Source: Latino Decisions
Have recent media reports about weak voter motivation among Latinos and last week's infamous "don't vote" ads - unaired television ads from a GOP-afiliated group telling Latinos not to vote - had the unexpected effect of whipping up enthusiasm among the Latino electorate?
The most recent in a series of weekly tracking polls from the Latino Decisions polling firm is showing a steadily growing number of Latinos who say they are "very enthusiastic" about voting in November. From the report:
For the fourth straight week, we find an increase in the percentage of Latino registered voters who report being very enthusiastic about voting in November 2010. Four weeks ago just 40.3% of Latinos said they were very enthusiastic, and today that figures reaches 58.3%. Self-reported turnout certainty remained constant at 75.1% from one week ago, up 10 point from four weeks ago.
As election day draws near, and early voting is in full swing, Latinos are reportedly showing more and more interest and enthusiasm. In response to the “don’t vote” campaign, Univision and Telemundo are both increasing their get-out-the-vote public service announcements, and Latino civic groups such as NALEO, NCLR, Mi Familia Vota and others are doubling their efforts to mobilize Latino voters down the stretch. With close statewide elections for Governor and U.S. Senate in nearly a dozen states with sizable Latino electorates, Latino voter turnout could make the difference in many of these contests.
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Patrons posing with giant anthropomorphicÂ food at Plaza Mexico, in Lynwood.
Tourists taking photos in the pedestrian zone of downtown Guanajuato? No, it's Plaza Mexico, the Mexican-themed, Korean-American-developed and owned shopping and entertainment complex in Lynwood, Calif. It's the closest thing I've seen to a Mexico theme park. I'm a fan.
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A photo of an Oklahoma state highway map, February 2010
The Atlantic's politics editor Marc Ambinder wrote yesterday about an as-of-yet obscure "anti-Sharia law" initiative that has made it onto the Oklahoma state ballot, and how if it performs well with voters, we might see a series of similar initiatives used as a cultural wedge issue in other states. From the post:
Will anti-Sharia law initiatives be in future election cycles what anti-gay marriage initiatives were before? That is, a cultural wedge issue the GOP uses to ensure that hard-core conservatives enthusiastically flock to the polls?
If so, then Oklahoma is the proverbial canary in the coal mine for this type of initiative. One of 11 ballot initiatives in the state this November, State Question 755, better known as the "Save Our State" constitutional amendment, would prevent courts from using international or Sharia law. The question made it to the ballot by passing the state Senate 41-2 and the House 82-10. In addition to potentially rallying the conservative base to the polls, the initiative, which bans something that is nearly impossible statutorily, is worth watching because the GOP may employ it in swing states two years down the line.
Immigration and the Midterm Elections - Council on Foreign Relations A backgrounder on the relationship between immigration and politics as the election nears.
Tran Counts on Big Vietnamese Turnout in CA-47 - Real Clear Politics "The Viets come out," said Van Tran, Loretta Sanchez' Republican opponent for the 47th District congressional seat. "Although they're small, they're powerful and potent because they come out in force as a bloc."
The Buzz: Van Tran mailer raises big stink about Loretta Sanchez - Fresno Bee ¡Que peste! Tran's campaign has also been sending out malodorous scratch-and-sniff mailers in opposition to Sanchez.
The Plum Line: Sharron Angle ad shows Mexican border -- after she insisted her ads weren't about Latinos - The Washington Post From the story: "...it features the now-familiar imagery of young swarthy men looking generally menacing."
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A cheery group of travelers, the women in Muslim head scarves, or hijab, walks through an airport. April, 2009
Most of the reader comments that have flooded news sites since NPR's dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams last week, following a remark he made about Muslims during an appearance on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," have been either about his comment or the network's decision to fire him.
But some people have taken Williams' remark - about becoming nervous when he got on a plane and saw people in "Muslim garb" - and provided their own opinions about the profiling of Muslims and others in airports. Some have posted comments about being profiled, others about doing the profiling. Here are a few excerpts from the past few days.
On the KPCC website under an audio clip from Friday's AirTalk program with Larry Mantle, which aired a segment Friday on the Williams incident, "Hargobind" posted: