News Clips Dec. 1, 2009

Before Redistricting: The Other ‘R’ Word

The once-a-decade process for redrawing the map of the House of Representatives has two distinct parts with similar-sounding, multisyllabic names. Redistricting, the drawing of the lines within each state, is the second part. Reapportionment, deciding how many House seats each state will have, comes first.

The state of Latino Arizona

If you consider the demographic trends – the Latino population in Arizona grew 46 percent from 2000 to 2007, to 1.9 million (accounting for 30 percent of the population) – it’s reasonable to suggest that as Latino Arizona goes, so, too, goes the state.
Arizona State University and Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, a non-profit Latino advocacy group, recently unveiled a 94-page report titled “The State of Latino Arizona” during ALRE’s annual town hall. Most of the essays in the report were written and researched by the faculty of the department of transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o studies at ASU.

New Survey Shows Overwhelming Support Among Latinos for Health Care Reform That Includes Public Option

Congressional Debate Did Not Take Latino Interests into Account According to National Poll of Latino Registered Voters

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ — A new poll released today by Latino Decisions, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico (UNM-RWJF Center), and impreMedia, shows a widespread consensus among the Latino/Hispanic electoral about the importance of health care reform and indicates significant support for expansion of coverage. For the first time, health care tops the list of national issues identified by respondents as the most important issue Congress and the President need to address. This is particularly impressive, given that in April 2009 a similar Latino Decisions poll found that only 6% of the Latino electorate had identified health care as the most important issue.

Dobbs: I’m Latinos’ greatest friend

Perhaps thinking of a future political career, former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs softened his harsh anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric during an interview Tuesday, telling the viewers of the Spanish-speaking network Telemundo that “I am one of your greatest friends.”

“I want to engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue and work with those who will work toward real solutions,” said Dobbs, who once falsely accused illegal immigrants of carrying leprosy into the United States.

Lou Dobbs Weighs Senate Run, as a Steppingstone

The Lou Dobbs-for-Senate rumor had barely crested when the Lou Dobbs-for-president rumor suddenly overtook it this week.

Mr. Dobbs, the former cable television anchor of the sonorous voice and tough-talking immigration politics, parted ways with CNN on Nov. 11, reportedly receiving an $8 million severance payment, and immediately stirred questions about his plans.

His name was quickly floated as a potential challenger in 2012 to United States Senator Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat, an ardent advocate for immigrants’ rights and the chamber’s only Hispanic member. (Mr. Dobbs, 64, lives on a horse farm in rural Wantage, N.J.)

Big challenge for Obama: retain Hispanic support

AUSTIN, Texas — Barack Obama has erased George W. Bush’s inroads among Hispanics, with these influential voters consistently giving the president exceptionally strong marks and the White House employing an aggressive strategy to keep it that way.

Obama’s challenge is to ensure that Hispanics pledge allegiance to the Democratic Party for the 2010 elections and keep supporting him through his own likely 2012 re-election race while he tackles the divisive issue of repairing the nation’s patchy immigration system.

Hispanics are the nation’s fastest-growing minority group. The government projects they will account for 30 percent of the population by 2050, doubling in size from today and boosting their political power.

Obama still extremely popular among Latinos

But support could falter if there is no health care or immigration reform

President Barack Obama continues to be extremely popular among Latino voters nationwide and receives particularly strong backing from naturalized citizens, according to a new poll by Impremedia, Latino Decisions and the University of New Mexico´s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A survey of Latino voters found that 74% approve of the President -39% approve strongly- and that support goes even higher, up to 79%, among foreign-born Latinos.–161379-1.html


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