How do immigrants and Latinos flex their voting muscle to effectively remind our national elected leaders that we cannot be taken for granted, especially when it comes to solving a deeply-emotional and personal issue like immigration reform?
It's well known inside the Beltway that the Latino vote could make or break President Obama's re-election, and soon it'll be national news. By then, it may just be too late for the president to win back Latinos.
As Marylanders headed to the polls to choose their governor last November, computers were dialing up 112,000 of them with an unusual message: Don't bother to vote. The calls went to households in mostly African-American precincts.
While the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, language, ethnicity, religion and age, there is still no law that affirmatively guarantees citizens the right to vote.
Yesterday, Ohio's House of Representatives passed one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country. If the bill is enacted into law, it will make it harder for Democrats to win in the state next year.
Last week I arrived in the Los Angeles City Hall parking lot to visit a high-ranking, elected City official. When I told the parking attendant who I was there to see, she had absolutely no idea who I was talking about.
You probably already know most of the story of Citizens United and know that it's a bad thing for our democracy. The question is how to talk about Citizens United in a way that convinces other people to realize this too.