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President Obama’s Latino kryptonite same-sex marriage?

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO Barack Obama is untouchable, at least in the Latino electorate.  Two recent polls show his support among Latinos ranging from 70-80 percent.  However, these polls took place before the President stated that his views on same- sex marriage had evolved to where he now supports same-sex marriage.  […]

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GOP losing the Latina mom vote and much more

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO Less is more for the Republican Party when it comes to women’s reproductive rights. Conservative Republican women may fully support the strategy of curtailing such healthcare access but the rest of the female electorate does not take kindly to such an approach.  Neither do Latinas.  Ninety-five percent […]

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Latino conservatives? GOP hopes misplaced

This article was originally published at USA Today One of the Newt Gingrich campaign’s top 10 reasons for why Latinos should support him for president is that “he shares our conservative values.” Republican reasoning often goes like this: While the majority of Latinos do not agree with the GOP on fiscal or immigration matters, at […]

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Gingrich Latino Puzzle

This article was originally published at NBC Latino Judging by the more than 400 “likes” on Newt Gingrich – Para Latinos Facebook, Newt Gingrich should do well with Latinos in the Florida primary this coming Tuesday. By contrast, Mitt Romney only has a dozen or so “likes” on his page.  But Facebook popularity does not […]

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Latino Voters Go Beyond Immigration

This article originally appeared in the January 30, 2012 issue of The Nation magazine José Díaz-Balart, chief political analyst for Telemundo, had one important task during the September 7, 2011, Republican debate—to ask the candidates about immigration. Díaz-Balart asked his question, got his answer and was dismissed from the stage. The stereotype was fulfilled; a […]

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Latina Moms in the 2012 Election

by Victoria DeFrancesco Soto Soccer moms were the go to gals in the 1996 Presidential election.  Eight years later George W. Bush again looked to the ladies, zeroing in on security moms.  In the last presidential election  a hockey mom herself was put at the top of the ticket.  And leading up to the 2012 […]

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Perry in a Different Light: Tejanos and Education Policy

Everything in life is relative.  Within the Republican presidential field Governor Rick Perry has come to be the Latino friendly candidate.   Specifically, he has been cast as a Latino education advocate for signing into law an in-state college tuition bill for undocumented persons.  While the Texas governor may be the Latino education guy vis-à-vis his […]

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The Ganas Gap: Obama’s Latino Challenge

By Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, originally posted at Daily Grito The President has a long list of things to worry about, topped by his approval to disapproval ratio in the general electorate. Among Latinos the downward trend in approval is reflected, but less severe. The big worry for the administration regarding Latinos is not that […]

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Latinos are From Mars, Latinas are from Venus – in Politics too!

The bestselling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, is about the myriad emotional and romantic differences between the two sexes. Politics was not covered in this book, but it might as well have been. More specifically gender differences in politics exist and are largely immune to ethnicity; leading up to the 2010 […]

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