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October 2008 Blog Posts (73)

Politics pays off for Spanish TV



Jorge Ramos, Univision's news anchor, claims he has conducted more one-on-one interviews with the 2008 presidential candidates than any other anchor in the mainstream media. So far, he has interviewed Barack Obama twice and John McCain three times. Four years ago, he only got a couple minutes - once - with Democratic hopeful John Kerry.



Earlier this month, Ramos flew to Waukesha, Wis., to interview McCain, who gave him 10 minutes. But when his time was up, McCain… Continue

Added by News on October 30, 2008 at 10:44pm — No Comments

More Florida Hispanics Democratic

New numbers released by The Pew Hispanic Center this morning show that more Hispanics in Florida this year are registered as Democrats (513,252) than as Republicans (445,526).

As recently as 2006, the center said, the reverse was true. Among registered Hispanic voters in Florida, more were Republican (414,185) than Democratic (369,906). READ FULL STORY

Added by News on October 30, 2008 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Diversity among Hispanics presents challenge for presidential campaigns

As Ana Perez knocks on door after door in Sunrise, she finds proof of Florida's increasingly diverse Hispanic landscape.



The Dominican-born woman switches to Spanish as she talks to people from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Uruguay, asking them all the same question: Are you voting for Barack Obama or John McCain? Perez, 39, a Democrat who voted for George W. Bush and now canvasses for Obama, sees a lesson in the diversity she encounters. "[Hispanics] are really just like any other… Continue

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Obama Has 10-Point Lead In Nevada, Poll Shows

With less than a week until the election, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has a significant lead in the swing state of Nevada, the latest poll from the Suffolk University polling institute revealed.



Obama leads Republican rival John McCain by 10 percentage points, with 50 percent support to McCain's 40 percent. Nevada tends to vote Republican, and Obama's widening lead there adds to McCain's uphill climb.… Continue

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 4:06pm — No Comments

McCain cuts into Obama's edge on jobs, economy

"Joe the Plumber" may be paying off for John McCain.



The Arizona senator scored sharp gains on the pivotal issue of jobs and the economy in the past week, helping him gain a bit on front-runner Barack Obama and narrow the presidential race as it heads into the final week, according to an Ipsos/McClatchy Poll released Tuesday.



The poll found Obama's margin over McCain on who's stronger on jobs and the economy — by far the top issue in the country — down from 16 points to 7… Continue

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Study Notes Fewer Loans to Hispanics and Blacks

The number of new mortgages to blacks and Hispanics fell sharply in New York City in 2007, while staying flat for white borrowers and — surprisingly — rising for Asian-Americans, according to an analysis of federal mortgage data released on Monday by the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University. READ FULL STORY

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Sam's Club plans new Mas Club in Houston to appeal to Hispanic customers

Executives at Sam's Club, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s warehouse club division, told investors Tuesday that the company plans to open a new Mas Club store that sells products imported from Mexico to cater to Hispanic customers.



"Mas" means more in Spanish.



The news -- announced on the second day of Wal-Mart's annual investors meeting in Bentonville, Ark. -- come as Sam's Club is studying different store formats in a bid to expand its business amid a challenging environment.… Continue

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Obama, McCain battle to attract Hispanic voters

Some nine million US Hispanics are eligible to vote in the November 4 presidential election and both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are pulling out all the stops to gain their support.



Both campaigns have tried to forge a closer relationship with the country's largest minority group, especially in the key swing states of Florida, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico -- places were the outcome could be determined.



Nationally, Latino support for the Republicans… Continue

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Latina entrepreneur raises the roof of success

When Ronnie and Sandra Sedillo-McGlothlin decided to hang out a shingle for their own commercial roofing company in 1982, they grew as their business empire grew.



They were young. He was 21; she was 20. They were broke – the couple sold their Corvette and a Trans Am to start Empire Roofing Ltd. out of their house – had a 2-year-old son and a baby on the way.



Together, they overcame the age hurdle with customers, as well as credit challenges, and built their specialized… Continue

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Some Latinas Dissatisfied With Mastectomy-Lumpectomy Decision

Women who prefer to speak Spanish in daily life are far unhappier with the decision-making process after having to choose between mastectomy and lumpectomy than Latinas who prefer to speak English, African-Americans and white women, finds a new U.S. study of breast cancer patients. READ FULL STORY

Added by News on October 28, 2008 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Immigration still a 'political hot potato' in Arizona

While some of Arizona's key political races this year are dominated by illegal immigration, the issue has virtually disappeared from the presidential campaigns and debates.



During three presidential debates, the word "immigration" was uttered only once, according to a check of transcripts posted online by the Commission on Presidential Debates. In that one instance, McCain accused Obama of misrepresenting McCain's position on the topic.… Continue

Added by News on October 26, 2008 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Experts discuss immigration

Although the immigration debate has largely faded in this year’s presidential election, it is at the forefront of politics in New Haven.



Experts on American and New Haven immigration held an open dialogue with the community in the New Haven Free Public Library Thursday evening. Two guest speakers — author and host of WBAI’s “Wake Up Call” Deepa Fernandes, along with Kica Matos, head of the city’s Community Services Administration — were… Continue

Added by News on October 26, 2008 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Hispanics majority of U.S. growth in 2000s

Hispanics account for more than half of the overall U.S. population growth since 2000, the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington reported.



Hispanics, the largest minority group in the United States, account for 50.5 percent of the country's population growth since 2000, the center reported.



The center said the population growth is more the result of new births in families already living in the country than it is the result of new migration from other countries.… Continue

Added by News on October 25, 2008 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Hispanics add $14.5B into region, study says

The first study to measure the economic impact of Southeast Michigan's Hispanic community finds that Hispanics contribute $14.5 billion to the regional economy and support more than 180,000 jobs.



The study, released Thursday at the annual Hispanic Business Expo and Economic Summit at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, shows Hispanics as an "incredibly vital economic cog" in Southeast Michigan, said Fred Feliciano, president of the Hispanic Business Alliance.



"I'm… Continue

Added by News on October 25, 2008 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Democrats or Republicans, Latinas Are Swaying the Vote

They use lipstick as a beauty accessory and a political weapon. At home, they're the boss. They keep in touch via Facebook. When they call to ask for your vote, in English or Spanish, you hear their children in the background. They say what matters this election are education, taxes, health care, immigration reform and "values." READ FULL…

Added by News on October 24, 2008 at 8:12am — No Comments

Engaging American Women Voters

In the 2004 U.S. presidential elections 70 percent of Asian American, 69 percent of Latina, and 40 percent of African American registered women voters did not cast a ballot. READ FULL STORY

Added by News on October 22, 2008 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Effort aims to raise Hispanics' awareness of eye disease risk factors

St. John’s Eye Specialists have joined EyeCare America’s national campaign to raise Hispanics’ awareness of eye disease risk factors, according to a St. John’s news release.



St. John’ Eye Specialists have volunteered to offer care for EyeCare America patients, the news release said.



According to the National Americans Eye Health and Eye Disease Survey, 76 percent of Hispanics did not know that their ethnicity was a risk factor for vision loss and blindness.… Continue

Added by News on October 22, 2008 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Artist Think Tank Explodes onto Chicago Scene

Local Artists Converge for First Event at Burger King Studio



Part art gallery, part think tank: the new Burger King Studio at 1904 W. North Avenue will launch this Friday, October 24 (7-9 p.m.) to present a unique social laboratory that highlights the work of local artists in an interactive and engaging studio space featuring three installations over the span of 6 weekends. The studio is a partnership between Burger King and cutting edge… Continue

Added by News on October 22, 2008 at 12:05pm — No Comments

S.F. Mayor Defends Actions in Interview with Spanish Newspaper

"I want to do it right," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told El Mensajero when asked why he decided to delay granting municipal IDs to city residents, regardless of their immigration status.



In an interview held the day after a San Francisco Supreme Court judge found that the ID cards did not violate federal or state laws, Newsom said the decision didn’t surprise him. He said he knew they would win the case against the lawsuit filed by… Continue

Added by News on October 22, 2008 at 10:34am — No Comments

Back in Colo., Biden courts Latinos and regular Joes

Vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden peddled a middle-class and patriotic message to low- and middle-income voters in Colorado on Tuesday afternoon, calling for an economic overhaul and an end to negative campaigning so both sides can focus on helping Americans.



Before a largely Latino crowd at Adams City High School, Biden talked about the vitality of small businesses, accessible health insurance and his Republican opponent John McCain, who he said would run the country like… Continue

Added by News on October 22, 2008 at 10:26am — No Comments

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