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Supreme Court Weighs The Role Of Race In Alabama Redistricting

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts that turns the usual argume...

Reflections on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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?

Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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.

What Black Voters Can Do To 'Shake Up The Political Process'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly a month ago sparked much more than outrage over a young man's death at the hands ...

Missouri GOP Director Denounces Voter Registration Efforts In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

Republicans are lashing out at activists in Ferguson, Missouri, who are using the protests over the death of Michael Brown -- an unarmed black teenage...

Black Leaders Worry Low Voter Turnout Could Lead To More Voter ID Laws

AP | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in Nove...

Black Vote Divided In NYC Mayor's Race

AP | JONATHAN LEMIRE | Posted 11.01.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Four years after overwhelming support from black voters nearly carried Bill Thompson to an improbable upset of Mayor Michael Bloomber...

Rove Contends Series On Demographics And GOP

Real Clear Politics | Sean Trende | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

Last week's three-part series on demographics and the GOP generated some thoughtful commentary. These arguments deserve a follow-up response. ...

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.

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, ...

'You Can't Just Yadda Yadda Yadda The Last 60 Republican Years'

Posted 04.12.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart began Thursday's "Daily Show" with a look at Rand Paul's visit to Howard University. After announcing that people told him he was either "...

Obama's Reelection: Black People Too Happy, White People Too Mad...

Ise Lyfe | Posted 12.10.2012 | Black Voices
Ise Lyfe

Just a little over a month has gone by since Barack Obama's reelection, and as I stepped out of my house this morning and took in a deep breath, the A...

Jon Ward

Noted Black Republican Says GOP Should Focus On Hispanics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's nearly nonexistent relationship with black voters may improve in a decade or two, but not any time soon, said Art...

The New Supermajority: Latinos and People of Color

Clarence Lusane | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Clarence Lusane

While Tuesday's election was an undeniable rejection by tens of millions of the politics of racial animosity, there should be no illusion that the racial panic being exploited by key leaders of the Republican Party and conservative movement is coming to an end anytime soon.

The Voter Suppression We Ignore at Democracy's Peril

Ben Jealous | Posted 01.05.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

To date, nearly six million formerly-incarcerated Americans are disenfranchised. This is a massive injustice, to be sure, but the real story is that these felony disenfranchisement laws that target former offenders are being enforced in 2012 in key states where they were not in 2008.

Fighting Voter Suppression in Florida With Operation Lemonade

Etan Thomas | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Etan Thomas

We need to make sure that hard work actually pays off -- and people are equipped with the proper tools. Where responsibility is rewarded, everyone has a fair shot, does their fair share and plays by the same rules. That's what this election comes down to.

Romney Pulling In ZERO Percent Of Black Voters

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 10.21.2012 | Black Voices

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...

Yes Barack, You ARE The President of Black America

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

The president's remarks reflect a consistent perception that there are members of the African American community who expect too much of the Obama Administration.

Landmark Poll Challenges Assumptions About Obama's Lock On Black Vote

Keli Goff | Posted 09.07.2012 | Black Voices
Keli Goff

While overall unemployment continues to hover around 8.2 percent, among African-Americans the number increased from an already discouraging 13.6 percent in May, to an alarming 14.4 percent.

The Black Vote is Still President Obama's Trump Card, But Only if the Numbers Are There

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Black voters will again give President Obama a sky high percentage of their vote in 2012. That was never in doubt. What is in doubt is how many will make up that percentage.

Former GOP Aide Faces Consequences For Trying To Suppress Black Vote

AP | SARAH BRUMFIELD | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics

BALTIMORE — A political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to use Election Day robocalls in what pr...

Why Sharpton's Obama's New Go to Guy

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Sharpton now is the White House go-to guy to shore up the troops -- blacks, Latinos, the poor and community activists. This is a constituency that no liberal or moderate Democrat, least of all Obama, can afford to ignore or alienate.

In Georgia, Expect Record Numbers of Black Voters and Serious Tally Troubles

Pia Sawhney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pia Sawhney

The state of Georgia is one of those places northerners would likely choke to death in -- it's endlessly hot, sticky, and riddled with historical iniquities; as evinced by a Superior Court decision as recently as July in which the court ruled all voters must show state-issued ID cards when they arrive at the polls.

Why California's Senate Race Will Be Nothing Like Massachusetts'

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Aaron Glantz

If Republicans want to build on Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts' Senate race in historically blue California this fall, they'll have to overcome the state GOP's inability to win over ethnic voters.

Why Creigh Deeds Lost My Vote in the Virginia Governor's Race

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sophia A. Nelson

What ticks me off about Deeds' campaign is that it is so typical of what I think is the Achilles heel of the Democratic party: "Do as I say, not as I do" and, of course, rely heavily on the black vote to save us in each election.