Education Trumps Immigration Among Top-Tier Issues For Latino Voters (Huffington Post): Immigration is no longer a top issue for Latinos. According to Beck Research results, Latinos prioritize improving education within the grades of K-12 as a critical issue. The Hispanic Coalition for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO) along with American Federation for Children had Beck Research conduct a survey to potential voters for the upcoming election in five most likely battleground states – Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico and Nevada.
Latino Children Shouldn’t Be a Political Piñata (Huffington Post): Some members of Congress are up to no good again.Over and over in pretty much every debate this year, the House of Representatives or the Senate has attempted to deny Latino children access to services that they need in order to pay for other things like tax cuts for millionaires. This time it’s Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions’s turn at the piñata.
Boston study shows low-income Latinos will take care of their health if given affordable options (Latina Lista): Whenever citing areas where Latinos lack “responsibility,” healthcare is always mentioned. Whether it’s women not getting mammograms, men not going for check-ups, diabetics not following through with treatment, families not eating nutritiously and on and on, Latinos are faulted with not taking care of their health.
Hispanic elders have lowest rates of elder abuse (Latina Lista): Elder abuse happens the lowest among Latinos (10 percent) and the highest among whites (66 percent). Neglect is the most common form of elder abuse (59 percent) followed by Physical Abuse (15.7 percent); Financial Exploitation (12.3 percent); Emotional Abuse (7.3 percent); and Sexual Abuse (.04 percent).
Rubio: Florida voter purge not about Hispanics (Politico): Florida Sen. Marco Rubio today defended the effort by Florida officials to purge the voting rolls, an effort that’s sparked a Department of Justice lawsuit and complaints that Hispanic voters are getting targeted.
Americans Still Blame Bush More Than Obama for Bad Economy (Gallup): Americans continue to place more blame for the nation’s economic problems on George W. Bush than on Barack Obama, even though Bush left office more than three years ago. The relative economic blame given to Bush versus Obama today is virtually the same as it was last September.
Evangelicals Are Polarizing the Immigrant Rights Movement (Feet in 2 Worlds): Latinos are a rapidly growing population in evangelical churches and have led many Christian groups to embrace immigration reform. The groups mean well, but they pose a danger of fracturing the immigrant rights alliance.
Senate confirms Obama’s choice for ambassador to El Salvador (Washington Post): The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to El Salvador as election-year pressure from Hispanics helped break a stalemate over the selection. Six months after the nomination seemed dead, the Senate voted 62-37 to cut off debate and pave the way for approval of Mari Carmen Aponte, a Washington lawyer and Hispanic activist. Her nomination won final confirmation on a voice vote less than an hour later.
Court rules Hispanic jurors not properly vetted (Associated Press/KJCT): The Colorado Court of Appeals says people cannot be excluded from a jury just because they look or act Hispanic. In a ruling handed down on Thursday, the court said Russel Kelim deserves a court review of his case after he was convicted of assault, resisting arrest and other charges.
Romney vs. Obama in Spanish – Battling TV Ads Aimed at Latino Voters in Key States (Feet in 2 Worlds): President Obama’s supporters have started attacking the Romney campaign en espanol. The pro-Obama Priorities USA Action super PAC teamed up with the Service Employees International Union to create a TV ad that aims to turn Mitt Romney’s own words against him when it comes to poor and working class Latino Americans.
Mexican jockey hopes his success attracts Latinos to the races (Fox News Latino): Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez, who lost his chance to win horse racing’s Triple Crown because of an injury to I’ll Have Another, said he hopes his success attracts Hispanics to horse racing.