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Minority Voters

Fractures in the coalition of the ascendant

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
Murali Balaji

My close friend Andre is passionate about civil rights and is a scion of a Tuskegee University family. He's also a Donald Trump voter. Andre is a b...

Report: Trump Won With lowest Minority Vote In Decades

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 11.25.2016 | Home

Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency with less support from black and Hispanic voters than any president in at least 40 years, a Reuters review of pol...

Donald Trump Doesn't Care About Black People

Ian Squires | Posted 11.14.2016 | Home
Ian Squires

In the immediate wake of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster, rapper Kanye West sounded off with a blunt assessment of the President: “George Bush d...

Donald Trump’s Lack Of Support Among Black Voters Isn’t Unusual Among GOP Nominees

The Huffington Post | Samantha Neal | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home

Republicans struggled to court minority voters long before Donald Trump became the party’s standard-bearer. Trump has made headlines in the last few...

Donald Trump's Minority Outreach Problem

The Huffington Post | John Rieger | Posted 08.28.2016 | Home


Why Clinton Will Win

Philip Seib | Posted 07.30.2016 | Home
Philip Seib

Trump certainly has assets as well, primarily his ability to cultivate dissatisfaction with America's current direction. But in terms of getting actual votes on November 8, his strengths do not compare with those of Clinton. She will win.

Don't Disenfranchise California

Steve Chapple | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Steve Chapple

There is a magic land far, far away where the ball cap slogan, "Make America Great Again" is already a reality, and the phrase "A Future to Believe In," is pretty much here and now. It's called California.

An Appeal to African Americans From a Bernie Sanders Supporter!

David Kanegis | Posted 03.09.2016 | Home
David Kanegis

I'm a middle class, white guy! Who am I to suggest who you should vote for in the Presidential primaries? But because I feel this election is so imp...

Author Steve Phillips Explains Why Minority Voters Can No Longer Be An 'Afterthought'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.23.2016 | Home

With demographics continuing to change in the United States, brown is becoming "the new white" -- and it's a political reality with which presidential...

New Poll Shows Deep Split in Democratic Party

Mike Lux | Posted 02.17.2017 | Home
Mike Lux

The Democratic Party is split. This poll shows that the split is deep. After the primary, it will be our job as Democrats and progressives to bring everybody back together.

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2017 | Home
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Sanders May Be One Justice Away From His Political Revolution

Terry Smith | Posted 02.03.2017 | Home
Terry Smith

The conventional wisdom on the establishment left is that Sen. Bernie Sanders is offering his enthusiastic supporters pipedreams in lieu of achievable policy proposals. Placed in proper perspective, Bernie Sanders may be just one justice away from setting in motion what he calls a political "revolution."

Bernie Sanders Landslide Victory? Non-White Democrats And White Liberals Could Unite To Make This Happen

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
H. A. Goodman

The only thing preventing Bernie Sanders from a landslide victory in the 2016 Democratic Primaries is the notion that non-white Democrats will automatically side with Hillary Clinton. If this seems like hyperbole or an unrealistic assessment of today's political landscape, then let's look at the big picture.

Hillary Clinton Has A 'White Liberal' Problem That Will Help Bernie Sanders Become Democratic Nominee

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.31.2016 | Home
H. A. Goodman

It's tough to represent the hopes of Americans hurt by entrenched political interests when you've taken money from Donald Trump, or you've already run a campaign ad in 2008 that utilizes a "racist sub-message." For these reasons, Clinton's problem with white liberals, and Sanders's eventual appeal to minority voters, will enable Vermont's Senator to win the Democratic nomination.

Samantha Lachman

What's At Stake In The Trial Over North Carolina Voting Restrictions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Home

When Army Spc. Timothy Patillo, 26, returned to Fort Bragg after an overseas deployment a month before the 2014 elections, he went to a North Carolina...

Notes for Next Time: From Turnoff to Turnout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Home
Robert Kuttner

The voting turnout in this year's congressional and gubernatorial elections was the lowest since 1942. Much of the story was in young people, poor people, black and Hispanic citizens who tend to support Democrats voting in far lower numbers than in 2008 or 2012. The Democrats just weren't offering them very much. But the other part of the Election Day story was older voters and the white working class, especially men, deserting the Democrats in droves -- again, because Democrats didn't seem to be offering much. Republicans, at least, were promising lower taxes. Turnout on average dropped from 2012 by a staggering 42 percent. But as Sam Wang reported in a post-election piece for the American Prospect, the drop-off was evidently worse for Democrats. The two parts of this story seem to create an impossible conundrum for Democrats.

Florida's Voting Fiasco

Izak Pratt | Posted 01.10.2015 | Home
Izak Pratt

After handing over my ID and briefly waiting, I was given my ballot and directed to a booth where I could vote. Upon completion, I scanned my vote. That's when I witnessed something I hoped I would never see; A young African-American male was being denied the right to vote.

2014 Takeover Takeaways: It's All About Turnout

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 01.05.2015 | Home
Michael Fauntroy

It was a great night for Republicans as they nearly swept all the important U.S. Senate races and won some governorships that seemed very unlikely.

Voting Rights -- And Voting Wrongs

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.01.2015 | Home
Rick Horowitz

They don't want you voting. So vote!!!

Samantha Lachman

Georgia Court Ruling May 'Wreak Havoc' On Election Day | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Voting rights advocates are considering legal options after a Georgia judge denied their lawsuit that would have compelled the state to ...

Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 12.20.2014 | Home
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.

In Georgia, Politics Moves Past Just Black And White

The New York Times | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | Posted 09.20.2014 | Home

Georgia has seen major demographic shifts in recent years, with significant increases in African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American populations. Th...

Want Marriage Equality? Don't Sit Out These Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Chris Cormier

As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Urges Fellow Dems To Reach Out To Minorities

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Home

Atlanta's popular African American mayor, Kasim Reed, has a message for two fellow Democrats seeking higher office in Georgia: if they want to win, th...

What You Think You Know About The Midterms Is Wrong

Margie Omero | Posted 06.10.2014 | Home
Margie Omero

There is more to our past success--and failures--than simply getting more women, minorities and young people to the polls. Turnout doesn't exist in a vacuum, and demographics aren't destiny.