Hispanic voters are a growing bloc of voters that Republicans have been desperate to bring back to the party. Some have embraced misguided comprehensive immigration reform packages as a result, including the subject of this article, Republican US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The initial reaction of many Republicans to illegal immigration reform is to panic. The panic turns into a pander epidemic.
And the pandering just looks desperate. Rubio has since readjusted to a much more...Read more
Speech likely to launch presidential campaign
Sen. Marco Rubio is planning a major announcement for mid-April in Miami, sources tell CNN, with that announcement likely to be the launch of his presidential campaign.
The announcement is expected the week of April 13, and will very likely come as soon as that day, a Rubio source confirmed to CNN.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported news of Rubio's announcement, the Florida senator has reserved the Freedom...Read more
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election to another term, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election.
Reid, 75, said in a statement that it would be "inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus, and that's what I intend to do."
Reid, first elected to the Senate in...Read more
Monica Sibri, 22, addresses the crowd at a rally Wednesday. Behind her, a protester wears a piece of tape across her mouth with the words "hungry 4 a dream" written on it.
A group of 10 undocumented youths launched a hunger strike Wednesday, vowing to pressure New York lawmakers to put funding for a proposed state version of the Dream Act back into next year's budget.
Immigrant rights advocates and Hispanic politicians in New York have for...Read more
Political hypocrisy can be a tricky thing. A few years ago, for example, Republicans condemned President Obama’s stimulus package, the “Recovery Act,” even while pleading for stimulus funds for their states and districts.This was not,strictly speaking, hypocrisy – GOP lawmakers opposed the endeavor that rescued the economy, but concluded that if the resources were available, they might as well take advantage. The problem was that Republicans said Recovery Act dollars were incapable of boosting the...Read more
Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bid for the White House on Monday, drawing praise from grass-roots conservatives but a fierce backlash from Hispanic groups that said they were appalled at the prospect of the first Hispanic to announce for president this cycle being such a firm champion of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
The freshman lawmaker, whose father was Cuban, has been one of the most vocal opponents of President Obama's immigration policy. He voted against...Read more
Hispanic groups are accusing the major broadcast networks of discrimination in the Sunday political talk shows, arguing in a letter Monday that the programs don’t include enough Latino guests nor give enough attention to Hispanics’ issues. National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) said just 7 percent of guests on Sunday political talk shows were Hispanic, despite Latinos comprising 17 percent of the population in the country.
The NHLA also said the talk shows often had Hispanics on...Read more
Major Hispanic news outlets failed to cover a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which found that 4.2 million Hispanic Americans have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act provisions have taken effect.
On March 16, HHS reported that 16.4 million Americans, including 4.2 million Hispanic Americans, gained health insurance coverage since "several of the Affordable Care Act's coverage provisions took effect."
But major Hispanic media outlets have failed to cover the...Read more