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April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
March 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

'Rand Paul does not need to blow up the Obama coalition to win—he simply needs to skim the fat. His little excursions into the liberal base can do just that. And the truth is, his base is much more committed to winning and voting than [the Democrats'] base.'

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March 19th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in DC was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far…'

They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and … Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform…

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February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

…very much the story of a female politician—and thus fraught with choices for which male candidates are seldom second-guessed by either voters or pundits.

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February 12th, 2014
thesmithian
It’s time to fundamentally rethink laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision…These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive. By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes.
February 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'After the 2012 elections, when Repubs…spent more than $1 billion…failing to unseat Pres. Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in…technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.'

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January 29th, 2014
thesmithian

'For a bit of personal wealth, a politician sells out the people who elected him, the people who trusted him to serve their interests. Some of the nation’s millionaires and billionaires use politicians’ avarice to buy exclusive deals, policies and laws. This could be big tax breaks for the rich. This could be bailing out Wall Street. This could be refusing to regulate industrial chemicals that poison drinking water when leaked. These arrangements enrich some politicians and CEOs while impoverishing everyone else. The resulting rising income inequality is deliberate, not an accidental slip of some clumsy invisible hand of the market.'

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January 21st, 2014
thesmithian

'…can you imagine the media's reaction if, as U.S. Senator, Barack Obama had angrily wagged his finger in the face of Illinois voters during town hall meetings, or if he had flown in a $12 million, state-owned helicopter to attend one of his daughter's baseball games? Chris Christie did those things and the D.C. press never flinched as journalists built him up as an “authentic” leader.'

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January 20th, 2014
thesmithian

[campaign manager] Pinkney was instrumental in rallying minorities, and the poor/disenfranchised to Jesse Jackson’s cause…Jackson, defying expectations, emerged from a crowded field to finish third in the race for the nomination behind former Vice President Walter F. Mondale and Senator Gary Hart. In managing the Jackson campaign, Mr. Pinkney likened his goal to one an earlier generation of political aides had set in persuading voters to see Dwight D. Eisenhower as not only the victorious Army commander of World War II but also a potential president who could manage the government in peacetime. “Somebody sold him as a politician,” Mr. Pinkney told The Los Angeles Times. “Our job is to make that transition for Jackson.”

Arnold R. Pinkney died on Monday in Cleveland at 83.

January 16th, 2014
thesmithian

…the rich have consistently voted more often than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans.

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…the rich have consistently voted more often than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans.

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January 13th, 2014
thesmithian

'it is…possible to look with admiration at the image of Romney beaming with grandfatherly pride and simultaneously feel unsettled by his role as the standard-bearer for a party that has devoted great energy to making it more difficult for people who look like his grandson to vote…'

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January 5th, 2014
thesmithian

…though Georgia is more “new South” than “deep South,” over the last 15 years it has started to show real signs of being a “deep South” state in terms of its racially divided voting habits. It’s not as…stratified as…Mississippi, but the gap is large, and widening.

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December 18th, 2013
thesmithian
We’re about to round into…the most… expensive—and, therefore, the most…corrupt—midterm election in our history. We are doing so with the untrammelled power of money still the most important issue in our politics. We are doing so with the Voting Rights Act eviscerated and minority voters, most of them poor, having their franchise restricted by their state legislatures. We are doing so with campaign money virtually unregulated…
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