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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

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked to Divide Gays, Latinos and Blacks

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked to Divide Gays, Latinos and Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 12:17PM

Confidential documents made public on Monday show one of the nations leading anti-gay groups planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage across the country by “fanning the hostility” between black voters and gay voters.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Are Voter ID Laws the New Jim Crow?

Are Voter ID Laws the New Jim Crow?

by Brentin Mock on March 27 2012, 9:53AM

Photo voter ID laws are bad policies, and they have serious potential to suppress voter turnout for millions of people, mostly people of color, low-income citizens, elderly populations and college students. But this is not the equivalent of Jim Crow.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Hans Von Spakovsky's False Conclusions About Georgia's Voter ID Impacts

Hans Von Spakovsky’s False Conclusions About Georgia’s Voter ID Impacts

by Brentin Mock on March 23 2012, 1:42PM

Increase in Georgia’s minority voter turnout was due to large increases in voter registration and the excitement around the Obama campaign, *despite *the voter ID law, but not because of it.

Topics: Politics

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Comment on Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 12:44PM

The GOP Primary candidates had been silent up until Obama made his comments.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Asians Were Fastest-Growing U.S. Population in Last Decade, Census Finds‎

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 1:42PM

According to the 2010 Census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Latino Support v Latino Access to ID For Voting Purposes

Latino Support v Latino Access to ID For Voting Purposes

by Brentin Mock on March 21 2012, 5:00PM

Discriminatory impacts rely more on whether people of color can access something and almost not at all about whether they support it.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics