Republican Tim Scott to Become Only African-American Senator, Replacing Jim DeMint

By: Monday December 17, 2012 10:00 am

This is probably another vote in the Senate for the hard-right conservative movement that DeMint fostered. Scott was DeMint’s choice for his replacement.

The 47% Who Pay No Income Tax – A Pure Creation of Republicans, Serving Republican Needs

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 6:16 am

You may have seen by now this chart, explaining the identity of the 47% (actually 46.4%) of Americans who “pay no income tax.” As you can see, around two-thirds of that subset do pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you count both sides of that tax, the employer and employee side, you get to [...]

South Carolina Voter ID Case Going Poorly for the State

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 10:21 am

Another court case is taking a run at the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, which gives the Justice Department pre-clearance authority over any voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination. We already saw Section 5 upheld when a federal court struck down the Texas redistricting maps because of their discriminatory and [...]

Republican Campaign Was Always Going to Highlight a Race-Based Appeal

By: Monday August 27, 2012 10:59 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Lots of people are talking about Chris Matthews teeing off on Reince Priebus today, accusing the GOP of “playing the race card” against the President. Mitt Romney’s birther joke, their blatantly false ad accusing the President of removing the work requirement from welfare [...]

Federal Court Blocks Florida Early Voting Restrictions

By: Friday August 17, 2012 8:55 am

A quick dispatch from the war on voting: a federal judge in Florida has overturned state limits on early voting saying that the law would violate the civil rights of minorities in several counties. Several counties in Florida are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain areas with a history [...]

Victims of Foreclosure Crisis Line Up Demographically With Core Democratic Voting Blocs

By: Friday July 20, 2012 12:22 pm

If we were to build the perfect example of an individual borrower squeezed by the foreclosure crisis, they would line up somewhat favorably with the attributes of the average voter that the Obama campaign is hoping will turn out in large numbers to put him over the top in this election. First of all, you [...]

Justice Department Inks Settlement With Wells Fargo Over Racial Discrimination in Housing

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 1:38 pm

Wells Fargo has agreed to a $175 million settlement with the Justice Department on housing discrimination charges. The settlement reflects an effort on the part of the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division to seek some measure of accountability for the pervasive discrimination against African-American and Hispanic borrowers during the housing bubble. But the numbers involved are [...]

Cuts to the Public Workforce Disproportionately Hit African-Americans

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 11:04 am

Mitt Romney spoke before the NAACP today, and the response was, shall we say, mixed. Vowing to repeal Obamacare in front of an African-American audience may have been a miscalculation. But Romney’s core argument to the NAACP is worth scrutinizing a bit. He basically made the case that he would be better for African-Americans on [...]

“Bad News” and Housing

By: Monday July 9, 2012 11:37 am

I think that any housing reporter or analyst is disqualified from talking about the market if they claim that judicial foreclosure states are “hampering” the recovery. Because what they’re really saying here – quite openly – is that due process is bad for business. That’s what Bill McBride says right here, when distilling some data [...]

Why Logic Won’t Work in the Medicaid Expansion Debate

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 12:23 pm

I’m clearly not above wonking out every now and again. And it’s worth looking at the facts on the costs of the Medicaid expansion. But before we go that far, you have to understand how this is not about costs to those who want to deprive their poorest citizens health care, and it should be [...]

Medicaid Expansion Rejection Would Particularly Impact People of Color

By: Friday June 29, 2012 8:15 am

I was just on a conference call where Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) was asked whether he thought Republican governors might opt out of the Medicaid expansion in light of the Supreme Court’s ACA ruling yesterday. He replied, “I don’t know. Some of our colleagues would like to get out of being members of the Union.” [...]

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