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Millennial, Civic Leaders Advocate for America's Oldest HBCU

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Many in the widespread coalition that make up "Heeding Cheyney's Call," are stating that the racially inequitable funding formula is the main reason that Cheyney, an all-time great institution, now has an all-time low student enrollment.

Ted Cruz's Father: Black People ‘Uninformed' And ‘Deceived'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, father of tea party star Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), called black and Hispanic voters “uninformed” and “deceived" d...

How High Black Voter Turnout Gave Terry McAuliffe His Win

Posted 11.07.2013 | Black Voices

One of the big questions of the next few years of politics is whether Democrats can replicate the “Obama model” of minority turnout without the pr...

'SNL' Spoofs Obama's Support Among Black Voters

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

President Obama is polling at around 81% with black voters, a remarkable low compared to the 93% he won in 2012. But does that mean black voters wish ...

Voter ID Proponents Muddy the Waters With Misleading Georgia and North Carolina Turnout Numbers

Rob Richie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

This week, Civitas' election policy analyst Susan Myrick claimed that the effects of restrictive voting laws on racial minorities are overblown. Unfortunately Myrick used a misleading statistic in her blog post and ignored many others that contradict her argument.

Wisconsin's Anti-Voting Law Heads to Federal Court

Penda D. Hair | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Wisconsin's restrictive voter ID law places burdens disproportionately on the state's voters of color, such as the time and financial costs of getting the underlying documents needed to obtain ID, and traveling to limited DMV offices. That's a far cry from equal access to the polls.

Wendy Davis and Julian Castro Are the Texas Future; Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott Are the Texas Past

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The hour will soon arrive when Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces whether she will run for governor, and if she does, Texas politics will never be the same.

Ted Nugent Justifies Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Ted Nugent, the perpetually provocative hard rock guitarist, said earlier this week that black Americans should be profiled in the same manner that di...

'Freeze! Drop Your Ballot!' -- The Potential Chilling Effect of Unregulated State Laws on Voter Rights

Jasmine Rand | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Jasmine Rand

The responsibility to ensure voter protection should not depend on attorneys willing to challenge discriminatory laws; the federal government must ensure equal justice in access to the polls.

Washington Watch: Week 20 - "The Stall"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 08.15.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

Will GOP delaying tactics torpedo Immigration Reform? Will student loan interest rates be allowed to double? Will the 'stall' last until the 2014 mid-...

Don't Celebrate Just Yet...

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Some would like to believe that because we now have a black president, that we no longer have a need to push for civil rights or equality. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Washington Watch: Week 17

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

This past week, President Obama delivered a major foreign policy speech at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He addressed the nation's counter-terrorism strategy, including the use of drones for national defense.

We Were Right (So Says the Census): Hidden Swing Voters Tipped the Scales in 2012

Marc H. Morial | Posted 07.21.2013 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

There is no doubt that the opportunity to re-elect America's first black president contributed to record black turnout last year. But, no matter who is on the ballot in 2014 and 2016, we must continue to exercise our voice. We must continue to exercise our vote.

Black Voter Surge Spells Even More Woe for the GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The black vote is and will remain a foundation of the Democratic Party in key states. And the increased number of black voters and their willingness to go to the polls poses a mortal threat to break the GOP's grip in the South. This can only add to the GOP's woes.

Census Reveals Historic Milestone Of 2012 Election

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Making history, America's blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012, lifting Democrat Barack Obama to victory amid voter apathy, ...

Washington Watch: Week 14

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

It seems many do not know THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS LAW and its major provisions will be implemented SOON!

GOP Continues To Ignore Group Of Voters

The Washington Post | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

In his column on GOP immigration fears — namely, that Republicans will follow the path of 2007 and blow their chance at reform — Buzzfeed’s McKa...

Black Voter Turnout Rate Passes Whites For The First Time

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the firs...

2012 Election A Historic Milestone For Black Voters

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the...

Jon Ward

Rand Paul: 'There Is A Perception That Republicans Don't Like People Of Color' | Jon Ward | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended his performance at Howard University last week in a 48-minute session with reporters on Wednesday mornin...

Rand Paul Stumbled At Howard, And That Was Sort Of The Point

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics

Rand Paul's speech at Howard University this week was widely panned, with much of the criticism coming from the left. Yet Artur Davis, a black Republi...

Jon Ward

Rand Paul's Surprising Message: Republicans 'Haven't Changed' | Jon Ward | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul came to Howard University on Wednesday and argued to students at the historically black college that the Republican Party hasn...

Hey Republicans, Great New Strategy -- But Before You Bet on Blacks...

Theodore Johnson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Before any substantial segment of the black electorate trusts the spirit of this new charm offensive or seriously considers a national Republican candidate, there are three simple things it has to do.

Strong Medicine: The Continuing Struggle for the Protection of Voting Rights

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

While considerable progress has been made, the Voting Rights Act's goal of making real the promise of the Fifteenth Amendment has not been fully realized.

Pandering to Latino Voters Won't Help GOP

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 04.12.2013 | Latino Voices
Charlene Obernauer

The values of an out-of-touch, stale, and offensive party are no longer attractive to voters, even if Republicans change their tone on immigration reform in an effort to make nice with Latinos.