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Election 2012: Can Barack Obama Run On His Record With Latino Voters?
By Viviana Hurtado | 02/15/2012 - 10:50

Is our country headed in the right direction?  That’s the question millions of voters are asking themselves. The answer will mean re-election--four more years--for Barack Obama or becoming a “one term” President if his still-to-be-named Republican challenger wins. We decided to take a look at the President’s major achievements and failures, so Latinas can make the best decision when they go to the polls in November.


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Proposition 8
California Court Deems Proposition 8 "Unconstitutional"
By Sugey Palomares | 02/07/2012 - 15:03

Many opposing the Prop 8 bill are celebrating a victorious win in the justice system. The federal appeals court overturned Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, today in California. The decision was made nearly four years after the ban was passed.


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Mitt Romney
UPDATE: Mitt Romney Clarifies 'Very Poor' Comment
By Sugey Palomares | 02/03/2012 - 12:53

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is charging into damage-control-mode after making the shocking statement about ‘not being concerned’ for the lower class American population. During an interview with CNN, Romney, 64, declared, "I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.


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6 Black Latinas Making A Difference
6 Afro-Latinas Who Are Changing the World!
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/02/2012 - 11:48

When it comes to being valued, appreciated, or even recognized as part of the 50 million Hispanics in the country, Afro-Latinas have come a long way and still have a ways to go. Whether they are activists who work to spread awareness, business professionals blazing a trail in their field or celebs who make a difference just by being on the A-list, in honor of Black History Month we're taking a look at a few Afro-Latinas who are at the forefront of the fight.


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Study: Undocumented Hispanics Vacate 80,000 Jobs in Alabama
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 02/02/2012 - 10:47

Alabama’s immigration law, considered the toughest in the country, has come at a high price for the state, according to a new study.

A cost-benefit analysis by a University of Alabama economist estimates that the crackdown, begun in June, meant that undocumented Hispanics vacated some 80,000 jobs, costing the state’s economy up to $10.8 billion.

The vacated jobs also meant that Alabama lost up to $264.5 million in state sales and income taxes, and some $93.1 million in lost city and county sales taxes, the study said.


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Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/27/2012 - 14:55

The frustrating ironies of being Afro-Latina hit Yuly Marshall with stunning regularity: At work at a Miami hospital, Hispanic patients of the Cuban-born radiology technician usually assume she’s African American, asking her, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish like that?” and expressing shock—even skepticism—that she’s really Latina. Other times, fellow Latinos will disparage African Americans in front of her with phrases like, “What can you expect from negros?” and then turn around and tell her, as if paying her a compliment, “But you’re not like that. You’re one of us.”


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Leadership & Language
Are Politicians Afraid to Speak Spanish?
By Viviana Hurtado | 01/26/2012 - 16:43

In this week’s Tampa Bay, Florida Republican debate, the question was asked why candidates run ads in Spanish, ostensibly seeking the votes of Spanish speakers, but insist English be the only official language of the U.S. government.

This incident is a perfect example of the complicated relationship that politicians and monolingual Americans have with learning and flaunting that they know another language.


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Will Spanish Survive in America?
By Grace Bastidas | 01/26/2012 - 12:18

Among many second and third generation Latinos the answer is, "No," making some wonder if Spanish will survive in America as more and more of us are born here.


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Univision Poll
Poll Reveals Latinos Have Mixed Reviews About Obama's Reelection
By Sugey Palomares | 01/25/2012 - 12:04

With Election Day only nine months away, politicians are focused on reaching Latinos, which represent the fastest growing group of voters. According to a new poll by Latino Decisions for Univision News and ABC News, Latinos have mixed reviews on President Barack Obama’s reelection.

Latinos may be known for favoring Democrats at the polls, but they also have the power to sway the vote for upcoming conservative candidates in states like Nevada and Florida, which is set to cast their vote at the end of this month.


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State of the Union
5 Latino Moments From Last Night's State of the Union
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/25/2012 - 11:33

When President Barack Obama gave his state of the union speech on Tuesday night, Latinos played a role in the event, whether it was POTUS’s mention of immigration reform or the key (and surprising!) Latinos in the audience. Here are five Latino moments from last night's state of the union. 

1. Homeless student Samantha Garvey attends the speech


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