Morning NewsTaco

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Obama has opportunity to score big with young Latino voters (McMlatchy): …if President Obama can hold on to this demographic and boost the turnout among Latino youth in November, his chances of winning re-election will go up.

How will swing states influence the election? (msnbc): The road to the white house will likely run through some familiar territory. All seven swing states on our nbc battleground map were considered toss-ups in 2008 as well. But the president may have the edge. he won all seven last time around.

Will Latinos Get it Done For Texas Democrats? (Politics 365): With Latinos quickly becoming the largest demographic group in Texas, there is no shortage of speculation on the political ramifications of that demographic trend.

United States Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Names 2012 National Convention Chairs (Sacramento Bee): Wells Fargo has been named Corporate Chair; David Hernandez, Chairman and CEO of Liberty Power, will serve as Hispanic Business Enterprise (HBE) Chair; Monica Lozano, CEO of ImpreMedia, will serve as CEO Circle Chair; California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CAHCC) led by CAHCC Chairman Roy M. Perez and President & CEO Julian Canete, will serve as Chamber Chair; and David Lizárraga, President and CEO of TELACU & USHCC Board Member, will serve as Convention Board Chair.

U.S. home ownership rate at 15-year low (Chicago Tribune): Rates among minorities continue to trail the nationwide numbers. Black homeownership is at 43.1%, while the Hispanic rate is 46.3%. Both groups’ rates are the lowest they’ve been in years.

U.S. Justice Department approves redrawn Florida redistricting maps (Tampa Bay Times): State officials on Monday cleared the final two hurdles needed to put their new redistricting maps into effect, setting the stage for candidates to qualify for office using the state’s new political boundaries.

Asian Americans: 2012’s Stealth Swing Vote? (The Atlantic): A large proportion of the Asian American vote is up for grabs in the 2012 election, according to a new poll. While President Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by a wide margin — 59 percent to 13 percent — impressions of Romney remain largely unformed, and both Democrats and Republicans have work to do with this potentially important but often overlooked voting demographic.

 In the spirit of cinco de mayo: The contributions of those with Mexican descent ( Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.

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