Category Archive: Latinos

Los Angeles Mayor “Suave”

January 10, 2013

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. Rule number one in politics:  don’t make the headlines of TMZ. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has broken this cardinal rule three times in the last week.  TMZ, the celebrity gossip site has actually bestowed the title of Mayor Suave upon Villaraigosa. Don’t Continue Reading →

How Obama got 75% of the Latino Vote

November 13, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. With 75 percent of the Latino vote, President Barack Obama received an unprecedented level of support from this community.  But now that the buzz and the adrenaline of election night have subsided, the question is why.  Why did Latinos not only Continue Reading →

Obama’s Re-Election Sets Record for Support from Latino Voters

November 8, 2012

This post originally appeared on The Nation. In his 1996 re-election President Bill Clinton attained 72 percent of the Latino vote, the highest level of Latino support of any presidential candidate—before this year. In 2012, President Obama set a new record, winning his second term Continue Reading →

Latino campaign ads: Bullseye and ricochet

October 23, 2012

This Op-Ed originally appeared in POLITICO. Gone are the days of Gerald Ford biting into a tamale, husk and all, or of George H.W. Bush referring to his Latino grandchildren as, “the little brown ones.” Campaigns today are more adept at targeting Latinos. And these Continue Reading →

Why Hispanic Heritage Month Really Matters

September 14, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. On this eve of Hispanic Heritage Month, I can’t help but feel frustrated. According to a pollreleased this week by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and Latino Decisions seven out of every ten non-Latinos believe that Latinos are gang members Continue Reading →

Can Republicans Connect with Latinos on Abortion?

August 24, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. Abortion is back in the political spotlight.  Senate candidate Todd Akin made sure of that in his remarks regarding abortion, rape, and his beliefs on the science of procreation.  His comments came just days before the Republican National Committee Continue Reading →

Julian Castro as first Latino President?

August 10, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. Add it all up and it seems inevitable: a Latino President within the next decade.  A rapidly growing Latino population, the rise of superstar Latino leaders, and the path forged by Barack Obama all make it seem like it’s just Continue Reading →

NALEO Opening Plenary

June 21, 2012

It was my honor and pleasure to serve as the moderator for this year’s NALEO conference opening plenary: Latinos and the Road to Impact on the 2012 Election. Watch live streaming video from naleo at

Gov. Martinez’s Political Genius

May 22, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. I just about fell out of my chair — Governor Susana Martinez supports the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.  This from the woman who came up on the Tea Party wave and was even endorsed by Sarah Palin?  Governor Martinez’s Continue Reading →

Cinco de Mayo, the symbolic Latino outreach holiday

May 8, 2012

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino. Gone are the days of “the great tamale incident” when on a campaign visit to San Antonio President Gerald Ford bit into a tamale, husk and all.  Today’s candidates are not only wise to the nuances of Latin cuisine Continue Reading →

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