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.

Voters vs. Husted: Why We Need to Pass the Ohio Voters' Bill of Rights

a-OHIO-EARLY-VOTING-640x468medium.jpgVoting is the cornerstone of our democracy. It is a fundamental right that social justice leaders like Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony, and William C. Velásquez fought so hard and sacrificed so much for every American citizen to possess.

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R.I.P. Model Minority


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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and Gregory Cendana, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, breaks down the meaning behind this year’s celebration.

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Georgia Rules! Stacey Abrams & Michelle Nunn Win Primaries

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Stacey Abrams and Michelle Nunn both won their primaries for the state’s 89th House District and the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, respectively, last Tuesday night. Stacey’s primary was unopposed, but Michelle’s win last Tuesday symbolized a rising political shift in a state that is ready to turn blue. If elected, Michelle would be a pick-up for Democrats in the Senate and she would be the first female U.S. Senator from Georgia.

 

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Meet Our Champions

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I just have to tell you about the phenomenal women leaders we at PowerPAC+ are backing this year.

It’s rare to support a group of candidates from the South, Southwest, and Midwest who could define national politics for years to come. They are the future of American leadership: multicultural, progressive and increasingly female. 

We need to be “all-in” to ensure their success come Election Day. 

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Pushing the Democrats to Diversify

It’s no secret that Democrats are dependent on a loyal multiracial and multi-lingual base to win elections. It’s time that their dollars are invested in those who can speak to communities of color.

auditphoto.jpgThat’s why we just announced an audit of Democratic Party spending. Politico covered the story here. Reading the article, it’s clear that respected Party veterans and our friends at the Congressional Black Caucus share the same frustrations.

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Nina Turner on Defending Voter Rights in Ohio 2014 [VIDEO]

Aimee Allison, Sr. VP PowerPAC+ interviews Ohio State Senator Nina Turner who is running for Ohio Secretary of State.

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Black Voters Can Save the Senate

nw2_0180_copy__medium.jpg All eyes are on Georgia, where Michelle Nunn’s Senate bid is a key to Democrats keeping  control of the Senate. The peach state is now America’s new political battleground along with  other Southern “states of influence.” If Democrats want to win there, according to PowerPAC  political strategist Kirk Clay, they will have to have a laser focus on turning out the Black vote.

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Lessons from the San Diego Mayor’s Race: We Can Learn and Then Win

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This week, Democrat Congressional candidate Alex Sink lost the special election by 3,400 votes in Florida, despite a significant Latino electorate. The question is why this story keeps repeating. Can people of color successfully capture seats previously held by Republicans?

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A Year Later – Michael Tubbs’ Reinvention Efforts Taking Hold

mdtubbs-online1__medium.jpgNearly two years after his groundbreaking City Council win in the California central valley city of Stockton, Michael Tubbs is now knee-deep in the business of governing. 




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Georgia’s Tipping Point

screen_shot_2014-02-18_at_2.00.03_pm__medium.pngThe 2014 elections offer Georgians and those watching the South an early ray of hope for an accelerated transformation of the state’s politics.  Despite popular perception, the distance between Democrats and Republicans in the last few elections has been tantalizingly close: 300,000 vote gap for President Obama in 2012 and a 258,000 deficit for the Democratic nominee in 2010.  In a state of nearly 6.5 million eligible voters, the question is not whether Georgia will turn blue but when. Contrary to demographers who point to 2020 for the tipping point, if we are able to harness the potential already here in the state, Georgia begins its transition in November.

 

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