Archive for August, 2011

Rick Perry’s Record In Texas May Not Convince Latino Voters

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

(Huffington Post) It's official: Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his candidacy for president of the United States, officially entering the race for the 2012 Republican nomination. The governor made his announcement Saturday at a conservative gathering in Charleston, S.C.

In his speech, Perry advocated for greater security along the U.S.-Mexico border and attacked the Obama Administration for failing to deliver promised jobs and economic growth. "That is not a recovery — that is an economic disaster," Perry said, referencing recent data that indicate 1 in 6 working-age citizens is unable to find full-time employment.

Perry said the most urgent priority for the country is to revitalize the economy, emphasizing, "It's time to get America working again." He criticized President Obama directly, saying the president has been responsible "for downgrading American jobs, downgrading our standing in the world, downgrading our financial stability, downgrading confidence and downgrading the hope of a better future for our children."

In the speech, Perry — who has held his post for 11 years, the most served by any sitting governor and the most by any governor of Texas — spoke of his childhood as the son of cotton sharecroppers in the small town of Paint Creek, Texas, and invoked his religious faith as a grounding and guiding force in his life.

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Most Latinos still support Obama’s health-care initiative

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

( The Latino meeting at the Phoenix Public Library this morning revealed that Latinos still overwhelmingly support President Obama’s health-care initiative, despite a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluding that Congress overstepped its authority when lawmakers passed the so-called individual mandate, the first such decision by a federal appeals court.

“Big businesses are complaining that they will have to pay more, but they have the money. It’s the middle and lower class people that are suffering,” said local teacher Maria Fuentes. “I also don’t see a problem with requiring people to pay for health care. They pay into the system anyway and will actually be paying a lot less.”

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Obama’s new man in China hopes to smooth things over

Monday, August 15th, 2011

(Globe and Mail) With China anxious over the financial well-being of the United States — not to mention its holdings of an estimated $1.16 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds — a fresh face has arrived in Beijing to try to smooth things over.

The new U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, is the first Chinese-American to hold the post. Formerly Secretary of Commerce under President Barack Obama, he takes over from Jon Huntsman in a position which grants minor celebrity status in Beijing.

A photo of Mr. Locke buying coffee at the Starbucks in Seattle airport — while carrying a backpack and attempting to use a coupon — went viral on Chinese Web portals last week, viewers flippantly astounded that he would do such things in the same manner as other mere mortals.

In his first appearance before Chinese media on Sunday, Mr. Locke went to great lengths to reassure his new hosts of his country’s intentions. World financial markets have struggled and the U.S. dollar has weakened, triggering fears of a double-dip recession, since ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating earlier this month.

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Debt supercommittee lacks diversity

Monday, August 15th, 2011

(Washington Post) With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement Thursday of her three appointees to the bipartisan debt “supercommittee,” the panel’s 12-member roster is complete. It represents a broad range of ideological views, from House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Tex.) on the right to Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) on the left.

But the group’s membership is marked by a problem that has plagued Congress — a lack of gender and racial diversity.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is the only woman on the panel. House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) is the group’s only Hispanic. And House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.) is the only African American.

Neither Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) appointed any women or minorities among their six picks for the panel.

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Obama to Latinos: Press GOP on immigration

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

(Politico) President Barack Obama is urging Latino voters to spend less time pressing him to ease the enforcement of immigration laws and more time pressing Republican lawmakers to get behind immigration reform legislation.

"The problem right now is not on the Democratic side….Everybody for some reason is letting the Republican Party off the hook on this issue, either by hoping that I can take a unilateral action or that somehow Democrats can change the way Congress works," Obama said during a roundtable Monday with journalists for American Spanish-language newspapers. "The fact is, is if Latinos all across the country said, 'Until the Republican Party is willing to cooperate on bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform, we can’t support the Republican Party,” I promise you that’s something that would get the attention of the Republican Party."

"But that’s not where the energy is. So much time has been spent trying to see if we can do something administrative," Obama complained, according to an account by Antonieta Cadiz in La Opinion. "It’s as if people just give up on the idea of ever changing Republicans’ minds and, as a consequence, they don’t feel any pressure to try to do the right thing when it comes to immigration reform. That’s where the pressure needs to be applied."

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Ad network makes a play for Hispanic newspaper readers

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

(Commercial Alert) The nation’s largest ad network for newspapers, the Newspaper National Network, has launched a new sub-network targeting Hispanic consumers through Spanish-language newspapers, both print and online.

The NNN Hispanic Network includes most of the over 500 daily and weekly Hispanic newspapers currently published in the U.S., which reach over 50 million Hispanic consumers per year, according to NNN.

The new network will be led by Mike Cano, who has been appointed to the newly created post of director of Hispanic media for NNN. Cano’s previous experience includes senior ad sales positions with big Hispanic publications like La Opinion, La Raza (Chicago), and Impacto USA.

The new NNN Hispanic Network includes these publications as well as other big Hispanic dailies and weeklies, such as El Nuevo Herald , the Spanish-language version of The Miami Herald, Hoy Los Angeles, Al Dia and El Diario la Prensa, among others.

In announcing the launch of its new Hispanic Network, NNN cited survey data showing that 82% of Hispanics in the U.S. read a Hispanic newspaper at least once a week. And the overall size of the market is growing rapidly.

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Study: Business, Family Linked for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

(Inc. Magazine) For Hispanic entrepreneurs, business and family are closely linked, says new research.

The study, conducted by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, was released this week at the Association of Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting convention in California.

It shows family is paramount to Hispanic-owned businesses. Nearly nine in 10 (89 percent) start a business to provide financially for their families, compared to 77 percent of all business owners. More than half (55 percent) start a business to have something tangible to pass on to their children, versus 35 percent of all owners. And 31 percent wanted to provide jobs for other family members, versus 19 percent generally, says the study, titled "The Pursuit of the American Dream: The Fiscal Practices of Today’s Hispanic Business Owners."

"Hispanics have an all-encompassing view of life and success," says the report. "Their extended definition of family includes the community and both are strongly interconnected with their businesses.” (Some 54 percent reported "giving back to the community" as a driver to set up shop, compared to 21 percent of the general population.)

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Should African American and Hispanic students avoid community colleges?

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

( Many of the Oakland Unified School District African American and Hispanic students are not college ready by the time they graduate from high school. As a result their legibility rates for the University of California and California State University are very low.

Many of these unprepared high school graduates enroll in community colleges hoping to transfer to 4-year institutions after 2-years. Some are accepted in 4-year learning institutions where they spend close to two years taking remedial courses.

A study by Saul Geyser and Richard C. Atkinson published in 2010 concluded, “California’s poor record of B.A. attainment could be significantly improved if more students entered 4-year baccalaureate programs directly from high school.”

The study raises serious questions about the future of African American and Hispanic students. These students need to be aware attending a community college may reduce their chances of completing a 4-year college study.

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TBS Cancels ‘George Lopez Tonight’

Friday, August 12th, 2011

(AdWeek) After ceding his 11 p.m. time slot to Conan O’Brien, comedian George Lopez is facing a far more significant indignity: cancelation. TBS on Wednesday confirmed that it has pulled the plug on Lopez Tonight, effective, well, immediately. Thursday’s episode will be the last.

In a statement issued by the network, a spokesperson characterized the decision to kill Lopez’ show as “difficult.” After announcing that a third season of Lopez Tonight is not in the cards, TBS went on to praise the comic. “We are proud to have partnered with George Lopez, who is an immensely talented comedian and entertainer.”

TBS’ first foray into late-night talk, Lopez Tonight bowed in the 11 p.m. slot on November 9, 2009. His first guests were Kobe Bryant, Eva Longoria and Carlos Santana. The show held its own in the hour, but when Conan O’Brien signed on to produce and host TBS’ late-night tentpole in April 2010, Lopez agreed to take one for the team and move his show to the witching hour.

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Group says progress made for Hispanics now at risk

Friday, August 12th, 2011

( A coalition of Hispanic advocacy groups said President Barack Obama and Congress have made progress in the past two years on the needs of the nation's largest minority group, but it also warned that proposals for deep spending cuts could put that forward movement at risk.

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda gave good marks Wednesday to the administration and Congress on early childhood education, health care reform, programs for veterans and Hispanic businesses, and appointments of record numbers of Latinos to the administration.

On immigration reform and enforcement, the coalition of 30 Hispanic groups said in a progress report that Obama and lawmakers "over promised and under delivered."

Several of those gains have required increased spending, such as those included in 2010 appropriations bills to expand Head Start and Early Start by 70,000 in 2010. One in five children under 5 is Hispanic.

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