December 06, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Romney's "gifts" comment foreshadows right-wing approach to austerity negotiations

Even after Americans voted against Mitt Romney's backwards economic and social policies, the former presidential candidate still doesn't seem to get it. Echoing his previous statement that 47% of Americans don't take personal responisibility for their lives, Romney attributed Obama's win to voters of color desiring "gifts." 

So what exactly are these "gifts?" The NY Times coverage of the event revealed that Romney's definition of "gifts" is just a rundown of critical social programs:

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

It's the same divisive language we saw throughout his campaign — striving to delegitimize and dehumanize people of color, while simultaneously attacking crucial government programs.

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November 13, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Paul Ryan attributes Obama win to turnout in "urban areas"

In his first post-Election Day interview, Congressman Paul Ryan offered a troubling explanation of President Obama's re-election when he stated, "the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”

Although the election is over we will continue to monitor race in the political arena. Check out the Spread the Word and Watch the Race sections of vote.colorofchange.org for continued coverage.

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November 02, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Romney wants poll watchers to deceive voters in key states

This week, a ThinkProgress investigation revealed the Romney campaign is intentionally training poll watchers to deceive voters in critical battleground states.

Internal Romney campaign documents, obtained by ThinkProgress, reveal the Romney campaign has been encouraging poll watchers in Iowa and Wisconsin to deceive election workers and the public. Training materials distributed by the Romney campaign contain false election information that could mislead voters.

Clearly, the agenda here is to decrease turnout by complicating the process. Read more after the jump.

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November 02, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA GOP, employers working together to coerce workers' votes

UPDATE: 1/8/13 Wendy's fast food chain has cut down the hours of 100 workers to only 28 hrs/week, just below the 32 hrs/week required to qualify for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

UPDATE: 11/14/12 Murray Energy has fired 160 workers. Both Papa John's Pizza and Applebee's have threatened to fire workers due to Obama's re-election and the myth that the Affordable Care Act will cause excessive financial burdens.

High-profile Republican politicians and business owners have launched a coordinated effort to deliver votes to the GOP — by threatening workers' jobs.

Major companies such as Murray Energy, Rite-Hite, Wynn Resorts, and the Koch Brothers' Georgia-Pacific are leveraging intense pressure on their employees to vote against President Obama, or else. In the words of Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel: "The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration."

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October 24, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL Donald Trump's "bombshell announcement"

Earlier this week, Donald Trump teased the hosts of Fox & Friends about a potential "bombshell announcement" that he was planning to release this week regarding President Barack Obama.

Today, the video was released. In "From the Desk of Donald Trump: Major Announcement," Trump issues an ultimatum to the president demanding he release his college transcripts and passport application records in exchange for a charitable donation of $5 million to the organization of the president's choosing.

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October 16, 2012 / BY JOHNNY MATHIAS New Tea Party Ad Exploits Racial Fears

Update (10/31/12) While speaking at a Romney rally in Florida, the state's Commissioner of Agriculture referenced the race-baiting "Obama phone" myth, marking the first time the topic was raised at an official GOP event. 

Conservative media outlets have been up in arms since the release of a video, in late September, that features a Black woman in Ohio enthusiastically declaring her support for President Obama. The woman is supportive of the President because of an FCC program that helps to provide phones to low-income individuals. After being featured on the right-wing site, The Drudge Report, the hashtag #ObamaPhone became very popular and filled with hateful tweets. Going one step further, the far-right group Tea Party Victory Fund has released this ad, using the same clip to exploit racial fears. 

The ad is a clear example of race-baiting. And the most effective way to defeat the influence of race-baiting is to do it together. ColorOfChange.org is dedicated to empowering the over 800,000 members of our organization, as well as our friends and family members to do exactly that.

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October 16, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA TONIGHT: Second Presidential debate kicks off

Tonight's presidential debate will take place at 9:00 EST at New York's Hofstra University, with live streaming at the YouTube Politics channel. Moderated by CNN Anchor Candy Crowley, the debate will be in a town hall format, a structure which has been highly successful in past debates, producing memorable moments

With the election moments away, polls getting close, and the unsatisfactory first presidential debate, millions of eyes will be watching to see how President Obama will fare, to see whether tonight's moderator will be proactive in asking poignant questions, and if previously avoided topics such as poverty, immigration, women's reproductive health, the economy, and criminal justice issues, will finally be raised.

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October 04, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL What they should've said...

Last night, ColorOfChange tuned in along with millions of other Americans to watch President Obama and Governor Romney face off in the first presidential debate of 2012 at the University of Denver in Denver, CO. The debate focused on domestic policy but seemed to get stuck primarily on healthcare and the economy (specifically as it relates to taxes). 

With a national platform and an hour and a half of discussion time, what issues would you have asked the future president of the United States?

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September 07, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Romney appoints Allen West to Black Leadership Council

In a politically telling move the Mitt Romney campaign has placed controversial Florida Representative Allen West at the head of a newly created Black Leadership Council. Tea Party conservatives adore West and he is known as the "movement's political avatar.For much of the rest of the country he is infamous for his outrageously offensive racial politics and shockingly bold language. West once described President Obama supporters as "threats to the gene pool."

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August 24, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL Mitt Romney's Dog Whistle Politics

Earlier today at a campaign event in Commerce, Michigan, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney joked about his Michigan roots, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that [Ann and I] were born and raised."

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