House Republicans Show Movement on Immigration

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 1:17 pm

Republican Senators introduced an alternative version of the DREAM Act today, and all you need to know about it is that the two sponsors, Jon Kyl and Kay Bailey Hutchison, are retiring. Marco Rubio hasn’t even signed on as a co-sponsor yet. The well-publicized GOP outreach on immigration hasn’t yet surpassed the need to placate [...]

The Theft of Voting Rights in Arizona

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 12:20 pm

What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure [...]

Schumer, Graham Restart Immigration Reform Talks

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:13 am

Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Republicans of a Feather: Rick Scott Follows Jeb Bush in Disenfranchising Legal Voters in Florida

By: Sunday May 27, 2012 9:39 am

Hundreds of legal voters in just one Florida county have been thrown off the voter rolls as part of an effort to purge “non-citizens” from participating in the 2012 election. The effort, spearheaded by Governor Rick Scott, is reminiscent of the effort in 2000 to purge the voter rolls in Florida, led by then-Governor Jeb [...]

Reid: Rubio’s DREAM Act Doesn’t Have Any Language to Support

By: Monday May 14, 2012 8:15 am

Harry Reid, appearing on Univision, said that Marco Rubio doesn’t even have legislative language for his rumored version of the DREAM Act, and that he couldn’t possibly assess its chances without something to look at. “I’m glad that Marco is doing something. I think that’s significant,” Reid said. “But the problem is, right now there [...]

SCOTUS Texas Redistricting Case Could Challenge Voting Rights Act

By: Monday January 9, 2012 9:00 am

The Supreme Court hears a case today on Texas redistricting maps that could pose a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which forces states with a history of discrimination to pre-clear their election laws with the Justice Department. The Christian Science Monitor explains the court case: At issue is whether federal judges [...]

In Majority-Latino West Liberty, Iowa, No Presidential Candidates Inspire Much Support

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 10:15 am

People talk about the whiteness of Iowa. However, with the rise of Latino labor, particularly in food processing plants, the minority population has been rising around some factory clusters. In fact, Univision found a town called West Liberty with a majority-Latino population. So how are they viewing the caucuses tonight, and more broadly the Presidential [...]

Latino Activists Not Satisfied By New Deportation Order From White House, Still Pressing for Full Reform

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 1:08 pm

Latino and immigration activists have staged mass walkouts of federal task force hearings over the Obama Administration’s immigration and deportation policies, including “Secure Communities.” This week that pressure had an impact, as the Administration revised its rules. But activist groups aren’t satisfied.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Speaks Out on Obama’s Immigration Policies

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 12:09 pm

People have been mesmerized today by writer Jose Antonio Vargas’ revelation in a New York Times Magazine piece that he is an undocumented immigrant. He didn’t find this out until he tried to get a driver’s license on his 16th birthday, and he was told that his papers were fake. In fact, he was smuggled [...]

California Redistricting Maps Don’t Create Moderate Seats, They Create More Democratic Ones

By: Monday June 13, 2011 10:23 am

The release of new preliminary maps from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has caused a run on metaphors in the dwindling state media, which is desperate to crown the new system for reapportionment as a testament to bold, nonpartisan leadership – precisely the virtues and values they stand for, oddly enough. But while the new [...]

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