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After The Midterms, The Diversity Gap In The House Will Be Wider Than Ever. Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep.

After The Midterms, The Diversity Gap In The House Will Be Wider Than Ever

Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.” Southerland, who is locked in a tight race against a female Democrat, is one of just a few endangered House Republicans in 2014 and has mostly himself to blame for his predicament. In the short term, Republicans are a lock to keep the House. Yet the Southerland episode is emblematic of a very real long-term problem for the GOP: It’s a party that can’t seem to elect very many women or minorities to Congress. Today, 89 percent of House Republicans are white men, compared to just 47 percent of House Democrats. Soon after the election, Rep. Why I Outed Gay Republicans. In July of 2004, as 11 anti-gay marriage ballot campaigns competed for conservative attention at the polls, I started BlogActive, a site dedicated to exposing anti-gay politicians who were themselves having secret sexual encounters with other men.

Why I Outed Gay Republicans

For years, I had known of prominent gay politicians who were in the closet but worked for homophobic causes in the interest, it seemed to me, of their political careers. And so, drawing on sources within and outside Washington, I began using my blog to expose these congressmen and their high-profile staffers. A media frenzy ensued. Within two days of the site’s launch, the Washington Post published one article; another followed just six days later. Local and national television outlets called, challenging me to defend and explain my actions.

Story Continued Below. Why the Voting Rights Act Is Once Again Under Threat. Photo IN his opinion for the majority in the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County decision, which struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John G.

Why the Voting Rights Act Is Once Again Under Threat

Roberts Jr. wrote that “history did not end in 1965.” How Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act is Affecting State Laws. This post has been updated.

How Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act is Affecting State Laws

It was originally published Nov. 1, 2013. As voters head to the polls this November, citizens in more than a dozen states will face shifting voter policies in wake of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision weakening protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Several states — such as Texas, North Carolina and Ohio — are facing legal challenges to new restrictions around voter ID, early voting or same-day registration.

Voter ID Laws, Legacy of Segregation Still Affect Alabama. North Carolina’s Voting Law Goes on Trial. It would have been bad enough if the North Carolina Legislature, in a misguided effort to streamline voting procedures, had passed a law that ended up having discriminatory effects.

North Carolina’s Voting Law Goes on Trial

But what happened was far worse than that. Mia Love’s Immigrant Rhetoric. Who’s Missing From the Midterm Elections? October is to political prognosticators what February is to florists and April is to accountants; namely, the time when a profession that’s peripheral to our daily concerns momentarily becomes the center of our attention.

Who’s Missing From the Midterm Elections?

This season’s forecasting for the midterm elections is largely occupied with the partisan balance of the Senate. (The Times’ Upshot column has it seventy-one per cent likely that the Republicans will gain control. FiveThirtyEight puts the G.O.P.’s odds at sixty-one per cent.) Who’s Missing From the Midterm Elections? After The Midterms, The Diversity Gap In The House Will Be Wider Than Ever. College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age. Photo WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor.

College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age

This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory: college students. Joining a challenge to a state law alongside the N.A.A.C.P., the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department, lawyers for seven college students and three voter-registration advocates are making the novel constitutional argument that the law violates the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 from 21. Rand Paul Was Right About GOP Vote Suppression. Last week, Rand Paul edgily, and correctly, urged his fellow Republicans to make peace with African-Americans by maybe not trying so hard to prevent them from voting.

Rand Paul Was Right About GOP Vote Suppression

Yesterday, Paul’s senior adviser, Paul Doug Stafford, explained what Paul really meant. Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed? The slow, increasingly Democratic cast of the American electorate would seem to be a cardinal fact of American politics.

Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

The electorate is firmly polarized, with few voters actually liable to change their minds. The proportion of nonwhite voters has risen by about two percentage points every four years, a rate that seems likely to persist indefinitely as the population grows steadily more diverse. The youngest voting cohort has decidedly more liberal views, and more Democratic voting habits, than its elders, and partisan loyalty tends to stick throughout a voter’s lifetime. John Sununu, Top Romney Surrogate, Suggests Colin Powell Obama Endorsement Motivated By Race [UPDATE] Top Romney surrogate John Sununu suggested Thursday night that Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama in part because the two men are the same race.

John Sununu, Top Romney Surrogate, Suggests Colin Powell Obama Endorsement Motivated By Race [UPDATE]

Why working-class people vote conservative. Why on Earth would a working-class person ever vote for a conservative candidate? This question has obsessed the American left since Ronald Reagan first captured the votes of so many union members, farmers, urban Catholics and other relatively powerless people – the so-called "Reagan Democrats". Isn't the Republican party the party of big business? Don't the Democrats stand up for the little guy, and try to redistribute the wealth downwards? Many commentators on the left have embraced some version of the duping hypothesis: the Republican party dupes people into voting against their economic interests by triggering outrage on cultural issues. "Vote for us and we'll protect the American flag! " Www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/R41647.pdf. USA QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau.

Class (SES) Issues

Measuring the Effects of Voter Identification Laws. Religious Minorities. Gender Minorities. Racial/Ethnic Minorities.