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Five Million Voters May Lose Rights in the 2012 Elections

Five Million Voters May Lose Rights in the 2012 Elections

by Brentin Mock on March 6 2012, 8:34AM

Two states in the Super Tuesday primaries—Georgia and Tennessee—are part of a wave of states that created troubling voting laws following the Tea Party Republican victories of 2010.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Why Do the GOP's New Dogwhistles Sound So Familiar? [Reader Forum]

Why Do the GOP’s New Dogwhistles Sound So Familiar? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 5 2012, 8:50AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss the GOP’s latest efforts to control our conversation on race and gender.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 2:08PM

U.S. House of Representative Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois’ Fourth District in the heart of Chicago spoke on the floor of the House earlier this week about recent comments by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair

How a Racist Email Reveals the Grand Old Party Has Become a Petty Affair

by Kai Wright on March 2 2012, 10:12AM

It’s no great insight to point out it’s a tough election year for the Republican Party. But for all the hours of analysis spent sussing out how the GOP arrived in this place, a federal judge in Montana offered this week what is perhaps the most succinct explanation.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Kai Wright, Politics

Arpaio Says Obama's Birth Certificate is Fake, Calls for Criminal Investigation

Arpaio Says Obama’s Birth Certificate is Fake, Calls for Criminal Investigation

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 4:20PM

At a press conference on Thursday Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he suspects the birth certificate President Obama released last year is forgery.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Tea Party Star Andrew Breitbart Is Dead at 43

Tea Party Star Andrew Breitbart Is Dead at 43

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 1:01PM

The conservative writer and a star of the tea party movement was 43.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mexican Mitt Romney for President Releases Music Video

Mexican Mitt Romney for President Releases Music Video

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 5:17PM

The fictional character has released a music video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Angela Davis Calls DREAM Act  One of Today's 'Most Important' Fights

Angela Davis Calls DREAM Act One of Today’s ‘Most Important’ Fights

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2012, 9:29AM

Author/activist Angela Davis speaks during the Independent Lens Examines Black History Month panel at the 2012 Winter TCA Tour on January 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics

Biracial Man Mistakenly Included on Time Mag's Latino Voter Cover

Biracial Man Mistakenly Included on Time Mag’s Latino Voter Cover

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 12:15PM

TIME mistakenly includes a half Chinese and half white guy on their Latino voter cover.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Tells Latinos: Don't Say I Didn't Try for Immigration Reform

Obama Tells Latinos: Don’t Say I Didn’t Try for Immigration Reform

by Julianne Hing on February 23 2012, 10:47AM

And then calls out lawmakers who’ve pushed “anti-immigrant” laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics

Forgive New Mexico Gov's Haircuts, Her Gay Stylist Gave up on Her [Video]

Forgive New Mexico Gov’s Haircuts, Her Gay Stylist Gave up on Her [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 3:18PM

The Latina New Mexico Governor lost get hair stylist because of her stance on same-sex marriage.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Melissa Harris Perry's Inaugural Guest on MSNBC: Colorlines Family

Melissa Harris Perry’s Inaugural Guest on MSNBC: Colorlines Family

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 3:15PM

Colorlines.com board member Dorian Warren was a guest on the premiere episode of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” show that premiered Saturday.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Actress Lisa Chan Apologizes for Anti-Chinese Hoekstra Ad

Actress Lisa Chan Apologizes for Anti-Chinese Hoekstra Ad

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 9:51AM

Lisa Chan, the 21-year-old actress who appeared in Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s anti-Chinese campaign released an apology Wednesday.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Wealthy One Percent That's Behind Minnesota's Voter ID Push

The Wealthy One Percent That’s Behind Minnesota’s Voter ID Push

by Brentin Mock on February 10 2012, 9:45AM

The perennial swing state’s wealthiest finance institutions and conservative political operatives are banding together to disenfranchise millions of voters, according to a new report.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

Actress in Hoekstra's Chinese-Themed Site is Former CA Beauty Queen

Actress in Hoekstra’s Chinese-Themed Site is Former CA Beauty Queen

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 9:21AM

The Asian actress who stars in the DebbieSpentitnow.com is reportedly a 21-year-old Bay Area native, UC Berkeley sociology graduate and Miss Napa Valley.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Sh*t Mitt Romney Says When He's Around Black People: 'Who Let The Dogs Out' [Video]

Sh*t Mitt Romney Says When He’s Around Black People: ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 2:00PM

Mitt Romney was surrounded by a group of African-Americans and asked “who let dogs out?”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank Execs Funding Pols Behind Minnesota Voter ID Push

Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank Execs Funding Pols Behind Minnesota Voter ID Push

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 2:16PM

TakeAction Minnesota says that executives from Minnesota’s three largest banks—Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and TC—have bankrolled the politicians who are working to restrict voter rights in the state.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Santorum Puts a Black Church to Sleep [Photo]

Santorum Puts a Black Church to Sleep [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 10:29AM

An amazing moment captured by a New York Times photographer.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Gingrich's Rick Tyler Says Democrats

Gingrich’s Rick Tyler Says Democrats “Abort Black Babies” [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2012, 11:05AM

Rick Tyler, Newt Gingrich’s former communications director who now runs his Sheldon Adelson-funded SuperPac, was a guest on “The Rachel Maddow Show” yesterday and claimed Democrats “abort black babies” and said that African Americans children need the movie “Red Tails” because they don’t have any positive role models in their lives.

Topics: Newt Gingrich, /NOW, Politics

Jan Brewer Uses Wagging Finger Incident to Raise Money

Jan Brewer Uses Wagging Finger Incident to Raise Money

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 1:54PM

“Scorpions for Breakfast” isn’t the only thing Gov. Jan Brewer is promoting since last week’s finger-wagging incident with President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics