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Will Harlem Legend Rangel Take One for the Team? Not Likely

Will Harlem Legend Rangel Take One for the Team? Not Likely

by Jamilah King on July 26 2010, 4:28PM

Dem leaders want him to cut a deal before things get really ugly, but some say it’s time to exit stage left.

Topics: Politics

Obama: Sherrod Debacle is Media's Fault, Not Mine

Obama: Sherrod Debacle is Media’s Fault, Not Mine

by Kai Wright on July 23 2010, 10:04AM

Never mind the fact that it was his administration, not the media who fired her.

Topics: Kai Wright, Politics, Shirley Sherrod

NAACP Says Pictures Tell a Thousand (Racist) Words

NAACP Says Pictures Tell a Thousand (Racist) Words

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2010, 3:30PM

As debate over the resolution continues, NAACP blogs out proof of its need.

Topics: Politics

We're Not Racist, Say Tea Partiers---While Being Racist

We’re Not Racist, Say Tea Partiers—-While Being Racist

by Jamilah King on July 16 2010, 2:50PM

We didn’t need more confirmation of this but here it is.

Topics: Politics

Jan Brewer Jumps Ahead In Polls, Except With Latinos

Jan Brewer Jumps Ahead In Polls, Except With Latinos

by Julianne Hing on July 15 2010, 6:08PM

New numbers released today by Rocky Mountain Poll show that Arizona Gov Jan Brewer’s anti-immigrant tactics are paying off for her across the state. In a poll the company conducted of 524 voters in the week before July 11, Brewer’s…

Topics: Politics

Meg Whitman Debuts Spanish Language Ad

Meg Whitman Debuts Spanish Language Ad

by Jamilah King on June 17 2010, 1:17PM

Meg Whitman wants you to know that she loves brown people. In her first spanish language ad set to run today during the World Cup match between Mexico and France, Whitman’s described as ” the Republican who opposed the Arizona…

Topics: Politics

Census Confirms Tea Party's Worst Nightmare

Census Confirms Tea Party’s Worst Nightmare

by Jamilah King on June 11 2010, 7:28PM

The latest Census figures show that the country’s white population could become a minority as soon as…next year. No big news, right? We’ve been that hearing for years. But these latest numbers show that massive geographic shifts are taking place…

Topics: Politics

South Carolina Dems May Be GOP Plants, After All

South Carolina Dems May Be GOP Plants, After All

by Jamilah King on June 11 2010, 5:25PM

The political soap opera of South Carolina politics continues to get uglier. On Tuesday a virtually unknown, unemployed army vet named Alvin Greene won the state’s Democratic nod for Senate without bothering to run a campaign or throw up a…

Topics: Politics

Indian Republicans and the Model Minority Myth

Indian Republicans and the Model Minority Myth

by Jamilah King on June 10 2010, 4:23PM

Do Indian American politicians represent a new “third way” in the South’s often murky political landscape? That’s the question that’s on some people’s minds this week after conservative Nikki Haley inched toward the Republican nomination for governor of South Carolina…

Topics: Politics

Whitman’s Spotty Voting Spells Confusion for California

by Jamilah King on June 9 2010, 7:13PM

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is rich. Really rich. And even though California voters haven’t exactly been kind to candidates who use their millions (or, in Whitman’s case, billions) to run for office, the former ebay CEO hasn’t been…

Topics: Politics

Under Political Siege, Muslim Americans Confront America’s Ugly Side

by Michelle Chen on June 7 2010, 12:02PM

Besieged by media attacks and riven by internal conflicts, Muslim American communities have been wrestling with an identity crisis for years now. The latest slew of “homegrown terrorism” allegations has prompted the Obama administration to show that it’s at least…

Topics: Immigration, National Security, Politics

Black Gov & Senators Today: 3. Next Year: 1

by Daisy Hernandez on June 4 2010, 11:50AM

At this time next year we might have one Black elected official in state office: Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick. He’s got a double-digit lead at the moment. The reality check comes courtesy of The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr. who…

Topics: Politics

In the Wake of Health Reform, Abortion Under Attack

by Michelle Chen on June 4 2010, 10:00AM

When health care reform finally limped past the finish line on Capitol Hill, the compromises littering the final bill left many activists disillusioned, but some hoped that action on the state level could keep the progressive reform movement moving…

Topics: Health, Politics

Judge Not: NJ Gov. Christie Ousts Lone Black Justice

by Michelle Chen on June 3 2010, 10:35AM

New Jersey’s new governor is zealously spreading a conservative agenda across his state, all the way up to the courthouse door. Gov. Chris Christie has sparked outrage in his decision not to reappoint the one Black judge of the state…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Did Race Cost Artur Davis the Alabama Primary?

by Daisy Hernandez on June 2 2010, 11:53AM

Alabama voters had a chance to make history last night and pick a Black Democrat nominee to run for governor but they said “No, thanks” in a big way, giving 62 percent of the vote to the state’s agriculture commissioner…

Topics: Politics

How Artur Davis Voted While Vying to be Ala.’s 1st Black Gov.

by Daisy Hernandez on June 1 2010, 1:11PM

If Congressman Artur Davis wins in today’s Alabama primary, he’ll make history becoming the first Black Democratic nominee for governor in a state where George Wallace declared “segregation forever.” But it might not be the victory we were waiting for….

Topics: Politics

Aid for Haiti Moving Through Senate In Fits and Starts

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2010, 2:14PM

Four months after the earthquake in Haiti, Congress is still debating best practices for how to help the country recover. Tomorrow, the Senate foreign relations panel will consider a bill by Senators John Kerry and Bob Corker that calls $3.5…

Topics: Global Affairs, Politics

Is the Tea Party the New Black Panther Party?

by Jamilah King on May 21 2010, 6:00AM

That was the question posed to readers earlier this week over at The Root. Writer Cord Jefferson, arguing that while there’s no way to reconcile the groups’ different ideological underpinnings, notes that they still seem to have a lot…

Topics: Politics

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek’s In The Hot Seat

by Jamilah King on May 20 2010, 9:17AM

It’s been a rough week for Democrats. Tuesday’s primary Congressional elections showed just how fragile the party’s standing is in many states. Now there’s news that Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Black candidate who’s one of the party’s key players…

Topics: Politics

Mexican Pres. Calderon Arrives In U.S., Slams Arizona Law

by Julianne Hing on May 19 2010, 3:59PM

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala arrived in the United States today, and Calderon wasted no time getting down to business. In a joint press conference with President Obama at the White House Rose Garden, Calderon raised…

Topics: Immigration, Politics