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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.

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

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

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

Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Confederate Flag Featured at White House Rally

Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Confederate Flag Featured at White House Rally

by Brentin Mock on October 14 2013, 10:53AM

A small faction of hard-line rightwingers want Obama to put a Muslim holy book down and evacuate D.C.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Obamacare, Shutdown

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

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

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 3 2013, 1:56PM

Of the 16,304 people who would normally be working right now at Labor, only 2,954 are currently in effect

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

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2013, 12:03PM

EPA has lost over 90 percent of its faculty.

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

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:40PM

If you tried to shop online today during the rollout of Obamacare’s website, you may have had problems. Here’s why.

Topics: Economy, Health, /NOW, Obamacare, Politics, Shutdown

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:10PM

Attorney General Eric Holder has a full plate, but will lose much of his capacity to carry out the work due to Congress’ dysfunction.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown