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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 […]

Protesters Are Coming Together to Rally Against Trump

Protesters Are Coming Together to Rally Against Trump

CHICAGO (AP) — College students, civil rights activists and other opponents of Donald Trump’s Republican presidential candidacy tried again to disrupt his events on Saturday after shutting down his rally a day earlier in Chicago. Here’s a look at how activists quickly organized Friday’s protests in Chicago and whether a sustained protest movement might be […]

Protesters Flood Trump Rally, Prompting Him to Postpone It

Protesters Flood Trump Rally, Prompting Him to Postpone It

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled one of his signature rallies on Friday, calling off the event in Chicago due to safety concerns after protesters packed the arena where it was to take place. The announcement the billionaire businessman would postpone the rally until another day led a large portion of the […]

West Coast States Move Towards Automatic Voter Registration

West Coast States Move Towards Automatic Voter Registration

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a typical month, 2,000 people register to vote in Oregon. In the first six days of this year, more than 4,300 joined the voter rolls under a new initiative that automatically signs up voters when they apply for driver’s licenses. Oregon is the first state to adopt the idea that […]

Homeless Youth Hold ‘Sleep In’ in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless Youth Hold ‘Sleep In’ in Chicago Over Budget Impasse

Homeless youth and those concerned about social services in Illinois held a “sleep in” protest in Chicago on Monday to voice displeasure that Gov. Bruce Rauner has declined to support two funding options for housing, organizers said.  Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and its members organized the protest at the James R. Thompson Center, […]

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

For Super Tuesday, New Voting ID Requirements Were in Effect

Five states in the South and Southwest enforced stricter voting identification requirements on Super Tuesday, as citizens in a dozen states cast ballots for their presidential choices.  The states, which have stricter photo identification policies before a citizen can vote, were Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the Brennan Center for Justice, which is monitoring […]