More young voters cast their vote this past election than in recent history helping to elect the country’s first African American president, Barack Obama. Since 2000 the youth vote has been in question with many wondering if they would make a difference this time around.
Voting rights organizations had warned for months that thousands of voters across the country mighbe disenfranchised by problems related to anticipated high turnout or actions that lessened participation of specific groups of voters. While they focused on protecting the vote, they also looked ahead to future fundamental reforms.
Riding Barack Obama’s long coattails, the Democrats expanded their Senate majority by at least five seats and added 20 or more to their majority in the House of Representatives Nov. 4.
CHICAGO — With the nation and world watching, lights sparkled across Grant Park on Election Night as more than 240,000 Americans of all races and backgrounds gathered to hear President-elect Barack Obama call on them to “join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”
On Nov. 4, 2008, it happened — Barack Obama became our first African American president. What an historic moment this is. A nation that held people of African descent in bondage for 300 years and denied them rights of citizenship under Jim Crow for a century more has elected a Black president. It doesn’t get any more historic than that.
WASHINGTON (PAI)—New media, led by Internet phenomena such as YouTube, blogs, e-mails and Twitter, are having a profound impact on the nation’s political dialogue, a panel convened Oct. 23 by the League of Women Voters says.
A growing tide of support for Barack Obama, including endorsements by several prominent Republicans, is helping propel a potential “sweep” for Democrats in the House and Senate. Most notable was this month’s endorsement by Colin Powell, who cited “the vitriol and bigotry and prejudice” of the McCain-Palin campaign.
This month, as the war in Afghanistan entered its eighth year, U.S. military and intelligence agencies warned of growing problems, the country’s economic situation continued to deteriorate, and calls grew for a peaceful resolution.
The state of Georgia is set to kill Troy Anthony Davis on Oct. 27. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme refused to take up Mr. Davis' appeal, terminating a temporary stay of execution.
Barack Obama and John McCain put forward two very different approaches to the economic meltdown last week.