Cinco de Mayo: TWLC Goes to the White House–Sheep or Wolf?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado is invited by President Barack Obama to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the White House

In five and a half years of living and reporting in Washington, DC I had only been to the White House twice, once to shoot a stand up for a news story and the other time as a guest of a friend from grad school who was working for the Bush Administration and offered a […]

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things: A Reflection on Cesar Chavez’s Legacy

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“The job of a leader is to make ordinary people do extraordinary things.” Nowadays it’s hard to remember this.  You think you need gobs of dólares à la Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, proving that today, a leader’s electability is tied more to his ability to rake in the cash than by the quaint notion of […]

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Mitt Romney’s Latino Problem?

TWLC's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on Mitt Romney: First Gringo-Latino President?

“¡Psst!  Los republicanos don’t like Latinos, ¿no?” “Pues you’re wrong.  I’m conservadora.  It’s just the candidates want to be Presidente and they’re trying to get there by making the Tea Party happy.” The tiki tiki on the streets since the debates started is that the Republican party doesn’t like Latinos.  Now of course that’s silly.  Plenty of Hispanics are card-carrying […]

In Latina Magazine: Are Politicians Afraid to Speak Spanish?

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Are Políticos scared of speaking español or flap the labios on “Latino issues” (¡psssttt!: We care about “American issues”–jobs AND immigration–because we’re American, too)? Let’s play a game: who said what.  Can you match… On the DREAMers: “Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship.  I will sign it right away.” “I Wish I Could […]

In Fox News Latino: Mitt Romney: First Gringo-Latino President?

TWLC's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on Mitt Romney: First Gringo-Latino President?

The Latinada in Florida and revelations that Romney has Mexican roots was the perfect opportunity for me to write about a theme that’s been haunting me since I got dinged from Jarbard as a senior in high school. The preppy ol’ viejito asked me what my ‘rents thought about me applying to college because girls like you start having […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on CBS LA 1070 on Election 2012: The Latino Vote

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Sirius XM's P.O.T.U.S Politics Radio on Puerto Rico Primary, Election 2012, The Latino Vote

Florida’s primary was the first nominating contest which put the Latino vote in focus.  While not a huge portion of the Sunshine state’s Republican primary base, make no mistake: Hispanic voters are here to stay. Duh, Sherlock, of course in South Florida where the powerful Cuban-American community bolsters business, politics, and the arts. But let […]

In Fox News Latino: GOP Debate Features Brawl over Immigration and Health Care

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on Jacksonville, FL GOP Debate

The GOP Debates are to policy wonks and political junkies what American Idol is to middle American: drama, underdogs, audiences whooping, yelping, booing, and high-fiving I’m sure, if CNN had turned the cameras more on the audience. At the center of this spectacle are the four remaining GOP presidential nominee hopefuls in the run up […]

In Fox News Latino: State of the Union: ‘Make or Break’ for Obama and Middle Class

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on President Obama's State of the Union

I read on crack on Facebook along the lines:  in Washington, SOTU is like the Superbowl, but for policy dweebs (of which I’m a proud, card-carrying member of this unprotected class). Wait, there’s a problema, and it’s a big one: What the President outlines in the State of Union is more important than any Tom […]