Political Intelligence covers the intersection of race and politics, highlighting the power that the multiracial majority has in advancing social change in America. We follow key stories about electoral politics, report on progressive issues and the people involved in both, with a special emphasis on the campaigns and careers of PowerPAC+ Social Justice Champions who are running for public office.

If you have a question, comment or would like to submit a guest column, please contact Senior Vice President and Political Intelligence editor, Aimee Allison, at info@powerpacplus.org.

Senior Voters of Color Want Solutions for Medicare Not Gridlock

Choosing a vice president is the biggest exercise in judgment a candidate performs. It offers a rare view of the candidate’s core values and beliefs. Just recently, the GOP Presidential nominee chose a running mate from Congress that vows to repeal Obamacare and drafted a budget which includes a proposed change in Medicare. As a result, we are debating policies that would impact the daily lives of our seniors.

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Statement on President Obama’s Historic Announcement Regarding Immigrant Youth

PAC+ salutes the unwavering commitment of DREAMers to the fight for fair, just, and humane treatment of immigrant youth, and we draw strength and inspiration from their activism.  Thanks to their creative and disciplined campaign, today we celebrate the historic action taken by President Obama on behalf of many DREAMers.  Our President’s decision to exercise his Office’s legal authority to halt the deportation of many DREAMers, defer action for many who are currently in deportation proceedings, and provide many with work permits is a wise and courageous one.


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Guardian Voices: On Losing

Originally posted on San Francisco Bay Guardian

I’m turning 43 today and feeling glad to be alive. I would love to be writing about the joy of raising children and the mysteries of the universe. But instead, today I’m thinking about last week’s elections, about losing and the nature of long-term struggle. I’m thinking about being born black in 1969, and how, in fact, our side has been losing my whole life. And while this sobering reality about the balance of forces in the nation could make a sane person completely despondent, today I’m considering it a challenge to radically rethink the way we progressives try to change the world.

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Saddened by the loss of Marion Sandler

Marion Sandler, mother-in-law of PAC Founder and Chairman Steve Phillips, passed away June 1st.  This post captures her spirit and legacy.

Originally posted on PLoS Blogs by Peter Jerram

Like so many organizations, PLoS owes its existence and success in large part to the generosity and foresight of Marion Sandler, who together with her husband Herb at the Sandler Foundation, invested in PLoS during our earliest years. She died on Friday, June 1st 2012 at the age of 81, and was still engaged in our progress right up until the end of her life.

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The New Majority is the future, and the future has arrived

Today, PAC+, a new national network of leaders focused on democratizing money and politics to give voice to America’s New Majority, will launch a television advertising campaign targeted at the Latino electorate. This is PAC+’s first ad in Arizona, the center of the right wing’s attack on Latinos, and the fastest growing sector of the New American Majority. The ad will be the first Latino-focused ad by an independent group this cycle.

 

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PAC+ Contra Costa Community Gathering

Strategic discussion with PowerPAC+ members in the Contra Costa on building support in the County and report back on PowerPAC+'s national political plans.

Photos below the fold.

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Rubio Reality Check

Just recently, I was asked by a reporter whether I thought Rubio would help Mitt Romney get Latino votes this November if he were on the ticket as Vice President. I responded that, nationally, Latinos wouldn’t be impressed, and that we have a strong record of not voting for conservatives just because we share their ethnicity and they look like one of our favorite tias (see Susana Martinez who lost 61% of the NM Hispanic vote in her run for governor). But I conceded that this may not be the case in Florida, and conjectured that his presence on the ballot might play a decisive role in that critical battleground state, at least among Latinos. Well, I stand corrected.

According to recent surveying by Public Policy Polling (PPP) (details for data geeks below), it turns out that Rubio’s addition to the ticket does nada, zilch, nothing to increase Latino support for Mitt Romney among Florida’s Latinos! Here’s why:

 

 

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Pop the Clutch, Start A Voting Machine


Not long ago, I was in Atlanta to speak on civil rights strategies for redistricting. While there, I visited friends who work in the   hip-hop community. We began to talk about the implications that the dramatic population shifts will have on voting patterns in 2012.  The Census Data confirmed that it is possible for this President to get the 270 electoral votes for his re-election.  With adequate resources and a cooperative spirit, the African American/Latino political movement has the potential to change the historic voting patterns in states like Arizona and Georgia.


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Choice, Luxury, and Survival

Hilary Rosen’s legitimate questioning of Ann Romney’s ability to comment on the dilemmas of women and mothers in the paid workforce has been cynically reframed into an alleged attack on stay at home moms.  And in this edition of the political “mommy wars,” as in all previous chapters, the economic reality governing most mother’s lives is ignored/rendered invisible. All over the country usually smart and savvy women are now scrambling to defend Ann Romney’s “choice” to be a stay at home mom.


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PAC+ Contra Costa Launch

Launch of PAC+ in Contra Costa with Contra Costa Supporters and PAC+ Board Members. Hosts included: Keith and Iris Archuleta, Martha Parsons, Frances Green, Joscelyn Jones, Willie Mimms, Pastor Paul Taylor, Supervisor Federal Glover, City Council Member Mary Rocha, Don Freita and other community leaders.

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