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Rep. John Lewis links election to civil rights struggle: ‘I don’t want to go back’

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) gave a forceful plea during his speech at the Democratic convention for voters to reelect President Obama, equating Republican-sponsored voter ID laws to Jim Crow-era voting restrictions and urging voters to, “march to the polls like never before.” “Brothers and sisters, do you want to…

5 Questions For: SC state Rep. John R. King (D) on ‘token African-Americans’ and the big blue tent

When Raw Story caught up to South Carolina state Rep. John R. King (D), who represents Rock Hill, a district just 15 minutes south of Charlotte, his voice was still recovering from Wednesday night’s assembly, but he still called his convention experience “beautiful.” It was also, he said, a rare…

5 Questions For: Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on Clinton, Obama and money in politics

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is his state’s junior Senator, first elected in 2006 and thus up for reelection in 2012. He is one of the Senate’s more liberal members on everything from marriage equality (he supports a repeal of DOMA) to the elimination of the Citizens United ruling. He spoke…

Watch from the convention floor: James Taylor rocks the Democratic delegates

Folk singer and guitarist James Taylor helped create a party atmosphere at Democratic National Convention on Thursday afternoon, receiving an enthusiastic response from attendees inside the packed arena. As the headline music act at the convention in Charlotte, the long-time environmental activist took the stage nearly five hours before President…

5 questions for: Citizens United president about his new anti-Obama film

The conservative organization for which the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision is named on Thursday brought their latest film attacking President Barack Obama to the city where he is speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Raw Story caught up with Citizens United President David Bossie…

Democrats insist Jerusalem omission in platform ‘not deliberate’

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A top Democratic official said Thursday that a decision to ditch a party policy naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, later ordered reversed by President Barack Obama, was not deliberate. The official weighed in on a row which rattled the first two days of the Democratic National…

Obama to ask for second term in big convention address

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — President Barack Obama said Thursday he will urge supporters to defy the “cynics” one more time when he pitches for four more White House years in his crucial convention address. Obama, 51, faces a high bar to better the speeches of his wife Michelle and Bill…

5 Questions for: Greenpeace activist Holly Hanks on political platforms and wanting political influence

Holly Hanks, the senior campaign coordinator for Greenpeace’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, took a break from campaigning near the convention (and the occasional cough; this was her first week back at work after a recent illness) to talk to Raw Story about Greenpeace’s progress as an organization, what that…

Five questions for: ‘Take the Money Out’ activist Paul Davis about disrupting a National Journal event

Paul Davis and fellow activist Peter Tridish were arrested on Tuesday at a panel on energy hosted by The National Journal at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The two men, representing the anti-corruption group “Take the Money Out,” unfurled a banner that read “Corporate cash nukes this election. @TakeTheMoneyOut,” and…

5 Questions For: Immigration advocate Benita Veliz, on being a DREAMer and nearly being deported

The day after her appearance at the convention, Benita Veliz wanted to be clear: not everyone who gets deported is a DREAMer. “Not everyone who is in removal proceedings should be allowed to stay in the United States,” the DREAM Act advocate at a press conference Thursday. “I was put…

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