The folks over at Latino Decisions came out with a new poll a few weeks ago. Basically, immigration reform is now the most important issue for Latino voters, and the GOP has an opportunity to make gains within the Latino electorate if it is able to take on a larger role in passing immigration reform with a path to citizenship. You can read a quick synopsis of the polling here. In essence, the GOP doesn’t have to win a majority of the Latino vote to be competitive with Democrats again in capturing this growing voter block, but they just need to get back to the high 30 percentage mark again instead of only winning 27 percent as Romney did in November.
The folks at the Nonprofit Network have put out a documentary that is fully viewable online about the censorship and elimination of the Mexican American studies program at Tucson Unified School District. It gives a pretty good overview of the closing of the Mexican American studies program and documents some of the clashes with local law makers and community members. Check it out here:
For more information about Outlawing Shakespeare: The Battle for the Tucson Mind, click here.
This week the Latinos in Social Media Annual Conference will convene in Houston where Latino influentials across the internet will convene to network, learn new skills, and share tips about online engagement with the Latino community. This year there will be four tracks focused on business, technology, health and education.
I will be participating in the Technology track, discussing how social media is reshaping elections and influencing the Latino community in a panel on Friday afternoon. The panel’s formal title is: “Social Media-powered Politics: How Social Media is redefining the political game as we know it.” We will be tweeting tips, facts, and information in this panel and in others, so if you are on twitter, please follow the #latism12 hashtag.
Another reason to check out this year’s Latism conference is the involvement of the Adelante Movement, which will feature Sandra Cisneros and Nely Galan. This program aims to empower Latina entrepreneurs.
This new Pew survey also revealed a bit more about Latino evangelicals and how they are the slice of the Latino electorate that seems to be most in play in terms of a larger portion of this group having strong support for Mitt Romney.
Check out What’s Faith Got to Do with It? The Role of Religion and the Latino Vote by Maegan Ortiz by clicking here.
The good folks at Latinos in Social Media are going to be hosting a tweet up this evening to discuss the vice presidential debate that will occur tonight in Danville, Kentucky. The stakes are high tonight as polls between President Obama and Mitt Romney have become closer since the first presidential debate, and a new Pew poll shows that Vice President Biden’s unfavorability rating is actually higher than Paul Ryan’s.
Tonight’s tweet up begins at 8:30 pm Eastern (5:30 pm Pacific) and will use the #latism hashtag. I will be participating tonight from @LatinoPolitics, and we’ll discuss some of the issues that you think need to be brought up in this debate. We’ll also be discussing the many upcoming voter registration deadlines and issues related to turning out the Latino vote.
For those who want to do a little bit of pre-debate homework, check out these articles for context:
As Arellano explains, “The snafu happened last August, while Loretta was taking a tour of businesses in downtown SanTana at the invite of Downtown Inc., the controversial group whom some say is leading the “renaissance” of the area while others blame for gentrification. While Loretta visited other businesses that day, her detour to the Ideal Org is simply bizarre. Who’s the pendejo aide who told her this would be a good idea?”
This weekend Mitt Romney named his vice presidential nominee, Congressman Paul Ryan. Some in the Latino community may say that Mitt Romney has effectively written off the Latino vote with this choice — and that may be the case, especially given Ryan’s tone on the immigration issue and his opposition to programs that many in the Latino community favor.
Had Romney chosen someone like Marco Rubio, it might have signaled that he was making a more serious play for the Latino vote. But Rubio is still much of a regional candidate and might not have had as much influence out West and in key battle ground states. But right now, Romney’s VP selection shows us that he’s trying to solidify his conservative credentials and rally his base, which is largely white.
So where does this leave Latinos? While Latino support for President Obama is still high, many long time readers of this blog have expressed disappointment in his record, especially in regards to immigration and the record breaking deportations. Will those Latinos simply leave the presidential part of the ballot blank or will they consider voting for Romney-Ryan?