2016 Election News Roundup: Week of February 26

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 26, 2016 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

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Gerrymandering in North Carolina is One of Many 2016 Redistricting Battles

Posted by Shadi Matar on February 26, 2016 in Blog

Allegations of racial gerrymandering in North Carolina’s 1st and 12th districts have gone to trial over what some say are the the worst cases of racially motivated district maps in the country.

North Carolina state officials recently asked the Supreme Court to postpone a District Court decision that would require them to re-draw the boundary lines of two congressional districts. The two congressional districts were previously determined to be unconstitutional by the District Court.

The District Court decision cited that the current maps that were drawn in 2011 are unconstitutional, based on...

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Ask RNC Chair Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Action Alerts

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. Late last  year, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community-based advocacy organizations to write to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.

Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and to state on...

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The "Meta-Issues" Behind the Sanders-Clinton Contest

Posted on February 22, 2016 in Washington Watch
The Democratic presidential primary race is shaping up to be a fascinating contest between the voters' views of two distinct political personalities. Some find this state of affairs confounding, believing that the election should have been a "slam-dunk" for Hillary Clinton—the former First Lady, twice elected Senator from New York, and former Secretary of State. That a 74-year-old socialist Senator from Vermont is giving her, quite literally, a "run for the money," is stunning.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of February 19

Posted by Shadi Matar on February 19, 2016 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

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Countdown Vol. 14, No. 5: Calling All Warm & Fuzzies

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: AIPAC wins and loses; all out war erupts between Republicans; a race for the races between Dems; the much needed Syria agreement looks shaky; Scalia's replacement fight is a simple matter.
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Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Washington Watch
Bernie Sanders has been unfairly criticized for being a "Johnny One Note" on foreign policy because he continually reminds voters of his early opposition to the Iraq War. To explain why he continues to emphasize the importance of his decision to oppose that war, Sanders has pointed to the speech he gave back in October 2002 in which he laid out five important reasons why he feared the Bush Administration's march to war.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of February 12

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 12, 2016 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

  President Obama calls for Automatic Voter Registration In his most recent...

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New Hampshire Primary Brings Out Party Divides

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 10, 2016 in Blog
As the 2016 primary season is shifting into gear, yesterday’s primary in New Hampshire seemed to flip the status quo upside down, demonstrating stark divisions within both the Republican and Democratic parties.
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Two Arab American Families Play Prominent Role in New Hampshire Politics

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 08, 2016 in Blog

New Hampshire might be the last place one would expect two Arab American households to establish revered political legacies, and on opposite sides of the aisle no less. But in truth, New Hampshire is not only a key electoral state known for setting the tone for presidential primaries, but it is also the home of two Arab American families that are predominant on the political scene: the Shaheen and the Sununu families. Bill Shaheen is an attorney and former District Court Judge, a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton, married to former...

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