Posts Tagged ‘Democrat’

African Americans in Congress, by the numbers

Friday, August 30th, 2013

(Washington Post) Our friends over at the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics team are out with somegreat new data on African-American representation in the United States House.

Here are some of the tidbits we found most interesting:

The total number of African Americans elected to the House: 127.

The number of states which have yet to elect an African American to the House: 25.

The percentage of elected African Americans that come from just five states: New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, and Georgia: 49 percent.

The percentage of representatives from Maryland who have been black since 1870 — the highest percentage of any state. (South Carolina is second at 7.1 percent.): 7.2 percent.

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9 Worst Political Commentaries About Latinos In 2012

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013


(Huffington Post) The year 2012 will be remembered as the year of the rise of the Latino voter. The demographic shift changing the shape of U.S. politics was felt as never before, as both parties reached out to Hispanic voters and cultivated new faces like Marco Rubio and Julian Castro.

Hispanics jumped from 6 percent in 2000 to 10 percent in 2012 as a share of the electorate, helping tip the election in favor of President Barack Obama after Romney won just 27 percent of the Latino vote.

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Immigration Reform Won’t Solve The GOP’s Huge Problem With Minorities

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

(Business Insider) In the wake of Mitt Romney's defeat, many Republicans are embracing immigration reform. But the GOP's minority problem runs deeper than a single issue.




As the GOP picks up the pieces from a shattering election defeat, one clear lesson has emerged:The party must win over Latinos, a fast-growing demographic that swung heavily toward President Obama. Latinos were turned off by the GOP's hardline stance on illegal immigration, with Mitt Romney promising a strict enforcement policy that would encourage Latinos to "self-deport" and rejecting a Democratic proposal to provide a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants. As a result, party elders are nowfalling over themselves to urge the GOP to compromise with Democrats on an immigration reform package. Even strident voices in the conservative infotainment circus, such as Sean Hannity, have suddenly dropped their previous objections to giving immigrants "amnesty." 

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‘Latino Barack Obama’ Julian Castro enters national spotlight at DNC

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


(Globe and Mail) A telegenic young Texas mayor billed as a Latino Barack Obama in the making, Julian Castro, bounded on to the world’s brightest political stage Tuesday, the first Hispanic to give a keynote speech at the Democratic convention.

The 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio, the second-largest city in the Lone Star State, told his family’s personal rags-to-rich story, the embodiment of the American dream.


Ahead of the speech – the most important of his political life – he told AFP there were a few butterflies.

“Of course, I’m a bit nervous but I know that when I walk up there I’ll be ready for it,” Mr. Castro said.

In the end, his performance brought adulation from the party faithful and complimentary comparisons to President Barack Obama, whose speech at the 2004 convention catapulted him toward the White House.

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Radio Hosts’ Racially Charged Remarks Against Asian-American Candidate Stir National Controversy

Saturday, July 14th, 2012


(Huffington Post) A congressional race in upstate New York is drawing some national attention after conservative talk show hosts made racially tinged remarks about an Asian-American candidate.

House contenders Nate Shinagawa, a Democrat, and incumbent Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) are steering clear of wading into the ballooning controversy, which wastouched off last week by WYSL hosts Bill Nojay and Bob Savage and has sparked outrage far outside of New York's 23rd Congressional District.

On Friday's broadcast of "The Bill Nojay Show," Nojay told listeners that they should be "impressed" that he can pronounce Shinagawa's last name. Show guest and local GOP activist Paul Gullo then interrupted him, predicting Shinagawa will lose against Reed "just because of his name." Nojay batted down Gullo's quip as "not a nice thing to say."

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The eight states where Latinos could sink the GOP

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012


(Washington Post) Republicans’ emerging problem with Latino voters looks even worse when you factor in the electoral college.

A look at Latino population trends in swing and key red states shows just how ominous the GOP’s future could be if it doesn’t do something about its current struggles with Latino voters.

We noted yesterday that nationwide population and minority voting trends paint a haunting picture for the GOP. But the problem is particularly acute because of the states where Latino growth has been strongest — particularly several key swing states and red states that Democrats are hoping to put in play in the coming elections.

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DNCC announces investment in Asian American serving bank

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012


( The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC)announced the investment of a $500,000 convention deposit into East West Bank, a community bank serving the Asian American community. The funds were deposited in a non-interest bearing account, to help the bank expand their lending and economic development efforts across the southeast region.

With each convention, the Democratic National Convention Committee has deposited a portion of its federal grant in minority-owned banks in the city where the convention is being held. The tradition aims to provide local business institutions and their customers with financial and public support in advance of the convention. The DNCC also deposited funds in a North Carolina African American and Latino community bank.

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Pollster: Democrats Should Bait GOP on Latino Issues

Thursday, May 31st, 2012


(PBS) With polls showing two-thirds of Latino voters supporting President Barack Obama for re-election, the Republican Party faces an uphill battle to capture the Hispanic electorate in November. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll released last week shows that less than a third of Latinos, 27 percent, are planning to back the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney.

The Democrats have been leading the way in reaching out to this growing group of voters, set to make up around 10 percent of the electorate at the end of this year. Mr. Obama has already spent $1 million on Spanish-language media over the last couple of weeks in states with growing Latino populations such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada. On the other hand, the Romney campaign has only just made its first Hispanic media buy, bringing the presumed GOP nominee's Spanish-language media investments to $13,000.

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Democrats put convention money in local, minority-owned banks

Monday, January 9th, 2012

(News Observer) The Democrats are trying to make their national convention into more than just a four-day coronation of President Barack Obama in Charlotte next September. They want to turn it into a statewide event that will help keep North Carolina blue.

That was evident Wednesday, when the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee arrived in Durham to drop off $2 million in deposits each with the Mechanics and Farmers Bank and the Latino Community Credit Union.

The money is part of $17 million in public funding the Democrats have received – the Republicans have received a like amount – to help pay for their convention. The Democrats have made it a practice to deposit some of the money in minority-owned financial institutions.

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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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