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  • BAYHAM: The Cruz Candidacy

    03/28/2015 2:23:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 25, 2015 | Mike Bayham
    When John McCain launched his candidacy for president in 1999, the Arizonan made his announcement in front of the decommissioned aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown to underscore his military service. When Texas US Senator Ted Cruz jumped into the race for president on Monday, he did so on the “deck” of an “evangelical battleship” at the Rev. Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University. Considering the major influence evangelical voters have in the GOP primaries, especially in the early states of Iowa and South Carolina, Cruz could not have been shrewder in selecting a venue for his declaration of candidacy. Rick Santorum would...
  • Will Latinos back Ted Cruz?

    03/27/2015 9:12:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette
    Latinos likely haven't made up their minds about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's newly announced candidacy for President. So in a selfless gesture, a whole slew of non-Latinos have quickly stepped forward to spare us the trouble of thinking for ourselves about whether Cruz stands a chance of winning and whether he can get the votes of fellow Latinos. The answers were "No" and "No." Here's the conventional wisdom, courtesy of the liberal media and other critics of the junior senator from Texas: Cruz doesn't have the slimmest chance to win the Republican nomination, let alone to eventually become President. Which...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz skips Hispanic Chamber of Commerce summit, displeases Latinos in D.C.

    03/26/2015 3:51:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Llorente
    The president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce questioned in a meeting with reporters Thursday whether Sen. Ted Cruz’s snubbing of the group’s annual summit this week marked an attempt to avoid Latinos as he runs for president. “Ted Cruz chose not to come,” said a visibly displeased Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I hope it is not indicative that he’s backing away from the Hispanic community in order to get through the [GOP] primary.” Other presidential hopefuls such as Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also did not speak at...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s presidential candidacy is important

    03/25/2015 9:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Voxxi ^ | March 25, 2015 | Tony Castro
    RONALD REAGAN ONCE said that Latinos were Republicans. They just didn’t know it yet. Ted Cruz, the Republican U.S. senator from Texas who has become the first major candidate to officially enter the 2016 presidential campaign, is quietly gambling that those words were never truer than in the upcoming campaign where he also apparently becomes the first major Latino figure to run for the White House. The importance of Cruz’s entry into the race, however, is not that he is running as a Latino. Clearly he is not. Nor, quite frankly, should any Hispanic be running for that or any...
  • OpEd: Latinos Fit Right In, See Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 2:45:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 23, 2015 | BY STEPHEN A. NUŃO
    With the announcement of Ted Cruz's candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination and his speech at the convocation of the ultra-conservative Liberty University, the country finds itself jilted to the right on the ideological spectrum. Ted Cruz is quite the curious ideological torchbearer precisely because he is Latino. The general assumption in politics is that growing Hispanic Latino participation in politics will only mean an ideological shift to the left. This makes Ted Cruz' candidacy a welcome reminder that Latino candidates won't, for good or bad, necessarily stray from traditional American politics any time soon. The son of Cuban immigrants...
  • [May 2014] Hispanics are Becoming White and It’s Not Good

    03/18/2015 7:29:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Water Cooler Convos ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jenn M. Jackson
    Latino Americans – or Hispanics – occupy a stigmatized status in America alongside blacks. For some, that is cause for activism, social change, lobbying for legislative action, or preservation of their ethnic heritage. For others, it is a reason to deny their own heritage and abandon their genetic makeup. Sadly, the number of folks who choose the latter option seems to be growing. According to a recent Pew Research study, more than one million Americans who previously identified as Hispanic and “some other race” on the 2000 US Census checked Hispanic and white on the 2010 census form. While the...
  • Can the GOP survive on white voters alone? Party's future depends on being more inclusive

    03/05/2015 8:11:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Redding Record-Searchlight ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dick Meyer
    “The Republican Party as we know it cannot survive,” according to Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz. Note the caveat: “as we know it.” The Republican Party we know today can barely get 20 percent of the non-white vote in presidential elections. That kind of political party can’t survive precisely because it is the non-white population that is growing, much faster than the white population. By 2044, the United States will be a majority-minority country; there will be more non-whites than whites. The word “minority” will probably be mothballed by then. Unless the GOP can figure out how to stop...
  • Latinos to account for over 40% of increase in U.S. employment over next 5 years, study finds

    02/24/2015 10:58:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 24, 2015
    A new study released Tuesday indicates that Latinos will play an ever increasing role in the future of job growth in the United States. Latinos will account for more than 40 percent of growth in the next five years and more than 75 percent between 2020 and 2034 – an increase of 11 million jobs out of an economy-wide gain of 14 million, according to an analysis done by the economic forecasting firm IHS Global Insight. A number of reasons will account for the rise of Latinos in the workplace, but some major factors will be a Hispanic population growth...
  • Is Ted Cruz ‘Post-Hispanic’?

    01/22/2015 6:49:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    The right-wing firebrand Texas senator, who has been on both sides of the immigration debate, is a lot more complex than he might seem.How “Hispanic” is Ted Cruz? If the brilliant but polarizing senator from Texas—who happens to be Cuban-American—does indeed run for president in 2016, does he have a shot at winning Hispanic votes? At a time when the GOP is hemorrhaging support from Hispanics, would nominating Cruz provide a solution—or, given his extreme rightwing politics, make the problem worse? I have to be honest: I hate these types of questions. It’s fair to ask whether a certain candidate...
  • Health secretary urges Latinos to reduce health "disparity"

    01/14/2015 6:01:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    La Prensa SA ^ | 1/15/15
    Miami, Jan 14 (EFE).- Just one month before the end of the sign-up period in the health insurance market for 2015, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday urged Latinos to register and thus reduce the health "disparity" that historically has faced the group. "As one of the fast growing communities in the nation, Latinos' health is vital to the overall well-being of our country," said Burwell, who - along with Hispanic leaders - on Wednesday launched "Latino Action Week" to encourage members of that minority to sign up for health insurance on Obamacare's exchanges before the...
  • Ted Cruz’s 2016 plan is somehow both smart and really dumb

    12/18/2014 2:13:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | December 18, 2014 | James Downie
    Earlier this week, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reported on how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) plans to approach the 2016 presidential campaign: “His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination,” writes Johnson. “According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats; and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, ‘not getting killed with independents.’” The plan has...
  • Latinos View GOP More Favorably than Democratic Party in New Poll

    12/17/2014 10:34:33 AM PST · by dignitasnews · 14 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | December 17, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In a new Washington Post poll released today, American Latinos have a more favorable view of the GOP, besting the Democratic Party among the nations fastest growing demographic group. In a survey conducted between December 11-14, 52 percent of Hispanic Americans view the Republican Party favorably, while 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the Party of Lincoln. In contrast, 40 percent of Latinos have an unfavorable view of the Democratic Party, while 48 percent rate them favorable. The poll suggests that large numbers of Americans, of all demographic groups, are moving toward the right, as the GOP holds a...
  • LATINO & BLACK AMERICANS - FOR GOD'S SAKE, WAKE UP!

    11/30/2014 7:25:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 11/29/2014 | Jeff Head
    The election of 2012 and now 2014 are over. The most liberal, progressive candidate in the history of American politics, with the worst record on the economy in his first term, Barack Hussein Obama, won re-election in 2012 to a second term by just under 2% of the vote. And in 2014 the vote overwhelmingly repudiated his agenda and plans. The over-riding segments of the population that enabled Obama's victory in 2012 were the Black vote (who voted for him by over 90%) and the Latino vote (who voted for him by over 70%). And they did so, absolutely against...
  • Are Democrats Losing Latino Enthusiasm? Troubling Signs From 2014

    11/26/2014 5:37:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/26/2014 | BY JACK FITZPATRICK
    Rep. Jim Costa was thought to be headed for a safe race. The California Democrat represents a district that supported President Obama by a 19-point margin in 2012—and while Costa had had scares in previous midterms, 2014 appeared to be in the bag. And indeed, Costa did keep his seat, but only after squeaking through one of the tightest races of the entire cycle, a vote count so close that it took 15 days for him to be officially declared the victor over Republican candidate and dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra. So what happened? Costa nearly fell victim to a radically...
  • The Democrats’ Immigration Problem

    11/21/2014 8:53:52 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/20/2014 | ZOLTAN L. HAJNAL
    SAN DIEGO — PRESIDENT OBAMA’S executive order eliminating the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants is good policy. It is the right thing to do. But it is a dangerous move for the Democratic Party. Yes, immigration is an important issue for most Latinos and Asian-Americans. And yes, 63 percent of Latinos and 66 percent of Asian- Americans voted for Democratic candidates for Congress in the midterms. The executive order could solidify and expand that support for years to come. But Latinos and Asian-Americans made up only 11 percent of the electorate. Even if immigration were the only...
  • Abbott's first trip post-election sent the right signal

    11/16/2014 8:17:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Gov.-elect Greg Abbott achieved a big enough victory margin to treat outnumbered, defeated Democrats like the North treated the South during Reconstruction — and to gloat shamelessly. But he appears to be choosing a much more dignified, statesmanlike path. That path took him to the Rio Grande Valley — a region that didn't vote for him — for his first post-election trip. Abbott met with Valley leaders Tuesday to talk about economic development and to announce his first gubernatorial appointment — Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos, who will be Texas secretary of state. Political philosophy-wise, Cascos isn't a diversity hire....
  • One GOP Lawmaker Shows How to Woo Latino Voters (Pearce, NM)

    11/10/2014 2:14:50 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 11, 2013 | Neil King Jr.
    LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Rep. Steve Pearce is the rarest of Republican Party officeholders, a very conservative Anglo who keeps winning elections from a predominantly Latino electorate. As the national GOP seeks to improve its dismal standing with Hispanic voters, the 65-year-old former oil man has some advice. "You just have to show up, all the time, everywhere," he said, during a recent barnstorm tour of his district, which sprawls across the southern half of this border state. "Most Republicans don't bother. I do. I bother." Republicans must spend time in Latino neighborhoods with the respectful attentiveness of a small-town mayor. "We...
  • G.O.P.’s Inroads With Latinos Hint at a Path for 2016

    11/06/2014 6:14:18 AM PST · by Marie · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/5/2014 | JULIA PRESTON
    Hispanics voted nearly two to one for Democratic candidates on Tuesday just as they did in the 2010 midterm elections, a national exit poll shows. In a number of key races, however, they voted more heavily Republican, pointing to a strategy for Republicans in the presidential contest in 2016. In the Senate race in Colorado, for example, where Latinos make up 14 percent of voters, a conservative Republican, Cory Gardner, took the seat of the incumbent Democrat, Mark Udall, in what analysts from both parties called a Republican playbook on how to blunt the Democrats’ advantage with Hispanics. Mr. Gardner...
  • Che Guevara poster vandalized at New Haven City Hall

    10/09/2014 5:22:36 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 82 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | Oct 8, 2014 | Evan Lips
    David Greco, cofounder and executive director of ARTE Inc., said Wednesday he’s confident police will be able to identify the individual who vandalized one of the organization’s “Heroes & Icons” posters at City Hall earlier this week. The unidentified vandal scrawled the word “asesino,” the Spanish word for “murderer,” in black ink atop the shoulder of the Argentine Marxist-Leninist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Greco said a police report has been filed and City Hall security personnel are reviewing surveillance camera footage. The exhibit, which went up Sept. 22 to honor Hispanic History Month, includes approximately 40 posters depicting Latino historical...
  • Can a Republican win the Hispanic vote in Texas?

    10/03/2014 11:11:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2014 | Joshua Partlow
    Ruben Villarreal knew he was different, and it had nothing to do with his curlicue mustache. The Latino tire-shop owner with the ten- gallon hat had been mayor of this border town for several years before he dared to discuss his political affiliation. He felt like a “cactus around balloons.” “It’s not easy being Republican,” he said, “when everybody’s a Democrat.” As long as anyone can remember, the South Texas counties that make up the Rio Grande Valley have been two things: Hispanic and blue-as-the-big-sky Democrat. In Hidalgo County, along the Rio Grande, the locals say a Republican hasn’t won...
  • Government Schools Harm Hispanics

    09/11/2014 6:29:37 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 10, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Frequently, left-wing ideologues manage to harm the very people they claim they are aiding. “When your government and your school are constantly telling you that you’re a victim of a racist society who needs protection, you may start believing it at some point,” Mike Gonzalez writes in the recently released book, A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic-Americans. mike gonzalez book Gonzalez shows, in part, how government schools are failing Hispanics. “In May 2010, the American Psychological Association (APA) published a handful of studies conducted on Latino students, and they had their share...
  • Gallup: Obama drops to 44% job approval among Latinos, lowest level since last year

    09/09/2014 7:48:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/09/2014 | AllahPundit
    A nifty catch by Josh Jordan, a.k.a. NumbersMuncher. Albeit with a big caveat.When I say “lowest level since last year” in the headline, I don’t mean to imply that O’s numbers with Latinos were lower in 2013. All I mean is that today’s Gallup chart goes back only as far as last November. (A period that includes the disastrous ObamaCare rollout, do note.) That 44 percent may well be the lowest number of his entire presidency among Latinos. I’d say odds are good, at least, that it’s the lowest since the big debt-ceiling standoff in 2011, when Obama saw...
  • Obama drops to 44% job approval among Latinos, lowest level since last year

    09/09/2014 4:18:50 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    That 44 percent may well be the lowest number of his entire presidency among Latinos. I’d say odds are good, at least, that it’s the lowest since the big debt-ceiling standoff in 2011, when Obama saw some of his worst polling across the board. And it’s not just Latinos who are sour on him right now. Click and scroll left and you’ll find that he hasn’t been below 60 percent among nonwhite voters once since last November. Until now.
  • To Reach Latinos, GOP Must Alter Its Message, Tone

    08/22/2014 11:45:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 22, 104 | Maria T. Cardona
    There is no doubt that the Latino electorate is becoming increasingly important in presidential elections and will become even more so in the future. Today, one in six Americans are of Latino descent. By 2050, that number will be one in three. ......................................................... At a time when one-fourth of all kindergarten age children in the country are Latino, and when the majority of births are children of color, the Republican Party had better find a way to embrace policies that do not demonize the government that is currently seen as a partner of the communities they need to reach.
  • Latino Life: Living in 'Gringolandia'

    08/11/2014 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/10/2014
    “I can count the number of Latinos in this state in one hand, and most work in my restaurant,” he said jokingly of the Hispanic population in Maine. But the real cultural shock for Diaz, who lives with his wife and 12-year old daughter, wasn’t that he couldn’t find an eatery that carried his favorite delicacy when the craving hit. His big culture shock involved soccer, his favorite sport. “In my old neighborhood I could walk to almost any public park on any day of the week and pick up a game of futbol,” he explained. “Since moving here, I’ve...
  • Pigs Fly! New York Times admits GOP doesn’t need Hispanic votes to win

    08/07/2014 9:03:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/7/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Much to the surprise of those who understand the decline of journalism in our country, in a discussion of how the recent House votes on handling illegal aliens would impact Republican electoral chances, the New York Times actually told the truth. After explaining how the Hispanic vote is distributed in such a way that it will have no influence on any of this year’s contested U.S. Senate races except possibly in Colorado, the Times observed that “Hispanic voters will have even less influence over the composition of the House, which is all but assured to remain in Republican hands. The...
  • Evangelical Organization to Support Hundreds of Immigrant Children

    07/14/2014 10:07:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | Morgan Lee
    The National Latino Evangelical Coalition will be working with faith-based organizations across the country to open up 600 beds to Central American children who have crossed into the country without their parents. President of the NaLEC Gabe Salguero explained that over a period of 18 months, starting in August, churches and camps will likely receive thousands of children — the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — while they are waiting to be placed with their parents who are already in the United States or family members in the countries they are from. "We have 15...
  • Michelle Obama to Latinos: ‘We cannot afford to wait on Congress’ for immigration

    07/13/2014 6:49:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/13/2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform. “So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.” Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress...
  • Is Lucy Flores the Latina star Democrats have been waiting for?

    07/05/2014 2:42:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 5, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – “I don’t have the background of a typical politician, right?” Lucy Flores told a crowd of Democratic activists as she accepted the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor of Nevada in June. It’s a line you’ve heard before: Candidates love to brag about how they didn’t grow up like those “typical” politicians. But there’s no other way to describe Flores, a Latina rising star who was born into an impoverished family of 13 children, whose mother abandoned her in grade school, who fell in with a gang, who was sentenced to a youth prison, who dropped...
  • How Obama's immigration push could hand the House to Democrats

    07/04/2014 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    The Week ^ | July 4, 2014 | By Bill Scher
    Everyone assumes that Republicans will easily hold the House in November. The dominant storyline among the chattering classes centers instead on the possibility that Republicans could seize control of the Senate from Democrats. But the rapidly escalating immigration face-off between President Barack Obama and House Republicans raises the possibility that Democrats could win back the House — even if Republicans do take the Senate How is that possible? It's simple: There are more competitive House races than Senate races in areas with significant Latino populations. Last year, David Damore, a polling analyst for the firm Latino Decisions, found that there...
  • Latinos in the U.S. have a strong belief in the spirit world (39% Believe in "Evil Eye")

    05/19/2014 6:07:57 PM PDT · by equalator · 36 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 5-15-2014 | Michael Lipka
    More than half (57%) said that people can be possessed by spirits, and 44% said magic, sorcery or witchcraft can influence people’s lives. Even more Hispanic Protestants (37%) – including 59% of Pentecostals – said they have seen “the devil or evil spirits being driven out of a person.” Roughly four-in-ten U.S. Hispanics (39%), including a similar share of Hispanic Catholics, said they believe in the “evil eye,” or that certain people can cast curses or spells that cause bad things to happen. A smaller share (15%) said they have had witchcraft or black magic practiced on them or someone...
  • Fighting Against New Jim Crow: Dream Defenders analyze how mass-incarceration affects Black & brown

    05/19/2014 6:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | May 19, 2014 | Sandra Khalifa, Dream Defenders
    Jim Crow is not dead. It has simply changed its face. A new generation of Black and brown youth are waking up to the reality that our bodies are still criminalized. Whether by shooting down teenagers like Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin or by funneling youth out of schools and into prisons for the profit of private prison corporation CEOs, today’s version of Jim Crow laws threaten America’s future. It’s no accident Kanye West rapped about private prison company Corrections Corporation of America locking up Black people across the country on Yeezus. This winter, Stanford-educated, Compton-born NFL cornerback Richard Sherman...
  • Millions Of Latinos Have Abandoned Catholic Church Since 2010, Pew Says

    05/08/2014 5:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 7, 2014
    More than 4 million Latinos in the United States have left the Catholic Church since 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that spotlighted the church’s ongoing exodus of Latinos, a group seen as pivotal to the future of Catholicism. In 2010, two-thirds of Hispanics (67 percent) in the U.S. were Catholic. Today, that number has dwindled to 55 percent of the nation's 35 million Latino adults. While close to 20 million Latinos still identify as Catholic, the church has lost 12 percent, or 4 million Latinos in the U.S. over the past four years alone, according to...
  • Boehner Comments on Immigration Draw Fire

    04/25/2014 1:41:44 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 26 replies
    WKRN ^ | April 25, 2014 20:25 GMT | Erica Werner, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner drew criticism from left and right Friday over comments mocking his own Republican lawmakers for their reluctance to take up immigration legislation, rekindling election-year debate on the contentious issue even as President Barack Obama weighs acting on his own. Boehner said at a Rotary Club lunch at home in Ohio Thursday that House Republicans don't have the appetite to deal with immigration because it's too tough. He imitated them whining in protest, "'Ohh don't make me do this, ohh this is too hard.'" Latino advocates and Capitol Hill Democrats responded with derision, saying...
  • Latin America Is World's Most Violent Region (1/3 of global homicides)

    04/12/2014 6:57:12 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 11, 2014 | DAVID LUHNOW
    MEXICO CITY—Latin America is the world's most violent region, accounting for nearly one in three global homicides, according to data from a new study by the United Nations. Latin America racked up some 134,519 homicides in 2012, about 31% of the total for that year, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's Global Study on Homicide, its first since 2011. Yet the region's 574 million people comprise just 8% of the global population, according to U.N. figures. As a whole, Latin America's per capita homicide rate is 23.4 per 100,000...
  • N.J. Teen Charged with Bias Intimidation After Allegedly Luring Orthodox Women: Gang Initiation

    04/10/2014 3:41:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    A New Jersey teenager was charged with multiple counts of bias intimidation after he allegedly tried to lure Orthodox women as part of a gang initiation. Police said Rafael Laurano-Flores, 18, of Lakewood had planned to touch and knock down an Orthodox Jewish woman in the southern New Jersey township, according to the Asbury Park Press. Lakewood has a large haredi Orthodox population. Pinny Werner, coordinator of the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch, told the newspaper, “We have not seen gang-related targeting in a long time. People are like, ‘What is going on?’ It has always been gang against gang, but...
  • California: A View of America's Immigration Future

    04/08/2014 10:09:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 7, 2014 | Heather Macdonald
    With the recent confirmation that immigration enforcement in the country’s interior is all but eviscerated, it is an opportune moment to assess America’s future if its immigration policies--de facto and de jure--remain unchanged. California provides a window into that future, since the transformation unleashed by the last three decades of mass immigration is further advanced there than anywhere else. Nearly 50 percent of all California births are now Hispanic, with the state’s Hispanic population almost equal to the white population. The consequences of this demographic shift have been profound. In the 1950s and 1960s, the state led the nation in...
  • The Latino Media Need Balance

    04/03/2014 12:56:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Our English-speaking media were very clear after the 2012 election that the Republican Party was demographically doomed, since all the voters "of color" were shifting toward President Barack Obama and the Democrats. They echoed the mantra of GOP moderates, stating the only way to political viability was through "comprehensive immigration reform." What these analysts did not do was explore the messaging Hispanic voters are getting from Spanish-language media. Has the conservative message been rejected by Spanish-language voters -- or is something being kept from them? We've seen a disturbing set of reports on how hand in glove these Spanish networks...
  • Latinos become California's largest demographic though political clout lags

    03/17/2014 12:38:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 17, 2014 | Rory Carroll
    It is a demographic milestone signalling the changing face of America: this month, Latinos will overtake whites to become California’s largest racial/ethnic group. They will officially make up 39% of the country’s most populous state, edging past the 38.8% who are white non-Hispanic, and dwarfing the Asian American and African American communities.
  • Obama Assures Latinos That Relatives Won’t Get Deported Because They Sign Up for Obamacare

    03/07/2014 7:11:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/07/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – President Obama carried his healthcare reform message directly to Latinos on Thursday, urging the members of that vast community to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the approaching March 31 deadline. Speaking at a forum conducted at the Newseum in downtown Washington and broadcast over several Spanish-language media outlets, the president offered assurance to Latinos concerned that utilizing the newly established insurance exchanges could somehow lead to the deportation of undocumented relatives, asserting “I’ve got their back.” “The main point that I have for everybody watching right now is, you don’t punish me by not signing...
  • Hundreds rally to seek an end to violence against Latinos

    02/20/2014 5:19:24 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | February 19, 2014 | Carlos Avila
    TRENTON — On Wednesday, about 350 people gathered at the steps of Trenton City Hall to call for justice and an end to violence after the killing of Julio Cesar Cruz last Saturday. Community leaders from Trenton’s Latino community as well as former Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer and community activist Andrew Bobbit stood beside the victim’s brother, Jose Antonio Cruz, as each one spoke about the urgency of seeking justice.
  • A Purple Texas? Not so fast.

    02/07/2014 2:12:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | February 7, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Texas might be going purple, but probably not as quickly as people think. That's the takeaway from some interesting new findings from Gallup. For a while now, smart political observers have talked about the prospect of the Lone Star State becoming competitive (or even blue) at the presidential level, giving Democrats a potentially game-changing 38 electoral votes that would make it very difficult for Republicans to win elections for the foreseeable future. Some have even suggested Texas could be in play in 2016 or 2020. One of the problems with the whole Texas-turning-purple/blue idea, though, is that there isn't a...
  • Latino population to surpass whites in California in two months..

    01/17/2014 5:59:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2014 | Luke Garratt
    California's Latino population is going to overtake the white population in only two months, according to this year's state budget report. The state is also getting older, with the population of over 65s predicted to hit a boom over the coming months. The state has been getting more diverse for a while, but now the Latino population will be 'the single largest race or ethnic group', and it's thought to be because most Latino groups are in their prime childbearing years.
  • Latinos Shun Obamacare Over Deportation Fears

    12/28/2013 3:34:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/28/13 | Todd Beamon
    Latinos are wary of signing up for Obamacare because of fears that the information they provide might be used to deport themselves or family members. "They're scared," Ledy Ordonez, 43, who lives in Fremont, Calif., told the San Francisco Chronicle. She has a clothing and jewelry stand at a farmer's market in Oakland. "They're afraid if they put in an application for their children ... they'll get deported." While enrollment figures are not available yet from the Obama administration, healthcare advocates say fewer Hispanics are enrolling in the Affordable Care Act because of such concerns.
  • Gene clue to Latin American risk for diabetes

    12/25/2013 6:05:05 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    Malay Mail Online ^ | 12-2513 | Anon.
    Paris — Scientists on Wednesday said they had found a variant of a gene to explain why Latin Americans are at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, and pointed to a possible DNA legacy from the Neanderthals. The variant lies on a gene called SLC16A11, which plays a part in breaking down fatty molecules called lipids, they said in the journal Nature. A research consortium called SIGMA -- for the Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine for the Americans -- sought to understand why Type 2 diabetes in Mexicans and other Latin American populations is roughly twice as great as among...
  • Latinos Are Ready to Battle Climate Change if EPA Will Include Them in the Fight

    12/25/2013 2:57:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Care2 ^ | 12/02/13 | Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    **SNIP** What my experiences do not include are those that are far too common among Latino 18-year-olds who are disproportionately affected by carbon pollution. Carbon pollution contributes directly to climate change, in turn endangering Latinos due to the resulting health and environmental repercussions. One expected climate impact in the U.S. is more smog in areas with poor air quality, translating to more asthma attacks for our young people. In fact, the Latino community is one of the hardest hit: Hispanic children are nearly two times as likely to be hospitalized for asthma as white children. Other illnesses related to poor...
  • Many blacks and Latinos have no retirement savings, study shows

    12/10/2013 5:29:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 9, 2013 | Michael A. Fletcher
    Fewer than half of blacks and Latino workers have retirement plans on the job, leaving the vast majority of them with no savings designated for their golden years, according to a report to be released Tuesday. Americans of all races face the growing prospect of downward mobility in retirement, the report said, but the problem is particularly acute for blacks and Hispanics. More often than not, blacks and Latinos benefit little from the tax breaks and other policy initiatives aimed at bolstering retirement security because they typically have no money to save for retirement in IRAs and other vehicles outside...
  • Wow: Obama down 23 points among Latinos in 2013

    12/05/2013 8:40:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/05/2013 | AllahPundit
    Not the only interesting result here — Gallup’s also picking up the trend of millennials abandoning The One — but after so much post-election heavy breathing about his advantage with Latinos and how the GOP can win them back, it’s obviously the showstopper.Second look at congressional gridlock on immigration reform?The glass-half-full read: This is proof positive that Democrats do not, in fact, own the Latino vote. They can blow it, and to some extent may already have. But then, we already knew that from previous Gallup polls. Back in August, they noted that O’s job approval among Latinos was conspicuously...
  • The 50 Most Violent Cities In The World

    11/28/2013 12:10:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2013 | PAMELA ENGEL, CHRISTINA STERBENZ AND GUS LUBIN
    Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty have combined to make Latin America by far the most homicidal region of the world. The region has 40% of the world's murders, despite having only 8 percent of the population, according to the U.N. The highest murder rate of all is in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with 169 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a study published earlier this year by Mexico's Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The ranking is based on 2012 data, except for San Pedro Sula and Distrito Central in Honduras, where authorities would...
  • Obamacare mess weakens White House pitch to Hispanics

    11/07/2013 3:56:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 7, 2013 | By BRIAN HUGHES
    Obamacare could become a liability for Democrats among Latino voters, a key demographic that has been a focus of their health reform messaging. Hispanics have been far more sympathetic to President Obama’s signature domestic achievement than the rest of the general population, with Latinos accounting for roughly 30 percent of the uninsured pool. The botched rollout of Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges, though, hardly resembles what the president promised Latino voters when he sold his health reform plan. For all the problems with healthcare.gov, the Spanish-speaking version of the federal website registering consumers hasn’t even gone live yet. And amid the...