Virginia: Immigration and the election for governor

On a press call held today, CASA in Action, NextGen America, and America’s Voice joined Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions to discuss the findings and implications of election eve polling of Virginia’s voters. … Matt Barreto, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Latino Decisions, highlighted some of the key takeaways of […] Read more »

America, a year later: The divided era of politics didn’t start with Trump’s victory. But it has gotten worse under his presidency.

One Election Night a year ago didn’t get us to this place. Long before Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton for the presidency last year, the nation was facing steadily rising social and political tensions rooted in diverging reactions to the relentless economic, demographic and cultural changes reshaping American life. But […] Read more »

The most important things we’ll learn on Election Day 2017

The governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey usually receive heightened attention because they are the first big statewide races (except for special elections) after a new president takes office. But after all the tumult of Donald Trump’s first months as president, this year’s focus is even more intense — […] Read more »

President Trump Was Elected A Year Ago — And Americans Are Feeling Aggrieved

Donald Trump won the votes of whites without a college degree by a bigger margin than any Republican presidential candidate since 1980. And there is reason for that. He gave voice to a group of people who have felt left behind. … At nearly every rally and campaign event, populated […] Read more »

Avoiding Trump, but Adopting His Divisive Playbook: Will It Work in Virginia?

Propelled by demographic changes that are turning Virginia into an increasingly blue state and a liberal base energized by the convulsive Trump presidency, Democrats have long been favored to retain the governorship here when the state goes to the polls on Tuesday. But a racially tinged, divisive campaign by the […] Read more »

Republicans in Virginia and nationwide are using ‘sanctuary cities’ as a weapon against Democrats

Days before Virginia’s tight gubernatorial election, Democratic nominee Ralph Northam is still facing questions about his stance toward “sanctuary cities” — localities that decline to enforce federal immigration laws. … In tight elections from New York to Albuquerque, Republicans are using sanctuary cities to attack Democrats as enabling Latino gang […] Read more »

The Tragedy of President Trump’s Tribalism

Although in dramatically different ways, Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York and the Republican tax plan scheduled for release Thursday raise the same jagged question: In the Donald Trump era, is it possible for a deeply divided America to sustain any shared interest or common purpose? The country obviously faced […] Read more »

Why the Virginia Governor’s Race Could Echo Across the Country

The Virginia gubernatorial contest has unexpectedly become a test case of the explosive politics of race in the Donald Trump era. The outcome could tug the Republican Party much further toward Trump-style racial provocation and polarization next year. Or it could warn the GOP that such positioning carries too high […] Read more »