Posts Tagged ‘politics’

An Asian-American in the White House: Possible?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012


( The goal is rather lofty: A U.S. president of Asian descent in our lifetime.

"Why not?" said Rozita Lee, a leader of the Asian-American Pacific Islander community in Las Vegas. "It's interesting. But I see it in the future. We're all mixed now."

The target of a U.S. presidency is not idle talk in the Asian-American community, the fastest-growing minority, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

"It's very realistic," said Lee, who added that the election of Barack Obama as the country's first black president opened the door for other minority communities to aspire for the position.

The numbers tell the story of the growing political clout of the Asian-American community, often referred to in the past as the "Invisible Minority" because of its non-involvement in political affairs.

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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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Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012


(San Jose Mercury News) Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril.

Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

The signs are ominous for Republicans: Not only has the Asian-American population exploded in the past decade, but recent polls show Asian-Americans are turning away from the GOP in droves.

They've "started to understand they have the leverage," said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell. "A marginalized community has become a margin of victory."

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Latino Advertising Can Alienate Non-Latinos, Study Says

Monday, July 9th, 2012


(Huffington Post) Well-known in the Hispanic community for his love ballads and salsa numbers, Marc Anthony is asking Latinos to do more than just dance these days. "The president has our back, so it's time to let him know that we have his," Anthony says in an advertisement for the Obama campaign aimed at English-dominant Latino voters. Other Hispanic notables, including actress Eva Longoria and "Hispanic Oprah" Cristina Saralegui, have recorded English-language ads for President Barack Obama with similar messages.

Many marketers say these ads are smart, because they appeal to Latino voters who primarily speak English, a growing demographic in battleground states. However, as candidates release Spanish and English-language ads geared towards Latinos, emerging research indicates that some non-Latinos may feel turned off by them.

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Analysis: 98.4% of voters on Rick Scott’s first purge list are eligible voters

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

(Daily Kos) The statistics that we've seen from the first round of Republican Gov. Rick Scott's Florida voter purge are pretty disturbing. The Miami Herald uncovered the fact that 58 percent of the people on the initial list sent out to supervisors to be scrubbed off the voting rolls were Hispanic, even though they represent just 13 percent of the voting population. According to the paper's analysis, in addition to Hispanics, Democratic and independent voters were more likely to be on the list.

That's bad, but further analysis from ElectionSmith, Inc. makes it even worse. They've found that 98.4 percent of the 2,625 people included on that first list as "potential noncitizens" are eligible voters. That's quite an error rate.

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Charlie Rangel’s challenge: The end of an era?

Friday, June 29th, 2012


(Sunlight Foundation) The seat at stake, in New York's 13th Congressional District, has been a place where black politicians have flourished — the place where Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. became the Empire State's first African American elected to Congress. It's one of two races taking place today where entrenched incumbents are facing challengers fuelled by outside money. In the other, veteran Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, now seems comfortably ahead despite considerable outside spending on behalf of his challenger, former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist.  



In New York, however, incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel, is facing what may be his toughest race since he was first elected, 42 years ago. A well-known and influential Democrat who succeeded Powell in the Harlem-based seat, the 82-year-old Korean War hero became the first African American chairman of the Ways and Means Commitee and was a founding member for the Congressional Black Caucus. He has routinely been reelected by overwhelming margins. 

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How Arizona law hurts Hispanic citizens

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


(CNN Op-Ed, Ruben Navarette) First, here's what Arizona got wrong: Once upon a time, some lawmakers there decided that the state had a problem with illegal immigrants — most of whom are Hispanic. So they drafted a sweeping law that wound up inconveniencing, singling out and foisting second-class citizenship upon all Hispanics, including those who were born in the United States.

They are the real injured party in the Arizona drama. In its decision on Arizona's immigration law this week, the Supreme Court almost set things right. In a split decision, it struck down three parts of the law, but unfortunately it let stand the worst part, and it is U.S.-born Hispanics who could bear the brunt of the law for many years to come.

For one thing, there are more of them than there are illegal immigrants. Many of the state's illegal immigrants have already left — gone to New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and other more welcoming locales. Besides, U.S.-born Hispanics are not in hiding. They're out and about, living their lives as they have every right to do — and coming into contact with police.

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Pew: Asian Americans overtake Hispanics in new immigrants

Sunday, June 24th, 2012


We’ve been featuring Pew Research’s insights into America’s Hispanic population lately. But now they’re swinging their spotlight, just as ably, on the 18,205,898Asian Americans in the US.

(The Agitator) First point to note is that Asians have overtaken Hispanics in terms of new immigrants to the US …

For the most part, these immigrants are well-positioned to advance — for example, 61% of Asian immigrants ages 25-64 have a college degree. Their incomes are well above average — median annual household incomes of $66,000, compared to $49,800 for the general public.

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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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In Battle for Latino Voters, Obama Gets ‘Hispanic Oprah’

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


(The Atlantic) The Ad: Barack Obama, "Cristina Saralegui Supports President Obama"

The Issues: The Latino vote.

The Message: Cristina Saralegui—called "the Hispanic Oprah"—endorses Obama, saying she came to America when she was 12, and that the president wants everyone to have the same opportunities she did. Notably, she also urges viewers to make sure they're registered to vote. "Hispanics could very well decide the next election and I will do everything I can from now until November to ensure that President Obama is re-elected; there's simply too much at stake," the Telemundo host says. This is Saralegui's first presidential endorsement, and she gave it in two languages.

Who'll See It: The ad is Web-only. But Saralegui is popular, so maybe that will draw more than the usual nerds to the video. (The top story on her show's homepage is Google Translated as "Incest: Carnal love between brothers. Do you understand?") 

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