(AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, file)
BY DR. VICTORIA M. DEFRANCESCO SOTO
Arizona is a red state. The Governor and the legislature is Republican, very Republican, and the state’s congressional delegation is dominated by the GOP. Let’s just say that when I come home to visit my folks in Southern Arizona I don’t see a whole bunch of Obama 2012 stickers. Nevertheless the Obama campaign has bet big on the growing Latino population and declared “game on” in the Grand Canyon state. The President together with the Democratic National Committee is relying on a large dose of optimism, the belief that Arizona Latinos will mobilize in reaction to recent anti-immigrant policies, and that Rich Carmona’s Senate bid will energize Latinos and attract non-Latino moderates.
Voters go to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights on February 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
BY ALICIA MENENDEZ
It’s hard to believe that just four years ago Latino voters were rushing to the polls to weigh in on the Democratic presidential nominee.
This is not the outcome I had hoped for. The American people deserve a better deal than the looming automatic cuts to important federal services.
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the only Hispanic member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, on the Super Committee’s failure to reach an agreement on the federal deficit-reduction plan.