Saturday, July 22, 2017

Latino Legislators Remain Few But Represent Range of Districts

In just under one year, the number of Hispanics in Oklahoma’s statehouse has jumped 200 percent.

But that’s only because the election of one man to the House in November and another to the Senate last week brought the number of Hispanic, or Latino, lawmakers up from one to three.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Rubio, Cruz and the Politics of Latino Authenticity

The emergence of two politicians of Cuban ancestry as serious contenders for the Presidency of the United States this year has generated a contentious debate within the Latino community as to their “Latino authenticity.” Are they really Hispanic or LINOs (“Latinos in name only)? In a recent Republican Presidential debate, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz seemed base their Latino authenticity on their ability to speak some Spanish. Others think it is just a question of where you or your parents were born. Still others argue that you are Latinos if you say or think you are. But if it is that simple, why all of the contentiousness over this question?

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hispanic Television's Most Influential Racialist

Jorge Ramos, whom The Wall Street Journal has described as “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc,” recently lamented how “sad” it is that “treacherous” Republican presidential candidates have fueled a “xenophobic discourse in the United States” by repeatedly launching “harsh attacks on immigrants.”

These “attacks” include such transgressions as “label[ing] undocumented immigrants 'illegal',” “support[ing] the idea of building a wall along the southern border with Mexico,” and being opposed to “offering a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hispanic voting power swells, Pew study says

A record number of Hispanics will be eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, yet the group’s high share of young voters could blunt its potential political clout.

A study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center estimated that a growing population of U.S.-born Latino

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#MemeOfTheWeek: Hillary Clinton, Not Quite An Abuela

Everyone agrees that Hillary Clinton is a grandmother. But some aren't so sure she's an abuela.

This week, Hillary Clinton's team put up a post up on her website called "7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela" (the Spanish word for grandmother). Like your abuela, the post says, Hillary does things like worry about children everywhere, and isn't afraid to talk about the importance of respecting women. She uses the Spanish word for respect, respeto, a few times.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Politician Walks Into King Taco ... A Look At The Political Term 'Hispandering'

Hillary Clinton got side-eyed after blasting Jennifer Lopez's "Let's Get Loud" at a campaign stop in San Antonio where she called herself "La Hillary" and "Tu Hillary." Jeb Bush earned eye rolls after debuting a Spanish-language ad celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Both were accused of "Hispandering": a mashup of "Hispanic" and "pandering" that means faking interest in Hispanic issues and culture for self-serving reasons.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

What Is 'Hispandering' And Why Do Politicians Do It?

With the presidential election just over the horizon, many politicians are looking for ways to connect with their constituents.

For some it's talking about the economy or healthcare, for others it's the war on terrorism. But when interacting with a demographic that that may not resemble their base, some politicians turn toward pandering.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Shamed Spanish politician poses nude for magazine to try to restore her reputation

A Spanish politician who feels she was wrongly fired by her party after it was revealed that she was claiming travel expenses for commuting from the United States to her job back in Spain wants people to know the naked truth … literally.

Carmen López, a 43-year old former beauty queen who became a lawyer and politician, appeared completely nude on the cover of a Spanish magazine this week in an effort to repair her reputation and tell her side of events.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rangel's retirement sparks generational, ethnic shift in New York

Harlem has been an enduring symbol of African-American political power in New York City for decades, from Adam Clayton Powell Jr.’s iconic civil rights protests to Hillary Clinton's carefully choreographed visits as she explored a Senate campaign in 1999. And for 45 years, voters in the district anchored by Harlem have sent Rep.  to Washington to represent them.

Rangel will retire in 2016, but while the congressman hasn’t changed since 1970, the congressional district has. As Latino voters have grown in power and prominence nationally and within the Democratic Party, shifting boundaries and an influx of Puerto Rican and Dominican-American residents have also changed the fabric of Rangel’s now-majority-Hispanic district.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Most Hispanics vote Democrat, so why are so many Hispanic politicians Republican?

Cuban immigrants account for less than 1% of the US population, but they are uniquely poised by our immigration system to receive power and status that, in just one generation, can produce a candidate – or two – ready to enter the political scene on a national level.

That’s why, though most Hispanics lean Democrat, though they are the largest minority population in the US, and though Donald Trump’s entire presidential campaign should be a Hispanic recruitment coup for the Democratic party, it’s not actually surprising that the two Hispanic frontrunners in the presidential race, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, are both Republicans.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hispanics, the Intergenerational Divide and What Politicians Should Keep in Mind

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently launched “Latinos for Hillary” at a rally in San Antonio. She chose San Antonio because it is the birthplace of Julián Castro, whom she is thought to be considering as a potential running mate.

Make no mistake. The Latino vote is an important issue for all presidential candidates; 28 million Latinos will be eligible to vote by 2016, more than 11 percent of voters nationwide,

Politics aside, this month also coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the Hispanic population is growing almost five times as fast as the general population, making this the nation’s largest ethnic group. Latinos are a swiftly growing demographic group in the United States, representing 1 out of every 6 Americans.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Why climate law advocates are watching these black and Latino lawmakers

The "wanted" poster with pictures of five state lawmakers appeared in the pages of a Spanish-language newspaper in Southern California last week.

"Would these politicians be willing to confront the petroleum industry and fight for Latino families?" the ad said in support of tougher environmental rules. "Help us make sure these elected politicians stay responsible to the community."

The five are among the Latino or African American Democrats representing low-income districts who have not taken a side in the fierce tug of war over climate change measures that has been dominating the Capitol.

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Mark-Viverito allies pull out of Senate fundraiser

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appeared to hit a bump last week on her path to national prominence, when a U.S. Senate candidate from Nevada rescinded an invitation for Mark-Viverito to headline a fundraiser for her campaign.

Catherine Cortez Masto, who is running to replace Harry Reid, and would be the only Latina in the Senate, decided to "cut all ties" with Mark-Viverito, because of the speaker's longstanding support for the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Arnoldo S. Torres: Latino politicos ignore the education imperative

Over the past four years, many Latino and Latina elected officials at both the state and federal level have taken a very negative and dangerous approach to public policy, creating the impression that immigration is the only real concern in the Latino community.

Not only have elected Latinos and Latinas been pushing this message, but media, regardless of ideological bent or language (MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Univision and Telemundo), are also promulgating this view.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Double standard for Latino politicians

Let’s say you’re a smart and accomplished Latino politician with big dreams, impressive credentials and what many people agree is a bright future. Only one thing stands in your way: You don’t speak Spanish.

Will that fact cause you any grief, open you up to criticism or prompt the media to pounce? If you’re a Republican, the answer is likely yes. If you’re a Democrat, then probably not.

The 2016 election is adding a new twist to familiar accusations of bias in the media. Latinos are at the center of the controversy, with two of them waging well-funded and credible campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination (Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida) and three more in the wings as possible running mates (Republican Govs. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and Democrat Julian Castro, the secretary of housing and urban development).

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