When your political future rests on the balance of less than one percent of the voters, you would be foolish not to engage with the small but highly-motivated Latino electorate in your state.
We have now entered the homestretch of the 2014 midterm election season, with less than a week to go before Election Day. Many Senate races remain incredibly close, and Democrats got some welcome news this week from far up north.
I recently had the fortunate pleasure of presenting at Voto Latino's 4th and final Power Summit of the year in San Jose, California.
Next week, Latinos will cast our votes for the leaders who are determined to fix our broken immigration system, the candidates who recognize that a working Latina mother of three can't support her family on a minimum-wage salary, the congresspeople who know what affordable health care means to a family with a sick child.
Truth is, if 100 percent of 18-24 year olds decided to vote in the next election, they would landslide whatever candidates they backed and transform the country to their liking. And here is one big reason why they should: Citizens United.
The reason more states than Colorado matter is that from 2000 to 2012 the number of Latino registered voters at least doubled in 28 states plus the District of Columbia.
My name is Tony. I'm a citizen. And I've lied about voting. I'm not proud of it. But I'm also ready to do something about it. So, this time around, I voted early. And, just like former hackers who go on to help catch other hackers, I'm going to give you 10 ways to bust someone who is lying about voting.
Ann Coulter recently advised the Republican Party to abandon the effort to win over Latino voters, describing the Hispanic electorate as "a group of people who will never vote for [Republicans]." Such reasoning is clearly baseless, but the idea that the GOP can ignore Latinos and still succeed has unfortunately cropped up in other media outlets.
Latinos in Florida suffer from being unable to afford quality health insurance. When you actively work to undermine efforts to bring affordable coverage to Florida, you will inevitably alienate and antagonize the Latino electorate.
With the mid-term elections looming so closely, much ado is being made about Hispanic voters staying home. Latino voters -- who primarily vote during presidential elections anyway -- are just not that enthused.
This time around she's decided to offer up her wisdom on how the Republican Party ought to go about winning over Latino voters -- in her mind, by abandoning the effort altogether.
Forcing voters to use photo ID and perpetuating the myth of rampant voter fraud is nothing more than a strategy to keep growing minority communities on the sidelines. And unfortunately, it works.
The challenges of polling Latino voters have received less attention in 2014, because there are fewer competitive states and districts this cycles where Latinos are positioned to be influential. A notable exception is Colorado.
An increasingly divisive debate is raging among politically engaged Latinos right now over how to respond to our political leaders' incapacity to reform our immigration system. This should worry politicians in general and Democrats in particular.
This is not just about electing black and Latino leaders to local, state and national office, but also holding those leaders accountable -- setting an agenda and building the type of power to ensure policies and laws reflect our values and needs.
Polling only in English adds a significant conservative skew, and this is especially risky in Florida. Why? Because Florida has the highest share of Spanish speakers among Latino U.S. citizens, in particular a high percentage of Puerto Rican-born voters.