News Clips Jan. 22, 2010

Analysis: Will corporate ads buy 2010 voters?

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has opened the door to a new era of big and possibly shadowy election spending, rolled back anti-corruption laws and emboldened critics of fundraising limits to press on. In the middle of it all will be voters, trying to figure out who’s telling the truth.
The court’s ruling Thursday lets corporate America start advertising candidates much as they market products and tell viewers to vote for or against them. While it almost certainly will lead to a barrage of hard-hitting TV ads in the 2010 elections, its implications reach far beyond that.

Big Donors Plan Boost in Campaign Spending

Corporations, labor unions and other political entities are gearing up to play a larger role in influencing elections in 2010 and beyond after a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down elements of campaign-finance law.

The Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for entities to influence elections for Congress and the White House by stripping away rules that limited their ability to fund campaign advertisements. The court also struck down a part of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law that prevented independent political groups from running advertisements within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election.

Census Figures Challenge Views of Race and Ethnicity

New census figures that provide a snapshot of America’s foreign-born population are challenging conventional views of immigration, race and ethnicity.
What it means to be African-American, for example, may be redefined by the record number of blacks — now nearly 1 in 10 — born abroad, according to the report from American Community Survey data, which was released Wednesday. It found that Africa now accounts for one in three foreign-born blacks in this country, another modern record.

Travis project aims to register Latino voters by primary

Effort part of statewide push to raise profile of Latino community in local elections.

Local community leaders are teaming with one of the country’s leading Latino voter registration organizations in a campaign to register at least 600 new Hispanic voters in Travis County in time for the March 2 primaries.

Organizers consider 600 a significant number because many local races are decided by similar margins.

ACLU of Pa. Begins Gathering Data on Violations of Latino Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union has begun an immigrants’ rights project in Philadelphia’s Latino neighborhoods, aimed at protecting the civil liberties of immigrants.

The ACLU wants to document the treatment of Latinos by police, problems that Latinos have obtaining city services, or inappropriate queries about immigration status.–Gathering-Data-on-Violations-of-Latino/6172366

Play highlights black-Hispanic unity

MIAMI — Fourteen years ago, while practicing law, David Lamb wrote the book, Do Platanos Go Wit’ Collard Greens?

During his collegiate book tour, students commented that the storyline and characters would “make a great play.”
In 2003, Platanos And Collard Greens debuted to a sold-out audience in a 99-seat, off-Broadway New York City theater. It has since run at more than 150 colleges and universities in more than 10 major cities and 17 states around the country.

“We opened with the intent of running for one weekend,” Jamillah Lamb, David’s wife and the play’s producer, said. “But the people kept coming and we kept going.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz seeks tough approach on illegal immigration

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced on Thursday a resolution, backed by several other House freshmen, calling for Congress to get tough on illegal immigration.

“Any discussion of comprehensive immigration reform must begin with a renewed commitment to enforce our immigration laws,” Chaffetz said.

He made illegal immigration a key campaign issue in 2008 when he upset former Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, and attracted national attention when he suggested using tent cities to hold illegal aliens to cut costs and help increase enforcement.


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