UPDATE: Published in Latina Magazine! Meet New Congressman Joaquín Castro

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado interviews U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro for Latina Magazine

Capital Hill, Washington, DC I put in the interview request for Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquín Castro soon after he was elected in November–before he had office space and when his bare bones staff was still communicating on Gmail. I keep checking. Then: “Congressman Castro can see you at 5:05P.” (Not 5:00 or 5:10P. They’re that over […]

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

Washington, DC I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key points parts of President Barack Obama’s address. Starting with the economy, Mr. Obama proposed […]

The Latino Vote: The Way Forward

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The day after the election a friend posted on my Facebook page, the “Latino Vote –unfrigginbelievable.” She’s right. Many factors contributed to President Obama’s re-election. But few are as important as the Latino vote. Hispanics made up 10 percent of the U.S. electorate this year–doubling in the past 16 years. The number of Latino voters […]

What the Taco Bell Chihuahua Taught Me about Election 2012

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You could say that Hispanic Heritage Month (which is the only “celebration” that actually straddles two months–from mid-September to mid-October) started earlier with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions which I covered.  Rolling out San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the DNC keynote address and Florida junior Senator Marco Rubio to introduce Mitt Romney was […]

DNC 2012: ¿Latinos, Interrupted?

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Charlotte, North Carolina “This is a big night for our community.” “El Julián is going to go national after tonight.” San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro opened the 2012 Democratic National Convention, one sign of the Obama campaign’s aggressive outreach to Latinos, an emerging community and voting bloc.  In addition to Castro’s keynote address, other important roles […]

DNC 2012: President Obama Asks for Your Vote

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When Barack Obama took the stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC), he accepted his re-nomination for President, making the case for why Americans should re-elect him.  The signature Obama rhetoric that reached for the sky gave way to a speech grounded in policy of what has been done and what’s left to put the country back on […]

Julián Castro Tells Me Why Young Latinos Must Vote

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado LATISM's 2011 Best Politics Blogger

This is the scrappiest of videos, as your blogger-in-chief, sometimes has to do whatevs it takes to get the info out. In this case it was ambushing San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and asking the person next to me to film my questions.  Let’s face it.  This “Man of the Moment” already has a legion of […]

DNC 2012: How Will the Next 4 Years Be Better Than the Last asks CNN’s Alex Castellanos?

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Charlotte, North Carolina Look who I ran into at Charlotte’s airport while I was picking up my maleta in baggage claim? CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.  Ni corta ni perezosa as Mami would say, I whipped out my camera and asked him if he would answer a couple of questions for Latinos in Social […]