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Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

Social Service Advocates Sue Illinois Governor for $100 Million

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than five dozen social service agencies sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday for $100 million in overdue payments, perhaps an inevitable byproduct of the historic 10-month budget stalemate. It’s the latest in an increasingly complex web of legal, political and public-relations maneuvers to short-circuit the state Capitol deadlock over […]

NCLR Seeks to Register Latino Voters in Florida

NCLR Seeks to Register Latino Voters in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization has launched a major voter-registration drive in the battleground state of Florida to identify and sign up hundreds of thousands of potential Hispanic voters.  The Washington-based National Council of La Raza announced its plans Thursday morning at a news conference in Miami. With nearly 5 […]

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Momentum in West Virginia

West Virginia became the latest state to approve automatic voter registration, when policymakers enacted a new law this month that registers voters when they receive or renew their driver’s licenses, the Brennan Center for Justice reported.  The new system suggests that automatic voter registration is gaining momentum around the country, with West Virginia joining Oregon […]

Latino Political Clout Is Boosted by Supreme Court Ruling

Latino Political Clout Is Boosted by Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unanimously endorsed election maps that bolster the growing political influence of America’s Latinos on Monday, ruling that states can count everyone, not just eligible voters, in drawing voting districts. The decision rejected a challenge from Texas voters that also could have diluted the voting power of urban Democrats, to […]

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

A New Voice for Young Black Women Emerges in Congress

Congress has gained a new voice representing tens of millions of Americans following the formation of the first ever Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, which will work to ensure they are part of policy debates and decisions. Today, Congress has more than 400 official caucuses, everything from the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to the […]

Phoenix Mayor: U.S. Should Investigate Maricopa Voting Foul-Ups

Phoenix Mayor: U.S. Should Investigate Maricopa Voting Foul-Ups

PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Weiss stewed after waiting 2½ hours in line outside a downtown Phoenix polling place, where juice drinks, snacks and circus animal cookies were handed out by citizens hoping to pacify thousands who turned out to cast ballots in Arizona’s presidential primary. The scene was repeated Tuesday as thousands stood in lines […]

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard

Election 2016: Native Americans Are Gearing Up to Be Heard

Call them the nearly forgotten electorate, whose members are working day and night to ensure that their voices will be heard at the ballot box. In this season of intense, sometimes rabid political debate, Native Americans have been largely ignored by mainstream news media. They attract scant public attention and receive only the occasional nod […]

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