Viviana Hurtado

President Barack Obama, GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Is the Deportation Announcement a Game Changer?

Latinos’ enthusiasm and energy after President Obama announced young student or military illegal immigrants would not be deported could have powered a small city for a month. Now the devil is in the details: how is the policy going to be rolled out? What guidance will be given to those charged with executing the President’s vision such as law enforcement and government lawyers? What if Governor Mitt Romney beats President Obama – will those who come forward be thrown out of the country or left to languish for months in immigration clinks?


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Young Voters at the Polls, American Youth Voters
Election 2012: Do Young Latinos Hold the Key?

Are you surprised that the Hispanic population is growing? I’m not. What does take me aback is how late political parties, the media, and some corporations are to the fiesta. You don’t need to be Latino, a statistician, or a census worker to see the changes happening all around you: the Hispanic population is responsible for more than half of the nation’s growth, according to the 2010 U.S.


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Career Woman, Equal Pay for Women
Election 2012: Women Voters and Equal Pay

Deep in campaign silly season, “the war on ______” (fill in the blank) has become part of the jargon we hear on cable TV and see in Twitter hashtags.  I have actually seen #WaronLatinos, not a joke.


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GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigning in Las Vegas on May 29, 2012
Election 2012: Mitt Romney's "A Better America Begins Tonight" - But for Whom?

Mitt Romney needed at least 97 delegates to reach the 1,144 needed to clinch the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press, which will be formalized at the GOP national nominating convention in Tampa, Florida.  He got 105.  Soon after, the Romney campaign released “A Better America Begins Toni


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White House
Election 2012: Latina Bloggers Go to the White House

“You’ve been selected as one of the Top Latina Bloggers to attend a mini-MBA and attend a special White House briefing.”


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Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney
Election 2012: What’s the Deal With the GOP Vice President Pick?

With Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich out, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is honing in on a Vice President to complete the Republican ticket.  This process of tapping a running mate is called the “Veepstakes”—a guessing game where bets are being placed on Twitter, cable TV and even in Vegas.  Of course no one but a handful of trusted advisors and family members know the short list of names the former governor of Massachusetts is really considering.


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Election 2012: Same-Sex Marriage Now, Immigration Policy Later?

President Barack Obama was pushed to take his “principled” stand after his gaffe-prone VP Joe Biden came out this week in support of same-sex marriage, as opposed to civil unions.  Mr. Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts that his evolution on this political hot potato issue is due to not wanting to explain to his daughters that some Americans, such as same sex couples, aren’t allowed the same legal protections as everyone else.


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Election 2012: Who's More Likable?

On Day 45 of the “Newt Death Watch” – a media-penned name coined while waiting for GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to drop out – the former Speaker of the House announced in a short YouTube video that he was out of the running for President.  He thanked the “nearly” 180,000 people who donated to the campaign, the thousands who volunteered, and the two million who voted for him in the primaries.

Watch Gingrich’s campaign adios here.


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President Barack Obama
Election 2012: Who Will Nab The Youth Vote?

With promises of “hope,” “change,” and the slogan, “Yes We Can,” President Barack Obama mobilized young voters through an unprecedented grassroots and online campaign effort, winning 66% of those under age 30, according to the non-partisan Pew Research Center.


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GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's wife Ann Romney
Election 2012: The Mami Wars

It was the shot heard around kitchens, in car pool lines, and book clubs.  Referring to Ann Romney, advisor to the Democratic National Committee Hillary Rosen said on CNN, she had “never worked a day in her life.”  Indeed, the wife of likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney had not pursued a professional career after graduating from college.  Instead, sh


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