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Minority Political Candidates Just Need a Chance

The following interview was originally published by Michigan State University Today. It’s not necessarily voters who should be blamed for the lack of minorities in state legislatures, but instead the two major political parties for not recruiting enough candidates, indicates new research by Michigan State University scholar Eric Gonzalez Juenke . Professor Gonzalez Juenke analyzed nearly […]

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Punitive Immigration Policy in the American States

In recent years Latino Decisions has analyzed many nuances to federal immigration policy, primarily focused on the Latino electorate’s views on policy options and the electoral impact of various Congressional actions. However, there is less systematic information available on immigration policy at the state level, where thousands of laws and resolutions have been passed over […]

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Latino Decisions research critical to overturning Pennsylvania Voter-ID law

A Pennsylvania judge last week struck down a controversial new law that would require voters to show photo identification before they cast their ballots.  This is the latest ruling regarding voter-ID laws which has become a contentious across the nation. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley ruled that Pennsylvania’s new voter identification law is unconstitutional […]

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The consequences of delaying Spanish language ACA enrollment tools

The Department of Health and Human Services announced this past Sunday that they have made major progress in addressing the worst of the major glitches that have posed crashes and delays with the government health care website. Among other positive updates, officials announced that more than 50,000 people can log onto the website at once […]

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Latino Focused Messaging Increases Knowledge of the ACA

A new poll of Latino/Hispanic adults in Colorado provides evidence that targeted outreach strategies in the state have increased awareness about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The poll, commissioned by Adelante con la Salud: Latino Health Care Engagement Project (Adelante) and administered by Latino Decisions, queried 300 Latino/Hispanic adults living in Colorado regarding their knowledge […]

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The Implications of CIR on Latino Political Behavior

This summarizes a longer report delivered at the The Rosemary P. and John W. Galbraith Conference on Immigration sponsored by The Miller Center at the University of Virginia. The piece outlines the implications comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) on Latino political behavior based analysis of Latino Decisions research carried out before and after the 2012 election. […]

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Latinos at intersection of ACA and CIR

Latinos are major stakeholders in the core issues in President Obama’s domestic policy agenda: health care and immigration reform. Access to health care for undocumented immigrants was one of the more divisive elements of the health care reform debates leading up to the final version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that became law in […]

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A Presidential Status Plebiscite for Puerto Rico?

On July 17, 2013 the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which included a request by President Barack H. Obama to fund a voter education drive enabling a status plebiscite for Puerto Rico. This measure dismisses several initiatives by Puerto Rican political parties and potentially makes the […]

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The Relevance of Media, Social Contact and Positive Contact on Stereotypes of Latinos

A recent Latino Decisions/National Hispanic Media Coalition (LD/NHMC) report explores the impact that media stereotypes of immigrants and Latinos have on non-Latinos’ negative attitudes toward these groups.  Some of the key findings highlighted in the report include: 1) news, entertainment media influence non-Latinos’ views of immigrants and Latinos, and 2) media portrayals of Latinos can […]

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New Perspectives on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act

Latino Decisions has released two recent surveys focused on analyzing Latino’s knowledge of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one national in focus and another specific to the Latino community in Colorado. Both studies reveal a significant need for greater outreach to Latinos that is culturally sensitive. Our data also shows that Latinos will be receptive […]

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