¿It’s the Economía, Estúpido?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Is it the economía, estúpido?

A speech. An Ad. Un ado. Separately, each means nothing more than a headline but together, we can see the tightrope Mitt Romney is walking as he tries to reach out to Latinos, the demographic juggernaut and emerging voting bloc that he’s losing by significant margins to President Obama. Polls are tricky–margins of error, what […]

Election 2012: Latina Bloggers Go to the White House

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Sometimes I wonder when I’m going to arrive at the White House and have security pluck me away, throw me in a Midnight Express cell, and throw away the key forever.  Guilty of being critical, obsessively at times, and holding President Barack Obama accountable for not delivering on immigration reform while deportations spiked and the […]

Election 2012: Will Obama Deliver on Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino: Will Obama Deliver Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Why do I keep pushing on comprehensive immigration reform?  It’s not just because I believe our current laws are better suited for the 20th century and that the economic benefits to reform are tremendous to our strapped local budgets.  Or that it will help our global economic competitiveness if we attract engineers, scientists, and founders […]

Election 2012: Same-Sex Marriage Now, Immigration Policy Later?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Same-Sex Marriage Now, Immigration Policy Later?

So here I was mindin’ my own business at a spontaneous Wednesday Happy Hour on a gorgeous, balmy perfect DC PM when my friend ripped into me over my latest Latina Magazine column. “Don’t you realize that President Obama is the President, and not Congress and doesn’t make laws, so he can’t reform the immigration system solo? […]

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 […]

Election 2012: The Politics of OBL’s Death on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

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What do YOU think about Osama bin Laden‘s death and how it is or is not being using to gain an advantage in Election 2012?  That’s what likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has accused President Barack Obama of doing.  Watch the “One Chance” campaign ad air with a very prominent cameo by Bubba aka former […]

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Forever Young, or Not

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Desencanto–the profound disillusionment we feel when someone lets us down, when innocence is lost, when the rose-colored glasses or beer googles are yanked off.  Latinos have felt this way about President Barack Obama for a while, as I have extensively written, beginning with The Gran Desencanto. Now the youth vote isn’t feeling the love.  It’s no […]

Secret Service Sex Scandal Defense: Sofía Vergara Made Me Do It

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When Colombia’s extreme geo-political makeover as it hosted the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena was eclipsed by another national treasure–its Latina women, I knew to blame Sofía Vergara–you know who’s everywhere including Saturday Night Live, flatly delivering her line, “America welcomed me with open arms and pulled down pants.” Let’s back up:  At least 11 […]