Afternoon Buzz

Tuesday May 8, 2012

Obama close to maxing out Hispanic support (Politico): The latest Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll has Obama leading Romney among Hispanic voters by a 68 point margin, beating the former Massachusetts governor 80 percent to 12 percent. A second PPP poll, commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos and the SEIU union, shows Obama beating Romney 72 percent to 22 percent — a 50 point margin. It’s hard to imagine those numbers going any higher on election day.

Obama going up with second Spanish language ads (CNN):  President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign says they’re going up with their second round of Spanish language television and radio commercials.

Senator Marco Rubio to Deliver Keynote to The Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit (The Wall Street Journal): The Latino Coalition, the leading Latino non-profit small business organization founded in 1995 with a commitment of building communities and partnerships for a stronger America, announced today that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida will provide a keynote address and receive the annual Tributo Award at its Annual Economic Summit to be held at Noon on Wednesday, May 23 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building at 1615 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20062.

Republican Party’s Latino outreach off to a stumbling start (Chicago Tribune): A top staffer for the Republican National Committee got the party’s election-year outreach to Latino voters off to a disastrous public start Monday when she told a roomful of reporters that likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a hard-liner on immigration, was still formulating his position on the issue.

Border Patrol Unveils New ‘Intelligence-Driven’ Strategy (Associated Press/Fox News Latino): The U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday unveiled its first national strategy in eight years, a period in which the number of agents more than doubled and apprehensions of people entering illegally from Mexico dropped to a 40-year low.

The promise of the English-speaking Latino audience (Southern California Public Radio): The official announcement yesterday that the Disney-owned ABC News has teamed with Univision to launch a 24-hour cable news channel for English-speaking Latinos next year is just the latest in a series of similar announcements from media companies.

Student demographics change at some Texas schools (Houston Chronicle): Flip through the pages of San Antonio’s John Jay High School annual, “Hoofprints,” and the story of Texas schools over the past 50 years is illustrated in class portraits — an emerging majority-minority that has grown rapidly, and since 2000 has boomed.

Buying Power of Hispanics Worth $1 Trillion (National Journal): Hispanic buying power is worth $1 trillion now and is expected to grow another 50 percent to $1.5 trillion in the next five years, according to a new Nielsen report. It also found that Latino households earning more than $50,000 are projected to grow at a faster rate than the total number of households.

Latina Neurobiologist becomes science policy advisor to Hillary Clinton (Brandeis NOW): Scientific thinkers carry out their work not only in laboratories but also in government offices where policies they make can shape new laws, federal funding allocations and global collaborators.

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