Archive for May, 2010

Some #Hispanic Lawmakers Blame Rahm Emanuel for #Immigration Impasse

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

As President Obama prepares to go to Senate Republicans hat in hand next week with passage of an immigration law overhaul on his wish list, some Hispanic lawmakers in his own party are blaming combative White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for the slow pace of progress.

“I don’t think Rahm Emanuel is a positive influence on the immigration debate,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, told the Chicago Fox affiliate. Gutierrez hails from the same state as Emanuel, a former congressional leader. “I don’t think he sees it as a core value of the Democratic Party, or a necessity that the American people need to be acted upon.”

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Chris Myers apologizes for criticism of Katrina victims. #africanamerican

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Sports and politics. They don’t mix; never have, never will. You think fans fight over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s talent or Yankees vs. Red Sox? That’s nothing compared to, say, an Obama-vs.-Tea Party throwdown. We turn to sports to get away from the problems of the real world, not vent about them.

So woe to the sports figures who do air their political beliefs, as Fox Sports’ Chris Myers has learned, because no matter what you say, half the country’s going to disagree with you. Myers, one of Fox’s NASCAR announcers, was filling in for Dan Patrick on his radio show earlier this week when the discussion turned to the flood disaster in Nashville.

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Paul changes course, now supports #CivilRights Act in full.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

(Yahoo News) After an intense 24 hours, tea party darling Rand Paul — Kentucky’s new Republican nominee for the Senate — is stepping back from his criticisms of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He tells conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he does in fact support the historic legislation. And he tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he would have voted for it if he were in the Senate.

That statement came after he declined to say he supported the act in interviews Wednesday on NPR and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC. In both those exchanges, Paul said that though he personally abhorred discrimination and believed it should be banned from government-funded programs, he disagreed with the provision in the Civil Rights Act that banned discrimination by private businesses. Paul, along with many libertarians, believes that the federal government should have a very limited role in the everyday lives of Americans.

But after a firestorm Thursday, Paul told Ingraham that it was a “poor political decision” to go on Maddow’s show and declared that he supported both the ban on public discrimination and the ban on private discrimination.

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Sportscaster Chris Myers says Katrina Victims ‘Blame the Government’. #africanamerican

Friday, May 21st, 2010

(Jeff Mays, Politic365) Maybe Chris Myers should stick to talking about sports. There’s a lot going on these days. Lebron will be a free agent soon, the Yankees came from behind to beat the Red Sox and the Pacquio vs. Mayweather fight may actually go down.

Instead, while filling in on the Dan Patrick show, Myers took a shot at Hurricane Katrina victims. Comparing them to recent victims of the Tennessee floods, Meyers said:

My best is and maybe it’s a little corny, but I like it. It’s a great country here. We have disastrous issues where people pull together and help themselves and I thought the people in Tennessee, unlike and I’m not going to name names. When a natural disaster hits people were not standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government, okay, they helped each other out through this.

Middle Tennessee where a lot of hardworking, tax-paying, legal American citizens have been affected by the floods and are trying to rebuild their lives and they are helping out and I think that other people around the country, of course the music industry in and around Nashville helping, without making a big deal out of it and I think that’s a good thing.

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Fox News #Latino Website Launching In Fall. #latino

Friday, May 21st, 2010

(Huffington Post) Fox News is launching a website specifically targeted at the Latino population.

FoxNewsLatino.com will launch this fall, the network announced this week, and will “feature the latest breaking news, politics, economic and lifestyle stories that impact the Latino community.”

The site will feature videos in both English and Spanish, and will include reports filed from the US as well as Central America, South America, the West Indies, and beyond.

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#Blacks, #Hispanics Less Likely Eligible for Medicare Prescription Help. #africanamerican #latino #healthcare

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

(Health Behavior News Service) Medicare’s Part D prescription medication management program, also known as Medication Therapy Management, could be off limits to some of the patients who need it most — older African-Americans and Hispanics — a new study finds.

Medicare introduced the program, Medication Therapy Management or MTM, in 2006 as part of the Part D prescription drug program. MTM provides face-to-face counseling, phone consultation or consultations by mail with pharmacists or other health care providers to help people with chronic illness resolve problems with taking medications. The goal is to improve patient health, reduce costs and minimize side effects.

In 2010, to be eligible for the program, a person must be enrolled in the Medicare Part D drug program, have at least three chronic health conditions, take eight or more medications covered by Part D and spend at least $3,000 yearly on the medications.

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AP-Univision Poll: #Hispanic discrimination high.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

(AP) WASHINGTON — Who’s discriminated against in America? More people say Hispanics than blacks or women — and it’s far from just Hispanics who feel that way.

An Associated Press-Univision Poll found that 61 percent of people overall said Hispanics face significant discrimination, compared with 52 percent who said blacks do and 50 percent who said women.

The survey also underscored how perceptions of prejudice can vary by ethnicity. While 81 percent of Latinos said Hispanics confront a lot or some discrimination, a smaller but still substantial 59 percent of non-Hispanics said so.

It is not unusual for members of a group to feel they face more prejudice. In this survey, that was especially true when people were asked about “a lot” of discrimination. Fifty-five percent of Hispanics but only 24 percent of non-Hispanics said Hispanics encounter that.

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Like #AffirmativeAction, Arizona Law Splits Elites and the Public. #hispanic #immigration

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

(Peter A. Brown, Wall Street Journal) There is a sizable disconnect between the views of many political elites who see Arizona’s new effort to identify illegal immigrants as symbolic of a mentality they abhor, and the mass of Americans who see it as a reasonable tool for police to enforce the law.

This is nothing new. A similar split appeared a generation ago over affirmative action – before Democrats, for the most part, decided they were better off not fighting Republican attempts to use the issue against them.

As the reaction to the Arizona law plays out around the country, it has the potential to become a factor in this November’s elections for both parties – potentially helping Republicans among the general population and Democrats among Hispanics. A similar pattern emerged regarding the overall electorate and black voters when it came to affirmative action.

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NERA Releases Recommendations for Improving New York State’s Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in New York State continue to experience statistically significant disparities in their access to private and public sector contracting and procurement opportunities, according to a study released by NERA Economic Consulting.

The New York State Department of Economic Development commissioned NERA to conduct a statewide disparity study under Executive Law § 312-a regarding the participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises in state contracts. NERA’s report examined the past and current status of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in the geographic and product markets for contracting and procurement in the state of New York.

In the NERA report, “The State of Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from New York,” co-authors NERA Vice President Dr. Jon Wainwright and longtime NERA collaborator Colette Holt, JD, of Colette Holt & Associates, found that M/WBEs have substantially lower business formation rates and business owner earnings; are more likely to be denied credit even with comparable balance sheets; and during the period of the study, found that M/WBE firms were generally utilized at far lower rates than their availability. Furthermore, the authors of the study determined that the statistical evidence supports the conclusion that these outcomes are consistent with discrimination in New York’s contracting and procurement markets.

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Rand Paul Taking Heat for #CivilRights Act Comments.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

(Wall Street Journal) Now that he’s the Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul is facing increased scrutiny for statements he’s made regarding the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

In a handful of media interviews, most recently on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday evening, Paul would not commit to a firm yes-or-no answer when asked when he would have voted for the landmark legislation.

Paul has contended that while the legislation was correct in ending racial discrimination, he’s turned the question into a philosophical one over whether or not the federal government should be able to intrude on how a private business conducts itself. That may work well in the classroom, but it’s a tricky position to take as a political candidate on national television.

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