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Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock
Political Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Brentin Mock covers national politics for Colorlines. He previously served as lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, covering the challenges presented by new voter ID laws, suppression of voter registration drives, and other attempts to limit electoral power of people of color.

Brentin is also a contributor for Demos’ blog PolicyShop, where he covers voting rights and civil rights; and also a blogger for Grist.org, where he writes about environmental justice. You can read some of his other work at Next American City, Facing South, The Root, In These Times, American Prospect and The Washington Post.

Follow Brentin on Twitter at @brentinmock.

Judge Halts Wisconsin's Toughest-in-the-Nation Voter ID Law

Judge Halts Wisconsin’s Toughest-in-the-Nation Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on March 7 2012, 9:35AM

One researcher found 220,000 people in the state don’t have the ID now necessary to vote. A judge has blocked the law pending a full trial, meaning it won’t be in play by the state primary next month.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

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

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

Jerome Bettis's Hall of Fame-Worthy Fight to Save Kids From Asthma

Jerome Bettis’s Hall of Fame-Worthy Fight to Save Kids From Asthma

by Brentin Mock on February 3 2012, 10:01AM

“The Bus” is up for NFL Hall of Fame induction this Super Bowl weekend. Brentin Mock says his bold activism on behalf of EPA’s clean air rules is proof enough that he’s among the greatest.

Topics: Environment, Health

Race-Baiting the Gulf to Exploit Black and Brown Workers

Race-Baiting the Gulf to Exploit Black and Brown Workers

by Brentin Mock on September 30 2010, 11:54AM

Keilen Williams doesn’t know where to direct his economic frustrations. Scapegoating pols and profiteering capitalists tell him and other workers to blame each other.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Katrina Recovery

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

by Brentin Mock on August 17 2010, 9:57AM

Oil spill workers describe 12-hour days, patronizing rules and bunking in a floating motel. It’s a terrible job that they’re thrilled to have.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

by Brentin Mock on June 9 2010, 12:00PM

A sheriff has set up checkpoints and called federal agents to BP’s cleanup sites because he says “illegal aliens” are building “criminal enterprises”—just like they did after Katrina.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration