New Latino Speaker could change things
California experiences a rare moment once in a while when it appears momentum will tilt toward the middle, pushing real and meaningful legislative efforts that put voters and constituency first. Then the bottom falls out and it’s right back to business as usual.
Such could be the case in the swearing in of Assemblyman John A. Perez as the 68th Speaker of the Assembly.
All eyes were on the first openly gay, Latino, Southern California Democrat, as he told the legislature, governor, other statewide elected officials and the many special invited guests about his vision as Assembly Speaker. It included: putting people back to work; creating a bi-partisan environment by appointing two Republicans to lead Assembly committees; fixing the economy; no more texting during floor votes; and, changing the constitutional budget requirement from two-thirds vote to a simple majority.
The Latino Community Wants Accountability in 2010
The promise of change that energized voting and participation in 2008 is bringing hundreds of Latino community leaders to Washington today as NCLR launches new ads on immigration.
March 3, 2010 |
Today, nearly 350 Latino leaders from 30 states are gathering in Washington as part of the 2010 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) National Latino Advocacy Days. They will visit their congressional representatives to call for action on national priorities of critical importance to the Latino community. In addition to health care, at the top of that list are jobs and immigration reform, two issues that directly affect the stability of Latino communities and will undoubtedly influence turnout and enthusiasm in the 2010 elections.
National Campaign seeks to return attention in U.S. Congress back to Immigration Reform
Roughly 100,000 people are planned to rally in Washington, D.C. in March
By Ingrid Marie Rivera, La Prensa Correspondent
LORAIN: Latino and other leaders are uniting around the nation to turn the attention in U.S. Congress back to immigration reform after they say President Barack Obama has failed to address the issue in his first year in office as he had promised.
No chance of immigration reform this year
Every poll shows there are few things California’s burgeoning Latino community wants more from government this year than immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for persons now in this country illegally, also known as amnesty.
But despite happy talk from President Obama and some other leading Democrats, chances of this happening are very slim.
For Democrats who now possess large but shaky majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House are not nearly as united on this cause as they are on health care — and their brand of unity on that cause has produced nothing close to what Obama promised as a candidate in 2008. There is no publicly run health insurance option on the table. The proposed requirement that all citizens must have health insurance has all but disappeared, and more.
Chavez-Thompson leads in Democratic race for lieutenant governor
AUSTIN Former labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson, buoyed by support from labor and Hispanic groups, was well ahead of her two opponents Tuesday in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Chavez-Thompson of San Antonio was close to the 50 percent-plus-one-vote total she would need to avoid a runoff, but former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle was still hopeful of a strong second place finish to force a runoff.
AZ may criminalize presence of illegal immigrants
By JACQUES BILLEAUD (AP) – 16 hours ago
PHOENIX — Over the past several years, immigration hard-liners at the Arizona Legislature persuaded their colleagues to criminalize the presence of illegal border-crossers in the state and ban soft immigration policies in police agencies — only to be thwarted by vetoes from a Democratic governor.
This year, their prospects have improved. A proposal to draw local police deeper into the fight against illegal immigration has momentum, and even opponents expect the new Republican governor to sign off on the changes.
California’s GOP Divided on Immigration
The two Republicans facing off in California’s gubernatorial primary have begun to express distinct views on an issue that has long been used by GOP candidates to mobilize their base: illegal immigration.
Steve Poizner, the current state insurance commissioner, and Meg Whitman, businesswoman and former president of eBay, both multimillionaires from their success in the corporate world, will be competing for the Republican nomination.
That part of the contest will be resolved in the June primary. The gubernatorial election is in November.
Poizner, who is trailing in the polls after months of an intensive media campaign by Whitman, has been using the subject of the border and “illegals” in recent speeches to appeal to Republican activists across the state.
Schwarzenegger calls for immigration reform, but Feds ill equipped
Appearing on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren (Feb. 23), Governor Schwarzenegger briefly emphasized the need for immigration reform in light of California’s economic woes. “We’ve got to go and make a decision so that people can come to this country legitimately, rather than having quotas there, because we need the farm workers,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger. “We need the construction workers. We need to have people do certain jobs that maybe that we cannot fill otherwise,” he said.