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by Ashlee Rezin
2:59pm
Mon Oct 28, 2013

House Republicans Must Act On Immigration Reform, Say Community Leaders, Elected Officials (VIDEO)

Inaction on immigration reform will have negative consequences for the mostly white, male-dominated Republican Party during next year’s election, according to a group of protesters who vowed Saturday to vote Illinois’ GOP congressional delegates out of office if they do not work towards passing legislation that would overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system.

“Give us a vote on citizenship or risk extinction,” read flyers left outside of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam’s (R, IL-6) downtown Chicago office doors Saturday as more than 50 immigration reform advocates chanted, “Remember November!”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:46pm
Thu Apr 11, 2013

New Report Explores The Political Impact Of Immigration Reform In Key States

As Congress works toward the final stages of an immigration reform plan, a new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explores how immigration and the growing Latino population could impact the future political landscape in key states.

Immigration issues among Latino voters were crucial in swinging the 2012 presidential election.

And the rapid growth and voting power of the Latino population also ensured key swing states such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada voted for the current Democratic president, according to the brief.

Key states such as Arizona and North Carolina are also reaching demographic tipping points that could shift the states reliably blue, said Philip Wolgin, senior policy analyst for immigration at the Center for American Progress.

“These are states that are becoming swing states in a way that I think nobody really envisioned would have happened in the past,” he said.

Quick Hit
by Nathan Greenhalgh
5:51pm
Fri Mar 8, 2013

Jon Huntsman Says GOP Must Become More Progressive

Republican presidential primary candidate Jon Huntsman said it’s time his party adopt a more progressive stance on a number of issues at the University of Chicago Thursday evening.

At the event, organized by the university’s Institute of Politics, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China under the Obama administration took questions from journalist and Fox News contributor Juan Williams as well as the audience. In his answers, Huntsman described himself as a solid Republican, but was strongly critical of the direction his party has taken, adding that its doubtful that the GOP will find electoral success in future elections if they do not change.

“The minute we start to divorce fact and science from our public policy debate, we are adrift,” Huntsman said. “If Republicans are going to succeed long-term, we have to be the party of reality.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
4:28pm
Thu Feb 14, 2013

Are Republicans Really Courting The Minority Vote?

A lack of minority presence in the Republican Party and a poor turnout of non-white voters has prompted many to question the party’s ability to reach out, and forced Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, to travel to Atlanta and speak to black voters.

PI Original
by Bob Skolnik
11:38am
Tue Feb 12, 2013

Breaking Down The Obama Win With 2012 Election Campaign Strategists

The top strategists of the Obama and Romney campaigns shared a stage last week at the University of Chicago to discuss the 2012 presidential campaign. The talk was sponsored by the university’s new Institute of Politics, which is run by David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s former chief strategist. The discussion kicked off an intensive five-week examination of the 2012 campaign at the Institute of Politics.

Quick Hit
by Michael Sandler
4:23pm
Wed Nov 7, 2012

Thompson Center Viewing Party Attendees Detail What They Want To See In Obama’s Second Term (VIDEO)

The chilly November weather didn’t keep about 75 people from gathering at the Thompson Center in what would turn out to be an election night victory party for President Barack Obama.

As part of CNN’s nationwide “Election Night in America” promotion, a jumbo TV screen was erected just outside the building, and the pro-Obama crowd cheered every time it was announced the president won another state.

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