Corey Dade http://ktep.org en Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider http://ktep.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 12579 at http://ktep.org Sharpton 2.0: From Outsider To Insider For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up http://ktep.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 10067 at http://ktep.org For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up Bipartisan Senate Group Kick-Starts Immigration Battle http://ktep.org/post/bipartisan-senate-group-kick-starts-immigration-battle A bipartisan Senate plan unveiled Monday to overhaul the U.S. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:08:00 +0000 Corey Dade 9715 at http://ktep.org Bipartisan Senate Group Kick-Starts Immigration Battle The Rev. Al Sharpton, In Six True-False Statements http://ktep.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 9189 at http://ktep.org The Rev. Al Sharpton, In Six True-False Statements House Gears Up For Immigration Battle http://ktep.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 8466 at http://ktep.org House Gears Up For Immigration Battle New Immigration Battle: Driver's Licenses http://ktep.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 7871 at http://ktep.org Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race http://ktep.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 7774 at http://ktep.org Census Bureau Rethinks The Best Way To Measure Race Obama Administration Deported Record 1.5 Million People http://ktep.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 7647 at http://ktep.org Obama Administration Deported Record 1.5 Million People Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President http://ktep.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 6639 at http://ktep.org Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President 'Jet' Magazine Features Its First Gay Male Couple http://ktep.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 6640 at http://ktep.org 'Jet' Magazine Features Its First Gay Male Couple Blacks, Latinos Join White House In Fiscal Cliff PR War http://ktep.org/post/blacks-latinos-join-white-house-fiscal-cliff-pr-war The White House is warning African-Americans and Hispanics that they face disproportionate harm from tax hikes, spending cuts and an end to extended unemployment benefits if a deal isn't struck to avoid the fiscal cliff.<p>At a closed White House meeting Thursday, the administration briefed more than 100 black leaders on potential stakes for their communities, some of which still are experiencing the worst effects of the recession.<p>The meetings came a day after White House officials conducted a similar briefing in a conference call with the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest H Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:48:00 +0000 Corey Dade 6578 at http://ktep.org Hispanic Caucus Rejects Republican Immigration Bills http://ktep.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 21:56:00 +0000 Corey Dade 6055 at http://ktep.org Hispanic Caucus Rejects Republican Immigration Bills Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee http://ktep.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 5838 at http://ktep.org Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains http://ktep.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 3308 at http://ktep.org Republican Governors Gear Up For Election Gains Casinos Not An Easy Bet For Local Governments http://ktep.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 2974 at http://ktep.org Casinos Not An Easy Bet For Local Governments Obama's Top Advisers Have Dissed His Debate Chops Before http://ktep.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 2490 at http://ktep.org Setbacks For Voter ID Laws in Pa., Other States Could Be Short-Lived http://ktep.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 2362 at http://ktep.org Setbacks For Voter ID Laws in Pa., Other States Could Be Short-Lived Florida, Colorado Voter Purges Net Few Noncitizens, So Far http://ktep.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 684 at http://ktep.org