Countdown Vol. 14 No. 9: Breakdowns & Brussels

Posted on March 14, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of March 11

Posted by Joan Hanna on March 11, 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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Sanders' Not So Surprising Upset in Dearborn, Michigan

Posted by Maya Berry on March 09, 2016 in Blog
Senator Bernie Sanders' upset victory in Michigan is rightly producing headlines today. However, some of the narrative includes tired and old assumptions about the fact that Senator Sanders won the city of Dearborn, home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the country.
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Half a Million Arab Americans will make a Difference in the Michigan Primaries

Posted by Shadi Matar on March 07, 2016 in Blog

In the lead up to tomorrow’s primary in Michigan, both parties’ candidates have been courting the votes of the sizeable Arab American community, which accounts for at least 5% of the Michigan electorate. With almost half a million Arab Americans in the state, and 147 and 59 delegates on the line for the Democratic and Republican candidates respectively, the community will be a definitive factor in the upcoming primary. Over the last few weeks, many members of the Arab American community have gotten opportunities to meet with Republican and Democratic candidates to engage them on the issues that matter deeply to the nation and the Arab American community.

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Will the GOP Implode?

Posted on March 07, 2016 in Washington Watch
This has been one crazy political week. It has been so tumultuous and, in some ways, so calamitous for the Republican party, that we may be witnessing a fatal rupturing of the GOP.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of March 4

Posted by Shadi Matar on March 04, 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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Trump: Feeding the “Monster”

Posted on February 29, 2016 in Washington Watch
Donald Trump's candidacy is American politics reduced to the absurd. It is theater in its most stripped down form—a show where the content is not as important as the event and the raw emotion it evokes.
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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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