Subject: Politics

  • Carson Confirmed. So About Those Other HUD Jobs…

    Ben Carson has been confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the weak congratulations of housing organizations that didn’t want to waste their political capital fighting a done deal and did want to make…

  • Carson Tries to Please Everyone in Confirmation Hearing, Mostly Succeeds

    Triage is in effect among those opposed to the incoming administration and the president-elect's cabinet picks. This morning’s Senate hearing for Ben Carson was not a exercise in determining whether he should be confirmed. Instead, a group of people certain…

  • Some HUD Secretary Possibilities Are Serious—Others Laughable

    [Edited to add: As of 11/28, We learned that Ben Carson accepted this position. We'll have more on what this means in weeks to come.] Attention has been rightly focused this past week on the fact that the incoming administration…

  • Asian Americans Key in Virginia Senate Race?

    When I drafted this post, incumbent Virginia Senator Mark Warner held a narrow margin of victory over challenger Ed Gillespie (Warner has since declared victory, and Gillespie officially conceded). The race was bitterly contested, and the results are notable in…

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    Government Works Badly—If We Refuse to Invest in It

    At the Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Summit earlier this week, Shelterforce got to interview former HUD secretaries Mel Martinez and Henry Cisneros (we'll publish that interview here next week). One of the questions we asked was how to handle the…

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    Actually United States

    Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country people carry machine guns through…

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    Newark, NJ, Mayor Tries Eminent Domain for Underwater Homes

    Newark’s newly-elected mayor Ras Baraka has taken a bold step to address one of the city’s and state’s most serious crises. On May 20th, Baraka persuaded his city council colleagues to adopt a resolution that will help an estimated 1,000…

  • Deep-seated, Anti-Government Mood Remains

    The stunning upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary election on Tuesday by a Tea Party-linked insurgent Dave Brat is obviously big news at the national level. It's also interesting as a measure of the activity…

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    The Feds Bow Out: We’re On Our Own

    Yes, the federal government is back in business. After 16 days and untold billions in lost earnings and wasted dollars, the Republican extortionists more or less threw in the towel, released their hostages on temporary parole until February, and snuffled…

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    From “Knucklehead Kid” to Boston Mayor?

    There are several teenagers featured in Holding Ground, a film about the launch of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. DSNI is a community organizing and planning group in Boston that took on extreme illegal dumping and vacancy in their neighborhood,…

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    Losses and Wins in Supreme Court: How Does It Affect You?

    All eyes have been on the Supreme Court  this week, as it handed down decisions on the Voting Rights Act, Defense of Marriage Act, and California's Proposition 8. When we covered voting rights and voter registration and turnout last fall,…

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    We Should Be Running This Place: Electing More Community Developers

    I hosted a meet-and-greet recently for first-time candidate Lynette McElhaney (pictured), who was newly elected to the City of Oakland City Council from District 3 in November 2012. I live in District 3. It is the heart of Oakland, it…

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    An Opportunity Century?  Election 2012, Social Justice, and America

    As the election results sink in, partisans are busy debating what 2012 voting patterns mean for Republican and Democratic prospects in the next election cycle. But what lessons do this year’s results hold for those of us who are committed…

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    Election 2012: All Over But The Governing

    The signs are off the lawns, checkbooks have closed (for now anyway), the president and Congress are back to full-time work, and the losing candidates are licking their wounds (and in some cases, opening new ones). So what about us?…

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    The Rural/Red Take on Reality

    Since few writers have mused so far on this blog about the results of last week's elections, I may as well take a shot at it. Living in a rural area, I surely have had a different real world experience than…

  • Congress Needs to Listen to Latinos

    The 2012 presidential election debate centered on how best to jumpstart our economy and spur job creation.  The candidates campaigned on their opposing plans, drawing stark contrasts on fundamental economic issues such as taxes, health care, and the national debt. …

  • Housing and Community Development Election Analysis Roundup

    HousingWire says no big changes for housing industry, thinks administration will not actually remove FHFA acting director Ed DeMarco, as it suggested it would if the president won reelection. City Limits reviews the Obama administration's urban policy to date. Smart Growth America…

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    Dan Kildee, Center for Community Progress Founder, Heads to Congress

    Whlie Michigan's 5th District may see their new Congressman, Dan Kildee, first as the nephew of their retiring 36-year current representative, Dale Kildee, the community development world is more likely to know him as the founder of the Center for…

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    “Political Lift”: An Interview with Rep. Keith Ellison

    As we head into the election home stretch, pieces of Rep. Keith Ellison's interview with Shelterforce in our latest issue keep coming to mind. Ellison is both a committed advocate for affordable housing and lower income communities and an optmistic, but…

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    Philanthropy Needs to Step Up and Fund Democracy

    Ascertaining how much foundation money supports civic engagement, voter registration and mobilization, and related community organizing activities is damn near impossible. The Foundation Center’s database offers glimpses of foundation trends as classified by the Foundation Center staff and by the…

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