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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.

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

Holder Now Aims to Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

Holder Now Aims to Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on September 30 2013, 9:45AM

Holder may seek to bail North Carolina back into federal “preclearance” oversight

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Government Shutdown: Here We Go, Again

Government Shutdown: Here We Go, Again

by Brentin Mock on September 27 2013, 7:00AM

What’s open and what’s closed when the feds must shut their doors.

Topics: Politics, Shutdown

Nevada GOP Leader: 'Minorities Will Not Turn Out' to Vote in 2014

Nevada GOP Leader: ‘Minorities Will Not Turn Out’ to Vote in 2014

by Brentin Mock on September 26 2013, 11:38AM

Nevada GOP leader also doesn’t like that the Democratic Party has such a diverse tent of followers.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in 'Deep South'

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in ‘Deep South’

by Brentin Mock on September 24 2013, 11:43AM

AIG corporate executives who almost tanked the U.S. economy and then were rewarded bonuses compared to the likes of Emmett Till.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

by Brentin Mock on September 23 2013, 2:15PM

African-American Congress members gathered last week to tackle new policies concerning economic inequality, voting rights and criminal justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics

Congress May Fix the Voting Rights Act This Year. Here's Why

Congress May Fix the Voting Rights Act This Year. Here’s Why

by Brentin Mock on September 13 2013, 7:00AM

Wanna bet that Congress restores key functions of the Voting Rights Act before New Years?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Parting Words From Resigning NAACP President Ben Jealous

Parting Words From Resigning NAACP President Ben Jealous

by Brentin Mock on September 9 2013, 11:28AM

NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund also loses civil rights pillar in attorney Debo Adebile, who is now counsel for the U.S. Senate judiciary committee.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, /NOW, Politics

Florida Voter Registration Fraud Investigation Comes Up Empty

Florida Voter Registration Fraud Investigation Comes Up Empty

by Brentin Mock on September 4 2013, 3:32PM

Florida Republicans called for investigation into voter fraud that ended up exposing fraud from GOP.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Dream Defenders and DREAMers Were Cut From 'I Have a Dream' Ceremony

Dream Defenders and DREAMers Were Cut From ‘I Have a Dream’ Ceremony

by Brentin Mock on August 29 2013, 12:05PM

Leaders of youth social justice action organizations were invited to speak at the March on Washington 50th anniversary ceremony yesterday, but then cut at the last minute.

Topics: Voting Rights, March on Washington, /NOW

Report From the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Ceremony

Report From the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Ceremony

by Brentin Mock on August 29 2013, 11:00AM

The highs and the lows of yesterday’s commemoration

Topics: Voting Rights, History, March on Washington, /NOW, Politics