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2016 Elections

Where do the candidates stand on issues like incarceration, police reform, torture, and war?  Read up on national election issues here. If you encounter a broken link, try viewing the “archived” version instead.

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General Election News

Obama condemned Islamophobia in America. It’s time Republicans did too, The Guardian, December 7th, 2015

Black Women’s Votes Matter, Huffington Post, November 12th, 2015

Presidential Prison Politics: How the Candidates Stack Up on Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform, Solitary Watch, November 10th, 2015 (archived)

Presidential Candidates Must Stop Playing Fantasy Football in the Middle East, The Hill, November 5th, 2015

Why Presidential Candidates Can’t Ignore Black Lives Matter, Christianity Today, October 28th, 2015

Voter ID and driver’s license closures black out Alabama’s black belt,, September 30th, 2015

Is There a #BlackLivesMatter PAC? There should be. The Hill, August 6th, 2015

What Impact Will #BlackLivesMatter Have on the 2016 Presidential Race? News One for Black America, August 3rd, 2015

Candidates Ignore the Role Race Plays in Determining Who Thrives and Who Struggles, TruthOut, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

9 Things #BlackLivesMatter Activists Need to See Presidential Candidates Do Now,, July 24th, 2015

#Black Lives Matter: Liberal Activists Shift 2016 Endorsement Rules, Time Magazine (online), July 24th, 2015

‘All Lives Matter’ and other offensive things the 2016 presidential candidates have said about race, MTV, July 21st, 2015

CIA Torture Report to Arrive in Every US Presidential Candidate’s Mailbox, Alison Flood for The Guardian, June 18th, 2015

Why 2016 is Do or Die Election for American Exceptionalism, Washington Times, March 24th, 2015

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Republican Party – General

GOP Needs to Reassess Stance on Black Lives Matter, The Herald, September 19th, 2015

Black Lives Matter Was Absent from the GOP Debate, Huffington Post, September 17th, 2015

The Truth About Black Lives Matter, New York Time op-ed, September 3rd, 2015 (analyzes Republican leaders’ statements on BLM)

The Fox Debate is Evidence the GOP Does Not Think Black Lives Matter, Mic, August 7th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton Ad Runs Double the Length of ‘Racial Issues’ Discussion in GOP Debate, Billboard, August 6th, 2015

GOP Debate Spends Less Than One Minute on Police Violence, Black Lives Matter, Think Progress, August 6th, 2015

Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women Posts Black Lynching Pic on Facebook, Inquisitr, July 30th, 2015 – additional coverage from Think Progress

Black Lives Matter: We Will Shut Down the GOP Convention if we Can, Newsbusters, July 25th, 2015

The Two Degrees of Separation Between Dylann Roof and the Republican Party, The Nation, June 22nd, 2015

Council of Conservative Citizens Promotes White Supremacy, and GOP Ties, The New York Times, June 22nd, 2015

White Supremacist who Influenced Charleston Suspect Donated to 2016 GOP Campaigns, The New York Times, June 22nd, 2015

Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag, the New York Times, June 21st, 2015

GOP’s Torture Caucus: The Presidential Hopefuls who Want to Return to the War on Terror’s Worst Excesses, Simon Maloy for Salon, June 17th, 2015

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Republican Candidates

* For mental health reasons, this site will not cover the candidacy of Donald Trump unless or until he is either nominated by the GOP, or declares an independent run.

Ted Cruz (coming soon)

Defeated Candidates

Jeb Bush – Campaign ended in February, 2016.

Ben Carson
Campaign ended in March, 2016.

Chris Christie – Campaign ended in February, 2016

Rick Santorum – Campaign ended in February, 2016



Marco Rubio – Campaign ended in March, 2016

Scott Walker – Campaign ended in September, 2015

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Democratic Party – General

DNC Offers #BlackLivesMatter a Town Hall, but Organization Says it Wants a Debate, The Root, October 23rd, 2015

Democrats Approve Presidential Forum for Black Lives Matter Movement and racial justice discussion – but party won’t add another debate, The Daily Mail, October 22nd, 2015

CNN Democratic Debate Backlash: Journalists of Color Blast Network’s ‘Ghettoizing’ Reporters on Race, Immigration Questions, International Business Times, October 14th, 2015

At the Democratic Debate, Black Lives Mattered for Exactly One Question, The New Republic, October 14th, 2015

Elizabeth Warren: “Black Lives Matter. Black Citizens Matter. Black Families Matter.” The Nation, September 28th, 2015

Disrupting Bernie Sanders and the Democrats, Van Jones for CNN, August 13th, 2015

Open letter to progressives: You’re doing it wrong and it’ll cost the Democratic Party, The Daily Kos, August 11th, 2015

Planned Parenthood, #BlackLivesMatter, Divide Democrats, The National Review, July 24th, 2015
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Netroots Nation Confrontation Wasn’t About #BlackLivesMatter At All, July 23rd, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter is Winning the 2016 Democratic Primaries, Time Magazine, July 23rd, 2015

Protesters Shout Candidates of Stage: ‘Black Lives Matter!’ July 20th, 2015

Democrats Lose Control of Presidential Event, CNN Politics, July 18th, 2015

Cleveland and McKinney Show that Electing Democrats Will Never Restrain or Control the Police, Bruce Dixon for Black Agenda Report, June 10th, 2015

Obama’s Disappointing Criminal Justice Reform Speech: The Movement Needs More Than This, Salon, July 15th, 2015

Obama’s Police Reforms Ignore the Most Important Cause of Police Misconduct, Alex Vitale, The Nation, March 6th, 2015

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Democratic Candidates

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the State Department in Washington on the deaths of U.S. embassy staff in Benghazi in this September 12, 2012 file photo. Clinton said December 19, 2012, she accepted the findings of an independent panel that faulted the State Department over the deadly September attack and had ordered widespread changes to bolster US. Diplomatic security overseas. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Hillary Clinton

Clinton Proposes Reducing Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders, Buzzfeed, November 6th, 2015

Hillary Clinton hasn’t learned a thing from Iraq, AlterNet, October 29th, 2015

Hillary Clinton wants to end private prison industry; reportedly stops accepting their contributions, The Atlanta Daily World, October 23rd, 2015

Hillary Clinton ‘did what most white people do’ when confronted by black people, Feministing, August 19th, 2015

Hillary’s Intense Meeting with Black Lives Matter Activists (includes video), New York Magazine, August 18th, 2015

Hillary Clinton to #BlackLivesMatter in Video: ‘I don’t believe you change hearts…’ Good Magazine, August 17th, 2015

Clinton meets ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters shut out of event, The Hill, August 11th, 2015

Bernie and O’Malley release strong policy plans addressing police brutality; still waiting on Hillary, The Daily Kos, August 10th, 2015

Clinton Campaign Starts Black Lives Matter Outreach, BuzzFeed News, July 26th, 2015

Why Hillary Clinton and her Rivals are Struggling to Grasp Black Lives Matter, The Washington Post, July 22nd, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Black Lives Matter Triangulations, The American Interest, July 21st, 2015

Hillary Clinton on racial justice: ‘Black lives matter,’ New York Daily News, July 20th, 2015

Hillary Clinton Revisits Race Issue Near Ferguson, MSNBC, June 23rd, 2015

From Roosevelt Island to Rikers Island, Hillary Clinton Can’t See Mass Incarceration – Bruce Dixon for the Black Agenda Report, June 17th, 2015

Will Hillary Clinton Abolish the Prison State Her Husband Created? Don’t Count on It, TruthOut, May 31st, 2015


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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the Left, and Indigenous Peoples, Owasicu Owe Waste Sni (blog), March 18th, 2016

Bernie Sanders is Leading the War on For-Profit Prisons, Miami Observer, December 4th, 2015 (archived)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to meet with Ferguson activist Deray McKesson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 17th, 2015

Bernie and O’Malley release strong policy plans addressing police brutality; still waiting on Hillary, The Daily Kos, August 10th, 2015

Why Saturday’s Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken, The Stranger, August 9th, 2015

Black Lives Matter protesters interrupt Bernie Sanders speech in Seattle, The Raw Story, August 8th, 2015

You’re White and Marched with Dr. King. So What? , July 22nd, 2015

For Black Lives Matter, targeting Bernie Sanders isn’t just about 2016, it’s about today, Vox, July 21st, 2015

A Day After Being Heckled, Sanders Speaks Out Against Police Brutality at Pair of Rallies in Texas, The Washington Post, July 20th, 2015

#BernieSoBlack: Why Progressives Are Fighting About Bernie Sanders and Race, Vox, July 20th, 2015

Bernie Sanders Voices Concerns About Police Brutality in Dallas Campaign Stop, The Dallas Morning News, July 19th, 2015

White Progressives Get a Taste of Anger and Frustration as BlackLivesMatter Protesters Upstage Bernie Sanders, Eclecta Blog, July 18th, 2015

Defeated Candidates

Martin O’Malley – Campaign ended in February, 2016

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