Colorlines

Politics

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2012, 2:26PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney countered President Obama’s Latino outreach by arguing that Obama “has brought hard times to Hispanics,” citing their unemployment numbers.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 3:56PM

John Huppenthal, a state official who spearheaded the attack on the Tucson program appears to have a new target: Mexican-American studies at the college level.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Mitt Romney's Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

Mitt Romney’s Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

by Shani O. Hilton on April 18 2012, 8:56AM

Now that he’s the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, we’re breaking down just where he stands on the issues that matter most to people of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote “Spells Doom for Us”

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 2:30PM

The GOP presidential hopeful says he plans on reminding Latinos Obama promised immigration reform and didn’t fulfill those promises.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and 'Kill at Will' Task Force

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and ‘Kill at Will’ Task Force

by Brentin Mock on April 17 2012, 1:06AM

ALEC finally cuts loose its task force responsible for popularizing legislation that obstructs voting rights and allows gun owners to kill at will.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

by Brentin Mock on April 16 2012, 9:06AM

Thanks to strict, new voter ID laws that have swept through states, transgender citizens and others whose gender identities don’t match the state’s declaration of it may not be ale to vote in November.

Topics: Voting Rights, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

The War on Women Voting

The War on Women Voting

by Brentin Mock on April 12 2012, 3:40PM

Photo voter ID laws will have a disproportionate impact on women voters, who are more likely to have name and address changes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

AG Eric Holder Will Do 'Whatever Is Necessary' to Defend Voting Rights Act

AG Eric Holder Will Do ‘Whatever Is Necessary’ to Defend Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on April 11 2012, 11:05AM

Attorney General Eric Holder gives unequivocal defense of voting rights at Sharpton’s National Action Network 14th annual convention.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Rick Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign, Leaves Behind A Bunch of Racist Gaffes

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 2:59PM

The former Pennsylvania Senator leaves behind a few (some of them racist?) gems for us to go down memory lane with.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Romney Escapes Green Bay Man's Questions About Mormonism and Race [Video]

Romney Escapes Green Bay Man’s Questions About Mormonism and Race [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 12:40PM

The first question for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisc. on April 2nd came from a man who wanted to quote the Book of Mormon.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC--Is That Enough?

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC—Is That Enough?

by Brentin Mock on April 6 2012, 12:06PM

Coke and Pepsi said they were only in ALEC for the work around discriminatory food and beverage taxes. It would have been nice if they cited the discriminatory impact of voter ID laws.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

by Brentin Mock on April 6 2012, 9:30AM

What we can see so far is that Republicans are ramming photo voter ID laws down states’ throats by drumming up fake scares about “voter fraud” caused by “illegal aliens” who are terrorizing the polls by voting and cancelling out the votes of legitimate voters. It’s all bunkum, but plenty of campign mileage miles are racking up off this racket by Republicans

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Van Jones Wants Progressives to Bring Back the Hope

Van Jones Wants Progressives to Bring Back the Hope

by Rinku Sen on April 5 2012, 9:10AM

Rinku Sen talks with the green economy pioneer about his new book, “Rebuild the Dream,” and the road ahead for the Obama generation.

Topics: Politics, Movement

Quite a Few Snags in Wisconsin Primary Despite ‘No Problems’ Reports

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2012, 12:13PM

Wisconsin local news outlets are saying there were “no issues” with yesterday’s primary elections. That’s not what we heard.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Marco Rubio Pushes Nightmarish DREAM Act in Run for GOP's VP Nod

Marco Rubio Pushes Nightmarish DREAM Act in Run for GOP’s VP Nod

by Julianne Hing on April 4 2012, 8:58AM

Marco Rubio’s carefully maneuvering his way into the next tier of Republican politics.

Topics: Immigration, Politics

DOJ Hovers Over Today’s Wisconsin Primary to Protect Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on April 3 2012, 10:58AM

There is far too much confusion going on in Wisconsin today spread between new redistricting laws, the on-or-off photo voter ID laws, and the lack of diligence in making sure military members and Spanish-speaking residents are able to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Where Will a Next Generation Emerge in Black Electoral Politics?

Where Will a Next Generation Emerge in Black Electoral Politics?

by Shani O. Hilton on April 2 2012, 9:39AM

Four years ago youth of color—and African Americans in particular—played a larger role than they had in generations. Will that generation continue to vote, organize and even find their way into key campaign roles in such significant numbers?

Topics: Politics

Did Rick Santorum Just Almost Call the President the N-Word? [Video]

Did Rick Santorum Just Almost Call the President the N-Word? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 3:22PM

At a campaign stop in Janesville, Wisconsin on Tuesday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum came pretty close uttering the N-word when describing President Obama.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Organized Confusion: Votes Killed, Destroyed, Stressed

Organized Confusion: Votes Killed, Destroyed, Stressed

by Brentin Mock on March 30 2012, 2:11PM

Voter ID suppoters rely on tricky language. Missouri didn’t fall for it.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Texas Has to Chill With War on Voting Rights Act

Texas Has to Chill With War on Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on March 28 2012, 11:41AM

The same “chill effect” that Texas attorney general Greg Abbot is concerned about is the same chill that protectors of voting rights are concerned about when it comes to photo voter ID law, especially in Texas.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics