Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nonprofit Organizations Focus New Voter Registration Efforts on Latinos

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Nonprofit coalitions and groups around the nation are working to register new voters for the 2012 election, with a strong emphasis on boosting Latino voter registration. Organizations such as the League of Women Voters and Common Cause in New Mexico, and Voto Latino and the Voter Participation Center in Arizona, are working to get people […]

Latino vote efforts lag with young U.S. Hispanics, experts say

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Latinos might have more incentive to vote due to the immigration climate this year, but presidential campaigns and the media are lagging with strategic messaging, several political analysts say. And that lag in engagement strategy centers on the Latino youth. Although the Latino youth vote is still up for grabs, with more than 50,000 U.S. […]

TODAY: Maria Cardona Joins Norah O’Donnell & Panel of Experts for Face the Nation Google+ Hangout

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On Thursday, July 12th at 3pm EST, Maria Cardona invites you to join her and a panel of experts as they hang out with Norah O’Donnell and Face the Nation for a lively discussion on the 2012 campaign and the women’s vote. Norah and the panel of experts will break down the issues that matter […]

Guest Blogger: Arturo Vargas “Reaching the Finish Line”

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Imagine that you are standing on a track, about to run toward a distant finish line.  Suddenly, a wall appears between you and the finish line, and then another, and yet another after that. Over the course of the past decade, states have raced each other to construct more and higher walls in the way […]

Guest Blogger Series: Chuck Rocha “Latino Power”

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The only way for Latinos to directly influence public policy is to elect politicians who will represent the needs, dreams and desires of our community. There are currently 21 million voting-age Latinos in the United States. Unfortunately, only 52% of these Latinos are registered to vote and, in 2010, only 31% of these actually turned […]

Texas Latinos Reshuffle in Congressional Race

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The announcement today from San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez that he will retire when his term expires has reconfigured the cast of candidates looking to get to Congress in 2012. Now, Joaquin Castro is set to run in Gonzalez’s seat, district 20, paving the way for former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez to run in the newly created […]

Texas Redistricting Maps Boost Latino Seats

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The three-judge panel in Washington released its interim map proposals for the state house and senate today. The maps can be found here. The senate map is Plan S163.  The house map is Plan H298 (Judge Smith also has a dissenting state house proposal, which is H299). The parties have been asked to submit any […]

Texas Argues for Court to Approve Controversial New Election Map

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The state of Texas and the U.S. Justice Department presented arguments to a federal court on Wednesday regarding the state’s controversial proposed election maps which could potentially lower the chances of Latinos to choose candidates of their choice in several districts. The three-judge panel’s decision will have tremendous impact: Texas stands to win four new […]

Arizona Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Vote Struck Down

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A three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded Tuesday that Arizona cannot require residents to show proof of citizenship in order to vote as it violates the federal National Voter Registration Act. The law which was authored by Republican State Sen. Russell Pearce, who also wrote the controversial anti-immigrant S.B. 1070, was […]

Guest Blogger Series: Maria Cardona and Alicia Menendez “To Vote is Power”

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As featured in The Hill: This year, Latino voters like many voters, are angry and anxious.  But they aren’t stupid.  As has been reported widely, a conservative third-party group called “Latinos for Reform,” recently released an ad in which the narrator says: “Don’t vote this November. This is the only way to send [Democrats] a […]