The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) officially launched its state of the art communication center featuring a fresh new look and feel, increased user-friendliness, and enhanced navigation and access to information through direct links to CHCI programs and audience-specific content

Since our nation’s founding, the promise of economic opportunity has been a central component of the American Dream. And while the Dream remains a unifying tenet for an increasingly diverse society, it may be showing signs of wear. Growing income inequality and slower economic growth suggest that now is an important moment to review the facts about opportunity and mobility in America and to attempt to answer the basic question: Is the American Dream alive and well?

Monica Lozano, Senior VP, Publisher & CEO of La Opinión has been named to President Obama’s newly formed Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

In the 2004 general election, President Bush garnered perhaps 39 or 40 percent of the Latino vote. Four years later, after extensive debate on immigration, Sen. McCain received approximately 32 percent of the Latino vote.

Comcast Corporation and Univision Communications Inc. announced their plans to deliver coverage of the Inaugural Address in Spanish through Comcast’s popular video-on-demand (VOD) service.

A year and a half after a lengthy, often rancorous debate over immigration reform filled the chambers of a stalemated Congress, the issue appears to have receded in importance among one of the groups most affected by it--Latinos. Only three-in-ten (31%) Latinos rate immigration as an "extremely important" issue facing the incoming Obama administration, placing it sixth on a list of seven policy priorities that respondents were asked to assess in a nationwide survey of 1,007 Latino adults conducted from December 3 through December 10, 2008, by the Pew Hispanic Center.

In 2008, the Latino electorate grew to an estimated 12,148,790 registered voters and cast an estimated 9,701,288 votes in the November Presidential election, according to the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI). This represents a 79.85% turnout figure for Latino registered voters.

A new post-election analysis of record turnout among Latino voters shows strong support for President-elect Obama and Democrats, but also reveals high expectations in the Latino community.

Barack Obama. Rahm Emanuel. All we need now is a Cuauhtemoc roaming the halls of the White House. Seriously, it is quite an exciting time to be living in the U.S. as some people with some uncommon names are on the verge of assuming tremendous power. And isn’t ironic that a leading Hispanic in contention for a Obama cabinet post has the distinction of having a name like Bill Richardson. Or that one of the members of Obama’s economic advisory team with whom he met last Friday is a guy named Antonio Villaraigosa.

by Manny Gonzalez - abece. To read El Blog CLICK above.

An in-depth analysis by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund of adjusted exit poll data published by CNN demonstrates the large surge in Latino turnout nationwide and in projected battlegroundstates helped reshape the political map in this election.

Like most of you, I am glad that the Presidential elections are behind us. It was the longest road to the Whitehouse in modern times. And with 24/7 coverage, it made 22 months seem like 22 years. More importantly, the choice was very clear and the numbers left no doubt that the country was very ready to move on in a new direction. By Jose Cancela - Hispanic USA. To view El Blog CLICK above.

Hispanics voted for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one in the 2008 presidential election, 66% versus 32%, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of exit polls from Edison Media Research as published by CNN. The Center's analysis also finds that 8% of the electorate was Latino, unchanged from 2004. This report contains an analysis of exit poll results for the Latino vote in 9 states and for the U.S.

Not since the Kennedy-Nixon debates has media played such an important role in a presidential election. The Internet, the new kid on the political media block, is proving highly influential in everything from fundraising to myth busting. To track the interplay of candidate web buzz, political advertising, pundit programming, entertainment parodies, convention and debate coverage requires an integrated, multi-media view. By: John Burbank, Chief Marketing Officer, The Nielsen Company

John McCain and Barack Obama both know that Hispanics are a potential swing factor for the election. Hispanics are the nation’s largest and fastest growing minority group. With an estimated 46 million people, Hispanics make up 15 percent of the U.S. population (Pew Hispanic Center, 2008), and this year, Latinos comprise 9 percent of the eligible electorate. By: Rob Kallick and Ramiro Padilla, Sensis

This analysis explores the growing electoral power of “New American” voters: immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens and the U.S.-born children of immigrants. These voters will likely play a pivotal role in national, state, and local elections in the years to come—particularly in battleground states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.

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