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Archive 1998 -2002

December,  2002

Have Black Republicans Gone from Political Octoroons to Mainstream Republicans?  12/18/02 Philadelphia New Observer 

Black Voter Turnout in 2002 Didn't Fall, Say Analysts  12/16/02 NNPA: "Despite reports to the contrary, recent Black voter turnout seems to have been at least equal to, if not better than, the previous mid-term election, according to the most extensive analysis yet of this year’s Black vote. "The participation rates of African Americans in 2002 are strikingly analogous to past off-years-if not up slightly," concludes an analysis prepared for the Democratic National Committee. "Those (who are) quick to proclaim the base of the Democratic Party was more apathetic this year lack the evidence to substantiate their agenda." "

Emerging Ethnic Vote Brings New Dynamic to Neighborhood Polls  12/12/02 Dorchester Reporter, MA 

Don't Take The Black Vote For Granted!  12/9/02 The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation: "Political pundits were quick to attribute the Republican sweep on low voter turnout among Blacks, however, as actual numbers are slowly compiled, it appears that Black voter turnout did not "plummet" as media reports indicated. Political parties must stop taking the Black vote for granted and pay closer attention to issues that affect the Black community, said a panel of Black leaders during a post election briefing hosted recently by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)."

Democrats' Goal: More Black Voters  12/1/02 Newsday 


November,  2002

A PRELIMINARY COMPILATION ON BLACK VOTER TURNOUT AND THE 2002 ELECTIONS  11/13/02 The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation: "African American voter turnout in the 2002 midterm election has been the subject of much speculation and finger pointing. In past elections, the Voter News Service (VNS), a consortium of news organizations, provided detailed information about the voters. But at the last minute, VNS announced that for unspecified technical reasons, it could not vouch for the accuracy of the data collected. Consequently, there is no comprehensive demographic information on who voted and why on November 5th. While news organizations like the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Times and the Los Angeles Times conducted their own exit poll surveys, most analyses of black voter turnout have been based on speculation--hunches--rather than real numbers. The reason: It will likely be months before hard data are available. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's preliminary estimate of black voter turnout is based on anecdotal evidence gathered from its Operation Big Vote (OBV) and Black Youth Vote (BYV!) field sites in 60 cities and 27 states."

THE UNTAPPED POWER OF THE VOTE: How Black Voters Could Decide An Election  11/7/02 Keith Boykin 

Racial, ideological issues split black, white voters  11/5/02 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham

Republicans trying to depress Black voter turnout  11/1/02 Lean Left 


October,  2002

A felony conviction should not end the right to vote  10/28/02 Florida Times Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee - "In Florida, more than 500,000 felons have completed their sentences and supervision requirements but have been denied the right to vote. That figure represents a third of all the disenfranchised felons in the country. About 31 percent of African-American males in Florida cannot vote as a result of felony disenfranchisement. That figure is three times greater than the percentage of black males disenfranchised nationally."


September,  2002

The Last Color Line  9/1/02 NYT: "If you looked at these two phenomena together -- more black moderates, fewer black Republicans -- you would say that black leaders have distributed themselves more widely across the political spectrum, while Republicans have squeezed themselves into a narrow space on the edge of that spectrum. And it is precisely the kind of ideologically conservative, antiurban, sectarian space in which an increasingly secular black political culture is bound to feel uncomfortable. Conservative Republicans are occupying the territory of moral absolutism that moderate black politicians are abandoning."


June,  2002

Sailing a wave of apathy is treacherous for voters  6/24/02 Florida Times Union: by Tonyaa Weathersbee - "Of course, low primary turnout isn't unique to Jacksonville. It's like that all over the country. Been like that for a while. I fear that mentality has to do with a disconnect that has been building with many voters when it comes to the political process. On the front end, some voters believe their choices are already limited to people who have been anointed by the hierarchy of the major political parties. Often times, both Democrat and Republican operatives try to stifle competition in political races so as not to hand a victory to the other party's candidate by splitting votes. Money and media access also play roles. It's all about strategy and practicality, and no one can question the shrewdness of it. But to some voters, it leaves the feeling that by primary day, their choices have been pared to the point that their vote amounts to more of an afterthought than any genuine democratic action. Some figure they'll just hold out for the big election."

Preparing Now for the Fall Elections  6/20/02 Black Press USA: "Conventional wisdom holds that if the Republican Party is to make inroads into the Black community, it will be through the younger generation. The prevailing thinking is that the farther removed African-Americans are from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the more likely they are to support conservative political causes… African-Americans aged 60 or older, voted for Gore 87 percent of the time and 11 percent cast ballots for Bush in the last presidential election. Blacks 45-59 years old supported Gore over Bush by a margin of 89 percent to 9 percent. African-Americans in the 30 to 44 age group went for Gore 91 percent to 7 percent. And the youngest group—18 to 29 years old—voted for Gore over Bush 91 percent to 8 percent."

Buying The Black Vote  6/19/02 Atlanta Inquirer: "With all the emphasis Black people put on ''getting out the vote,'' shouldn't we be more vigilant regarding external forces that affect how and who we vote for? An example of how the more powerful Jewish lobby exerts controls over the larger Black electorate is the Alabama Democratic primary pitting Congressman Earl Hilliard against challenger Arturo Davis. The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is backing Mr. Davis' quest to win Alabama's 7th district congressional seat because of its dissatisfaction with Hilliard's foreign policy views. While most Black members of Congress play down sympathies Blacks have for countries deemed as ''off-limits'' by the American political establishment, Hilliard's has been more in line with his constituents. Hilliard's interest in Cuba, Iran and Libya rankled many within the Jewish political establishment but the straw that broke the camel's back was his decision to vote against a House Resolution that uncritically expressed ''solidarity with Israel''. "


May,  2002

Young Voters' Apathy Blamed For Blacks' Political Plight; Community Leaders Say Dumas' Loss A Prime Example  5/12/02 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "When the executive board of the Community Brainstorming Conference met at America's Black Holocaust Museum a week after the April 2 primary to discuss upcoming forums, everyone knew instinctively what one future topic would have to be -- voter apathy, particularly among African-Americans."


February,  2002

Black voters must hold black politicians accountable  2/20/02 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham


January,  2002

Black voters can help Democrats take back South  1/21/02 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham

Republicans Are Still Playing the Race Card  1/19/02 Newsday: "Earlier this month, on the eve of the runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, an unsigned flier turned up in New Orleans housing projects. It falsely told voters that if they didn't manage to get to the polls on Dec. 7 - Election Day - why, they could always show up and cast a ballot on Dec. 10. Around the same time, the Louisiana Republican Party paid for posters - and for black men to stand on street corners waving them - that sought to deepen Democrat Mary Landrieu's problems generating enthusiasm for her candidacy among black voters. Knowing that African-American turnout would be crucial for a Democratic victory, the signs were suggestive: "Mary, if you don't respect us, don't expect us." How's that for a civic-minded get-out-the-vote slogan?"


December,  2001

BLACK VOTERS SHOWING SIGNS OF INDEPENDENCE  12/1/01 Voter News Network: "Forty-six years after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, black voters in Alabama and across the nation are showing signs of growing independence from political bosses who traditionally delivered their votes to favored candidates. The sea of change started about two years ago with municipal elections in Montgomery. Black voters ousted all four black Montgomery City Council incumbents in the 1999 city elections for mayor and council members. One of the four black council members ousted was Dr. Joe L. Reed, a longtime Democratic Party chief who also heads the Party's black wing - the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC). Reed is currently set to lead state Democrats in the 2002 state and federal elections."


September,  2001

Running the Numbers on Black Population Patterns  9/13/01 Africana.com: "According to recently released census data, the black population of the United States grew almost three times as fast in the 1990s as the white populace. Whites remain the largest racial group in the country, but the black population increased 16 percent from 1990 to 2000, while the total US population grew 13 percent during that decade."


June,  2001

MIDDLE CLASS BLACK VOTERS KEY TO VICTORY IN 2002 ELECTIONS  6/1/01 Voter News Network: "African Americans earning combined incomes between $80,000 and 200,000 are thought to be the only malleable part of the Democratic Party's otherwise impregnable black base. At the same time, upper middle-income blacks are a potentially decisive bloc within the Democratic Party itself."


February,  2001

Black Voters Get Too Little from Democratic Party  2/23/01 Boston Globe 

Wooing the black vote  2/13/01 CS Monitor 


January,  2001

Black voter drive begins anew  1/15/01 St. Petersburg Times 


December,  2000

BAMPAC TO HOST HOSPITALITY SUITE DURING THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION  12/10/00 BAMPAC: "The purpose of the hospitality suite is to provide candidates, elected officials, delegates, and others with information on BAMPAC and its mission, and also to provide an opportunity to share their vision for America as it relates to African Americans and Americans generally. The conventions offer an excellent opportunity for candidates and the community to develop a comfort level that will, ultimately, empower the community to make informed decisions when entering the voting booth."

Florida's Lessons For Black Leaders  12/4/00 Black Electorate: "Everyone, and we mean everyone, White or Black, should take their hat off or bow in respect for what the NAACP and Black opinion leaders did in Florida. The Black voter turnout in that state was simply unbelievable and without question is the only reason that Al Gore is as close as he is to winning the presidency. Black Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) efforts deserve a tremendous amount of credit for this impressive show."

The Black Vote in 2000  12/1/00 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: "On November 7, 2000, the black vote was critical to the outcome of a number of closely contested elections. What follows is a brief review of some of the available evidence on this subject. In particular, this review focuses on the significance of African American voters’ ballot behavior in the elections. It also examines the changing numbers and profile of black candidates for both federal and statewide office, as well as their performance at the polls."


October,  2000

Focus on blacks, but voters of all races need to get to polls  10/24/00 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham

Both parties fight for the black vote  10/18/00 St Petersburg Times: "While listening to a popular South Florida black radio station the other day, I nearly drove my Blazer off the road when I heard this political ad: "Look, we know what you think Republicans are like, but we're working hard to show you who we really are." This ground-beaking radio spot is paid for by none other than the Republican National Committee."


September,  2000

Felony convictions keep 13% of black men from voting  9/21/00 AP: "On Election Day, nearly 1.4 million voting-age black men -- more than one in eight -- will be ineligible to cast ballots because of state laws that strip felons of the right to vote."


August,  2000

You get what you don't vote for  8/1/00 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham


July,  2000

African Americans Defy Trend of Plunging Voter Turnout, Census Bureau Reports  7/19/00 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: "African Americans were the only race or ethnic group to defy the trend of declining voter participation in congressional elections, increasing their presence at the polls from 37 percent in 1994 to 40 percent in 1998, according to a report released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau. See accompanying table (PDF)."

Bush Courts Black Vote  7/11/00 Radio Netherlands 


December,  1998

Joint Center Releases Analysis of Black Vote in 1998 Midterm Elections  12/3/98 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: "The report also highlights significant declines in the more populous states, especially those with the greatest black populations, which exerted a downward pressure on the national numbers. In contrast, black turnout was greater than the black voting age percentage in Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan. "As was the case in earlier years, there was a gender gap among African Americans," said David Bositis. "More black women than black men voted Democrat, and more significantly, more black women than black men turned out at the polls."


November,  1998

The Black Vote in '98  11/15/98 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: "What follows is a brief review of some of the available evidence on what transpired on November 3, 1998, when the black vote was critical to the outcome of a number of closely contested elections. This review focuses on two aspects of the election: (1) the behavior and signifi-cance of African American voters in the 1998 midterm elections; and (2) the changing numbers and profile of black candidates for both federal and statewide office, as well as their performance at the polls."

1998 BLACK VOTER TURNOUT - FACT SHEET  11/1/98 The National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, Inc.: "Major reason for national decline - 5 most populous states turnout rates declined - California, Texas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania. Overall Black Voter Turnout Declined slightly over 1994 - Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies linked decline to 5 most populous states-all have significant African American populations."

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