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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

Kris Kobach and the Connection Between Restrictive Voting and Immigration Laws

Kris Kobach and the Connection Between Restrictive Voting and Immigration Laws

by Brentin Mock on March 21 2012, 12:53PM

An avowed leader of the anti-immigrant agenda is skipping his job—educating his state’s voters about new voting procedures—to work with groups around the country who want to make obtaining an ID an even thornier process for immigrants.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

Eminem Video Mash Up Asks: Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Eminem Video Mash Up Asks: Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 1:13PM

Mitt Romney raps to the tune of Eminem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

The GOP Isn't the Only Party That Must Face Younger, Browner Nation

The GOP Isn’t the Only Party That Must Face Younger, Browner Nation

by Shani O. Hilton on March 16 2012, 9:28AM

Young Democrats are urging the party to spend more time and resources on cultivating the leadership of young people of color.

Topics: Politics

47 Years Ago, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson Called for Voting Rights

47 Years Ago, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson Called for Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on March 15 2012, 4:25PM

States like Texas and South Carolina have blamed the federal government for imposing on their state’s sovereignty, but President Johnson, emboldened by the heroic efforts of African Americans, had an answer for that. Watch his 1965 speech.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Romney's Mexican Relatives Wish He'd Get on Board with DREAM Act

Romney’s Mexican Relatives Wish He’d Get on Board with DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 9:56AM

The GOP Presidential candidate’s cousin told Univision he hopes Mitt Romney supports the DREAM Act.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Pennsylvania Photo Voter ID Bill is Now Law, HBCUs in the Crosshairs

Pennsylvania Photo Voter ID Bill is Now Law, HBCUs in the Crosshairs

by Brentin Mock on March 15 2012, 9:14AM

College students have had a hard time voting in Pennsylvania, especially black college students. Things just got a lot harder for them thanks to the voter ID laws sweeping the nation.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

White Born-Again and Evangelical Christians Dominated Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries

White Born-Again and Evangelical Christians Dominated Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 4:20PM

Mississippi has the highest African-American population of any state in the union but on Tuesday’s GOP primary around 8 in 10 Mississippians voters were white evangelical or born-again Christians.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Rush Limbaugh Is Out of National Advertisers for Next Two Weeks

Rush Limbaugh Is Out of National Advertisers for Next Two Weeks

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 8:30AM

It’s been close to two weeks since Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and the controversy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DOJ Texas Voter ID Ruling Is No Surprise Given State's Faulty 'Colorblind' Policies

DOJ Texas Voter ID Ruling Is No Surprise Given State’s Faulty ‘Colorblind’ Policies

by Brentin Mock on March 13 2012, 10:11AM

Yesterday’s DOJ ruling was not a surprise to Texas. They sued the federal government last year in anticipation of it. Nonetheless, Texas Republicans were appalled yesterday. Sen. John Cornyn said it “reeks of politics,” which is, at best, dishonest.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Swing State Strategy? Pennsylvania May Be Next to Restrict Voting Rights

Swing State Strategy? Pennsylvania May Be Next to Restrict Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on March 12 2012, 9:58AM

A glance at other legislation pushed by the bill’s sponsor this session reveals a flock of efforts to curtail rights of minorities: an “illegal immigration” bill, a “right to work” anti-union bill, a “14th Amendment Misapplication” bill, and more.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

White House Emails Detail Its Role in Pushing Out Shirley Sherrod

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 4:34PM

Speaking of Andrew Breitbart smearing important black people, Associated Press reports today on 2,000 pages of Obama administration emails over the Shirley Sherrod debacle. According to AP, the emails show the White House engaged significantly with Agriculture Department officials’ discussion…

Topics: Media, /NOW, Politics

The Coming Battle Down South: Latino Voters vs. Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers

The Coming Battle Down South: Latino Voters vs. Anti-Immigrant Lawmakers

by Julianne Hing on March 7 2012, 9:47AM

Latino and Asian immigrants are the fastest-growing segments of the South, but their voting power still lags.

Topics: Politics

Judge Halts Wisconsin's Toughest-in-the-Nation Voter ID Law

Judge Halts Wisconsin’s Toughest-in-the-Nation Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on March 7 2012, 9:35AM

One researcher found 220,000 people in the state don’t have the ID now necessary to vote. A judge has blocked the law pending a full trial, meaning it won’t be in play by the state primary next month.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Ann Romney: 'We Can Be Poor in Spirit' [Video]

Ann Romney: ‘We Can Be Poor in Spirit’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 10:16AM

The couple made $20.9 million last year, making more in a day than an average American makes in a year.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics