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2012 Election

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In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy's Slow Return

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy’s Slow Return

by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Why Obama Brought Class Size Into Last Night's Foreign Policy Debate

Why Obama Brought Class Size Into Last Night’s Foreign Policy Debate

by Julianne Hing on October 23 2012, 11:15AM

The United States can educate its way to global dominance, Obama argued.

Topics: 2012 Election, Education Reform, /NOW, Schools & Youth

DREAMers Call Romney’s Latest Spanish Language Ad Deceptive

by Julianne Hing on October 18 2012, 5:17PM

Undocumented youth and other immigrant rights groups want the ad taken down.

Topics: 2012 Election, Immigration, /NOW

Just How Hard is it for a Navajo Elder to Get Voter ID? [VIDEO] Play

Just How Hard is it for a Navajo Elder to Get Voter ID? [VIDEO]

by Aura Bogado on October 18 2012, 10:45AM

Although many people think it’s relatively easy to get an ID, one Navajo elder would disagree.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

How Native Voters Are Routinely Disenfranchised in Arizona

How Native Voters Are Routinely Disenfranchised in Arizona

by Aura Bogado on October 18 2012, 10:00AM

From voter ID laws to inaccessible polling stations, Native voters in Arizona face a cascading series of hurdles to participating in the November election.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

by Rinku Sen on October 18 2012, 9:35AM

This week’s presidential debate highlighted the fact that there’s a distinctive difference between getting invited to the party and actually having fun.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Gender & Sexuality, Movement

Romney Cares About All Immigrant Children, But Only After They Join the Military

by Julianne Hing on October 17 2012, 10:50AM

From self-deportation to the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, Romney spoke up about all of them last night.

Topics: 2012 Election, Immigration, /NOW

Who Are Those 'Gangbangers' Obama's So Proud of Deporting?

Who Are Those ‘Gangbangers’ Obama’s So Proud of Deporting?

by Julianne Hing on October 17 2012, 10:11AM

What curious language, given the reality of Obama’s deportation record

Topics: 2012 Election, Immigration, /NOW

The Scary, Familiar Way Romney Would Shrink the Food Stamp Rolls

The Scary, Familiar Way Romney Would Shrink the Food Stamp Rolls

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 17 2012, 9:36AM

Mitt Romney again used the 47 million Americans on food stamps a line of attack in last night’s debate. But his plan for fixing that is to simply let those families starve.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, /NOW

'Binders Full of Women,' Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

‘Binders Full of Women,’ Violent Single Moms and Other Debate Moments

by Akiba Solomon on October 17 2012, 8:52AM

At least nobody can call the second debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama boring.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns--and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns—and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

by Imara Jones on October 12 2012, 9:41AM

After the vice presidential debate, the divide between the candidates on jobs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security could not be more stark.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan, Politics

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

Collateral Damage in the War on Women

by Akiba Solomon on October 11 2012, 9:54AM

Poor and uninsured women of color are starting to feel the results after two years of relentless attacks on family planning infrastructure. Akiba Solomon reports from Texas.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, War on Women

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn't Racist--Just Ask Artur Davis

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn’t Racist—Just Ask Artur Davis

by Brentin Mock on October 4 2012, 10:13AM

The black former congressman has emerged as the tea party’s new best friend, because he insists his colleagues in the southern Black Belt are the real threat to voting rights.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Florida's Felonious Voting Trap

Florida’s Felonious Voting Trap

by Brentin Mock on September 27 2012, 10:28AM

When it comes to determining who can and cannot vote, misinformation reigns. The tea party movement is eager to exploit that fact.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Meet Our Team of Voting Rights Community Journalists

Meet Our Team of Voting Rights Community Journalists

by Aura Bogado on September 27 2012, 9:55AM

Voting rights are at risk all over the country, so we’ve recruited eyes and ears in key states to help us stay on top of rapidly unfolding events.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

by Imara Jones on September 18 2012, 2:06PM

Mitt Romney didn’t use the word “black” in his ‘47 Percent’ remarks. He didn’t have to. The nature of his economic smear did it for him.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Romney's Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

Romney’s Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

by Imara Jones on September 13 2012, 9:47AM

At their core, Romney’s priorities assert that the few should have more, and that the rest of us should pay for it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

by Imara Jones on September 6 2012, 9:50AM

The president has a plan to end the Depression-level unemployment in black and brown communities, thereby reversing the overall jobs picture. He refuses to say that, and it matters.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Undocubus: A Journey From Arizona to the DNC [Video] Play

Undocubus: A Journey From Arizona to the DNC [Video]

by Aura Bogado on September 5 2012, 10:18AM

Colorlines.com’s Aura Bogado traveled with Undocubus and brings you her reporter’s notebook.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics