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What Will Virginia's New Governor Do About Felony Disenfranchisement?

What Will Virginia’s New Governor Do About Felony Disenfranchisement?

by Brentin Mock on November 7 2013, 7:00AM

Virginia just dodged a bullet to voting rights by electing McAuliffe over Cuccinelli. But how far will the new governor actually go to restore felons’ ability to vote?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Lawyers Want $2 Million For Gutting Voting Rights Act

Lawyers Want $2 Million For Gutting Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on November 6 2013, 3:34PM

Law firm that helped gut the Voting Rights Act wants millions for their work.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Winners and Voter Turnout for Election Day 2013

Winners and Voter Turnout for Election Day 2013

by Brentin Mock on November 6 2013, 12:10PM

Turnout was low all around, but there were clear victories for progressive and moderate conservatives around the nation.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

A Local Vote for Economic Justice Nationwide

A Local Vote for Economic Justice Nationwide

by Imara Jones on November 6 2013, 7:00AM

Why the election of Bill de Blasio as the next mayor of New York is good news for economic progressives nationwide.

Topics: Economic Justice, Politics

Can Kerry Washington (and Obama) Fix the Virginia Governor Race?

by Brentin Mock on November 4 2013, 9:06AM

Kerry Washington wows audience on Saturday Night Live, then hypes crowds the next day in rally for Virginia governor’s race.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Five Local and State Races to Watch on Election Day

Five Local and State Races to Watch on Election Day

by Brentin Mock on November 1 2013, 5:23PM

It’s an off year for elections, but there are some important races you should be following.

Topics: Politics

Republicans Block Black Congressman and Civil Rights Lawyer From Key Obama Appointments

Republicans Block Black Congressman and Civil Rights Lawyer From Key Obama Appointments

by Brentin Mock on October 31 2013, 3:37PM

Senate Republicans have blocked two key nominees by President Obama.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

Federal Judge Says His Voter ID Approval Was a Mistake, Then Takes it Back

Federal Judge Says His Voter ID Approval Was a Mistake, Then Takes it Back

by Brentin Mock on October 28 2013, 11:19AM

A federal judge says he made a mistake when he gave voter ID laws a legal green light, but is now pumping the brakes.

Topics: Blogs List, Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

How Much Did Race Dog the Shutdown Standoff?

How Much Did Race Dog the Shutdown Standoff?

by Brentin Mock on October 24 2013, 12:38PM

Brown University political scientist measures just how much race figured into decision to shut down government.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Five Things to Know About Virginia's High-Stakes Governor's Race

Five Things to Know About Virginia’s High-Stakes Governor’s Race

by Brentin Mock on October 23 2013, 11:06AM

The winner of next month’s governor’s race in Virginia could be an indicator of the direction of conservative politics.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Two Men Were Married in Oklahoma, Where Gay Marriage is Constitutionally Forbidden

Two Men Were Married in Oklahoma, Where Gay Marriage is Constitutionally Forbidden

by Aura Bogado on October 22 2013, 1:08PM

It has everything to do with tribal sovereignty.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obamacare Website Will Get Fixed, Says POTUS

Obamacare Website Will Get Fixed, Says POTUS

by Brentin Mock on October 21 2013, 1:47PM

President Obama is aware of the struggles people are having with the website for the new affordable healthcare law.

Topics: Voting Rights, Health, /NOW, Obamacare, Politics

Morehouse Alum Jeh Johnson Tapped to Head Homeland Security

Morehouse Alum Jeh Johnson Tapped to Head Homeland Security

by Brentin Mock on October 17 2013, 4:19PM

Obama will tap an African American, Jeh Johnson, to succeed Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW, Politics

Obama Sets Priorities for Remainder of 2013

Obama Sets Priorities for Remainder of 2013

by Aura Bogado on October 17 2013, 1:33PM

The president says he wants to tackle the budget, immigration reform, and the farm bill.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Cory Booker's Moneyed Win

Cory Booker’s Moneyed Win

by Brentin Mock on October 17 2013, 8:12AM

Cory Booker raised lots of money for his Senate race, some of it questionably. But that’s the game, and he played to win.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

by Brentin Mock on October 11 2013, 1:39PM

HUD is working without 96 percent of its staff, the deepest cuts of any Cabinet department.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Black Lesbian Minister Becomes Dean of Vanderbilt's Divinity School

Black Lesbian Minister Becomes Dean of Vanderbilt’s Divinity School

by Jamilah King on October 9 2013, 10:50AM

But some in the religious community aren’t happy about it.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Five SCOTUS Cases Worth Watching

Five SCOTUS Cases Worth Watching

by Brentin Mock on October 9 2013, 7:00AM

The new U.S. Supreme Court session started this month. Here are a few cases with racial justice implications

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Politics

Prominent San Francisco Artist René Yañez Faces Eviction After 30 Years in the Mission

Prominent San Francisco Artist René Yañez Faces Eviction After 30 Years in the Mission

by Jamilah King on October 4 2013, 9:58AM

A campaign is building to help save an artist’s longtime home.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Republican States Cut 'Food Stamps' As Feds Promise Not To

Republican States Cut ‘Food Stamps’ As Feds Promise Not To

by on October 4 2013, 7:00AM

Republican state lawmakers are looking to do the job that their Beltway comrades won’t be able to: Cut foot stamps from every angle.

Topics: Politics