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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.

Many Uninsured African Americans Will Benefit From Obamacare...but Not in Atlanta

Many Uninsured African Americans Will Benefit From Obamacare…but Not in Atlanta

by Brentin Mock on December 9 2013, 10:00AM

States with highest number of uninsured African Americans include North Carolina and Georgia.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Obama: We Need 'Targeted Initiatives' to Address Racial Economic Inequality

Obama: We Need ‘Targeted Initiatives’ to Address Racial Economic Inequality

by Brentin Mock on December 4 2013, 3:11PM

President Obama says we’ll need initiatives that target communities that have suffered from historical racial discrimination to combat economic inequality.

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

Obama Looking to Curb Political Activity of Shadowy Social Welfare Nonprofits

Obama Looking to Curb Political Activity of Shadowy Social Welfare Nonprofits

by Brentin Mock on November 26 2013, 3:00PM

Political campaign groups posing as social welfare nonprofits may have some difficulty under new proposed IRS rules

Topics: /NOW, Politics

How Race Shaped the Senate Filibustering Games

How Race Shaped the Senate Filibustering Games

by Brentin Mock on November 22 2013, 1:35PM

Of 13 of Obama’s judicial nominees who’ve been blocked, seven are African-Americans.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Congressman's Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

Congressman’s Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

by Brentin Mock on November 20 2013, 12:00PM

Rep. Radel gets slapped on writs for coke possession. Black and Latino men and women don’t get off so easy.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Drug War, Economy, /NOW, Politics

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

by Brentin Mock on November 18 2013, 2:56PM

Holder brushes off calls for his impeachment to explain how he’s been helping reduce recidivism.

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

Obama Taps Top Voting Rights Lawyer to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

Obama Taps Top Voting Rights Lawyer to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

by Brentin Mock on November 15 2013, 9:43AM

Attorney who defended the Voting Rights Act bill before the Supreme Court gets nod to head Civil Rights department.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

The Ballot or the Bank

The Ballot or the Bank

by Brentin Mock on November 14 2013, 1:05PM

In the post-Citizens United era, will traditional get-out-the-vote organizing be overshadowed by get-out-the-wallet political action?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Over 106,000 People Enrolled in Obamacare in First Month

Over 106,000 People Enrolled in Obamacare in First Month

by Brentin Mock on November 13 2013, 3:45PM

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announces how many people have enrolled in the troubled program.

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

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

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

Holder Releases Millions for Criminal Defense of the Poor

Holder Releases Millions for Criminal Defense of the Poor

by Brentin Mock on October 30 2013, 4:36PM

Holder also endorses criminal justice reform ideas from newly minted U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Testimony at Senate 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing Gets Bizarre

Testimony at Senate ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing Gets Bizarre

by Brentin Mock on October 29 2013, 11:16AM

Sen. Ted Cruz tells mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis that their sons deaths were not about race.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW

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