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2016 Presidential Candidates

  • 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...

  • What will reinvigorate Latino voters outside FL to go to the polls?

    LatinaLista — There's been a lot written about the Latino vote in tomorrow's Florida Primary. Who do they like better? How will they lean? Which candidate is doing a better job with FL Latino voters? Which candidate has a better Spanish accent? And then there's the inevitable question: Is Florida's Latino vote...

  • President’s State of the Union address promises defiance, hope and a lot of tweets

    LatinaLista — Depending on which side of the proverbial political fence you are sitting on, tonight's State of the Union address will either leave you disgusted or encouraged — or it just may bore you that you surf over to the latest episode of your favorite reality show. Yet, when it comes...

  • From one defender of undocumented immigrants to another, Perry’s endorsement of Gingrich makes sense

    LatinaLista — Texas Governor Rick Perry's announcement today that he was suspending his presidential campaign wasn't a big surprise. For a man who is used to dominating the political campaigns he's involved in, this has been, as some Texans think, a much-needed kick in the ass of a guy who has gotten...

  • Latino GOP group gets no response from message to GOP women’s org not to host speaker from recognized hate group

    LatinaLista — Since 2007, many young and new Latino voters have, from time to time, written into Latina Lista to ask how I could publish the viewpoints and stories of Latinos who self-identify as Republicans. It's a natural question from those newly engaged in the nation's civic process, especially the young. It...

  • NCLR report shows states that pass anti-immigrant laws pay a high cost

    LatinaLista — The Greater Houston Partnership released a report yesterday at an immigration summit held at Rice University that confirmed what many in the Houston business community already knew — legalizing the area's undocumented workers could act as its own little stimulus to the local economy. [caption id="attachment_14959" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Map shows...

  • In deciding who will be President, Latino voters must ask an important question of ourselves

    LatinaLista — Until the Tea Party came along, I can't recall any political candidate making it a point to directly appeal to one group above others, especially during a nationwide televised debate. Yet, a couple of the GOP candidates, during the last debate, specifically mentioned the Tea Party. There was a time...

  • Latino voters weary of broken promises from Washington

    LatinaLista — Poll after poll shows that a sizable amount of Latino voters are "disenchanted" with President Obama, especially those voters who care about immigration reform and the administration's lack of will to implement and enforce changes to current policy. The only thing Obama has going for him is that with every...

  • Some politicians have a nasty habit of ignoring Latino voters

    LatinaLista — It used to be whenever states like Alaska, Oklahoma, Ohio, Idaho, etc. were mentioned as having sizable Latino communities, it would immediately evoke a shocked reaction — from both Latinos and non-Latinos. Yet, in this day and age, it should be no surprise that Latinos live all across the country —...

  • Guest Voz: Overcoming indifference is the nation’s biggest challenge yet

    LatinaLista — There's no doubt that the United States faces a fair amount of challenges in 2012. Yet, as Latina Lista contributor Ivan Marte points out, no challenge can be overcome or prevented if there exists indifference. As we get closer to the end of 2011, it’s not a secret that the...

  • Hispanic co-hosted GOP debate in January provides opportunity to ask the questions that matter to Latinos

    LatinaLista — By the time the January 26 presidential GOP debate in Miami, hosted by CNN and the Hispanic Leadership Network, takes place, the field of contestants should be smaller. Since the Iowa caucus is on January 3 and the New Hampshire Primary follows on January 10, it makes sense that more...

  • Could a Gingrich-Rubio ticket rival Obama-Biden among Latino voters?

    LatinaLista — Not sure what's less surprising in the latest impreMedia-Latino Decisions poll, that more Latinos would likely vote for Obama or that a majority say that it would make no difference to their vote if Cuban-American Marco Rubio was the Republican VP nominee. [caption id="attachment_14381" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="FL. Sen. Marco Rubio/GOP...

  • Oklahoma latest state recognizing anti-immigrant law was bad business

    LatinaLista -- Much news has been made over Alabama's tough immigration policy, HB 56, and how it has adversely affected the state's agriculture economy by driving the immigrant labor out of the state. Rather than scrap the law or make changes that could help the farmers, politicians would rather have officials with...

  • Mexican economists tally the costs of anti-immigrant legislation and shaky economy on undocumented immigrants

    LatinaLista -- A New York Times editorial today was the latest commentary to blast Alabama legislators for passing HB 56, otherwise known as THE immigration law. The editorial pointed out the devastating unseen consequences of the law on the state's economy. Farmers can tally the cost of crops left to rot as...

  • Could immigration be the issue that weeds out the GOP presidential pack?

    LatinaLista -- Even before airing, last night's CNN presidential debate promised to deliver some worthy sound bites -- or awkward silences -- given that the theme of the debate was national security. [caption id="attachment_13506" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Gov. Rick Perry listens intently to fellow presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explain his support of undocumented...

  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona jumps into crowded Senate race to succeed Kyl

    By Uriel J. Garcia Cronkite News Service WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination in 2012 to replace outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. Carmona, who has never held elected office, becomes at least the 10th candidate in a crowded field. He made...

  • Children’s Christmas wish campaign strives to keep immigrant families together

    LatinaLista -- With Christmas only a few weeks away, children are finalizing their wish lists to give to Santa Claus. Yet for 5.5 million children, there is only one wish they have -- that Uncle Sam doesn't act like the Grinch and take away one or both of their parents for being...