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Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.07.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Rather than stand and fight, the Democratic National Committee decided to run away and decouple their reelection campaign from the very visible, 24/7 presence of President Obama. This was their "playbook" for holding or increasing Democratic Party seats in the House and Senate. How did that work out?

Will Working Moms Show Up on Election Day?

Candice Burns | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Candice Burns

Moms, your vote counts because you vote with your children and family at heart. Showing up at the polls or staying home can make the difference between electing a candidate who shares your priorities and sending one to Washington who doesn't.

Republicans Fear Paying a Price for Attacks on Interests of African Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Community and civil rights organizations are exhorting African American voters to go to the polls in the mid-term elections by pointing out that when African Americans don't vote they get outcomes like Ferguson, Missouri. Republicans think that reference to Ferguson is "inflammatory." It's not the least bit "inflammatory."

Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

With continued officer-involved shootings, attempts at voter suppression, and ongoing racial and economic disparities, it is easy to push voting to the side. But it is precisely because of tragedies like the deaths of young Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and because of an unequal educational and employment system, that we need to show up at the polls.

Out of Touch GOP Rapidly Seals Fate With Majority of Ordinary Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Republican Leadership may be doing just fine with the Wall Street crowd and extremists who oppose birth control, but for the majority of ordinary Americans its actions over the last several weeks have rapidly begun to seal its fate as a minority party.

Why African Americans Have to Prove the Pollsters Wrong

Gerry Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Pollsters are betting that a smaller percentage of African Americans show up at the polls this Election Day than four years ago. We have to prove them wrong. The kind of nation that we will be for years to come is on the line.

Democratic Ticket Could Be Nearly All-White Without Burris, Stroger

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Without [Senator Roland] Burris or [Cook County President Todd] Stroger, Democrats run the risk of heading into the November 2010 election with only o...

Devotion, Suspicion and Excitement in Louisville

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gail McGowan Mellor

In the heavily African American area of well-kept middle class houses next to Shawnee Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, people across from the polls at ...

I Owe My Interest in American Politics to Sarah Palin

Jason Whitlock | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics
Jason Whitlock

Before Sarah Palin, I was a stubbornly proud non-voter, a 41-year-old patriotic American unwilling to tie any of my identity to a political party or ideology.

An Unscripted Barack Obama Preaches Personal Responsibility In Texas

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

The press are checking email, reading Politico and stifling a yawn or two even though it is clear that Barack Obama has caught a live one in Beaumont,...