Corey Dade http://kbia.org en Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider http://kbia.org/post/sharpton-20-outsider-insider Although he's been a public figure for three decades, the Rev. Al Sharpton is more visible these days than ever, often in ways even he wouldn't have dreamed when he was leading protests on the streets of New York in the 1980s.<p>If you watched the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama, you probably saw the dais behind him filled with the usual lot of past presidents, members of Congress and so on. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Corey Dade 30296 at http://kbia.org Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up http://kbia.org/post/some-donors-boy-scouts-ban-gays-doesnt-add Years of criticism and even a U.S. Supreme Court challenge couldn't force the Boy Scouts of America to admit openly gay members and leaders. But money talks, and after the defections of major donors, the 103-year-old organization is poised to lift its national ban.<p>Just last summer, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the ban after a lengthy internal review. Several incidents since then have tarnished the organization's image and fueled an aggressive nationwide protest led by an Eagle Scout.<p>Boys Scouts of America hasn't disclosed its reasons for considering the policy change. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Corey Dade 28230 at http://kbia.org For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up Bipartisan Senate Group Kick-Starts Immigration Battle http://kbia.org/post/bipartisan-senate-group-kick-starts-immigration-battle A bipartisan Senate plan unveiled Monday to overhaul the U.S. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Corey Dade 27955 at http://kbia.org Bipartisan Senate Group Kick-Starts Immigration Battle The Rev. Al Sharpton, In Six True-False Statements http://kbia.org/post/rev-al-sharpton-six-true-false-statements <em> Editor's note: NPR's Corey Dade recently traveled to New York to interview the Rev. Al Sharpton about the unusual arc of his checkered career, from pugnacious street fighter for racial justice to savvy insider with ties to CEOs, a successful television show and the the ear of a soon-to-be second-term president. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Corey Dade 27526 at http://kbia.org The Rev. Al Sharpton, In Six True-False Statements House Gears Up For Immigration Battle http://kbia.org/post/house-gears-immigration-battle With immigration expected to be a top issue in the new Congress, lawmakers in both parties continue to call for a bipartisan approach — while also preparing for battle.<p>The messaging from many House Democrats and Republicans about the chances of passing an immigration overhaul remains optimistic. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:09:00 +0000 Corey Dade 26994 at http://kbia.org House Gears Up For Immigration Battle New Immigration Battle: Driver's Licenses http://kbia.org/post/new-immigration-battle-drivers-licenses In a sign of growing opposition to President Obama's immigration policy, Iowa has become the latest state to deny driver's licenses to young illegal immigrants who receive deferments from deportation.<p>Iowa joins Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona in denying licenses or non-operator identification cards because, officials say, Obama's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/06/15/155126911/president-obamas-immigration-shift-could-bolster-latino-support-in-november" target="_self">deferred action program</a> doesn't grant legal status in the United States. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:50:00 +0000 Corey Dade 26565 at http://kbia.org Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race http://kbia.org/post/census-bureau-rethinks-best-way-measure-race Possible revisions to how the decennial census asks questions about race and ethnicity have raised concerns among some groups that any changes could reduce their population count and thus weaken their electoral clout.<p>The Census Bureau is considering numerous changes to the 2020 survey in an effort to improve the responses of minorities and more accurately classify Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and multiracial populations.<p>Potential options include eliminating the "Hispanic origin" question and combining it with the race question, new queries for people of Middle Eastern or North African h Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:42:00 +0000 Corey Dade 26477 at http://kbia.org Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race Obama Administration Deported Record 1.5 Million People http://kbia.org/post/obama-administration-deported-record-15-million-people Although President Obama supports setting a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants, his administration deported a record 1.5 million of them in his first term.<p>In addition, the <a href="http://www.ice.gov/removal-statistics/" target="_blank">latest data</a> released by the government in recent days show that an unprecedented 409,849 people were deported for the fiscal year that ended Sept. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Corey Dade 26381 at http://kbia.org Obama Administration Deported Record 1.5 Million People Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President http://kbia.org/post/black-latino-groups-its-our-turn-mr-president After African-American and Latino voters turned out in record numbers to reelect President Obama, leaders for both groups are turning up the pressure on him to return the favor.<p>They say that minorities, who put aside their disappointments with Obama's first term to support him again, now expect the president to spend his political capital on policies that will help their communities begin to recover from the recession. In the post-election euphoria, some leaders claim, certain voters are saying, "It's our turn."<p>"I hear that everywhere I go," says Rep. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:14:00 +0000 Corey Dade 25608 at http://kbia.org Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President 'Jet' Magazine Features Its First Gay Male Couple http://kbia.org/post/jet-magazine-features-first-gay-male-couple Many African-Americans are buzzing about the <a href="http://jetmag.com/">latest edition of Jet magazine</a>, which for the first time features a gay male couple in its popular section for wedding announcements.<p>The magazine's Dec. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 20:06:00 +0000 Corey Dade 25609 at http://kbia.org 'Jet' Magazine Features Its First Gay Male Couple Hispanic Caucus Rejects Republican Immigration Bills http://kbia.org/post/hispanic-caucus-rejects-republican-immigration-bills Determined not to be excluded from the post-election bipartisan talk of passing immigration legislation, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday rejected two Republican proposals while outlining its own priorities.<p>The group, currently made up entirely of Democrats, denounced the <a href="http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/issues_STEM%20Jobs%20Act.html" target="_blank">STEM Jobs Act</a>, delivering a swipe at Republicans on a bill expected to come before the House on Friday as the first test of the GOP's newfound <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/11/25/165653196/despite-talk-immigration Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:06:00 +0000 Corey Dade 25172 at http://kbia.org Hispanic Caucus Rejects Republican Immigration Bills Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee http://kbia.org/post/despite-talk-immigration-overhaul-not-guarantee Now that Republicans are widely <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/11/10/164818211/republicans-scramble-to-repair-breech-with-hispanics" target="_self">embracing an overhaul of immigration laws</a>, even a path to legal status for illegal residents, will their members in Congress follow through?<p>At first glance, it appears that they just might. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:04:00 +0000 Corey Dade 24978 at http://kbia.org Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee For Hispanics, A Question Of Turnout http://kbia.org/post/hispanics-question-turnout By now, it's no surprise that most Latinos plan to vote for President Obama. They are the nation's largest minority group, often likened to a sleeping giant that could decide the outcome in key swing states.<p>But will enough Latinos show up on Election Day to make good on the prediction?<p>As many as 60,000 Hispanics reach voting age every month, but Latinos overall have yet to bring their full force to the voting booth. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:42:00 +0000 Corey Dade 23118 at http://kbia.org For Hispanics, A Question Of Turnout Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains http://kbia.org/post/republican-governors-gear-election-gains While the presidential election consumes the nation's attention, the Republican Party is poised to expand its dominance of state politics with this year's contests for governor.<p>If predictions of strategists in both parties and polling prove correct, the November elections could give the Republicans their highest number of governors in 91 years.<p>Among the current governors, 29 are Republicans, 20 Democrats and one is an independent. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Corey Dade 23012 at http://kbia.org Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains Casinos Not An Easy Bet For Local Governments http://kbia.org/post/casinos-not-easy-bet-local-governments More states and cities are turning to casinos to generate revenue and plug budget holes.<p>The latest to try its luck is Maryland, where groups are waging an expensive campaign over a ballot question that will be put to voters next month. Proponents promise jackpots of jobs and funding for public schools, but analysts say the gamble doesn't always pay off at the levels promised for public coffers.<p>In the past two years, as the slow economic recovery has kept governments mired in shortfalls, new casinos have opened in Illinois, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania and most recently Ohio. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:56:00 +0000 Corey Dade 22713 at http://kbia.org Casinos Not An Easy Bet For Local Governments Obama's Top Advisers Have Dissed His Debate Chops Before http://kbia.org/post/obamas-top-advisers-have-dissed-his-debate-chops Despite President Obama's celebrated gift for oratory, the Obama supporters least surprised by his underwhelming performance against Mitt Romney may have been two of his top advisers.<p>Senior strategists David Plouffe and David Axelrod have long doubted Obama's debating skills. Their concerns date back to the 2008 presidential campaign, as Plouffe wrote in his book, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120050302">The Audacity to Win</a>. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:33:00 +0000 Corey Dade 22294 at http://kbia.org Setbacks For Voter ID Laws in Pa., Other States Could Be Short-Lived http://kbia.org/post/setbacks-voter-id-laws-pa-other-states-could-be-short-lived Civil rights groups are cheering <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/02/162145104/judget-puts-pennsylvania-voter-id-law-on-hold-through-election" target="_self">the injunction</a> placed on the Pennsylvania voter identification law, but their recent victories against state photo ID measures very likely won't last beyond Election Day.<p>The Pennsylvania law is the latest to lose a court ruling that keeps it from being implemented for Nov. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 23:39:00 +0000 Corey Dade 22163 at http://kbia.org Setbacks For Voter ID Laws in Pa., Other States Could Be Short-Lived Florida, Colorado Voter Purges Net Few Noncitizens, So Far http://kbia.org/post/florida-colorado-voter-purges-net-few-noncitizens-so-far States using a federal immigration database to purge noncitizens from voter lists are starting to get results, which so far include few illegal voters.<p>In Florida, which was <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/17/156880856/states-to-use-u-s-immigration-list-for-voter-purges" target="_self">first to gain access to the database</a> after fighting the federal government in court, an initial run of roughly 2,600 names has turned up "several" violators, according to a spokesman for Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.<p>"We are seeing that there are definitely noncitizens on the voter rolls, b Wed, 05 Sep 2012 22:11:00 +0000 Corey Dade 20634 at http://kbia.org Occupy Plans Resurgence At Democratic Convention http://kbia.org/post/occupy-movement-targets-charlotte-resurgence As President Obama reintroduces himself to America at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week, the Occupy movement will be there trying to do the same.<p>Remember Occupy Wall Street, originator of the "We are the 99 percent" slogan?<p>The group, which helped reshape the nation's political discourse last year before falling into disarray and uncertainty, plans to hold a demonstration outside the convention hall in an effort to recapture the spotlight. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 13:42:00 +0000 Corey Dade 20452 at http://kbia.org Occupy Plans Resurgence At Democratic Convention Foreclosures Leave Holes In Voter Outreach http://kbia.org/post/foreclosures-leave-holes-voter-outreach The nation's foreclosure crisis rarely is mentioned by the presidential candidates, but it looms large as their campaigns grapple with finding evicted voters in swing states.<p>Organizers are discovering scores of vacated homes in key battlegrounds that contributed strong turnouts in the 2008 election. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:17:00 +0000 Corey Dade 20157 at http://kbia.org Foreclosures Leave Holes In Voter Outreach Immigration Employees File Suit Against Obama's New Immigration Policy http://kbia.org/post/immigration-employees-file-suit-against-obamas-new-immigration-policy A group of immigration agents on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, claiming that following new lenient deportation policies requires them to violate the law.<p>The 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say they are under orders not to arrest certain illegal immigrants who might qualify for the administration's new deferred deportation program, according to the <a href="https://www.numbersusa.com/content/files/ICEvNapolitanoFINAL.pdf">complaint</a> filed in a Texas federal court. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:36:00 +0000 Corey Dade 19937 at http://kbia.org Immigration Employees File Suit Against Obama's New Immigration Policy Judge Refuses To Block Pa. Voter ID Law; Appeal Headed To State Supreme Court http://kbia.org/post/judge-refuses-block-pa-voter-id-law-appeal-headed-state-supreme-court A judge's decision Wednesday to uphold the new Pennsylvania voter identification law shifted attention to the state's highest court, which could now determine if the requirement will be imposed on Election Day.<p>Attorneys for the plaintiffs had asked the judge to stop the law from taking effect as part of a constitutional challenge. Their <a href="http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/PetitionApplewhite.pdf" target="_blank">complaint</a> claims the law would make it disproportionately harder for seniors, minorities and others to vote in the Nov. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:46:00 +0000 Corey Dade 19480 at http://kbia.org Judge Refuses To Block Pa. Voter ID Law; Appeal Headed To State Supreme Court New Target In Voter ID Battle: 1965 Voting Rights Act http://kbia.org/post/new-target-voter-id-battle-1965-voting-rights-act A landmark federal law used to block the adoption of state voter identification cards and other election rules now faces unprecedented legal challenges.<p>A record five federal lawsuits filed this year challenge the constitutionality of a key provision in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/28/147568469/is-the-voting-rights-act-endangered-a-legal-primer">Voting Rights Act</a>. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:27:00 +0000 Corey Dade 18631 at http://kbia.org New Target In Voter ID Battle: 1965 Voting Rights Act Pa. Won't Use Voter Fraud Argument At Hearing Over ID Law http://kbia.org/post/pa-wont-use-voter-fraud-argument-hearing-over-id-law When Pennsylvania officials begin their defense of the state's new voter identification law in court Wednesday, they will do so after agreeing to abandon a central argument for why such laws are needed.<p>In a Pennsylvania <a href="http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/ApplewhiteStipulation.pdf" target="_blank">court filing</a>, the state says it has never investigated claims of in-person voter fraud and so won't argue that such fraud has occurred in the past. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:09:00 +0000 Corey Dade 18145 at http://kbia.org States To Use U.S. Immigration List For Voter Purges http://kbia.org/post/states-use-us-immigration-list-voter-purges Several presidential battleground states are moving quickly to reach agreements with federal officials to access a U.S. immigration database to purge noncitizens from voter rolls.<p>The states, including some with large Latino populations, are following Florida, which last week reached its own pact with the Department of Homeland Security to use a database that contains information about immigrants who are in the U.S. legally. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:51:00 +0000 Corey Dade 17718 at http://kbia.org How Obama Factors In States Voting On Gay Marriage http://kbia.org/post/how-obama-factors-states-voting-gay-marriage President Obama's decision to publicly support same-sex marriage may have changed the minds of some Americans, according to a national <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/05/23/National-Politics/Polling/release_83.xml?uuid=53e6LKSMEeGoEekBtKbiMQ" target="_blank">poll</a>. But in states that will vote on the issue in November, the impact has been mixed.<em> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:28:00 +0000 Corey Dade 17499 at http://kbia.org How Obama Factors In States Voting On Gay Marriage Gridlock: Storms, Blackouts Expose Power Problems http://kbia.org/post/gridlock-storms-blackouts-expose-power-problems As hundreds of thousands swelter without power a week after a violent storm pummeled the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, energy experts say the future will look even worse if the nation's aging, congested electrical grid isn't upgraded.<p>Customers chafe at rising utility bills, but the energy industry warns that the alternative is even scarier: Unless $673 billion is invested in the system, it could break down by 2020, according to an <a href="http://www.asce.org/uploadedFiles/Infrastructure/Failure_to_Act/energy_report_FINAL2.pdf">American Society of Civil Engineers report </a>released in April.<p Sat, 07 Jul 2012 10:09:00 +0000 Corey Dade 17158 at http://kbia.org Gridlock: Storms, Blackouts Expose Power Problems Future Murky For Arizona's Immigration Law http://kbia.org/post/future-murky-arizonas-immigration-law As Arizona officials prepare to apply the one provision of the state's immigration law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, some local authorities doubt they can properly enforce it.<p>"We will do our best to enforce the law. But we are in uncharted territory on this issue," Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor said in a statement released by the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit organization of police chiefs. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 23:25:00 +0000 Corey Dade 16562 at http://kbia.org Future Murky For Arizona's Immigration Law President Obama's Immigration Shift Could Bolster Latino Support In November http://kbia.org/post/president-obamas-immigration-shift-could-bolster-latino-support-november President Obama's decision to stop deporting young, otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants could help rebuild his support among electorally important Latinos after 18 months of futile efforts, some activists said Friday.<p>"There is overwhelming support for the protection of these children, as there is in the rest of the country. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:10:00 +0000 Corey Dade 15977 at http://kbia.org President Obama's Immigration Shift Could Bolster Latino Support In November Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Defends Efforts To Clear Noncitizens From Voter Rolls http://kbia.org/post/fla-gov-rick-scott-defends-noncitizen-voter-purges Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending his effort to prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting in his state after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to stop him on Tuesday.<p>Scott told NPR's Michel Martin <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/13/154924664/gov-rick-scott-on-florida-showdown-with-feds">on <em>Tell Me More</em></a> Wednesday that after learning his state didn't verify the citizenship status of registered voters, he's trying to ensure that the ballots of U.S. citizens aren't diminished:<p><blockquote><p>"What we've found is noncitizens voting, noncitizens registered to vote. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:07:00 +0000 Corey Dade 15820 at http://kbia.org Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Defends Efforts To Clear Noncitizens From Voter Rolls