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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

(Examiner.com) A survey released Wednesday, December 28 by Pew Hispanic Center shows that Latinos disapprove how President Obama has handled the deportation of illegal immigrants. However,  the poll also shows that they would vote to re-elect him.

According to Pew, deportations under Obama reached record levels, and rose to an annual average of nearly 400,000 since 2009; double the average of George W. Bush’s first term and 30% higher than his second term.

The record deportations came after president Obama promised an immigration reform and stating in an address in front of La Raza National Council that “communities are terrorize by ICE’s immigration raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies,” when he was a candidate.

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Growing numbers of Asian Americans run for Congress

Friday, November 25th, 2011

(USAToday) A record number of Asian Americans are running for Congress next year, reflecting population gains and a growing sense of the need to flex political muscle.

Republican Ranjit "Ricky" Gill has already outraised Democratic incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney in California's newly configured 9th District. In Illinois, two Democrats — Raja Krishnamoorthi and Tammy Duckworth — are vying in the new 8th District. And two current Asian-American officeholders — U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and state Rep. William Tong of Connecticut, both Democrats — are running for U.S. Senate seats.

In all, at least 19 Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates have declared their bids for Congress so far in the 2012 election cycle, up from eight candidates in 2010.

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Hispanic voters’ uncertain allegiance to Dems could swing three states in 2012

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

(The Hill) Democrats are counting on enthusiastic support from Hispanics to propel them to victory one year from now, even though a lack of progress on immigration reform under President Obama and increasingly harsh rhetoric from Republicans has left many Hispanics disenchanted with both parties.

Increasingly, no party or candidate with an eye toward Washington can afford not to appeal to this fastest-growing voter bloc in the country. Hispanics supported Obama by a two-to-one margin in the 2008 election over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), then set a record for midterm voter turnout in 2010 when 6.6 million Hispanics showed up to the polls, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

Obama remains much more popular with Hispanics than he does with the overall population. A poll released Nov. 8 by Univision/Latino Decisions showed 48 percent of Americans overall approved of his job performance; among Hispanics, it’s 66 percent.

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San Francisco could elect first Asian-American mayor

Monday, November 7th, 2011

(AP) Jeff Adachi says he grew up hearing the stories of his Japanese-American family's internment during World War II.

"They lost everything. But they taught me not to be bitter, to get an education and to stand up for what's right," Adachi, San Francisco's public defender, writes on the website devoted to his campaign for the city's mayor.

He's one of six Asian-Americans candidates who are drawing on their life stories of immigration, discrimination and empowerment as they try to become the first Asian-American elected mayor in the city's history.

San Francisco already has an Asian-American mayor in Ed Lee, who was appointed in January. But the Nov. 8 election is being seen as an historic moment in a city that has the largest percentage of Asian-Americans in the continental United States and boasts the nation's oldest Chinatown.

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Latino numbers are up; why isn’t their clout?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

(Hispanic Ohio, Ruben Navarrette) Latinos in the United States have been betting on the numbers – their numbers.

In the last three decades, I’ve heard politicos, academics, activists and others boast that a swelling population would eventually bring the Latino community power and respect.

They include President Barack Obama, who just last month told a group of Latino online journalists gathered at the White House that he was confident that he’d see a competitive Hispanic candidate running for president during his lifetime.

“Just look at the demographics,” Obama said. “With numbers comes political power.”

Not necessarily, Mr. President.

The assumption has been that, at some point, the Latino population would become so large and its influence on everything from business to sports to food to pop culture would be so profound that it would be impossible to ignore.

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With Univision Snub, GOP Candidates Seek Other Venues for Reaching Latinos

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

(FoxNews) The growing number of Republican presidential candidates threatening to sit out an upcoming Univision debate signals the party may not deem the country's largest Spanish-language network as essential to reaching Hispanic voters. 

But that population is still considered critical to GOP success in 2012 — and the flap underscores how important it is for Republicans to build up their outreach to the Latino electorate over the next year. 

Analysts say Republicans will need to make an impression on Latino voters one way or another. They urged the candidates to broaden their outreach, instead of relying on one-shot debates to make an impact — and making amends with Univision couldn't hurt either.

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Poll: Obama Losing Crucial Latino Votes

Monday, September 19th, 2011

(US News) It's been a particularly bad week for President Barack Obama.

His new jobs bill seems to be going nowhere fast despite his stumping the country in support of it. The Democrats lost two special elections for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives—one of which they had held since the Coolidge administration—in what was widely seen as a referendum on the job he is doing as president. Newspaper headlines are screaming that some members of his party are ready to push the panic button, and the bankruptcy of a so-called "green energy" firm that received heavy financial backing from Obama's Department of Energy—and which involves at least one of the president's major campaign contributors—is taking on all the earmarks of an emerging scandal.

To put it simply, the magic is gone.

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As Rick Perry ascends, Mitt Romney chases Latino vote

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Add the competition for Latino votes to the swiftly escalating battle between Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

Romney will address the Republican National Hispanic Assembly convention Sept. 2 during a previously planned fund-raising trip to Tampa, Fla.

Historically, Latinos have not been a huge factor in Republican nominating races. But they could be next winter, especially in Florida, which is shaping up as one of the biggest tests of 2012.  If Perry and Romney meet expectations in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Sunshine State could be a pivotal showdown, as it was four years ago.

As governor of Texas, Perry started off as a dove on immigration, but he’s become more of a hard-liner in recent years.  He signed a measure to provide in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants, similar to the Dream Act that Republicans have blocked in Congress.  In his most recent reelection, Perry received approximately 38% of the Latino vote.

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Obama’s Support Among Hispanics Slipping

Friday, August 26th, 2011

(USAToday)  President Obama's popularity among Hispanic voters appears to be slipping.

A poll conducted in late July and early August in 21 states with the largest Hispanic populations by impreMedia/Latino Decisions showed Obama with a 63% approval rate. That's down from 68% in June and 73% in April.

Only 38% of the 500 registered voters polled said they were certain to vote for Obama next year, down from 49% in June.

However, the poll was conducted from July 30 to Aug. 9, before the Department of Homeland Security announced a policy on deportation of illegal immigrants. The policy, largely favored by Hispanic advocacy groups, will focus more on people with criminal records.

Obama received 68% of the Latino vote in his 2008 race against Republican John McCain, helping him win key swing states such as Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico in McCain's backyard. He will need to keep most if not all of those states in his column in order to win re-election in 2012.

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Latino voters respond more to English ads

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

(UPI) English-language print ads have a greater impact in mobilizing Latino voters than Spanish-language print ads, U.S. researchers found.

The study, published in American Political Research, examined the effects of direct mail pieces on Latino voters. The mailer, written in either English or Spanish, was sent to two separate groups, while a third that received no mailing was used as a control group.

The experiment was conducted during a New York City Council election in 2009.

The study found that while both English and Spanish language materials increased voter turnout among Latinos — whose participation in elections generally lags behind the general population — the English language materials not only had a greater impact, but also drew in a broader voter demographic.

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