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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Washington Perspective: How Trump pulled the curtain to reveal a devil’s bargain

*I’ve read many characterizations of Donald Trump, and this one, where Bill Valdez compares him to Toto from the Wizard of Oz, is the best. He says Trump pulled back the curtain and the GOP got the devil’s bargain they deserved. VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco (4.5 minute read) Former President George W. Bush once

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

The Republican three-ring presidential show

*From our friend Tomas Ricardo’s perspective the GOP presiodential race is happening under the big top. VL By Tomas Ricardo, Friend of NewsTaco The vaudeville show is done. The entertainment phase has flown.  Still, the clowns remain....

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Ted Cruz exploits the power of cultural resentment

*It’s interesting how media thought framers coin new terms to fit new political realities. It used to be that angry white voters were a fringe, now they’re a resentful group.  I hadn’t read about “cultural resentment” until...

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Washington Perspective: The extreme road to the GOP’s 2016 loss

*Bill Valdez draws a connecting line of similarities between the red scare, the present GOP extremism and radical Islam. He says mainstream voters haven’t and wn’t elect an extremist to the presidency. VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco...

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Canceling Telemundo Debate Would Be At Odds With GOP ‘Autopsy’

*So I read the GOP “autopsy” to gauge where their heads were back in 2012. Here’s what it said: “It is imperative that the RNC changes how it engages with Hispanic communities to welcome in new members of...

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Immigrants are like rats and roaches … yeah, she said it

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco It was recorded on the venerable CSPAN, a place for policy-wonk viewers where discussions are broadcast live, unedited, free of gatekeeper interference. The mother-in-law of well-known conservative pol David Bossie was handed a...

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

GOP needs 40% of Latino votes to win White House in 2016, Republican pollster says

*So there’s a magic number, 40%. Here’s what gets my head spinning about this: Smart, survivalist politics says the GOP understands it needs only a specific number of Latino votes to win. And they’re also under the...

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Doomed by the South: Why the emerging Democratic majority may never happen

*An interesting take that challenges the popular political wisdom about how the growing Latino community represents a boon for the Democratic Party. It’s about the possible political realities of assimilation and about the changing demography within the...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Analysis: Another Missed Chance For GOP To Engage With Latinos

*Stephen Nuño outlines a clear distinction between what the GOP says about reaching out to Latinos and what it does. In that gap, he says, is a missed opportunity. VL By Stephen A. Nuño, NBCNews As  the...

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed

*Meanwhile … away from the border and the crisis that’s nudged all other issues important to Latinos to the sidelines, a precedent setting lawsuit began toady in Texas. At stake is the right of Latinos voters to...

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The Right Wing and Wag the Dog Politics

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco A number of years ago there was a movie made starring some very heavy-hitting actors including Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman entitled “Wag the Dog.”  It was a movie about how political...

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

GOPer Changes Name To Cesar Chavez, Becomes A Dem To Run In Heavily Hispanic District

*Whaaaatt? SMH. Hat tip to Taquista Thurman Williams. VL By Cartherine Thompson, Talking Points Memo One failed GOP candidate will do just about anything to win in Arizona’s heavily Hispanic 7th congressional district — including switching parties...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Jeb Bush: Undocumented Immigration is an Act of Love

*Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says braking the law by entering the U.S. with no documents is “an act of love.” He attended a high profile GOP celebration on the 25th anniversary of his father’s (George Bush...

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The GOP “Latino Problem,” in One Snapshot

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco One picture, posted Thursday by John Hudak on Twitter, explains in a moment’s flash the Republican “Latino problem.” It has nothing to do with Latinos. Hudak is the editor of the Brookings Institution’s FixGov blog....

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