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Jesse Jackson Says He Would Officiate A Same-Sex Wedding If Asked

(111) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 12:33 PM

Jesse Jackson told a conservative that he would perform a same-sex marriage ceremony if someone asked him.

“Beginning with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the inclusion of blacks, Hispanics, 18-year-olds, and women, opportunities are now unlimited,” Jackson said to Human Events during last week's Democratic...

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Kesha Rogers, Texas Democrat And Anti-Obama Nominee, Disavowed By Party Members

(61) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Charlotte, N.C. -- Last week, Texas Democrats sent more than 300 delegates to represent the Lone Star State at the Democratic National Convention. But Kesha Rogers, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress for Texas's 22nd District, was notably absent.

"She's not here in a lot of different ways," Gilberto Hinojosa,...

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Amelia Boynton Robinson, 101-Year-Old Voting Rights Activist, Attends The Democratic Convention

(201) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 11:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Thursday afternoon, an old lady in a wheelchair and her caregiver waited near the exit of the convention center here, delayed from their next stop by one of the week's intermittent downpours.

The woman in the wheelchair was Amelia Boynton Robinson. Five decades ago, she offered...

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Michelle Obama's DNC Message To Democrats Of Color: Roll Up Your Sleeves

(62) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 4:41 PM

Charlotte, N.C. -- Fresh off her barn-burner convention speech Tuesday night, First Lady Michelle Obama made an appeal Wednesday to the varied constituent groups that make up the Democratic base, urging them to join get out the vote efforts.

"We're going to have to roll up our sleeves!"...

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Michael Steele: Voter ID Rhetoric Is 'Irresponsible,' Party Needs New Approach To Black Voters

(1711) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 5:01 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Republican National Convention drew to a close, Michael Steele, the party's former chair, said that his party needed to do a better job of outreach to communities of color, and that the rhetoric around voter ID laws was a detriment to those efforts.

The party...

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CNN Camerawoman: Peanut-Throwing Incident At Republican Convention A 'Wake-Up Call'

(2701) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 1:42 PM

The CNN camerawoman who was pelted with peanuts by attendees at the Republican National Convention said that the incident was disheartening, and that it should serve as a wake-up call to black people.

"I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all," Patricia...

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At The Republican National Convention, Many Black Faces On The Stage, But Few On The Floor

(1952) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 10:40 AM

TAMPA, Fla. -- One hundred forty-three -- That's the tally of black people that comedian and author Baratunde Thurston said he'd counted at the Republican National Convention as of Wednesday afternoon, since landing here earlier this week. Many of them weren't delegates or attendees, but Thurston counted them anyway.


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Black Democrats Tout Obama Initiatives, Blast Mitt Romney And Artur Davis As Republican Convention Gets Underway

(48) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 6:47 PM

As Republicans took to the floor Tuesday to nominate Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention, Democrats warned that Romney's policies would hurt blacks while touting Obama administration initiatives aimed at blacks.

"All we hear from the other side is how we need to continue to provide tax cuts for...

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Mia Love, Poised For GOP Convention Speech, Campaigns In Utah To Be First Black Republican Woman In Congress

(822) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:25 PM

John McCain has stumped for her. Paul Ryan has held fundraisers on her behalf. She's been coached on public speaking by a member of Mitt Romney's team.

When Mia Love addresses the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon, it will be the coming-out party for the...

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Artur Davis, From Alabama Democrat To Republican National Convention Speaker

(330) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 3:03 PM

Artur Davis took the stage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver to second the nomination of Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president.

The congressman from Alabama was the co-chair of Obama's campaign, and he had attended Harvard Law School with the senator from Illinois....

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GOP Attorneys General Target Voting Rights Act, Ask Supreme Court To Strike Down Key Section

(2162) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Several Republican state attorneys general called a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional and asked the Supreme Court to strike it down.

The officials from Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas submitted a brief in a closely watched case arguing that the...

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Artur Davis DNC Ad Slaps Former Obama Ally-Turned-Republican With His Own Words

(393) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 6:34 PM

The Democratic National Committee has released a new video touting President Barack Obama's accomplishments and needling Artur Davis, a one-time Obama surrogate-turned-Republican, by using Davis' own words against him.

Davis, a former Democratic congressman from Alabama, was a co-chair of Obama's last presidential campaign. But earlier this year, he

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New Black Panther Party Leader Says Blacks Are Under Siege In Tampa Before Republican Convention

(330) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 12:37 PM

The New Black Panther Party, a black nationalist fringe group, is claiming that Tampa is "under siege" by white people, Republicans and Tea Partiers.

In a rant on Black Power Radio, Michelle Williams, the group's chief of staff, said that the Republican National Convention, which is being held in the...

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Mitt Romney Is Capturing Zero Percent Of The Black Vote, According To New Poll

(765) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 8:13 PM

Take a guess as to what percentage of black voters Mitt Romney is winning this election. Now take whatever number you've got in your head and go lower.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, President Obama is beating his Republican opponent among black voters...

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Justice Department Give Go-Ahead To Virginia Voter ID Law

(26) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 12:46 PM

The federal government gave the go-ahead to Virginia's voter ID law, which provides for a wide range of documentation to prove identity at the polls.

Unlike stricter voter ID laws like those in Pennsylvania, Virginia's voter ID law allows more forms of identification to be used, and...

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Todd Akin: Embattled GOP Candidate Says States Should Control Voting Rights

(714) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) gaffe about "legitimate rape" and abortion on Sunday overshadowed other comments the Senate hopeful made about state and federal involvement in elections.

When asked by Charles Jaco of Fox 2 in St. Louis about the legal fight between Texas and...

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Chavis Carter Police Video: Jonesboro Authorities Release DashCam Evidence From Night Of Shooting (VIDEO)

(970) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 9:45 AM

As public pressure mounts on the Jonesboro police department's investigation into the death of Chavis Carter, a 21-year-old who authorities say killed himself while handcuffed in the back of a squad car last month, new evidence in the case has been released that the department says supports its...

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Law: Mike Turzai Repeats Debunked Myth About Election Fraud

(187) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 1:42 PM

In the wake of a judge's decision not to block Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law, Mike Turzai, the Republican legislator who made headlines in June when he said the law would help Mitt Romney win the state in November, repeated the falsehood that the state has a history of election...

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San Francisco Police Department Falsified Racial Statistics For Arrests, Report Finds

(270) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 7:09 AM

San Francisco's police department has been underreporting the number of Latinos and Asian Americans who have been arrested for more than a decade by classifying them as members of other ethnic groups, according to the San Francisco Bay Citizen.

The city's police counted many Latinos that had...

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Opponents Regroup After Judge Refuses To Block New Election Rules

(25) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Steven Singer was getting ready to start his day Wednesday morning when he got wind of some news: a Pennsylvania judge decided not to block the state's polarizing new voter ID law.

"I was pretty sure that the courts were going to strike this down," said Singer, an...

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