This is just a Wednesday roundup of what is going on in the Latino political sphere. I will be adding more comprehensive blog posts within the next few days.
- Randy Parraz, the Latino candidate for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Arizona, finished last. I commend him for trying, but it will be interesting to watch Rodney Glassman challenge John McCain, who ended up winning his primary after facing a tough challenge from a more conservative J.D. Hayworth. I actually met Glassman last month at Netroots Nation, and I must admit that he’s a pretty charming guy. Glassman likes to remind all of the Latinos that Congressman Grijalva and Dolores Huerta have endorsed him. I can’t wait to see him juxtaposed to McCain. Hopefully, they debate just so we can have that visual of the young, energetic Glassman next to the cranky, nearly 74 year old McCain. But Glassman still has an uphill battle.
- A report recently came out by the Center for Responsible Lending that shows in California, Latinos borrowers constitute nearly half of all foreclosures in the state. The Central Valley has the highest concentration of foreclosures. I had blogged about the foreclosure crisis in relation to the Latino community last year in a two part blog post here and here if you are interested.
- Last week, Mario Obledo, one of the founders of MALDEF and then Governor Jerry Brown’s head of the California Health and Welfare Agency during the 1970s died of a heart attack at age 78.