2016 Presidential Candidates

  • The GOP made it official. War on Latinos, gays, the poor and — working women!

    LatinaLista — If Republicans didn't care about getting Latinos, gays and the poor mad because of their politics, let's see how they do with the wrath of women voters. Today, the Senate Republicans refused to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. [caption id="attachment_18327" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), center,...

  • The browning of America doesn’t hold up in losing job market

    LatinaLista — Today's Bureau of Labor Statistic's employment report was not good news for Latinos. The report showed that the unemployment rate among Latinos edged up in May to now stand at 11 percent. Though the unemployment rate among Latinos,...

  • A new push for the Latino vote stirs fears of an uphill battle

    LatinaLista — The Republican leadership is counting on the discontent of Latino voters to keep them from duplicating their landslide support of Obama in this year's presidential election. Yet, a 2012 version of the national get-out-the-Latino-vote movement is gaining momentum and it's being spearheaded by Latino Democrats. [caption id="attachment_18219" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="RGV...

  • Policymakers think low-income Latino families have gone from the digital divide to creating “time-wasting” gap

    LatinaLista — A New York Times article points out that in the rush to bridge the digital divide — giving low-income families access to computers and other high-tech tools to access online resources — it has created an unintended consequence, the "time-wasting gap." As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families...

  • If Sen. Rubio wants to understand US detention policies, he should forget Guantanamo and go to southwest border

    LatinaLista — Though Marco Rubio's parents fled Cuba, Rubio had never been to the island. Technically, he still hasn't though he did visit Guantanamo Bay today. Rubio was visiting the military installation as a member of both the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees. While it seems like odd timing for an...

  • Texas’ GOP Dewhurst attempts to discredit Latino opponent by dragging undocumented immigrants into the fight

    LatinaLista: Texas is home to half a million Latino residents — 9,460,921, according to the U.S. Census. In a state where Latino students comprise the majority in the public schools, more small businesses are started by Latinos and Latinas and more and more Latinos are running for public office and going to college,...

  • More than ever it makes sense for political campaigns to be bilingual

    LatinaLista — An article syndicated today in newspapers across the country asked a question that was bound to be asked sooner or later in this election season — Should political campaigns reach Hispanics in English or Spanish? Hand-in-hand with that question is if it's necessary for political candidates to be interviewed by Spanish-language...

  • Romney’s education message to Latino voters still needs work

    LatinaLista — Mitt Romney is doing his best these days to keep up with President Obama in reaching out to Latino voters. Obviously, someone on his campaign realized that Latino voters can be a deciding factor in who wins the election in November. [caption id="attachment_18015" align="alignleft" width="229" caption="Mitt Romney speaking before The Latino...

  • Mississippi riot at immigrant correctional facility underscores more broken than just nation’s immigration policy

    LatinaLista — Outside of Mississippi, Sunday's prison riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez has hardly been noticed in the media. Yet, in this election season, it deserves more attention because it deals with one of the defining political issues of the presidential campaign — immigration. [caption id="attachment_17990" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Smoke...

  • The Pope delivers a not so subtle message to Congress about immigration reform

    LatinaLista — When it comes to politics and religion, there are few people who want to see their politicians be enslaved to do their church's bidding at the expense of a diverse constituency. Yet, since religion is seen as the source of moral conscience, most people do hope their politicians are influenced...

  • No-brainer: Passing immigration reform could help California dig its way out of its fiscal mess

    LatinaLista — Today's big headline blogged and tweeted was that minority births now outnumber white births. It wasn't a big surprise. Some had thought this already happened. Yet, the headline itself is just a headline. It...

  • The inevitable unconservative conservative evolution of Latino voters

    LatinaLista — It used to be Latino voters were so predictable. Any politician campaigning for office knew they could get Latino voters in their corner if they included on the stump: talk about strong family values, the immorality of abortion and homosexuality and, for Cubans, condemned Castro. Aside from strong family values,...

  • Immigration reform proposal brings all immigrant laborers into the conversation

    LatinaLista — The main thesis of a new paper about immigration titled Rationalizing U.S. Immigration Policy: Reforms for Simplicity, Fairness, and Economic Growth revolves around this simple assertion: The economic consensus is that, taken as a whole, immigrants raise living standards for American workers by boosting demand and increasing productivity, contributing to innovation,...

  • Latina NM Governor latest GOP politician to challenge party

    LatinaLista — Last week, we saw where GOP Rep. Bob Dold took on his party to do something right for women in defending Planned Parenthood from efforts by members of his own party to get it defunded. More...

  • Far-right’s attack over dual citizenship is all about anti-immigrant hate

    LatinaLista — News that former presidential candidate, and current Minnesota congressional representative, Michelle Bachmann, had joined her family in becoming a Swiss citizen in March (her husband is of Swiss descent) was met with so much vitriolic rhetoric, like only the far right know how to dole out, that Bachmann announced today...

  • Facing federal lawsuit, Sheriff Joe Arpaio having a change of heart towards local Latino community

    LatinaLista — It's too bad that the Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a.k.a. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in a presidential election year. It's too bad not because it shouldn't be done, but precisely because it's been...

  • One GOP politician bucks his party to do what is right for women’s health

    LatinaLista — It's not often that Republican politicians will willfully stray from the party platform and do what they know in their hearts is the right thing to do, though the rest of their party doesn't see it that way. One such politician is freshman...

  • The Conundrum: How to get Hispanic GOPers to sell Latino voters an inconvenient message and believe in it

    LatinaLista — Not since Michael Steele was the Republican National Committee's (RNC) perennial "foot-in-mouth" chairman have news web sites, bloggers and social media streams been ablaze, aflutter, aghast and amused at what someone from the RNC has said regarding party platform issues like what happened this morning. In what the RNC probably...

  • A political trap Latino voters need to be wary of

    LatinaLista — Most Latino voters have been feeling ignored, dismissed and pretty much invisible to the Romney camp up to this point. Though he is considered the presumptive GOP candidate, Romney has yet to soften his tone to show that he can equally be a President for all Americans, including Latinos, rather...

  • AFL-CIO report reveals Latino immigrant workers are highest group to die on the job

    LatinaLista — It's never been a secret that US employers preferred to hire undocumented Latino immigrants for three reasons: they're cheap labor, they're expendable and they have no recourse, but to quit, if they don't like job conditions, their boss or their pay. Even with the crackdown by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

  • In light of Pew Hispanic research, why are the GOP still authoring border security bills like it’s 2005?

    LatinaLista — When the Pew Hispanic Research Center released their report last month stating that unauthorized migration from Mexico was at a standstill, many wondered if the GOP would pay attention to it. Well, we have our answer. [caption id="attachment_17592" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Pew Environmental Group, which opposes H.R. 1505, shares a map...

  • No need to worry Romney will ever claim his Mexican roots for political gain

    LatinaLista — A new poll shows that not even sharing the same religion can deliver a voting bloc to a political candidate. According to today's Gallup survey, Roman Catholics are divided between Obama and Romney. Hispanic Catholics -- about 18% of the total group of Catholic voters -- are overwhelmingly likely to...

  • Washington political analysts confirm GOP’s dysfunction doesn’t bode well for Latinos

    LatinaLista — It is rare to read two prominent nonpartisan political analysts agree in condemning one political party over another. Yet, two such nonpartisan, Washington-based analysts did just that over the weekend and what they wrote should not only concern all voters but put Latino voters on alert. In the essay that...

  • New study: ‘Clear and unequivocal’ proof — immigrants don’t cause high crime rates

    LatinaLista — One of the numerous arguments conservatives and immigration restrictionists have historically used against undocumented immigrants is trying to convince the American public that where there are more (undocumented) immigrants, there are higher crime rates. It didn't matter that representatives from law enforcement and the FBI's own uniform crime stats disputed...

  • ICE prepares to deport 14-year-old student ignoring memo to exercise prosecutorial discretion

    LatinaLista — This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offered to temporarily suspend the deportation cases of an estimated 16,500 people. That's more than 70 percent of the immigration cases pending as of mid-April. Though it sounds like a step in the right direction to address the senseless separation of families, in...