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Raise Your Voice About the State of the Union in 2015  The country still has 45 million people living in poverty – and the numbers are actually higher depending on how you count. This year, partisan gridlock remains very likely in Congress. Yet, working families, poor people and hundreds of millions of others in the country want better lives, stronger cities and policies that will [...]
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Calif. Surplus Budget Skips Social Services for SavingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ever mindful that the next economic downturn could be right around the corner, Gov. Jerry Brown released a record $113 billion California spending plan on Friday that resists calls for expanding social services and instead dedicates billions for paying down debt and saving for a rainy day. “We saw the boom [...]
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Will Texas Voting Plan Weaken Latino Representation?PASADENA, Texas (AP) — When the movie “Urban Cowboy” made this refinery town famous in 1980, the honkytonk Gilley’s was booming and wannabe cowpokes from the White Houston suburbs flocked here to drink and dance. Houston was the big city, but Pasadena was for kicks. Today, Pasadena is a mostly working-class Hispanic suburb that looks [...]
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Loretta Lynch Nominated as U.S. Attorney GeneralWASHINGTON (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. [...]
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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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