Politics, Policy, and Elections

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

SB 4 Lawsuit Is Filed, as Texas Agenda Faces Court Challenges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they’re in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. The lawsuits have […]

Protecting Food Stamps and Medicaid Intensify Under Trump Budget

Protecting Food Stamps and Medicaid Intensify Under Trump Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts. Trump’s blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. It includes reductions to benefit […]

NAACP Chief Cornell William Brooks to Leave Post

NAACP Chief Cornell William Brooks to Leave Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP’s leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of his current term. NAACP […]

A New Challenge: A Good Retirement for Blacks and Latinos

A New Challenge: A Good Retirement for Blacks and Latinos

CHICAGO (AP) — Older White Americans are nearly twice as likely as African-Americans to say they’ve saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that African- Americans and Latinos have less financial security than whites and will rely on fewer sources of income during […]

The Latest News in Trump’s America

The Latest News in Trump’s America

Every other Thursday, the Equal Voice News digest, “Making It in Trump’s America: People, Policy & Poverty,” will track the latest from the Trump administration and whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity. We’ll have reports from families and grassroots organizations working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest:   It’s Only […]

SCOTUS Nixes Voter ID Law Appeal in N.C.

SCOTUS Nixes Voter ID Law Appeal in N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court shut the door Monday on North Carolina Republicans’ effort to revive a state law that mandated voter identification and scaled back early voting, provisions that a lower court said improperly targeted minority voters. The justices left in place last summer’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

Advocates: Human Cost Will Be High Under Prison Sentencing Reversal

Advocates: Human Cost Will Be High Under Prison Sentencing Reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms. The move has long been expected from Sessions, a former federal prosecutor […]

Critics: Will Voter Fraud Commission End Up Restricting Access for Poor?

Critics: Will Voter Fraud Commission End Up Restricting Access for Poor?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. The White House said the president’s “Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” would examine allegations of improper voting and […]