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.

Runoff in Georgia - What Would It Mean for Democrats?

Michelle_Nunn_black_voters.pngIt’s looking increasingly likely that the much buzzed-about Georgia Senate race will not actually be decided on Election Day. Under Georgia law, the election will go to a runoff if no candidate secures over 50 percent of the vote – a likely scenario if recent polling is any indication. The latest CNN poll found Nunn leading GOP opponent David Perdue by 47 to 44.

Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford, currently polling around 4 percent, is playing a critical role here. She is drawing votes away from David Perdue, and may well prevent either candidate from crossing the 50 percent mark. Which begs the question: how would Michelle Nunn fare in a runoff? With hours until Election Day, here’s a look at the pros and cons facing Democrats in the event of a prolonged election in Georgia.

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Georgia Court Declines to Intervene on Behalf of over 40,000 Missing Voters

Georgia_sitin.pngWith less than a week left until Election Day, thousands of eligible voters wait in limbo after a Georgia court declined to intervene on the lawsuit demanding Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp account for the more than 40,000 registration forms from new voters who do not yet appear on the voter rolls.

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Why Black Voter Engagement is Driving Election Results

Voter_georgia.jpegThe New York Times recently wrote that Black voters are the Democrats’ only chance to save the Senate. That means that instead of accepting low midterm turnout among progressive voting blocs - including voters of color - as a bygone conclusion, we need to get serious about investing in the organizations and leaders who are driving electoral change in these communities. Kirk Clay, PowerPAC+ Senior Advisor, shares his insight with PowerPAC+'s Sophie Rane on why black voters will play a critical role this year.

This interview is Part 1 of our series on GOTV efforts in the 2014 midterm elections. Read the rest of Kirk's interview in "How to Authentically Engage Black Voters in the Midterms and Beyond."

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How to Authentically Engage Black Voters in the Midterms and Beyond

democrats-senate-black-voters.si.jpgThe New York Times recently wrote that Black voters are the Democrats’ only chance to save the Senate. That means that instead of accepting low midterm turnout among progressive voting blocs - including voters of color - as a bygone conclusion, we need to get serious about investing in the organizations and leaders who are driving electoral change in these communities. Kirk Clay, PowerPAC+ Senior Advisor shares his insight with PowerPAC+'s Sophie Rane on what the progressive movement needs to do in order to authentically engage voters of color.

This interview is Part 2 of our series on GOTV efforts in the 2014 midterm elections. Read more of Kirk's interview in "Why Black Voter Engagement is Driving Election Results." 

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Education Advocate Lucy Flores for Lt. Governor [VIDEO]

PowerPAC+ recently hosted a reception in support of Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores who is running for Lt. Governor of Nevada. 

A fearless advocate who has made education the central topic of conversation in Nevada, Assemblywoman Lucy Flores will fight to ensure that everyone regardless of background has access to high quality education. PowerPAC+ is proud to support Lucy Flores for Lt. Governor of Nevada. Lucy needs our help more than ever. Donate to PowerPAC+ and help Lucy win in November. 

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Georgia Democrats Counter Voter Suppression with Ferguson Message

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The Georgia Democratic Party is not taking the frontal attack on voting rights lying down. To date, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has yet to place more than 40,000 voters on the roles registered by the New Georgia Project, a non-profit dedicated to registering African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans to vote. 

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The Truth About That Cory Booker Attack Ad

Cory_Bell.pngA conservative political group just launched an ugly false attack on Cory Booker, and we just couldn’t let it slide. Here’s the real story:

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4 Things We Learned About Lucy Flores This Week

LucyFlores_group_cropped.jpgAssemblywoman Lucy Flores' campaign flyers are simple and straightforward. Lucy is not a typical politician, but as we've come to know she's fiercely intelligent, deeply passionate and incredibly steadfast when it comes to the people of Nevada. 

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Why California Should Vote Yes on Prop 47

Prop47_family2.pngWhen Susan Burton’s five-year-old son was run over and killed by a Los Angeles police officer, her grief drew her into severe drug addiction. For the next twenty years, Susan would cycle in and out of prison. Her crimes were non-violent, but she was struck with felony charges mandatory under California law, making it near impossible to find housing, employment or access to drug treatment. 

Then her story took a remarkable turn. Susan not only broke the cycle – getting clean and finding employment - but she went on to found A New Way of Life Reentry Project, dedicated to helping recently incarcerated women rebuild their lives. You can listen to Susan share her story in our powerful video below and read more about how Californians can vote on a simple solution to end this ugly pattern this November. 

 

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In Final Weeks, Wendy Davis' Campaign Hinges on Engaging Latinos

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The fight to become the first Democratic Texas governor in two decades is not an easy one, but the Davis campaign has already made major inroads.

Now it’s clutch time, and investments made in the final weeks will be make-or-break. Here’s a look at what needs to happen before Election Day for Wendy to succeed at flipping the script on Texas politics.

 

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