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Friday, August 7th, 2015

For Latinos, 1965 Voting Rights Act Impact Came A Decade Later

*For Latinos, 1975 was just as significant as 1965. The VRA extension of that year ended language discrimination at the polls. VL By Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News Gloria Molina has achieved several firsts in her lifetime – the first Latina elected to the California State Legislature, the first Latina elected to the Los Angeles City

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Study: Law Discouraged More Than Those Without Voter ID

*This is in Texas, where voter ID kept Latinos from the polls. The same could apply to all the other states where and ID requirement directly affects the outcome of elections. VL By Jim Malewitz, The Texas...

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

George P. Bush to Co-Chair Young Donor Effort for Dad

*This is not surprising. In fact, I’m surprised it hadn’t been announced before. Of course George P. and Jeb Jr. will raise funds for their dad. It’s a tough sell, thoygh, not becasue of the politics but...

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

What Latino voters care about more than immigration

*Latinos lost more wealth and jobs during the meltdown of 2008 and the Great Recession than any other group. Latinos want an opportunity to regain what they lost. VL By Patrick Gillespie, CNN Money Over 11 million...

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...

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Missed Opportunities: Assessing Latino Turnout in 2014

*What I like about these studies is that they’re so anti-internet. They’re deliberate, slow in their process (the 2014 voting numbers are just now being assessed) detached from immediate headlines and apart from the click-share actions and...

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Politico: Obama May Give Dems 80 Percent of 2016 Latino Vote

*This is continued fallout from the Tom Perez assertion that “Obama is the first Latino president.” Several questions come to mind: Is 80% an overstatement? Does this mean that Latinos have a short memory, that millions of...

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Abbott and the Latino vote

*Here we go again. Recently released data shows that Texas Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott apparently received 44 percent of the Latino vote. The number is being celebrated in GOP circles. But it’s not real. There are serious...

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Revisiting Latina/o Gender Differences in Party Support

*That overwhelming Latino support for Democrats?  It’s led by Latina voters. VL By Christina Bejarano And Anna Sampaio, Latino Decisions The 2014 election held great possibilities for those of us who study Latina politics, both because Latina/o...

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Almost 80 Percent Of Latinos Elected To State Legislatures Are Democrats

*News and numbers of the midterm election continue to trickle in. And the more they do the more it looks like some of the expectations came true. Latino participation was down, and those who voted favored Democrats....

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Facts and Fiction About Tuesday’s Latino Vote

By Pilar Marrero, NewsTaco LATINOS IN GENERAL VOTED MORE FOR REPUBLICANS FALSE:  This bold statement has been repeated in many times, based on an article in the NY Times. That article, in turn, based it’s reporting on...

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

All About Latinos and the Midterm Election: the Outcome, the Turnout and the Missed Opportunities

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco You’d expect the day after a midterm election to be awash in opinion, commentary, punditry and speculation. Especially a midterm in which one political party took control of Congress while the other remained...

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Big Midterm changes, But More of the Same

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Let’s cut through the noise, here’s what happened last night: the voters who bothered to go to the polls gave power to a political party they don’t like, to be in charge of...

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Election Day: Will Cultural Pride Get Latinos To Vote?

*So much about today’s election has been framed as a referendum on Barack Obama. In many tight races Latino voters have become a focus of attention, and Latino vote advocates have changed their tacl from Obama to...

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