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Romney courts Latino business leaders in LA

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd annual national convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.

Seeking to gain traction with Latino voters, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney traveled to Los Angeles Monday to deliver his pitch to the annual meeting of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m convinced the Republican Party is the rightful home for Hispanic Americans,” Romney told more than 1,000 people during a noontime lunch at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown L.A.

The GOP may be Latinos’ “rightful home,” but an NBC News-Wall Street Journal-Telemundo poll last month found them still preferring Democrats. The survey found President Obama leads Romney 63 to 28 percent among Latinos.

Romney sought to close that gap by touting his commitment to lower taxes and fewer regulations. He told the group of business leaders that Latinos have more reason than most to dump Obama: “While national unemployment is at 8.1 percent, Hispanic unemployment is at over ten percent.”


Campaign 2012 apps: Top 9 (nearly) free election apps to make you smarter than your phone

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A screenshot of the "Yes We Camera" app for iPhone. The app is just one of many to choose from this election year.

Tired of Angry Birds?  Looking for a smartphone app that’s more – well, political?

Type in “election” into your smartphone app search and you’ll find plenty of helpful sites… and several fun ones. Here are a few of our faves:

1. The Yes We Camera app turns any photo taken with your iPhone camera or synced with your photo gallery into the Obama-style campaign poster created by Shepard Fairey.  It’s free. (iPhone, free)

2. Republicans may like the free Obama Clock app.  It ticks down the remainder of Barack Obama’s term in office.  It also keeps track of the national debt, the housing index, and gas prices to give you talking points to argue with your Democratic friends and relations. (Android & iPhone, free) 

3. If you want to know when Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan are coming to your hometown, try the free “Mitt Events” app. It allows you to check their schedule and RSVP to events. (iPhone & Android, free)


Politics, Hollywood meet at USC Schwarzenegger Institute's inaugural symposium

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Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is merging his political and Hollywood lives for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute's first symposium.

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute's inaugural symposium will kick off on Sept. 24 with an all-star line up of politicians, journalists and Hollywood bigwigs to talk about leadership and innovation. 

It was announced last month that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would head up a new think tank at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. The institute is dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to education, energy and the environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform. (KPCC’s AirTalk reported on the think tank when it was first announced.)

The symposium lineup includes two panels and a lunch discussion. ABC News’ Cokie Roberts will moderate the morning discussion on post-partisanship, with:

  • Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
  • Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
  • Sen. John McCain, R-AZ
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson
  • Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge 


Maven's Morning Coffee: Speculation on Rick Caruso for mayor, candidates line up for Yaroslavsky's seat, Baca sweatin' bullets

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Candidates are already lining up to replace Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The race is in 2014.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times looks at whether developer Rick Caruso will run for mayor of Los Angeles. "He will provide a singular alternative to the other candidates. It would broaden the discussion," said former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton.

Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver are considering whether to run for county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's seat when he is termed out, reports the Daily News.


Mitt Romney campaigns in LA, appeals to Latino business leaders

When he comes to California, Mitt Romney spends most of his time raising money. On Monday, with the election just 50 days away, the Republican presidential nominee focuses on Latino voters.

Needing to attract more Latino support in swing states like Nevada and Florida, Romney delivers a noontime address to the annual meeting of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown L.A.

"The U.S.H.C.C. Annual National Convention provides an important forum for Governor Romney to address key economic issues that directly impact the country's 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses," Chairwoman Nina Vaca said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Governor Romney has accepted our invitation.”

President Obama spoke to the group previously.

The group says more than 5,000 Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, and public officials are attending the conference. It's unclear how many will be present for Romney’s address.