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How the GOP keeps stoking racial fears

07/28/13 12:16PM

The United States has a long history when it comes to politicians exploiting economic and racial anxiety for electoral gain. Iowa Rep. Steve King's recent racist comments about immigrants drew criticism, even from his own party, but inflammatory rhetoric on race and immigration is hardly a new facet of the Republican party. On Sunday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed how nativism threatens any attempts to broaden the GOP base and, more broadly, how attitudes of party and media figures ignore modern realities. read more


How the GOP's woman problem could affect 2014

07/27/13 12:31PM

When the GOP has 2014 Senate candidates saying on the floor of the U.S. House that schools should teach traditional gender roles, like Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey did a couple months ago, it's easy to start conjuring visions of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, "legitimate rape," and a Democratic electoral victory. It's more complicated than that, as the panel on Up with Steve Kornacki discussed Saturday, but even if primary voters keep rewarding conservative views, general elections could get harder to win. read more

A poll worker prepares 'I Voted' stickers at Harrison United Methodist Church during the U.S. presidential election in Pineville, North Carolina November 6, 2012. (PHoto by Chris Keane/Reuters)

How far NC will go to suppress the vote

07/27/13 11:06AM

North Carolina passed a slew of voting restrictions that has been called the most draconian in the United States, and it could have massive implications for voters in the state and for the nation as a whole. On Saturday's Up with Steve Kornacki, the panel discussed a few of the changes that could have the biggest impact, like the provision that cuts the time allotted for early voting in half. read more