Jeb goes full Mitt Romney: Man of inherited wealth and power says African-Americans want “free stuff” – JOAN WALSH FRIDAY, SEP 25, 2015 07:11 AM PDT


The “outreach” candidate takes a page from Mitt Romney to insult black voters in one of the worst possible ways

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Ah Jeb. You just can’t help yourself.

Again, on another historic day when Pope Francis quoted Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech to Congress, the Catholic convert likewise tried to reach and empathize with African Americans. Only this is how he did it.

At a campaign stop in Mount Pleasant, S.C., a voter noted the event was all-white, and asked Bush how Republicans can appeal to African Americans. At first Bush seemed like the compassionate conservative he’s supposed to be. He touted the African Americans on his leadership team staff, discussed his outreach to black ministers, pivoted to the issue of Latino voters, and offered a feisty defense of speaking Spanish on the campaign trail:

If someone asks me a question in Spanish just for the record, don’t take offense that I answer it in Spanish. It’s not an offense to you, it’s respect for others. You campaign in a way that draws people to your cause. That’s what you do.

So far, so good. Then Bush totally blew it. Turning back to the issue of black voters, he said:

Think about it this way, Republicans get 4-7 percent of the African-American vote…If you double that, you win elections in Ohio, Virginia. And we should make that case, because our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division, “get in line, we’ll take care of you with free stuff.” Our message is uplifting, that says, “You can achieve earned success. We’re on your side.”

“We’re on your side,” black voters, though we’re not sure you’ve really achieved “earned success.” You’ve been relying a little too much on “free stuff” from Democrats, but we’re here to change that. The level of condescension and negative stereotyping in Bush’s statement is stunning, but not surprising.

After all, Mitt Romney said essentially the same thing – directly to the NAACP, in July of 2012. “Your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.”

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/25/jeb_goes_full_mitt_romney_man_of_inherited_wealth_and_power_says_african_americans_want_free_stuff/

Why Hispanics are thanking Donald Trump – By ELIZA COLLINS 09/19/15, 09:06 AM EDT


Activists say the bombastic billionaire is going to drive huge numbers of angry Hispanic voters to the polls.

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Hispanic activists have two words for Donald Trump — thank you.

“I think the greatest thing to ever happen to the Hispanic electorate is a gentleman named Donald Trump, he has crystalized the angst and anger of the Hispanic community,” U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez told POLITICO in an interview. “I think that we can all rest assured that Hispanics can turn out in record numbers.”

Trump has rankled the Hispanic community from Day One of his presidential run when he called many illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug peddlers during his rambling announcement speech in June. Since then, he’s driven the GOP field further right on immigration issues, in part with his aggressive proposal to have Mexico pay for a wall along the border with the U.S. and to deport 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in short order.

While many activists find his comments downright offensive, they also see an opportunity. Trump has managed to get Latinos engaged with the 2016 race, and activists plan to exploit that to the fullest extent possible.

“He really is just outrageous, he’s built his entire campaign on attacking our community and really playing to the worst element of American society,” said José Calderón, president of the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit membership organization. “In some ways, he’s helping us out, the base is energized —I think people are really eager to stand up and say this is not who we are and show that through our electoral process.”

Calderón said in nonelection years, the Federation, which represents 100 community-based organizations across the country and is leading voter outreach efforts, can register about 25,000 Hispanics and on election years it’s about 60,000. But with Trump’s comments driving people to the polls, Calderón believes they can register even more.

“It’s become easier, right, to do it now. The community is very mobilized, there is this anger,” Calderón said. “We will respond in kind, through our votes.”

For the 2016 race, the organization has partnered with 20 member organizations across the U.S. in order to increase direct contact with Hispanic communities. Calderón expects to triple previous outreach in this coming cycle, bringing it to 600,000.

Efforts are going to really crank up on Tuesday, when the White House will make Voto Latino’s “Voter Registration Day” official. The nonpartisan organization, along with 2,000 partners across the country, plans to increase outreach through social media, door-to-door canvassing, tabling and online campaigns to encourage everyone — not just Hispanics — to vote.

 

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California Is About to Fix Democracy – —By Inae Oh | Mon Sep. 14, 2015 12:59 PM EDT


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On Thursday, California’s Senate advanced a new reform bill that would automatically register all state residents to vote when they apply or renew their driver licenses.

Residents will also be able to opt out of automatic registration.

The 24-15 vote, which follows the Assembly’s approval in June, now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to adopt the measure. If signed, California will become the second state in the country to have automatic voter registration, after Oregon.

Supporters of the bill say it would dramatically increase voter turnout in the state. Secretary of State Alex Padilla reminded her fellow lawmakers on Thursday that nearly 6.7 million California residents remain unregistered, despite being eligible to do so.

“We ought to do anything and everything possible to ensure that people participate,” Padilla said ahead of the vote.

In March, Oregon became the first state to pass an automatic registration law. Soon after that, lawmakers in 17 states proposed similar measures. While speaking to an audience in Texas back in June, Hillary Clinton announced her support for universal automatic registration.

California Republicans voted against the bill, citing warnings of potential voter fraud. However, such claims have been overwhelmingly disproved. Restrictive voting laws, as demonstrated in the last midterm elections, have been found to create significant obstacles that prevent minorities and the poor from voting.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/09/california-verge-passing-automatic-registration

Rage Against the Machine – By Jamelle Bouie AUG. 2015


Voters are fed up with American politics. But are they willing to do anything about it?

Riding the wave of anger: Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015, in Phoenix. Photo by Charlie Leight/Getty Images

Riding the wave of anger: Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015, in Phoenix.
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Election Results and Post-Poll Violence: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 8) – Vice News Published on Jul 27, 2015


Though the presidential elections in Burundi have concluded, political violence surrounding the controversial vote has not simmered. On the night of July 22, members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the African nation’s ruling party, are alleged to have murdered a member of the FNL opposition party in the capital of Bujumbura.

On July 24, the results of the election were announced and as was widely expected, Pierre Nkurunziza was declared the winner of a third five-year term as president.

Following the announcement, VICE News visited opposition and pro-Nkurunziza neighborhoods in Burundi’s capital, where residents have vastly different opinions about the legitimacy of his third term.

Watch “Violence and Protests on Polling Day (Dispatch 7)” – http://bit.ly/1S7xRVm

Rock The Vote: How This Generation Can Get Involved In The 2016 Race – Ashley Spillane June 2015


Consider this: There are nearly 93 million Millennials in the country right now, making them the largest generation in the country’s history.

….the most diverse generation in the country, and now make up the largest share of the workforce. So, why aren’t they the most influential voting bloc in the country?

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It’s tough to imagine this happening now, but 25 years ago this month, a Florida judge banned a controversial record because the lyrics were deemed obscene.

When 2 Live Crew went ahead and performed tracks like “Me So Horny” and “Dick Almighty,” two members of the band were arrested.

This moment galvanized a national conversation on censorship, after the music industry decided it couldn’t sit on the political sidelines anymore.

Industry insiders launched Rock the Vote because they knew the only way to change what was happening in politics and government was to exercise their own political power at the ballot box.

Twenty-five years later, Rock the Vote is still guided by that same principle. We know that if we’re going to influence the future of our country, we need to exercise our right to vote.

 

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http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/rock-vote-generation-can-get-involved-2016-race/1075684/