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GOP Continues To Drop In Popularity, Especially Among Women And Minorities

A year after the chairman of the national Republican Party unveiled a plan for a makeover of the GOP that aimed to make it more appealing to women, gay voters and minorities, the effort shows signs of doing little to achieve its goal. According to a recent Gallup poll, 32 percent have a favorable opinion of the GOP now, compared with 43 percent immediately after President Barack Obama's re-election.

Wave Of Hispanic Immigrants Prompts Racial Isolation In Small California Town

While Hispanics move to become the country's largest minority, in Watsonville, Calif., the trend arrived a while ago. WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) – In a grassy downtown plaza, strolling musicians wearing glitzy cowboy outfits blast a mariachi song, while Spanish-speaking shoppers bustle between farm stands, sampling tart cactus leaves, sniffing roasting chilies and buying bundles of warm pork tamales. The scene is an increasingly typical one in towns across California, where Hispanics are on pace to become the largest ethnic group next year.

Who Knew? Latino Majority Texas City Puts On One Of The Country's Largest MLK Day Celebrations

One of the largest celebrations in this nation for Martin Luther King Day takes place in a city that has a small African American community, and a Latino majority. San Antonio, Texas, where Latinos make up 63 percent of the city’s 1.4 million residents, and blacks 7 percent and whites 26.6 percent, has been celebrating the late civil rights leader’s birthday since 1987 and attracting one of the biggest crowds anywhere in the United States. The annual march attracts some 100,000 people, according to city figures. Last year the crowd was 150,000, say organizers.

NAACP Has 'Serious Concerns' With New Voting Rights Legislation

The NAACP on Thursday expressed appreciation for lawmakers' effort to update voting rights laws, but raised "serious concerns" with provisions of the bill.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced the legislation during a press conference earlier Thursday. The bill, which aims to update a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

George P. Bush Takes A Stand Against 'Ignorant Statements' About Hispanics


‘State Of Arizona' Retraces History Of The Immigration Law That Redefined The Debate

The Arizona state legislature redefined the way the country debates immigration when it passed Senate Bill 1070. In an effort to crack down on illegal immigration in a state with an population of roughly 460,000 undocumented immigrants at the time, the 2010 law required police officers to check the immigration status of people they stopped, among other provisions. The law turned the state into ground zero for the immigration debate.

80,000 Alcohol-Caused Deaths In North And Latin America Each Year, Study Finds

Alcohol consumption is directly responsible for nearly 80,000 deaths every year in North and Latin America, with most deaths being caused by liver disease, according to a new study. And that doesn't even include the number of deaths that are somehow linked, but not directly caused, by alcohol consumption, such as falls, suicides, violence, heart disease and stroke, noted study researchers Dr. Vilma Gawryszewski and Dr.

Family And Nostalgia Are Main Reasons Immigrants Are Going Back To Mexico

Mexican immigrants are returning home in significant numbers but it’s not mainly due to the tepid U.S. economy, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Returning migrants said family and nostalgia drew them back to Mexico, trumping joblessness, health and other concerns.

Latinos In California Set To Be Majority By March

San Francisco Gate: California is growing older and more diverse. The Latino population is projected to surpass that of whites in California in March to become the single largest "race or ethnic group," according to a report on shifting demographics in Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget proposal. Also, the number of residents 65 and older will jump by 20.7 percent over the next five years, the report said. State demographers expected Latinos to surpass the non-Hispanic white population seven months earlier, but Latino birth rates were lower than anticipated.

Obama picks Maria Contreras-Sweet to head SBA

The president will announce the nomination formally at a public event in Washington, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the event had not taken place. (Charles Dharapak/AP) - Maria Contreras-Sweet founded the Pro­América Bank, a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, in 2006. More from PostPolitics Congratulations on your budget, Congress. America still hates you. Congratulations on your budget, Congress.
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