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.

6 Months After Diversity Report, Democrats Still Dragging Feet Hiring Minorities

democrat_leadership_2015(1).pngIn mid-2014, PowerPAC+ released the results of an audit of the Democratic Party’s spending on minority-owned or minority principal consulting firms. Spoiler alert: the spending was a measly 1.7%.

Six months later, Democrats are meeting with Hispanic-business owners and have Latino hires in the pipeline, but not much else to show. Here’s more from Buzzfeed:

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Kamala Harris announces 2016 U.S. Senate Bid

101224_kamala_harris_ap_328.pngThis Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her U.S. Senate bid to replace Senator Barbara Boxer who is retiring next year. We are thrilled at the opportunity to support a progressive that represents California and the nation.

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Why the 114th Congress Isn't (already) Making the Grade

congress_action_photo_blog.pngThe Washington Post recently declared the new 114th Congress as “one of the most diverse in American history,” comprised of nearly 20 percent women and just over 17 percent of which is people of color. Which is to say, Congress is still 80% White and 80% male.

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This Year in Multiracial Majority Politics

2014 was a turning point for the multi-racial majority in politics. We are fighting everyday to build political power to address the inequality and injustice we face. So here are six reasons to celebrate happy and strong new year for our families and the community...Take a look: 

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Celebrating 10 Years of PowerPAC

A look back at the victories, supporters, and endorsed candidates of PowerPAC, the organization that created the country's first super PAC to engage voters of color for Barack Obama's presidential bid. Features California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Former NAACP President Ben Jealous among others.

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Under Prop 47, California Moves to the Forefront of Progressive Justice Reform

prop47_inmate_male(1).pngAfter two decades of approving stringent ‘tough on crime’ policies that created a massively overcrowded prison system with the worst recidivism rate in the nation, California voters are now bringing their state to the forefront of progressive criminal justice reform.

Prop 47, which reduces low-level drug crimes and property crimes valued at under $950 from felonies to misdemeanors, passed on Election Day with 59 percent of the vote. Here’s a look at what that means for California moving forward.

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How Asian Americans Will Benefit from Obama's Immigration Action

AsianImmigrantsColumn2.pngLast month, President Obama used executive action to reshape the country's immigration policy. The President's action means that millions of undocumented people will not face deportation and many will be able to work legally. However, these actions won't help the 7 million undocumented people who don't qualify under administration relief. We need comprehensive immigration reform and only Congress can do that. So that leaves us to ask - who does this policy benefit and will this help undocumented people come out of the shadows?

In a wide-ranging conversation with PowerPAC+'s Amy Chen, Annette Wong, Immigrant Rights Program Manager for Chinese for Affirmative Action, a civil rights organization that has advanced equality, created coalitions and addressed the needs of marginalized communities for over forty years, shares what's at stake for the Asian American immigrant community. 

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PowerPAC+ Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

michael_brown_parents.jpegWe are outraged that a St. Louis County grand jury allowed police officer Darren Wilson to walk free after killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, over a 100 days ago. But this isn’t the end of our fight for justice. The solution is long-term political change in Ferguson and across the country. Only then will we have higher standards for policing, an end to profiling and respect for our communities.

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While Democrats Struggled Nationally in 2014, PowerPAC+ Candidates Won

While Democrats will spend the next couple of months figuring what went wrong after a tough election in 2014, we're proud to say PowerPAC+ candidates brought a glimmer of hope for progressives on Election Day. Read on to learn which leaders are leading the progressive charge and how they're fighting for us. 

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PowerPAC+ named one of Campaigns & Elections 'Influencers 50'

Influencers50_graphic.pngCampaigns & Elections magazine recently released their annual 'Influencers 50 'list, a list of key players who will be influencing the upcoming election cycle. PowerPAC+ Chair Steve Phillips and Senior Advisor Julie Martinez Ortega were featured on the list for their work on the 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report, which examined the Democratic Party's lack of diversity in consultant spending in the past two election cycles.

 

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