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  •  Census data (3+ / 0-)
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    I think that Texas is gaining some seats and California is losing some?

    More info here.

    Mexicans are used to facing discrimination.  In Mexico, it's legal to put up a help-wanted sign that says "Only light-skinned applicants need apply."  So anything they face in Texas is minor league.  Or "segunda division", if you're a futbol fanatico.

    •  California has 53 seats in the House. I don't (0+ / 0-)

      think we will lose one, but if we do 52 is still a big number.

      Over half of the registered voters recently polled did not know the Republicans triumped in the mid-terms. What does that tell you about our electorate?

      by Blogvirgin on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 07:23:32 PM PST

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    •  People in the Valley area were seriously (2+ / 0-)
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      expecting immigration reform, something that has been tearing their families apart for a long time.

      Instead of a strong push for reform, the Department of Homeland Security cracked down ever harder. This administration has been deporting more people per year that the Bush administration. They have set quotas which are part of the agents' appraisals for deportations with low numbers being "Unacceptable."

      Reform was kicked down the road during insufferable months of aimless wandering over health insurance reform.  And before the election, Obama gave speeches on Univision promising to address reform right after the midterms.  And a lot of people were saying to themselves, "Isn't that what he said two years ago?"

      All that said, I'm not putting it passed the Republicans to have committed some kind of voter fraud or intimidation.  I mean, the numbers are pretty astounding.  At the same time, you don't tell people they are one of your top priorities and then forget to bring it up again for two years.

      Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. -- Harry S Truman

      by YucatanMan on Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 09:47:06 PM PST

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      •  I think you hit it on the head (0+ / 0-)

        I know speaking to many of my Ecuadorian and Brasilian friends that they're not at all happy with Obama.

        Infact, they're downright pissed because while the GOoPers talk alot of bullshit, they LOOOOOOVVVVEE the cheap labor.  Obama OTOH has been cracking down HARD and deporting ALOT of people, including a friend of mine.  

        I seriously don't get Obama (then again maybe I do and just don't want to come to terms with it), he bends over backwards to appease the GOoPers and in the end pisses off his base.  His tough on immigration stance if it continues with no reform will do serious harm to the Dem party with the Latinos.  They don't mind the cracking down by ICE but they want to know that the laws will be changed.  Other than token gestures Obama and the Dems haven't done SQUAT.

        The only thing saving Dems at this point is that the GOoPers are racist fuckers.  The Latinos at this point won't EVER vote for them, but they're not pissed enough to hold their nose and vote Dem either (except in the case of Sharron Angle and Tom Tancredo) so they stay home.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 05:03:00 AM PST

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    •  In Mexico they run… (0+ / 0-)

      …TV commercials advertising for light-skinned people. Seeing that was definitely a top 10 surreality in my life.

      Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone:

      by DemSign on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:03:16 AM PST

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