Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention
Election 2012: (Re)-Introducing Barack Obama
By Viviana Hurtado | 09/07/2012 - 15:00

If voters had any doubt about Barack Obama, the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina seeks to cast them away. Speaker after speaker has been tasked with personalizing the President, standing up for his character, and arguing in different ways why he is the best choice in November.


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Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney in Norfolk, Virginia on August 11, 2012
Election 2012: What You Need to Know About GOP VP Pick Paul Ryan
By Viviana Hurtado | 08/13/2012 - 14:00

Mitt Romney was so overcome with emotion while introducing Paul Ryan as his running mate to challenge President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in November, that he bellowed, “the next President of the United States!” Once the snark cleared, this foot-in-your-mouth slip revealed what conservatives are calling a “bold move.” Why? This choice is seen as a play to fire up the conservative base of the Republican party.


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gun control
Election 2012: Should Gun Control Become a Campaign Issue?
By Viviana Hurtado | 07/26/2012 - 15:00

The senseless violence in Aurora, Colorado after James Holmes allegedly shot and killed twelve people at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises has many Americans calling for drastically stricter gun laws. Except President Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney.


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George Lopez and Joe Arpaio
Election 2012: George Lopez vs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, A Missed Opportunity?
By Viviana Hurtado | 07/19/2012 - 15:00

When George Lopez in his HBO special went on a rapid-fire tirade after “getting political,” many of us didn’t get upset because our culture has desensitized us to this kind of explicit language. Whether it’s a live comedy performance or cable shows, you would think you’re in a war zone “F bombs” are dropped that often. 


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Ann Romney and Mitt Romney at the Illinois Primary in Chicago in May 2012
Election 2012: An Open Letter to Ann Romney
By Viviana Hurtado | 07/12/2012 - 14:42

Dear Mrs. Romney,

Like millions of women, I watched First Lady Michelle Obama rock it as she sat down with Latina mothers for a chat sponsored by the Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  I thought, when will your husband’s campaign start to aggressively reach out to Hispanic voters? 


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Voting Booth, Polls
Election 2012: Latino Voters Are The (In)Visible Political Giants
By Viviana Hurtado | 07/05/2012 - 15:00

About one year ago, I was advocating for more mainstream news coverage of the Latino vote. The 2010 U.S. Census confirmed what most of us who are Hispanic knew: our population had grown to 50 million or 16 percent of the general population and is expected to increase to 25 percent by 2050.


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Supreme Court of the United States
Election 2012: The Supreme Court and Your Vote
By Viviana Hurtado | 07/02/2012 - 15:00

I was guest anchoring on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin while she was away when the Supreme Court announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is President Obama’s signature legislation that makes health care insurance mandatory. (Or face a fine, as an individual or business.) The mandate is also the focus of the criticism.


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President Barack Obama, GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Is the Deportation Announcement a Game Changer?
By Viviana Hurtado | 06/21/2012 - 15:00

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?
By Viviana Hurtado | 06/14/2012 - 16:06

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
By Viviana Hurtado | 06/07/2012 - 16:00

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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