For Latinos, 2012 Not Just About Immigration, In Today’s Latino Politics Headlines

For Latinos in 2012, It’s Not Just About Immigration: It’s easy to see why Latinos have been typecast within the narrow frame of immigration. The vast majority are immigrants or the children or grandchildren of immigrants. In 2008 then-candidate Barack Obama used the issue to connect with Latinos by highlighting the importance of immigration reform.

Organizing the Latino Evangelical Left: One of the latest efforts is the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, founded in 2010, which announced a new national voter registration drive on January 10 at a Miami press conference. A number of prominent liberal Anglo evangelicals have endorsed it.

Largest Latino Republican Group in the Nation Will Veto Mitt Romney in 2012: SOMOS REPUBLICANS is calling for all Floridian Latino Republicans such as Representative Ileana RosLehtinen (R- FL) and Representative Mario DiazBalart (R – FL) to denounce their support of Mitt Romney since Romney has received support from the architect of all anti-immigrant and anti-DREAM Act laws in the nation.

Oppenheimer: Romney’s problem — Hispanic voters: Republican hopeful Mitt Romney will have two big problems if, as expected, he clinches the Republican nomination for the November election: his business background and Hispanic voters. While most of the media focus on the first, Romney’s biggest problem will be the second.

Ron Paul Sets Eyes On Latino Vote In Nevada: After a second place finish in the New Hampshire primaries, Ron Paul will take his campaign to South Carolina, bypass the Florida primaries, and head to Nevada where he hopes to get a head start in the push to garner Latino support in one of the recession’s hardest hit states.

How the Unique Makeup of Florida Latinos Could Make a Difference in 2012 Elections: Whether in the Republican primary – set to take place there at the end of this month – or in the general election, perhaps no state carries the political weight of Florida. It’s a unique, multicultural hotbed that could ultimately decide not only the GOP nominee but also the next president, making the state’s Latino vote a coveted commodity.

Texas Voter ID law still languishing at the U.S. Justice Department: The Texas secretary of state’s office on Thursday submitted its latest batch of data in hopes of satisfying the federal government’s request for proof that the law, SB 14 by state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, will not disenfranchise minority or lower-income voters. The law, passed during the 82nd Texas Legislature, would require voters to furnish a state-issued ID before casting a ballot.

Section 5 and the Right to Vote: Is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act still necessary? That provision requires nine states and some counties and towns with histories of severe racial discrimination to get approval from the Justice Department or a court before changing their voting procedures.

Politic365: Don’t Democrats Have the Latino Vote on Lock?: As far as political issues go, immigration continuously comes in at or near the top of the list for Hispanics, yet they continue to support Obama for president, who has an increasingly negative appeal on the issue. Given recent polling numbers combined with the president’s record on immigration, you have to wonder: Are Hispanics contradicting themselves?

Obama hopes to win Latino voters in face of GOP candidates’ immigration debate: The Obama administration has unveiled several key decisions aimed at bolstering ties to the immigration reform community as the president’s campaign has stepped up efforts to woo Latino voters ahead of the 2012 elections.

TN Democrats Plan Latino Outreach: Democrats are building a plan to better engage Tennessee’s fast-growing Latino community and they’ve enlisted the help of Katherine Archuletta, the Obama campaign’s National Political Director.

National political effort by Latinos kicks off in Santa Ana: An Orange County-based effort to develop a political agenda for Latinos launched the first of a nationwide series of town hall meetings Wednesday, with participants spending much of the two-hour event talking about the community’s identity and values rather than political positions and strategies.

The Future of Our Planet Depends on Latinos: Last December, we got some good news from the Obama administration. Thanks in large part to theLatino community coming together to fight for the protection of our health, the Environmental Protection Agency announced historic new regulations to protect our communities against mercury and other air toxics. This proves that when Latinos get involved, we can create change. While these new EPA rules represent progress, we need to keep the momentum going in order to reverse the alarming pollution levels that affect our communities.

How race plays out in the 2012 campaign: Young people, disproportionately minorities and immigrants, are growing in numbers. These people of color, younger than 18, are already a quarter of the population. And when you add in people under age 32, younger people make up half of the nation. They are big fans of Democrats and President Obama.

Why the battle over health care, immigration and education won’t be in Washington in 2012: The January forecast for Congress calls for a continued deep freeze. That means the most important public policy debates facing the nation will remain locked under the icy divide between the Democratic majority in the Senate and the Republican majority in the House. This forecast has held true since the start of the 112th Congress last January.

Conflict between rich, poor strongest in 24 years: Tensions between the rich and poor are increasing and at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century, a new survey shows. Americans now see more social conflict over wealth inequality than over the hot-button topics of immigration, race relations and age.

Pro-labor Latino group goes after Canseco: “Times are tough and millionaire developer and bank executive Quico Canseco, well, he appears to be confused on who he works for in Congress,” the ad’s narrator says, charging that Canseco “refuses to consider raising taxes on himself and his friends” and “just voted for a thousand-dollar payroll tax increase for middle-class workers and small businesses.”

Most Minority Voters Rejected Miss. Voter ID Bill, Study Finds: While a majority of Mississippi voters approved a bill last November to show a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot, more than 75 percent of the state’s minority population voted to reject the measure, according to a new study by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR).

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