From Politic365 on November 19, 2012:
Democratic Congressman-elect Pete Gallego had an uphill battle in Texas’ 23rd congressional district, one which was drawn to specifically include low propensity Latino voters in its boundaries. The district stretches from South San Antonio to the El Paso area along Texas’ border, and ultimately, Gallego was able to oust incumbent Republican Quico Canseco by five percentage points.
We talked to two of Gallegos’ staff about the campaign strategy used to mobilize Latino voters in a district that was tight — between campaigns and third parties $7 million was spent on TV ads in this district — but was won by a comfortable margin on election day.
The key to victory in this race, said Campaign Director Anthony Gutierrez, was getting to know the Latino voters in the district, and more importantly, how to connect with them…
From Politic365 on December 22, 2012:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced annual deportation numbers — which set a new record high — and a renewed focus on “criminal offenders” this Friday.
Part of this focus is the release of a new national detainer guidance that “limits the use of detainers to individuals who meet the department’s enforcement priorities and restricts the use of detainers” against people with minor offenses, such as traffic violations. This change is attributed by some to the Obama Administration’s heeding the calls of immigration rights activists, that deporting someone for selling tamales on private property did not represent a national security threat, for example.
ICE’s new focus is meant to help the agency prioirtize deporting felons, repeat offenders and other unnamed ICE priorities, according to an agency statement…
From Politic365 November 13, 2012:
Latino voters accounted for 10% of the voting population in the 2012 election, up from 2008, and in several races these voters proved to be a pivotal voting bloc. In many key swing states that went to President Barack Obama on November 6, Latinos pushed the president and other candidates over the top to victory, according to three political science professors familiar with Latino voting behavior that we spoke to.
But what do these voting patterns mean for Democrats, and why did Latino voters support President Obama and Democratic candidates over Republicans and Mitt Romney?
Professor Luis Fraga, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at the University of Washington in Seattle, Henry Flores, professor of Political Science and Dean of the Graduate School at St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio, Texas and Stephen A. Nuño, assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff shared their thoughts with us about Latino voters in 2012…
From TechCrunch November 28, 2012:
Combine online flash sales with an emerging consumer market hungry for luxury clothing brands and you get what Bêmbele CEO Dean Schaffer hopes will be a recipe for success in Latin America. The site, which went live for Colombian buyers yesterday, sells designer men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from brands like Nicole Miller, BCBG Generation and M Missoni, among others…
From TechCrunch November 23, 2012:
KoKoChé is a mobile deals startup born in East Los Angeles aiming to bridge the gap for communities ignored by big social deal sites, specifically cash-centric small businesses. The app launched this summer in East LA, Koreatown, Echo Park and Silverlake, and iscurrently available for Android in Beta, and will launch for iPhone in early December.
KoKoChé — which comes from the word “ché” for “hey” — charges a monthly subscription to local businesses to send out an unlimited number of real time deals to app users. Business owners can also control, via the KoKoChé dashboard, what day, what price and the number of sales associated with a particular deal…
From Politic365 on Nov 7, 2012:
Latino candidates for Congress and Senate did well in Tuesday’s election, except in California and Arizona. All told, a few new Latinos are headed to Washington, D.C. next year.
Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez was re-elected, but Democratic candidate in Arizona Richard Carmona lost to Republican Jeff Flake, 1,413 of 1,667 precincts reporting, 50.82% to 44.81%. (Incidentally, anti-immigrant activist Sheriff Joe Arpaio won another term in office, beating Paul Penzone by 10%).
Then, Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz coasted to victory with 58.25% of the vote in Texas. Cruz is the first Latino U.S. Senator from Texas, he is a Cuban born in Canada who doesn’t often claim his Latino roots.
In California, several Latinos lost congressional races. Republican and former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado lost to Democrat Lois Capps in the 24th congressional district 47.9% to 52.1% as of this writing. Then Tony Cardenas, a Democrat, soundly defeated David R. Hernandez, no party preference in California’s 29th district race 68.8% to 31.2%…
From Politic365 on Nov 4, 2012:
Wisconsin has been, in many ways, ground zero for the institutionalization of Tea Party-type policies after the political movement began three (or so) years ago. When Scott Walker took office as governor in 2011, he almost immediately began to implement a Tea Party-style agenda: attacking public workers, schools, unions, all in the name of working to plug a budget gap without raising taxes.
That was three years ago.
Today, the Democrats are feeling optimistic after years of organizing, fundraising and regrouping around middle class issues. And although Graeme Zielinski, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, openly admits that Wisconsin is not a blue state, it is a purple state that he thinks will lean left this election…
From Politic365 on Nov 1, 2012:
Arizona’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona is positioning himself as a candidate that Arizona has been waiting for, one that will bring back the Barry Goldwater-like politics that are at the core of the state’s identity. Carmona was seen as the underdog in the race, as we reported, but several polls show him ahead and he out-fundraised his Republican opponent in the last quarter.
Politic365 spoke to Carmona Wednesday — less than a week out from the election pitting him against Republican Congressman Jeff Flake. He seemed convinced that he was the candidate not only for Latinos in Arizona, but for moderate Republicans, women and others looking for a return to politics that are less extreme than today’s Tea Party version of Republicanism. There are big differences between the two candidates, Carmona said, and he’s for perpetuating the “infrastructure of opportunity” that allowed a homeless high school dropout like himself to become Surgeon General of the United States.
You can see Arizona’s shift to new-old politics in the “Republicans for Carmona” groups that he says litter the state, he said. These Republicans are not throwing their support behind a Puerto Rican originally from New York because they want liberal politics, he said, rather, they are after something a bit more old school…