Open Letter to Ann Romney

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Dear Mrs. Romney, Like millions of women, I watched First Lady Michelle Obama rock it as she sat down with Latina mothers for a chat sponsored by the Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  I thought, when will your husband’s campaign start to aggressively reach out to Latino voters? Click here to watch the video. I […]

What Cuban Cuisine Would Be If There Had Not Been Fidel

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Talk food and politics with Cubans and you’re bound to get into water hotter than that which divides the South of Florida from the island. Most will gingerly tip toe around the topic, or just avoid it–unless you’re Guillermo Pernot. Chef-partner of Cuba Libre restaurants, he has dived right into this bubbling political and culinary […]

Take It Offfff!!! Who Said Election 2012 Isn’t Sexy?

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It’s provocative, especially when arguably the strongest asset in a campaign is deployed. That happened when First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Latina mothers for a friendly chat sponsored by Hispanic mom lifestyle-focused website Mamiverse.  That it was a first isn’t that important if you consider that Latino online presence and technology have grown exponentially […]

Latino Voters: The (In)Visible Political Giants?

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About one year ago, I was advocating for more mainstream news coverage of the Latino vote.  The 2010 U.S. Census confirmed what most of us who are Hispanic knew: our population had grown to 50 million or 16 percent of the general population and is expected to increase to 25 percent by 2050.  Unless you […]

My Vote is Supreme

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I was guest anchoring on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin while she was away when the Supreme Court announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This is President Obama’s signature legislation that makes health care insurance mandatory. (Or face a fine, as an individual or business.)  The mandate is also the focus of the criticism. Opponents accuse […]

UPDATED with NPR’s Tell Me More Interview: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Moderates Panel with Nobel Peace Laureate or How This Week I Have Professional Whiplash

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12 years ago, I was stringing for The New York Times when I lived in Mexico City where I was writing my dissertation.  Fierce war reporter, mentor, and hermana Julia Preston had called, asking if I could help out. Heck ya! As I traveled throughout the area from polling booth to polling booth in the shantytowns […]

I’ll Show You My Papers If You Show Me Yours

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If I said to a police officer, I’ll show you my papers if you show me yours, I would likely get thrown in the clink for being sass-mouthed.  But the truth is, this would likely never happen to me because of the way I look.  Any great-great-great-great African, india, Jewish grannies are hidden wwaaayyyy back in […]

“Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” or Latino Voters Explained in One Song

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Latino Voters Explain in One Song: McFadden & Whitehead's Ain't No Stopping Us Now

Kitchen tables is where family budgets are stretched next to clipped coupons or if you’re digitally savvy like Cuponeando‘s Yoly Mason, bar-scanned into her smartphone.  Growing up we had a round table which held in its unbroken circle my dreams, while I set or cleared it.  This is where Mami and Papi sat to “figure” […]