration Date on Democracy

by Brentin Mock on June 14 2012, 10:00AM

Even in offering Pennsylvanians free voter ID cards, it’s still a measure that places the right to vote in a plastic card rather than in the citizen.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Johnson & Johnson Becomes 19th Company to Withdraw Support From ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 1:28PM

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that it would no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DOJ Adds to Pile of Lawsuits Over Florida's Voter Purge

DOJ Adds to Pile of Lawsuits Over Florida’s Voter Purge

by Aura Bogado on June 12 2012, 2:32PM

The Sunshine State’s controversial scheme to scrub voter rolls of supposed non-citizen voters has now drawn more than ire; it’s headed to court.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Jorge Ramos Upset Obama Used His Image in Spanish Campaign Ad

Jorge Ramos Upset Obama Used His Image in Spanish Campaign Ad

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 5:56PM

On Thursday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos took to the air to denounce the use of his image in an Obama re-election campaign ad.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Bizarre and Confusing Standoff Between Florida and DOJ over Voter Purging

The Bizarre and Confusing Standoff Between Florida and DOJ over Voter Purging

by Brentin Mock on June 7 2012, 10:49AM

The standoff has been all heat and no light around a poorly designed and poorly timed voter purging scheme.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

by Brentin Mock on June 6 2012, 9:14AM

Robo-calls, residency rules and misinformation about a voter ID law stirred confusion among young voters in particular during yesterday’s recall vote of Gov. Scott Walker. But turnout remained high—if not enough to counter Walker’s well-funded campaign.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

America Ferrera Partners With Voto Latino For Election

America Ferrera Partners With Voto Latino For Election

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 3:35PM

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Voto Latino launched a campaign last Thursday called “America4America” to encourage young Latinos to vote.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Producer of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News

Producer of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 5:20PM

Some say the episode that nearly cost Chris White his job was much ado about nothing; others are using it to advance the narrative that the network is biased.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DOJ Purges Florida's Voter Purging Initiative

DOJ Purges Florida’s Voter Purging Initiative

by Brentin Mock on June 1 2012, 10:38AM

The Republican Party of Florida believes its voting practices are “easy” to comply with. Civil rights organizations, the Department of Justice and a federal judge all argue otherwise.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill) Says Democrats Got Blacks 'Dependent Upon Government'

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill) Says Democrats Got Blacks ‘Dependent Upon Government’

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 6:30PM

Illinois Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh has an ongoing list of racist remarks against everyone who isn’t white.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Walmart Backs Away From ALEC's Quest to Suppress Black Voters

Walmart Backs Away From ALEC’s Quest to Suppress Black Voters

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 2:20PM

Walmart Stores Inc., announced late Wednesday it’s suspending its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the black vote and promoted “Kill at Will” gun laws.

Topics: ALEC, /NOW, Politics

Michelle Obama Has Candid Chat About Approval Ratings with Jon Stewart

Michelle Obama Has Candid Chat About Approval Ratings with Jon Stewart

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 12:31PM

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by “The Daily Show” Tuesday night.

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Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012

Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012

by Sally Kohn on May 29 2012, 9:45AM

Conservative commentators and political operatives have already begun conjuring images of scary black people out to destroy an endangered whiteness. Sally Kohn predicts we’ll see a lot more, as the right seeks ways to motivate its electoral base.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics

Why Cory Booker's Defense of Bain Capital Is So 'Nauseating'

Why Cory Booker’s Defense of Bain Capital Is So ‘Nauseating’

by Imara Jones on May 25 2012, 10:07AM

The Newark mayor’s been a darling of the national press, until this week. Imara Jones explains why Booker’s odd defense of private equity firms hit such a nerve: because they represent the very thing people like Booker are supposed to counter.

Topics: Economy, Politics

What Does D'Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

What Does D’Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

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

You can’t, because D’Angelo is one of millions of African Americans across America who rightly or wrongly have had their licenses revoked or suspended due to interactions with the law.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Black Churches Welcome New Latino Communities

Black Churches Welcome New Latino Communities

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 4:10PM

There are 80,000 fewer blacks in South LA than there were in 1990.

Topics: /NOW, Politics