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Will GOP-led Congress Debate Minimum Wage in Light of Demographic Changes?

After President Barack Obama’s executive action announcement on immigration, the political headlines have focused on how the Republican-led Congress will react on the issue. Lost in the large shadow of the immigration debate is whether the 2015 Congress will tackle other issues important to Latinos, especially minimum wage legislation. Hispanics consistently prioritize government action on […]

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Growing Latino Gender Differences on Key Policy Issues

We continue to witness the very emotional and controversial debates over several key issues, including ‘women’s issues’ and immigration policy. This is especially evident at the wake of President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration. As we look to the key issues that will motivate Latinos to participate in politics, it is important to […]

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Revisiting Latina/o Gender Differences in Party Support

The 2014 election held great possibilities for those of us who study Latina politics, both because Latina/o political participation in the 2012 election proved to be a decisive factor in the electoral outcomes of several battleground states and ultimately the reelection of President Obama, but equally because Latinas were driving the increased turnout and support […]

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LD Weighs in on Noticias Univision.com: Latino Influence and Political Paradox

The new America’s Voice – Latino Decisions pre-electoral poll is the basis for the latest LD column by David R. Ayón, published on the Univision news website.  This column, titled “El Poder de los Votantes Latinos,” discusses the poll’s findings on what Latinos say motivates them to vote and what their priority issues are this year.  Ayón notes that […]

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The Politics of Latino Representation in New Mexico

The New Mexico gubernatorial campaign got noisy last week when Democratic challenger and state Attorney General Gary King’s comments about Republican Governor Susana Martinez were captured on video. In the speech King paraphrases remarks made by prominent labor activist and co-founder of the of the United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta. King said, “She (Huerta) said […]

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LD column at NoticiasUnivision.com: Moment of Truth for Obama & Democrats

The latest Latino Decisions column published on the Univision television network news website Noticias.Univision.com, written by Senior Strategist David R. Ayón highlights the mounting chorus of criticism that President Obama has been subjected to throughout the summer. The question is if Latino voters —  who want administrative relief for undocumented immigrants in lieu of legislated immigration reform — can […]

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Reviewing the Evidence Part 2: CIR Failure and Political Fallout

President Obama’s comments to the press yesterday provided a strong signal that changes to immigration administration and enforcement via executive actions are imminent. It is important to remember that Congressional failure to pass immigration reform is the sole reason President Obama is now poised to take such actions.  In Part 2 of our series “Reviewing […]

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Reviewing the Evidence Part 1: Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In a matter of weeks or even days, we anticipate that President Obama will articulate some changes to immigration administration and enforcement that will provide some security to undocumented persons living and working in the United States. This action will represent the full and final defeat of the legislative effort at the hands of House […]

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Democrats and the Politics of Executive Action on Immigration

Reports that the House Republican leadership will not consider immigration legislation during the present Congress once again raises the prospects that President Obama will take executive action on immigration. Recent polling conducted by Latino Decisions for the Center for American Progress Action Fund suggests that executive action on immigration could help to offset some of […]

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Latino Voters in Colorado: Electoral Influence and Immigration Politics

Home to one of the fastest growing Latino electorates in the country, Colorado is set to steal the national spotlight in House, Senate and Gubernatorial races this November with immigration playing a key role.  In the wake of Colorado’s Gubernatorial primary, experts in immigration politics, Latino issues and civic engagement analyzed Tuesday night’s primary results […]

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