• 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...

  • Did Texas Republicans try to suppress the state’s Latino vote?

    LatinaLista — Today's announcement by the Department of Justice that they would block the new Texas voter photo ID law was a welcome sign in a state where 38 percent of the population is Latino and many areas of the Lone Star State are majority "minority" already, but who have been largely...

  • GOP pinning too much hope on Marco Rubio for Latino vote

    LatinaLista — While debate still rages on about the electability of the current GOP presidential nominees, speculation over who could possibly fill the VP position is gaining momentum. From the intensity of the talk and the one name that dominates the rumor mill, it appears that whomever the eventual GOP presidential nominee...

  • Marco Rubio’s continued opposition to DREAM Act fuels steam into new national movement

    LatinaLista — If the rumors circulating on Capitol Hill are true, the GOP thinks they have an Ace up their sleeves on how to at least split the Latino vote in the November presidential election. Now that Mitt Romney has won both Arizona and Michigan, no matter how marginally, talk is that...

  • National pollster on American Latino attitudes shows more similarity among Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans than differences

    LatinaLista — A recent open letter from one group of Latino Republicans to another exposed, yet again, the differences that exist within the Latino community. We may share the same umbrella label but there are distinct "handles" that prove time and time again the Latino population is much more complex than saying...

  • Marco Rubio still struggling on being a Latino in Congress

    LatinaLista — It seems politicians, from both sides of the aisle, have been making gaffes left and right when trying to talk about Latinos. The latest is Sen. Reid. In all actuality, Sen. Reid made a very innocent mistake that has been seized on by...

  • Report on youth voter turnout underscores disillusionment among Latino youth

    LatinaLista — The Black Youth Project has released a report analyzing youth voter turnout in the 2008 election. While the report, DEMOCRACY REMIXED: BLACK YOUTH and The Future of American Politics, was intended to be a focus on black youth, the report equally focused on Latino and white youth voter turnout for...

  • Alabama legislators still aren’t feeling the love from passing anti-immigrant bill HB56

    LatinaLista — On a day when most people are feeling warm and fuzzy towards one another, it's worth noting that in those states that passed legislation targeting undocumented immigrants and labeling them as "burdens" on their state coffers, the feeling among most of these legislators should be turning from smug satisfaction to...

  • Politics, sexuality and religion — bad combination for Latina teen pregnancy rates

    LatinaLista — Watching the fiasco unfold between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood, two organizations that each have been a friend to the Latino community, reminds me of the old adage about three things one should never discuss in order to keep peace in a family — religion, sex or...

  • Romney’s latest gaffe should make most Latinos uneasy

    LatinaLista — Mitt Romney is fast getting the reputation for choking on that silver spoon in his mouth. His latest gaffe that makes him look all the more distant from everyday Americans is what he said on a morning CNN show. Even though a lot of media outlets have taken what he...