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Notes for Next Time: From Turnoff to Turnout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
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 11.10.2014 | Politics
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 11.05.2014 | Politics
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 11.01.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

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

Samantha Lachman

Georgia Court Ruling May 'Wreak Havoc' On Election Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

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 | 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.

In Georgia, Politics Moves Past Just Black And White

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

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 11.02.2014 | Gay Voices
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 | Politics

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...

Minority Voters Flexing Muscle After Thad Cochran's Win

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Thad Cochran's GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a new ...

What You Think You Know About The Midterms Is Wrong

Margie Omero | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
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.

Keep People From Voting? It Never Crossed Their Minds! (Right...)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Republicans prefer shutout to turnout... ...

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

Racial Demographic Voter Armageddon Dooms GOP

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

It would be a fractured party with its powerhouse wing of ultra conservatives, Tea Party acolytes, and evangelicals, and closet bigots permanently alienated and permanently gone. This wouldn't stave off its coming racial demographic Armageddon, just hasten it.

City Council Must Not Undermine Minority Opportunities

Bertha Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

A new City Council proposal meant to solidify organized labor's role in local development projects will effectively bar minority- and women-owned businesses from competing for contracts and create new barriers to employment for many residents.

The Right to Vote? Meet the GOP Confidence Game

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Facts? They'll go with feelings... ...

John Celock

GOP Leader: Low Minority Turnout Helps Republicans

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

The top Republican in the Nevada Assembly said during a radio talk show Tuesday that low turnout from minority and young voters could contribute to a ...

Dave Jamieson

Colin Powell Gives GOP Stern Warning On Voter ID Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Republicans on Sunday that the strict voter identification laws they're pursuing around th...

Rand Paul: No One In Congress 'Has A Stronger Belief In Minority Rights Than I Do'

The Huffington Post | Katie Burkhart | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is pushing forward with Republican outreach efforts to black and Hispanic voters, asserting in a Yahoo News interview that he d...

In Voting Rights Act, Subtleties Matter Most

Charles L. Zelden | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Charles L. Zelden

Amid all the anger and shouting, let's take a closer look at the background and context of this case and the statute at its heart.

Jon Ward

Rand Paul: 'There Is A Perception That Republicans Don't Like People Of Color'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Official Slams Roberts For 'Deceptive' And 'Disturbing' Remarks

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is calling out Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for making "deceptive" and "disturbing" remark...

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.

Lessons For The GOP From Canada's Jason Kenney

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

How did a 44-year old single white male, who still lives at home with his mom and is sometimes compared to a beaver, become a likely prospect to be th...

Black Georgia Republican: RNC 'Needs To Back Up Their Talk With Some Cold Hard Cash'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

On Thursday afternoon, Republican National Committee Reince Priebus met with a group of black Republicans in Atlanta, as part of what one participant ...