What The GOP Can Learn from Bullets Over Broadway When It Comes to Women’s Bodies: MSNBC Video

GOP_Rape_Pregnancy_Bullets_Over_Broadway_MSNBC_Viviana_Hurtado-TheWiseLatinaClub

Every few months, a GOP male lawmaker says something crazy about women’s bodies, specifically pregnancy and rape. Not quite at the level of Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken who last year suggested that women possessed magical powers that could “shut down pregnancy,” Arizona Representative Trent Franks suggested that pregnancy from rape is rare, a justification for […]

Immigration Debate: Señor Kaine Goes to Washington

Senator_Kaine_Speaks_Spanish_Senate_Viviana_Hurtado-TheWiseLatinaClub

I couldn’t believe my ears. Senator Tim Kaine spoke in español on the Senate floor in support of the bill that proposes to overhaul our immigration system. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (and his alter ego @ElBloombito) isn’t the only politician who can “speaky the spanish.” The junior Senator from Virginia received high snaps […]

¡Ven Acá Chuck Todd! OR When I Was on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd to Talk Obama National Security Team Shake Up

MSNBC_Daily_Rundown_Chuck_Todd_Viviana_Hurtado_National_Security-TheWiseLatinaClub

Before I was a guest on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, I sort of “met” the host–not at the journalist watering hole Off the Record… …not in the White House briefing room… …not at a charity fundraiser. I met him at the dog park. ¿Qué qué? Indeed it was my surprise to hear his […]

“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if it gets to President Obama‘s desk for signature? In the Senate, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions used […]

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

Immigration_Bill_SiriusXM_Viviana_Hurtado-TheWiseLatinaClub

I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow there are so MANY. Where did ‘they’ come from?” Answer: “They came from YOUR homes where […]

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

Immigration_Jeff Sessions_Viviana_Hurtado-TheWiseLatinaClub

If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz who set Twitter on fire with his draconian amendment to not allow–never […]

Immigration Markup: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

Immigration_Viviana_Hurtado_MSNBC_Thomas_Roberts-TheWiseLatinaClub

What happens when Senators tack on 300+ amendments to the immigration bill? You have a lengthy mark-up process that continues for weeks. This is a good thing. The so-called Gang of Eight legislation is nowhere near perfect and may never be. But this process is crucial. We must debate which requires becoming informed. We must […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo! Latino IQ Quiz: Does the GOP Hate Hispanics? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Can You Repeat?

GOP_Latino_IQ_Test_Viviana_Hurtado-TheWiseLatinaClub

This rhetorical question has a clear answer in my head–no. But the rhetoric during last year’s Republican primaries and the election, as well as Congress’ current immigration bill debate, is sending a message to Latinos that “we don’t want you.” The latest “confirmation” is conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation‘s latest study which argues against the proposed immigration legislation […]