The Effect of Protests on Latino Political Attitudes Towards Government

Academics, media pundits, and activists alike have often pointed to the policy and institutional changes that large-scale collective actions can produce. And collective action seems increasingly prevalent, as evidenced by recent mobilizations around Occupy Wall Street, the Trayvon Martin case, and against military intervention in Syria. Yet despite its role in generating social change we […]

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Anti-Immigrant Politics and Lessons for the GOP from California

According to polling data from the Field Poll, after winning the presidential election in 1980, California native Ronald Reagan raised his share of the Latino vote from 35 percent to 45 percent in 1984 while carrying 59 percent of the entire state.  Republicans went on to win the Golden state again in 1988. Since then, […]

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The Growing Success of Latina Political Candidates

The political landscape of the 2008 presidential election, with Obama and Clinton as major party political candidates for president, brought up important questions concerning the impact of race and gender on voting behavior. Questions arose concerning the predicted level of voter support for women and minority political candidates. Is a black or female presidential candidate […]

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RWJF Center at UNM Hosting Health Policy Summit, September 6th-7th

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico will be hosting a health policy summit on September 6th and 7th at the UNM campus in Albuquerque. Eight current members of the United States Congress are slated to participate in the event, entitled Policies and Practices that Promote Health […]

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What the GOP Can Learn from Nevada Republicans

As the GOP continues to struggle with its “Latino problem,” Republicans might look to Nevada for a constructive example of how some of their co-partisans are responding to the country’s changing political demography. Indeed, Nevada is very much a case study of how migration, urbanization, and generational replacement are rapidly reshaping the electorate with the […]

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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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Are Latinos Relevant to Midterm Elections?

A similar post appeared on NBC Latino The day after the 2012 presidential election pundits across the country declared Latino voters as one of the most important voting blocs in re-electing President Barack Obama.  With the 2014 midterms already in sight, many are asking if Latino voters will once again be a critical electorate. Recently, […]

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Message Not Received: House Republicans and Immigration Reform

As the House of Representatives moves towards its August recess having made little to no progress on immigration reform, the House Republican Conference is equipping its members with a document outlining how House Republicans should navigate the recess. Notably absent from the “Planning Kit” is any discussion of immigration reform beyond a suggested messaging theme […]

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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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New Poll: Latino voters strongly reject anti-immigrant posturing from House Republicans

New polling results released today show clear evidence that Latino voters now believe that the anti-immigrant voices in the House are not isolated individuals but that many Republicans in Congress hold these views.  When hearing a quote from Republican Mo Brooks, “There is a surefire way to create jobs now for American citizens: evict all […]

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