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Wednesday May 23, 2012

Pizza Patron’s free deal for Spanish orders raises eyebrows (USA Today):  Pizza Patrón, a 104-unit, carry-out pizza chain headquartered in Dallas, is raising eyebrows both inside and outside the Latino community with a planned promotion to give away thousands of large pepperoni pizzas on the evening of June 5 to folks who order in Spanish.

Romney begins to stir in fight for U.S. Hispanic votes (Chicago Tribune): At a speech set for Wednesday to a Latino small business group in Washington, Romney is expected to stress his view that a healthy U.S. economy is the main issue for Hispanics in the November 6 election, as it is with all Americans – and that he has the ability to improve it.

Romney Looks to Make Inroads With Latinos With D.C. Speech (ABC News):  On Wednesday afternoon in the nation’s capital, Mitt Romney will speak to the Latino Coalition’s annual economic summit, the latest attempt by the presumptive Republican nominee to make inroads into the country’s fastest-growing voting bloc.

Romney, Rubio appeal to Hispanic business owners (The Hill): GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will address a gathering of Hispanic small-business owners at the Latino Coalition Economic Summit in Washington on Wednesday. The pair of Republican headliners are aiming to attract a coveted bloc of voters that will be needed to win election in November.

U.S. Must Educate Itself Beyond Affirmative Action (Bloomberg):  Affirmative action comes late in the human development cycle. By the time many Americans reach college age, the course of a lifetime has been set. If the U.S. is to achieve its goal of a multiracial society that provides equal opportunity for all, policy makers must target preschool, elementary and secondary education, where the foundation of success or failure is built. Too many black and Hispanic youths grow up in poor neighborhoods where they attend racially and economically segregated schools that deliver subpar education, with tragic consequences.

Even When His Latino Roots Might Help Politically, Rangel Keeps Them Buried (The New York Times):  He utters basic Spanish phrases every now and then, waves a Dominican or Puerto Rican flag at annual parades and takes regular vacations on the white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic.  But one thing that Representative Charles B. Rangel almost never does is identify himself as a Hispanic man, even though he is half Puerto Rican.

Rangel Opens Up About Hispanic Father (NY1 News):  Congressman Charles Rangel is gearing up for what’s expected to be a tough re-election battle by emphasizing his little-known Hispanic heritage. Because of redistricting, Rangel’s district is now primarily Hispanic. As a result, the Congressman has begun to open up about his Puerto Rican father.

Castro visa issue turns into political tempest in Florida (Tampa Bay Times):  Florida’s top Congressional Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Tuesday over his administration’s decision to issue Fidel Castro’s niece a visa to attend a conference this week in San Francisco.

U.S. needs assimilation now more than ever (The Salt Lake Tribune):  The assimilation machine is growing creaky. Diversity is now an industry. Multiculturalism, an ideology hostile to the assimilationist ethic, is ascendant in the schools. An obsessive racialism is sanctioned by government, which draws congressional districts and awards contracts based on race. The universities and corporate America are in thrall to affirmative action.

Higher levels of flame retardants found in minority children (Chicago Tribune):  Black and Latino toddlers may have significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants in their bodies than white children, according to a new study that challenges one of industry’s chief arguments for expanding use of the chemicals.


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