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 […]

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

Governor Paul W. Bridges in a Nicaraguan tourist tee shirt. (Courtesy Paul W. Bridges).

The elected officials currently debating immigration reform are more than talking heads; they are human beings, just like the people they represent. As we see them giving speeches on television, it’s often times easy to forget that we have a lot in common with the men and women we voted into office. This week we […]

An Immigration Proposal. Political Momentum. ¿Done Deal?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Senate Gang of 8 Immigration Proposal

Nearly seven years ago, I covered the big immigration rallies of 2006 as a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. In solidarity, millions around the nation marched in support of overhauling the immigration system to incorporate those who for various reason were here in violation of our laws. What surprised me wasn’t that Republicans would […]

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 […]

Did the Bridesmaid Upstage the Bride? Marco Rubio Introduces GOP nominee Mitt Romney

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Tampa, Florida Considered by many a “rising star” in the Republican party, Senator Marco Rubio’s introduction of Mitt Romney was nothing short of high voltage.  Florida’s junior Senator defended his GOP values of small government and free enterprise, with plugs to liberty–this last principle illustrated with personal touches, references to his immigrant Cuban parents, and […]

RNC 2012 & Latinos Voters: the Road Ahead

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Latina Magazine on Mitt Romney's Record

Tampa, Florida Has the bridesmaid upstaged the bride with Marco Rubio introducing Mitt Romney? What’s behind New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez‘s “surge” in popularity, and some Republicans think we don’t care about education, our careers, and only have babies. I swear someone said that to me. Click below to watch my wrap of the Republican National […]

Latina Magazine: Could Marco Rubio Help Mitt Romney Carry the Latino Vote?

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This is a story about a popular game that’s played in Washington every four years. It’s not baseball or football given that the Nats and Redskins, year in and year out, break fans’ hearts. It’s not potluck dinner Game Night at K and D’s (this Sunday) where we’re mixing Inglorious Basterds/Who Am I? with Cranium […]