Tag: Julian Castro

Julián Castro Explains Why Ending Police Brutality Is Central to His Campaign

A WordWe’d like to have A Word with you. In The Root’s op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about. “To black and brown communities out there that deal with the impact of excessive force by police: I would say that we see you, […]

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Julián Castro Is Right About the Democratic Primary Process

Political bravery is not often the hallmark of a Democratic presidential primary. More often, this early part of a presidential campaign is the venue for incredibly cautious, patronizing position-staking, where candidates try to go just left enough to please a Democratic electorate while leaving room to veer right for the general election (the same in […]

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Buttigieg Says ‘It’s Gonna be Me,’ Harris Says ‘Just Wait and See’ and Booker Says His Campaign’s So Good He Shouldn’t Have to Run for Free: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 17

When am I going to get my invitation? Elie [Mystal] got to do it and I haven’t yet?  Which week can I do it? I’d like to pretend that these are typical texts, tweets and messages we get from politicos interested in being the special guest analyst for The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings […]

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Beto Battles the Undead, Booker Said What He SAID and Mayor Pete’s Been Left on Read: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 16

The committee absolutely loves Halloween, and by the committee I mean me (Dr. Johnson, politics editor of The Root) because other committee members have said they hate haunted houses and sexy nurse costumes (not to mention this ongoing battle on The Root Slack about the evils of candy corn). For political purposes, we love Halloween […]

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Beto Battles the Undead, Booker Said What He SAID and Mayor Pete’s Been Left on Read: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 16 [Updated]

The committee absolutely loves Halloween—and by the committee, I mean me (Dr. Johnson, politics editor of The Root), because other committee members have said they hate haunted houses and sexy nurse costumes (not to mention this ongoing battle on The Root Slack about the evils of candy corn). For political purposes, we love Halloween because […]

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“Affordable” Child Care Is a Failure of Imagination

Imagine if public K-12 education in America were no longer free, no longer a right. Parents would need to come up with tuition fees—an average of about $12,000 per child—or else figure out alternative arrangements. It would be chaos. Some parents would zero out their savings; others would leave the workforce to care for their […]

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Irony: Harris, Booker and Castro Face Uphill Battle in Race for the Democratic Nod for President Despite a Diverse Field

Despite fielding one of the most diverse group of presidential candidates, the Democratic Party’s front-runners in the race for who will become the party’s presidential nominee, based on most recent poll numbers, are — perhaps not-all-that-surprisingly — all white. One major problem, the New York Times reports, is fear of four more years of Donald Trump, […]

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Bernie Rises Above, Kamala Cries Like a Dove and Yang’s Got No Computer Love: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 13

Earlier this week, Marcus Ferrell (former African-American outreach director for Bernie Sanders for America 2016, and senior adviser for Swing Left) sent me the following meme: Advertisement It was perfect, actually, since in making the Power Rankings this week we caught a few candidates slipping. It seems like in the midst of crowing over new […]

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Biden Gets Impeachment, Castro Talks High Rents and Booker’s Totally Spent: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 11

Graphic: Jim Cooke (G/O Media), Photo: Getty Images The Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings takes a one-week snapshot of the campaign season and imagines, using just that week, which candidate running for president would be best for black America. Most weeks we (me, Dr. Jason Johnson, politics editor of The Root; Marcus Ferrell, former […]

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Ayanna Pressley to Introduce Impeachment Inquiry of Brett Kavanaugh

Photo: Mary Schwalm (AP Photo) Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley plans on introducing a House resolution Tuesday calling for an impeachment inquiry of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who recently became the subject of another sexual misconduct allegation. “Sexual predators do not deserve a seat on the nation’s highest court and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process set […]

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Post-Debate Analysis: Joe Biden Is a White Man, the Media Are Racist Against Julián Castro and Black People Are Out of Their Goddamn Minds

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.   HOUSTON—Let’s get straight to the point: […]

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Julián Castro Is Not Here to Make Friends

For all the plans and white papers the Democratic presidential candidates have released—for all of the vigorous back and forth between the field’s progressives and moderates on health care, climate, and other issues at the center of the primary—the race seems to be in a state of stasis. Joe Biden’s numbers continue their trickle downward, […]

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Second Tier in Top Form at Democratic Debate

Thursday’s Democratic debate was billed as a kind of battle royal. The first four nights of debates? They were preseason. Now, at long last, the ten leading candidates would appear on the same stage—and everything would again make sound-bite-sized sense in American politics.  But even if the party is done with the two-night debate format—and […]

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Joe Biden Doesn’t Seem to Understand Health Care

If we are going to keep having these grim circuses that we call debates, and begin each one with an extended segment about health care, it would be nice if we could stop asking the same questions again and again—but what about taxes?—and try to pin the leading candidates down on the specifics of their […]

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Castro Wounds Biden — and Maybe Himself — with Attacks on Memory

HOUSTON — Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro did not pass up the chance to take a swing at former Vice President Joe Biden in his first answer during the Democratic debates Thursday night in an exchange about healthcare — and made it a personal attack on Biden’s memory. “Are you forgetting what […]

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Live Blog: From Houston, the Democratic Debate at Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University students wait in the heat to enter a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Texas Southern University in Houston. Photo: AP Photo (David J. Phillip) Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.   HOUSTON—Will Kamala Harris […]

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DHS Canceled Congressional Tour of Immigrant Detention Facilities at Last Minute, Members Say

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Congress members who tried to tour 11 immigrant detention facilities this week were denied the visits, according to Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. In a letter to acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan, Cummings claims DHS blocked access to 11 Border […]

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Castro Punches His Ticket, Harris Starts to Fidget and Yang starts to Kick It: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 8

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) We made it. After eight full weeks of Twitter spats, campaign gossip, polls and memes, we’ve reached our first bye week of The Root’s Presidential Black Power Rankings. Not only have the power rankings been a rousing success, with people eagerly anticipating each week, the engagement we’ve engendered (which […]

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Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves

It took 243 years, but the path to the United States presidency, or at least the Democratic nomination, will run through Indian Country. On August 19 and 20, eight presidential candidates will descend on Sioux City, IA, to participate in the Frank Lamere Native Presidential Forum. The two-day event, named after the late member of […]

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