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Election 2012 and the Future of Latino Politics

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 3:08 PM

Less than four weeks ago, Latinos reshaped the nation's political map and exercised the strength of their political power, both as voters and candidates.

Election 2012 demonstrated the ability of Latino candidates to successfully pursue office in states and communities nationwide. Significant gains were made at the state level for...

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Driving Blind: The Dangers of Defunding the Census

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 1:22 AM

It's Public Policy 101: before you step, you should look. Before charting a course and spending money, lawmakers should get the information they need to make the best decision. Take schools, for example: government officials must know where student populations are growing and shrinking so that limited funds for new...

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This Is the New Face of America

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 4:05 PM

New Census data confirms what we've been seeing for some time now: America has a new face. Latinos are now more than 50 million strong and represent one in 6 Americans. We accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase since 2000, and we exceeded estimates...

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New Census Numbers Portend Significant Latino Role

(122) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 7:38 PM

For the Latino community in particular, Tuesday December 21 is a very big day, and it has nothing really to do with the holidays but rather with numbers and more numbers. The U.S. Census Bureau today releases its official 2010 population figures for the nation, and congressional apportionment totals for...

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Don't Let the Senate Stop the Dream

(40) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 10:40 AM

It's nearly the zero hour for a vote on legislation vital to our society and one that will help thousands of motivated and accomplished immigrant students continue their education and journey toward becoming full Americans.

It would also strengthen our military by allowing thousands of patriotic young people to...

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We are Not Staying Home on Election Day!

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 2:53 PM

My apologies to Shakespeare, but, will they or won't they, that is the question.

That is, will Latinos vote in November, or, as the recent Pew Hispanic Center poll suggests, they might not? As an organization that has been focused on encouraging civic participation in the Latino community for...

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Ready for This High-Stakes Process?

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 4:41 PM

With the myriad of issues being discussed these days, there is a real important one we cannot forget. As the U.S. Census Bureau prepares to report the reapportionment count to President Obama by the end of the year -- and redistricting data to state legislatures by next April -- a...

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Latinos Are Riled, Restless and Ready

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 5:20 PM

August in the nation's capital is usually a languid time to recharge during a congressional recess in anticipation of the hurly burly after Labor Day. But there is nothing slow about the dog days of summer this year, what with an important midterm congressional election just around the corner. People...

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Arizona Law Exposes An Ugly Truth About Our Country

(14) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 4:47 PM

The news that U.S. Judge Susan Bolton blocked major sections of Arizona's SB 1070 law from going into effect has naturally made headlines around the world. However, in quite an ironic way, this land of immigrants has become known as the land of immigrant intolerance.

That is not the American...

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Latinos Ready to Make the Difference in Battleground States

(13) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 5:05 PM

As the electoral map takes its final shape, we all know the contest inevitably will come down to a handful of states. Now, a new survey confirms that the outcome in some of those battleground states may be decided by Latino voters turning out in record numbers.

A poll of...

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