This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 11, 2015 for week ending March 20, 2015

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"Elections in this country have become more racially polarized than ever before, particularly in local elections. Race is the most decisive factor for determining the outcome of those elections, not party, not class, not ideology - but racial identification."

– Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, on the key findings of the report she co-authored, titled, "50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics."


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50 Years After Selma March, New Report Finds Party Politics Increasingly Polarized by Race

MP3 Interview with Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, conducted by Scott Harris

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On the weekend of March 7 and 8, tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. and the world gathered in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 1965 civil rights march known as “Bloody Sunday,” where 600 peaceful demonstrators demanding the right to vote were attacked by Alabama State Troopers and County Posses. The police assault resulted in 17 injured protesters being sent to the hospita, and worldwide attention focused on America’s civil rights struggle. Five months later, in August, 1965, Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act that provided for federal oversight of local election laws.  Story continues

Chicago's Progressive Movement Rallies to Defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Re-Election

MP3 Interview with Micah Uetricht, web editor with In These Times, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The surprisingly strong showing of Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the Chicago mayoral election Feb. 24 deprived incumbent Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel of an outright victory and forced him into a runoff on April 7. Garcia came late into the race after Chicago Federation of Teachers President Karen Lewis had to drop out due to illness.  Story continues

Despite Setbacks, Vermont Grassroots Campaign Pushes for First-in-Nation Single Payer Health Care System

MP3 Interview with Anja Rudiger, director of programs with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, conducted by Scott Harris

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In May 2011, Vermont’s legislature approved and Democratic Gov. Shumlin signed Act 48, a bill which requires the state to establish a universal health care system by 2017. Gov. Shumlin described the plan, known as "Green Mountain Care," as "a single-payer system" that he believed "would control health care costs, not just by cutting fees to doctors and hospitals, but by fundamentally changing the state's health care system.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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