|—||A portion of a robocall script, recorded by former GOP Senator and conservative talk-radio host Fred Thompson, to be heard by voters in 12 swing states. The robocall is the work of the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List, which is trying put a charge into pro-life conservatives and independents, in support of Mitt Romney. They reportedly have another anti-abortion robocall designed to appeal to Latinos at the ready. Dating up to mid-October, the SBA List has spent over $1 million on televised ads against President Obama. — Chris @ ShortFormBlog (via election)|
|—||In Florida, Puerto Ricans’ rise gives a key swing state more swing voters - The Washington Post (via likethedew)|
Two taxi companies in Salt Lake City announced that from now through Nov. 6 they will provide free transport for all Latinos who need it to get to the polling places so they can do their civic duty.
The service, organized by the Utah Coalition of La Raza, the Mexican Civic Center and the “Pulso Latino” radio program, aims to promote Hispanic participation in the upcoming elections, in which for the first time Utah will have ballots in Spanish.
In an apparent effort to trick voters into not showing up at the polls, several Florida and Virginia voters received calls from unidentified individuals who read the voter’s name, address and party affiliation over the phone and then falsely informed the voter that they can vote by phone. The calls appear to target African-Americans, Spanish-speaking voters and the elderly.
Sons of farmworkers vie for seats in Congress: Congressional campaigns by the children of farmworkers point to Latinos’ growing political clout in California’s rural areas.
Sunburned, muddy and aching, Jose Hernandez was flopped in the back seat of the family’s old Mercury with his brothers and sister when his father asked about their day in the fields, picking cucumbers.
“Tiring,” Hernandez, just a boy at the time, recalled answering. “My father said, ‘Good! I’m not going to force you to go to school or get good grades or go to college. But if you don’t, you know what your life is going to be like.’”
Photo: Jose Hernandez was raised in the Central Valley farm fields and grew up to become an astronaut. He’s running for Congress as a Democrat. Credit: Jim Grossmann / NASA
Remember when the California Republican Party sued to try and keep Hernandez from describing himself as an “astronaut/scientist/engineer” on the ballot? Luckily they lost that one. Here is the link to his website in case you are in the area and want to donate or volunteer.
Seventy percent of registered Hispanic voters said they would vote for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden if the election were held today, in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll. President Obama enjoys a 50-point lead among Latinos as only 20 percent of registered Hispanic voters said they would vote for Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney, and Vice Presidential Candidate, Paul Ryan. President Obama also leads Mr. Romney by 50 points among likely Hispanic voters; 71 percent would vote for President Obama and 21 percent would vote for Mr. Romney.
President Obama’s lead in this monthly survey grew by 15 points since August when 63 percent of Hispanic voters said that they would vote for President Obama, while only 28 percent would vote for Mr. Romney. The August survey didn’t distinguish between registered and likely voters, however, in both polls 100 percent of respondents were from a Hispanic or Spanish-speaking background. In the September survey, 300 Latino registered voters were interviewed, and 223 likely voters were interviewed.
According to NBC News the poll was held by Republican pollster, Bill McInturff, and Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election.
The Latino community accounts for more than 10 percent of eligible voters nationally. But the share in some states is high enough that keeping Hispanic voters away from the polls could shift some hard-fought states from support for Democratic President Barack Obama and help his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
The new laws include purges of people suspected of not being citizens in 16 states that unfairly target Latinos, the civil rights group Advancement Project said in the study to be formally released on Monday.
Laws in effect in one state and pending in two others require proof of citizenship for voter registration. That imposes onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on voters, especially targeting naturalized American citizens, many of whom are Latino, the liberal group said.
Nine states have passed restrictive photo identification laws that impose costs in time and money for millions of Latinos who are citizens but do not yet have the required identification, it said.
Republican-led state legislatures have passed most of the new laws since the party won sweeping victories in state and local elections in 2010. They say the laws are meant to prevent voter fraud; critics say they are designed to reduce turnout among groups that typically back Democrats.
Decades of study have found virtually no use of false identification in U.S. elections or voting by non-citizens. Activists say the bigger problem in the United States, where most elections see turnout of well under 60 percent, is that eligible Americans do not bother to vote.
h/t: Yahoo! News
In response to a direct question on the DREAM Act, he said, “for those that are here, that are undocumented, that were brought here by their parents, and therefore are illegal aliens…my view is that we should put into place a permanent solution.”
Most kids who would be covered under the DREAM Act do not consider themselves illegal aliens. They’ve grown up in this country. They’ve been educated in our schools. They pledge allegiance to our flag. Some of them serve our country. Others of them want to.
They are caught in an unfair web, but they are not “illegal aliens.” And why on earth would Romney think it was a good idea to say that to the Univision audience?
He goes on in this segment to extol Marco Rubio’s solution while blaming Democrats for the stall on the DREAM Act and immigration reform. Rubio’s solution doesn’t give anyone, including DREAMers, a path to citizenship. It just keeps them from being deported. What kind of solution is that?
It gets worse, though. When asked if he was ducking the question and whether he would deport immigrants, he feigned outrage at the thought, and then yammered about a ‘permanent solution’ that makes cannon fodder of kids brought here with their parents as a condition for citizenship. After all, if Mitt wants to do battle with Iran, he’ll need fresh troops to fight it. It appears he wishes to mine the groups of immigrants in this country who would just like a way to apply for and work toward citizenship.
What Mitt didn’t say is as important as what he did. He never said the word “citizen.” He said they’d receive “permanent resident” status, which is not citizenship and does not confer the rights of citizenship. One might get the impression that Mitt doesn’t especially care for the idea of Latinos having voting rights or something.
7:58: Mitt’s son Craig is trying to endear his father to Hispanic voters, hoping that they’ll ignore Romney’s promise to encourage self-deportation of undocumented immigrants.
7:57: Romney says he won’t let Hispanics down during a short video. Too bad he won’t tell them if he’d rescind President Obama’s DREAM directive.
Rubio cited a campaign spending rule that precluded Romney from spending funds until he officially secured the party’s nomination as the real reason for President Barack Obama’s overwhelming advantage with Latino voters.
"Here’s the problem we’ve had: It’s a quirk in the campaign laws," Rubio said. "[Romney] hasn’t been allowed to spend the money. You can’t spend it until he’s formally nominated. He couldn’t spend the money. Now he’s going to be able to spend money both in English and Spanish to explain to people how his policies will help the economy, small businesses and have the confidence to invest in the future."
Latinos, blacks more likely to suffer health disparities due to wealth inequality
August 24, 2012
A recent study found that health disparities among Latino, black and white children -– but when adjusted for socioeconomic factors, differences had more to do with class than race.
Researchers interviewed more than 5,000 fifth graders in Los Angeles, Houston and Birmingham, Ala. They measured 16 health behaviors and outcomes including use of tobacco and alcohol, exercise habits, helmet use and obesity.
Black children (20 percent) were more likely than Latino children (11 percent) and whites (5 percent) to have witnessed a gun threat or injury.
Latinos were 15 percent and blacks 12 percent more likely than whites to be obese.
Latinos and blacks got less exercise and had poorer physical and psychological health.
However, when adjusted for income and education of children’s families, differences significantly shrunk.
Most of the disparities between Latinos and whites disappeared and the rest were reduced after adjusting for socioeconomic status.
Where a child went to school played a big role in what researchers found. Even within the same neighborhood, schools played a significant role.
The report said:
The child’s school was the most important mediator of disparities between black children and white children for 11 of 16 measures, whereas socioeconomic status was the largest mediator of disparities between Latino children and white children for 10 measures.
But, in the end, what does it really mean to “adjust?” The fact remains that children of color are growing up with poor physical and psychological health.
Capitalism is literally killing us.