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Loretta Lynch Nominated as U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch Nominated as U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending a Washington outsider as a high-profile confirmation test amid a power shift in the Senate. Obama announced Lynch’s nomination Saturday at a White House event that was quickly arranged after news organizations reported her selection Friday. [...]
Election 2014: Voters Spoke Loudly. Will Leaders Listen?On Nov. 4, pundits and politicians across the country defined the election as a repudiation of the current administration’s policies. Others viewed it as an affirmation of the Republican promise of smaller government. Everyone spoke for the people. But is anyone listening to the people? Newly-elected Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah said it the best [...]
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Latino Turnout Seen as Crucial for Election 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — First-time congressional candidate Norma Torres tells people in her Los Angeles-area district that there is no more critical time to vote than now, even as she acknowledges “great disillusion” may cause many Hispanics to sit out Election Day. “There’s nothing sexy on the ballot, no ballot measure to mobilize people” said Torres. [...]
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Voter Engagement in 2014 Fueled by Local Groups, IssuesWithout the national drama of a presidential campaign, voter turnout is often a challenge in midterm elections. But this year, grassroots community groups in many states have driven record levels of voter registration, turning to state ballot measures on a range of pressing issues to energize turnout on Nov. 4. “Despite the anger and frustration [...]
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Texas Stories: Citizens Denied Right to Vote in 2014Editor’s note: These dispatches are from the voting rights team affiliated with the Brennan Center for Justice, which is based at New York University School of Law. Team members sent these reports from Texas. The Brennan Center’s report follows:  Voting took place across the country on Nov. 4, including in Texas, which has one of [...]
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Q&A: Why I Back a Higher Minimum Wage in OaklandIn Congress, efforts to increase the federal minimum wage haven’t moved in months – despite numerous Americans concerned about having jobs but not earning enough to pay their bills. In Oakland, Calif., voters in this San Francisco Bay Area city are among those on the frontline, at least on the local level, of this debate. [...]
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For Election 2014, It’s About Protecting Voting RightsThe last time Floyd James Carrier, a wheelchair-bound Army veteran in his 80s, went to the polls, he brought along his expired driver’s license, voter registration card, and veteran’s ID. But, although the poll workers in tiny China, Texas, knew Carrier by sight, he was turned away because his ID documents didn’t meet the stringent [...]
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Election 2014: The State of the Minimum Wage in the U.S.For some political candidates this year, the minimum wage is the "wedge issue from hell," as POLITICO has dubbed it. For many working families, though, it's more than that. It's a real issue - one that is lived daily when stress and frustration build as the hours on the job fail to add up in dollars to cover housing, food,
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Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in CaliforniaIn 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement – mainly twentysomethings who were coming of [...]
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Are the Parties Ignoring the Asian Pacific Islander Vote?In Orange County, California, home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats this November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike.  It’s a pattern playing out in [...]
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