Midweek Blog Update in the Latino Political Realm

August 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments

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.
  • President Obama is scheduled to be in El Paso, Texas on August 31. Given the President’s increasing deportation rate and militarization of the border, I see how this event could be an opportunity for the community to voice concern.

Tags: Civil Rights · community organizing and activism · Department of Homeland Security · Economics · Government Accountability · Immigration · John McCain · MALDEF · Rep. Raul Grijalva

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jaango // Aug 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Here’s at tad more to put on your plate.

    Odds and Ends!

    1. On the internet, Repbulican bloggers are getting paid to promote candidates, but no one’s talking “how much” in terms of payments.

    2. Ahh, hate reaches into the State of New York politics. It seems that the Republican candidate for the Governor of New York, favors his plan to create work camp prisons for welfare recipients.

    3. The new moderator for ABC News’ Sunday morning talking head circuit, Christiane Amanpour, caused a minor ripple in politics when she interviewed the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. He said he wanted the contractors out of his country since these contractors were the equivalent to the “mafia like” for their behavior.

    4. According to the co-chair for President Obama’s Deficit Commission, former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming is now apologizing for the usual dumb statement in which he compared Social Security recipients as part and parcel to “310 million tits” on a milk cow. This apology couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and which adds more “macaca” to American history.

    5. On Saturday in our nation’s capitol, Glen Beck will be hosting a Tea Party Rally in which 300,000 participants are expected to attend. Of course, Fox News will stipulate that billions showed up and participated.

    6. This from the Republican Congressman of Louisiana, John Fleming: “We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle—one is going to have to win. We either are going down the socialist road and become like Western Europe and create, I guess a really godless society and atheist society. Or we’re going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nations.” Sadly, unpacking this speciousness would be a waste of good time.

    7. America’s Jeebus Jerks are located among the Blue Dogs for joking about Speaker Pelosi’s mortality.

    8. The ‘rocket scientists’ on the Right. By scrapping the Affordable Care Act, Those on the Right thought that this would add some gravitas for deficit reduction. However, the CBO, when asked, responded with no deficit reduction, but by scrapping health care reform, would increase the deficit by $455 billion over a ten-year period.

    9. Under a court-ordered dictate, the Federal Reserve is being forced to disclose which banks would have failed had these banks not been ‘bailed out’. Of course, this is unacceptable, so the Federal Reserved is asking for an injunction from the court so that they may consult with the Justice Department, and thusly, permitting the Federal Reserve to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Had President Obama’s nominees for the Federal Reserve been approved by Congress, the Federal Reserve would be complying with this court-ordered dictate. As such, more Republican mis-governance via a filibuster.

    10. Here’a good laugh. Bill Clinton’s Democratic Leaderhship Council was being funded by America’s arch-conservatives, and thusly, being co-opted by America’s Overtly Wealthy, should be embarrassing to the “centrists”, but then, the centrists were never really centrists but were carrying the label of the neo-liberal and which is code talk for Democratic version of arch-conservatives.


  • 2 IE // Aug 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Nice info Jaango

  • 3 Chicano future tense // Aug 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

    August 25th.Arizona Primary..The Day After

    Randy Parraz was badly defeated in his bid for Democratic party choice for Senator.He received less than 13 percent of the total Democratic vote.
    Yes,he was badly defeated for the same reasons that SB1070 won in Arizona…Racism and xenophobia from white democrats and from support from some duped,foolish and ignorant Latino democrats..and probably as well from many tired,discouraged and disillusioned Latinos who didn’t come out to vote. …Sr.Parraz also lost because he failed to differentiate himself sharply and clearly enough from Glassman and in some respects Mccain too.He tried too hard to run an acceptable (for white people) “Glassman Light” and “Mcain light” campaign in order to placate reassure whites and hedge his bets on immigration ..(as if in some miracuolus way he would have actually won white support..go figure that one out)???
    Arizonas Latinos want to hear a strong distinct and clearly defined message of resistance and determination to fight back against racism and xenphobia.Latinos want to hear””Basta Ya!” and “your either with us or against us!”..not gobbledy-goop and yada yada yada.
    ..Latinos are tired of wishy-washy BS weasel words and promises coming from the mouths of ambitious opportunistic politicians.
    Sr Parraz..a lesson for you..The two party system will not allow you to play your own game in their rigged have to play by their rules and stay within their delineated bounds.. that effectively erases clear lines of demarcation..
    Putting it bluntly,Sr Parraz you had to pay the price of admission to play the had to tame and blunt and take the teeth out of your message out of risk of appearing “too radical”.That is not allowed and unacceptable to the white power structure.
    The two party system only wants TWEEDLE DEE and TWEEDLE DUM…

    Rodney Glassman,”Ritchie Rich Boy” ..pampered spoiled son of a multi-millionaire agribusiness magnate from Fresno who exploited,abused and sprayed toxic chemicals on farmworkers in Cali’s central valley.The Glassmans..a family of rich crooks and thieves who made their fortunes by ripping off scam public subsidies and off the backs of exploited farmworkers in Cali..Richie Rich boy Glassman now wants to be senator from Arizona so daddy spent half a million dollars on his brat to keep him from sucking his thumb until he turns blue.
    ..he’s grown tired of expensive cars and toys so now he wants daddy to buy him a senate seat.
    Gente,this guy Glassman is a stinker……mark my words he will he will move to the right in order to pander to Arizona’s racists and xenophobes.!
    Yes,he will use,dupe gullible,foolish and ignorant Latinos..and then throw them in the trash can after he gets their support and promise of votes!
    ..this guy is really bad news for Latinos in Arizona!
    Having said that,he will get his butt stomped by Mccain in November because he will run a “Mccain light”campaign,appealing to whites..reassuring racist xenophobic white people that after all(wink,wink nod,nod).. he really is one of them.And if that doesn’t sink him his rotten personality and rotten past will.
    You can bet the McCain people are licking their chops just waiting to exhume all those skeletons in his closet.

    Congressman Raul Grijalva and UFW icon Dolores Huerta..we respect your progressive positions and some of the courageous actions you have taken in the past..
    BUT on this one,I have to say to you both SHAME! SHAME! on you for throwing your support and endorsing this rotten Ritchy Boy Randy Glassman (Meg Whitman Light).
    Sr. Grijalva,Sra. Huerta….You allowed yourselves to be guided by expediency rather than principle.
    You let many Chicanos down.

  • 4 Chicano future tense // Aug 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Whoops!..sorry.. correction to my post..should read:

    Yes,he was badly defeated for the same reasons that SB1070 won in Arizona…Racism and xenophobia from white democrats and from [support for Rodney Glassman] from some duped,foolish and ignorant Latino democrats..and probably as well from many tired,discouraged and disillusioned Latinos who didn’t come out to vote.

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