“Is Immigration the Only ANSWER FOR THE GOP?”


National Journal
The Edge

Jul. 12, 2013

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IN THE NEWS: Napolitano resigns from DHS … Lawmakers hopeful on immigration … Some in Egypt backing Morsi on democratic principle … Reid weighing ‘nuclear option’ … Women in Washington … Snowden seeking asylum in Russia … Malibu and Nantucket‘s disappearing beaches … How Obama copied other presidents

THE TAKE

Is Immigration the Only Answer for the GOP?

Are Republicans doomed without passing comprehensive immigration reform? That’s been the underlying assumption in much of the media coverage over the last month. As the thinking goes, rejection of the Gang of Eight‘s legislation will permanently consign Republicans to the measly 27 percent of Hispanic voters that Mitt Romney received in the 2012 election.

Republicans face a serious challenge diversifying their coalition. But the narrow focus on immigration as a silver bullet understates their problems and neglects the possibility that other factors contributed to the GOP’s problem. President Obama didn’t touch immigration throughout most of his first term, only belatedly addressing the issue during a tight campaign. Yet he still won Latinos in a landslide.

Romney’s crack on “self-deportation” surely cost him minority support, but his economic messaging and privileged background didn’t help either. Indeed, Romney performed even worse among Asian-Americans than Hispanics—a sign that the GOP problems go well beyond immigration.

If Republicans focused on proposals for economic opportunity—education reform and worker retraining programs, to name two—it could yield greater dividends across racial lines than simply passing an immigration bill.

Josh Kraushaar
jkraushaar@nationaljournal.com

 

 

 

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Racist Streak Exposed in Republican Immigration Reform Debate


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“Look out — nasty new mosquito is invading U.S.” 1


NBC NEWS

By Marc Lallanilla

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus ...

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on human blood. Under experimental conditions the Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a new pest invading many American towns, and it’s about as menacing as it sounds: the Asian tiger mosquito.

Named for the black-and-white stripes on its body, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) was first brought to Texas in a shipment of tires (which are notorious for holding the standing water that mosquitoes require for breeding), the Wall StreetJournal reports.

The bug is worrisome for several reasons: Unlike other mosquitoes, the aggressive Asian tiger bites all day long, from morning until night. It has a real bloodlust for humans, but also attacks dogs, cats, birds and other animals. [Sting, Bite, Destroy: Nature’s 10 Biggest Pests]

“Part of the reason it is called ‘tiger’ is also because it is very aggressive,” Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University, told the Journal. “You can try and swat it all you want, but once it’s on you, it doesn’t let go.”

The Asian tiger mosquito joins other insects now threatening U.S. residents.Gallinippers (Psorophora ciliata), for example, are a type of shaggy-haired mosquito whose bite reportedly feels like being stabbed; they’re currently found throughout much of Florida.

But few insects are as effective at spreading illness as the Asian tiger mosquito. The pest transmits more than 20 diseases, according to the Cornell Chronicle, including West Nile fever, dengue fever, yellow fever and two types of encephalitis.

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“Young voters call GOP ‘closed-minded,’ ‘racist,’ and ‘solely for the rich’ 1


NBC NEWS

By Morgan Whitaker

“Solely for the rich.”

“Lacking in diversity.”

“Closed-minded.”

“Racist.”

Old-fashioned.”

This is how younger voters characterized the Republican party, according to a 95-page study released Monday by the College Republican National Committee. The report’s authors had an equally blunt assessment: “dismal present situation.”

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

Voters under 30 criticized the party for its stance on issues like same-sex marriage and contraception, while the report’s authors blamed what they describe as “errant Republicans’ voices.”

But like the Republican National Committee’s own autopsy from earlier this year, the report gives few suggestions for policy changes that might win over the youth vote, focusing instead on messaging. The report does suggest that the party be “open to debate” on marriage equality.

Minority voters present an especially significant challenge for the GOP.

“[Republicans have] that mentality that you’re born like royalty and the peasants stay peasants,” a young Hispanic voter said, according to the report. “I don’t think that is the view that America was founded on. This is supposed to be a land of opportunity.”

Another young Hispanic voter blasted the party over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “I think Romney wanted to cut Planned Parenthood. And he supports policies where it would make it harder for a woman to get an abortion should she choose, even if it were medically necessary. That goes…with redefining rape,” she said.

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Republicans, reform begins in your hearts!


Having lost the election that so many of their party predicted as a sure thing, republicans are now mulling over reforms in their thinking on Latinos,blacks, gays, immigrants, etc.  It is not enough to change form and say, “Welcome into our tent!”  You have to mean it.  You have to change not only your policies.  You have to change your true feelings in your collective hearts.  I know it’s hard to do that.  The Civil War was in the 1800’s, yet some still believe/hope that “the South will rise again.”  It won’t, no matter how many secession petitions are sent to the Whitehouse.  White republicans have to believe in equality of all races and champion the dignity of man.  Together we can make America reclaim her destiny!   —GoodOleWoody

NEWS FROM THE HILL: COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM


News from The Hill:

Boehner ‘confident’ GOP, Obama can reach deal on immigration 
By Daniel Strauss

Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was “confident” Republicans could agree to a comprehensive immigration bill.

Boehner (R-Ohio) made the comment in an interview with ABC News released two days after President Obama’s decisive reelection victory over Mitt Romney.

Obama’s win was fueled by Hispanic voters, who made up a larger portion of the electorate than four years ago and voted overwhelmingly for Obama. The president won Latino voters by 44 points according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

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Latino vote may top 12 million in 2012 Posted by CNN Senior Producer Rose Arce 1


(CNN) – The voting population of Latinos has exploded to the point where Latinos will not only be a decisive force in the presidential election, but will likely affect the outcome of political contests from school boards and statehouses to Congress, according a new report by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Latino voter enthusiasm is up,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of NALEO. A recent poll by ImpreMedia-Latino Decisions confirms that analysis, counting three quarters of Latino voters as actively engaged in the election with 14% of all Latinos saying they are actively working on getting out the vote.

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The number of registered Latinos has increased by 26% in the last four years to 12.2 million or 8.7% of all voters. A new potential Latino voter turns 18 every 30 seconds. Already, one of four U.S. citizens under the age of 18 is Latino, including 48% of the youth population of Texas, Vargas said, but low voter registration among young people and new voter ID laws could dampen turnout.

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EDSHOW with Ed Schultz – Latino Disenfranchisement


Latinos!

Your country needs you to vote!

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MASSACHUSETTS: In first debate, Scott Brown hits Elizabeth Warren on Cherokee claim


Senator Scott Brown disses challenger, Elizabeth Warren who is leading him in polls

POLITICO

By DAVID CATANESE

BOSTON — Republican Sen. Scott Brown wasted no time lacing into Elizabeth Warren over her controversial claim of Native American heritage Thursday night, attempting to reignite broader questions about her character during the first debate of their fiercely contested Senate campaign.

Brown took the first question of the hourlong face-off to yank the scab off a controversy that wounded Warren’s campaign in the spring, when it was revealed she identified herself as a minority while serving as a university professor.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81483.html#ixzz275gejFCj

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Seems Like the Republicans Have No Plans to Re-assure Latinos


Mitt Romney‘s senior campaign talking head, Ed Gillespie, just appear on CNN with Candi Crowley.  Candi made  a valiant effort to allow the Mitt Romney campaign to re-assure young Latinos that should they win, come January they will not automatically lose the jobs they will get shortly through President Obama’s directive.  So, Latinos, vote for your “warrior,” Barack Obama!

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