• Majority of Texas Latino voters left to wonder why the excitement over a Ted Cruz victory

    LatinaLista — The political world is in a frenzy today because of what happened in last night's Texas Republican Senate primary race — newcomer Ted Cruz beat veteran and current Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Ted Cruz, Texas Senate candidate, celebrates his GOP primary win with his family. The election...

  • Cheney comments make it clear he doesn’t think Marco Rubio is on Romney’s short list of VP picks

    LatinaLista — Over the weekend, former Vice President Dick Cheney made a couple of remarks during an ABC interview, but only one of his comments really caught the media's attention — that the choice of Sarah Palin by the McCain camp was a mistake. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney sits down...

  • In suspicious move, union ICE boss appears with GOP senators to denounce DREAMer policy

    LatinaLista — Once upon a time being Commander-in-Chief meant that though people who worked in the various federal agencies disagreed with the man in the Oval Office, they may have griped among themselves but didn't go public and certainly never held a joint press conference with the opposing political party. [caption id="attachment_19375"...

  • Harvard study shows states that expand Medicaid literally save the lives of their residents

    LatinaLista — The recent stand some Republican governors have taken against expanding Medicaid coverage in their states to cover more of their low-income residents has been faulted, so far, for being heartless. Now, a new study by Harvard researchers finds the position to be lethal. The argument against expanding Medicaid has been that...

  • Even if Latino plaintiffs lose in Arpaio case, they may still come out winners

    LatinaLista — It's day 2 of the trial against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused of using his position and his department in racially profiling Latino Arizona residents. It was reported that today's testimony by two Latinos, who were impacted by Arpaio's practice of conducting immigration sweeps and round-ups at certain points...

  • More Latinos among 6 million now not covered by changes to Affordable Care Act

    LatinaLista — The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has reworked the numbers of how much the Affordable Care Act (referred insultingly among critics as Obamacare) is going to cost U.S. taxpayers. The good news: it will cost $84 billion less than previously expected, because of the recent Supreme Court decision that said states...

  • Gun advocate ‘up in arms’ over federal government’s discriminatory application question about Latinos

    LatinaLista — Ever since the senseless murder spree at the Colorado theater last week, condemnation of the killer has been universal. Calls for stricter gun control have even surfaced though not with the same intensity of emotional outrage. Colorado shooter James Holmes' booking photo (Credit: CBS/Arapahoe County Sheriff's...

  • Where is the outrage from Latino congressional leaders over Rep. Michelle Bachmann’s outrageous accusations about Muslim-Americans?

    LatinaLista — Before the nation was shocked by the atrocity of the killings and shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado theater last night, some in the country were shocked and outraged over accusations made by former presidential candidate Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann against an aide of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [caption id="attachment_19243"...

  • More polls reflecting Romney losing opportunities with Latino voters

    LatinaLista — Not sure if anyone has ever done a tally of how many polls are released in a presidential campaign season but it seems like we're on our way to a record-breaking amount for this election. In the past, depending on who the pollsters were, the outcome of any given poll could...

  • Worries over Latino voter turnout focuses too much on registration and not enough on what really matters

    LatinaLista — There's a lot of nervousness about Latino voter turnout in November. From NCLR's Janet Murguia's recent comments at the organization's annual national conference, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada: At a news conference in Weslaco, RGV Equal Voice Network leaders discussed the improved voter turnout in...

  • In his ongoing bid to be a Tea Party favorite, TX Gov. Perry crosses the line with uninsured Texas Latinos

    LatinaLista — Today's unsurprising announcement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry that he "has no intention" to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. because, according to a press release issued by his office: Expanding Medicaid would mandate the admission of millions of additional Texans into the already unsustainable Medicaid...

  • Anniversary of Civil Rights Law sees a renewed attack on the civil rights of Latinos, blacks and women

    LatinaLista — The Civil Rights Act celebrates its 48th anniversary today. It was on July 2, 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law. The Civil Rights Act outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial...

  • Supreme Court handed Congress a perfect opportunity to work together for ALL Americans

    LatinaLista — It's been over five hours since the Supreme Court released their ruling on the Affordable Care Act. What started out as a confusing mess among some media in what the Supreme Court actually did, gave way to anger by Republican politicians and a promise by Romney to rid it on...

  • Conservatives have a greater problem than just with Latino voters — how to respect the Latinos on their side

    LatinaLista — Much has been written about the problem Republicans/conservatives are having with Latino voters. Yet, there seems to be another story that is being overlooked entirely — the problem conservatives are having with Latinos who are supposed to share their same agenda. Rising Latino conservatives The nation...

  • Supreme Court SB1070 ruling — an issue that impacts all Americans

    LatinaLista — Today was expected to be a big news day. All the cable news networks were waiting with bated commentary for the expected healthcare ruling by the Supreme Court. The financial cable news channels had lined up their experts to deliver immediate reaction the second the opinion was to be released....

  • Immigration, not the economy, is tearing the Latino community apart

    LatinaLista — Ever since the Obama administration's surprise announcement last week about deferring the deportation of undocumented youth, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has let others in his party do the talking for him. Unfortunately, the range of the rhetoric — from a threatened lawsuit by Iowa's Republican Rep. Steve King...

  • Why the GOP is really mad at Obama for helping Latino students

    LatinaLista — As I reported last week, the criticisms thrown Obama's way by GOP politicians over the new deferred deportation policy for undocumented students were swift, furious and numerous. On Sunday, GOP reps twisted and turned in their seats on the Sunday morning...

  • New data shows the power of the Latino vote is no bluff

    LatinaLista — New data from the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows that the potential to create a highly influential Latino electorate isn't a bluff. In states across the country are untapped, unregistered Latinos who are qualified to vote. If they all registered in their respective states the voting power they could...

  • If attitudes don’t change, Latino voters on track to becoming their own worst enemies

    LatinaLista — Two separate headlines appearing in today's news brought home a simple fact that is eluding many Latinos — political influence isn't gained by being a majority in numbers; it's earned by being a majority of voters. Somehow, that simple nugget of common sense isn't resonating with Latino voters this year. It's...

  • Latino politicians shattering assumptions, and finding assumptions shattered, left and right

    LatinaLista — According to the 2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials published by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) there are currently 5,850 Latinos serving in elected offices nationwide, in all levels of government and 9 serving in statewide offices, including the office of governor. [caption id="attachment_18370" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Hispanic...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...