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2012 Election

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Romney's Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

Romney’s Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

by Imara Jones on August 30 2012, 9:57AM

Romney doesn’t have enough white support to win. But he knows how to get it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

GOP to America: 'We Built It.' But Who's the We?

GOP to America: ‘We Built It.’ But Who’s the We?

by Imara Jones on August 27 2012, 1:15PM

As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, the question remains: What’s Romney’s economic plan, and who’s it actually for?

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, /NOW

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin From Women of Color Activists

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin From Women of Color Activists

by Akiba Solomon on August 24 2012, 11:18AM

Rep. Akin, I and a few women of color activists have some information for you about the nature of rape and legitimacy. Since you draft laws that affect our bodies, we ask that you read every word.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Todd Akin

LIVE CHAT: Colorlines.com Reporters on the Threat to Voting Rights in 2012 Interactive

LIVE CHAT: Colorlines.com Reporters on the Threat to Voting Rights in 2012

by Kai Wright on August 23 2012, 10:12AM

Watch—and join—a conversation about the 2012 elections and the growing rightwing attack on the right to vote.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

How the Tea Party's Building a 'Poll Watcher' Network for November

How the Tea Party’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November

by Brentin Mock on August 23 2012, 9:43AM

True the Vote began as a small outfit in Houston three years ago. Now, its agenda for intimidating voters reaches all across the country.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Infographic: True the Vote's Spreading Campaign to Intimidate Voters in 2012 Infographic

Infographic: True the Vote’s Spreading Campaign to Intimidate Voters in 2012

by Hatty Lee on August 23 2012, 9:37AM

An interactive map of how one Tea Party group is moving the voter fraud meme inside far right and Republican Party politics.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Get Ready to Debate Obama's American Identity, Again

Get Ready to Debate Obama’s American Identity, Again

by Sally Kohn on August 20 2012, 9:51AM

In the run-up to the GOP convention, the Romney camp has cried foul about the Democrats’ nasty tactics—while simultaneously reviving one of the most offensive themes in American politics.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems

by Akiba Solomon on August 17 2012, 9:10AM

The VP candidate is good with online aesthetics but falls short when it comes to women’s reproductive health. Oh, and he’s not below trotting out Dred Scott to get his way.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, Paul Ryan, Politics

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward

by Brentin Mock on August 15 2012, 11:09AM

Civil rights groups vow appeal, arguing that hundreds of thousands may be disenfranchised in November.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

It's Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

It’s Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

by Imara Jones on August 13 2012, 8:31AM

Though abhorrent, Ryan’s ideas are not new. Touted as an attempt to rescue America’s future, they’re ripped right out of America’s past.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan

I Have Photo ID, Therefore I Am

I Have Photo ID, Therefore I Am

by Brentin Mock on August 2 2012, 10:27AM

Ten Pennsylvania residents have spent the past week explaining in court that they do, in fact, exist and ought to be able to vote.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Florida to People of Color: Don't Vote Here

Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here

by Brentin Mock on June 29 2012, 9:38AM

What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Early Voting, Politics

Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

by Aura Bogado on June 15 2012, 2:20PM

What does reporting on voting rights mean at a time when a person’s race, class and gender still determines if they’ll be targeted for voter suppression?

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Watch

Obama Was Right. It's the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

Obama Was Right. It’s the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

by Imara Jones on June 11 2012, 10:00AM

This weekend, President Obama took a beating for declaring the private sector “fine.” But he was correct. The real jobs crisis is in the public sector, and Obama’s the only one with a plan to fix it. Turns out, that’s also the only real plan to deal with black joblessness.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

by Brentin Mock on June 6 2012, 9:14AM

Robo-calls, residency rules and misinformation about a voter ID law stirred confusion among young voters in particular during yesterday’s recall vote of Gov. Scott Walker. But turnout remained high—if not enough to counter Walker’s well-funded campaign.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012

Here We Go Again: The Ginned Up Race War of 2012

by Sally Kohn on May 29 2012, 9:45AM

Conservative commentators and political operatives have already begun conjuring images of scary black people out to destroy an endangered whiteness. Sally Kohn predicts we’ll see a lot more, as the right seeks ways to motivate its electoral base.

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

by Brentin Mock on May 10 2012, 9:07AM

The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

A View From Inside the Tea Party's Voter Suppression Confab

A View From Inside the Tea Party’s Voter Suppression Confab

by Brentin Mock on May 1 2012, 10:17AM

The cabal of rightwing activists and elected officials who have worked so hard to create the myth of voter fraud gather in Texas to redouble their efforts.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Mitt Romney's Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

Mitt Romney’s Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

by Shani O. Hilton on April 18 2012, 8:56AM

Now that he’s the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, we’re breaking down just where he stands on the issues that matter most to people of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, 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