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?
With it now being mid-summer, a lot of people are taking vacations. It can be hectic getting ready for a trip, especially when it comes to packing beauty products, but there are a few things that I try to take to minimize having any disasters.
Right way, to get around the TSA liquid/gel issue and to save room in my plastic baggie for the things I really want to take, I opt to take a solid deodorant and a small bar soap. I prefer Dove because their Beauty Bar can be used on your face and body, and their deodorants perform well and come in solid formulas. [Read more →]
It’s that time of the year again when it’s warm enough to show off those arms. But many women refrain from doing this because they have dark marks under their arms or they aren’t confident enough with the tone of their arms. But there are some steps you can take to get those arms in shape.
The first thing that I would recommend is to increase your exercise and incorporate some upper body strength exercises. This will help tone up your muscles and tighten up your skin.
But beyond exercise, you can do a few things to help improve the way your arms look. If you have dark underarms, you might consider taking some steps to minimize that: [Read more →]
Just last month I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had reached what one may describe as a standstill, a sort of complacent state of being – the kind of feeling one might experience when you can no longer say you’re only working at this restaurant during the summer while you graduate and get your degree. A feeling of defeat.
I was 17 years old and getting ready to graduate high school when I first learned of the DREAM Act and became active in the movement. I always knew I was undocumented, but I never knew that this would be the determining factor of whether I would be able to go to college, whether I would to be able to pay for school, and later whether I would be successful or not – I always thought that would be determined by my own merits and hard work, not because of a 9-digit number or the lack thereof.
HB 1403, now SB 1528, gave me the opportunity to go to college and pay in-state tuition in Texas and apply for state financial aid regardless of my immigration status. Although it was difficult to digest the multiple rejections of scholarships and other perks that should have come easy, I still managed to get enough scholarships and financial aid to cover tuition for 4 years at one of the most prestigious universities in Texas. I was sure that in four years the administration and the rest of the country would pass the DREAM Act – in my eyes it was the only thing to do. Four years later, we got very close during the lame duck session. I even traveled to Washington, D.C. along with other DREAMers to lobby to our representatives and watch history be made. That December, hopes all across the country died a little. We had done everything in our power not only to be good citizens, but also to pass the DREAM Act and nothing happened.
Today President Obama addressed the same crowd of Latino elected officials that Mitt Romney did yesterday. The President basically touted his domestic accomplishments and then defended his administration’s decision to let DREAM eligible youth stay in the country. He also took an opportunity to remind the audience that Romney promised to veto the DREAM Act. Check out this link for a more thorough analysis. But here’s the speech in its entirety:
On Thursday, Mitt Romney addressed a crowd of Latino elected officials and took the opportunity to slam President Obama on the economy, but he also addressed immigration, which is something he has been pressed to do in the week after the administration’s latest announcement on implementing prosecutorial discretion. Check out my analysis of Romney’s speech here, but also view the full address: