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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Video underscores why Jose Hernandez will always be an astronaut

    LatinaLista — While everyone was paying attention to the drama happening among the Republican presidential candidates as they went from state to state primaries, the nation, outside of California, mostly missed another political drama. California native Jose Hernandez filed to run for Congress in California’s newly created 10th Congressional District. As most...

  • Reports of Romney softening on “Latino issues” doesn’t mean much

    LatinaLista — It wasn't a sure bet that it was going to happen but with fingers crossed, a lot of people hoped for it. We first saw it happening with Marco Rubio and now there are reports that Mitt Romney is showing the same signs. What is it? It's the softening of...

  • Release of national dropout report underscores need for states to step up in graduating Latino students

    LatinaLista — The issue of high school dropouts is one that has been around since the creation of secondary education. Yet, what once was thought to be a personal choice with only personal consequences has evolved into a realization that a country with a high dropout rate is one with a fragile...