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The 2008 Democratic National Convention will begin August 25, 2008, two years from today, and end August 28, 2008.  My home town of Denver is one of the three finalists, along with Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York City.  I just thought I'd pass along some information about the type of weather you can expect in Denver this time of year.

Today, August 25 -- Current conditions 72 degrees, mostly cloudy, humidity 58% (we call that "muggy").  Low tonight 57.

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Best weather in late August

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The conventional wisdom is that Republican immigrant bashing is so obviously racially charged that the Latino vote will simply fall into the lap of the Democrats without much effort.  A recent Pew Charitable Trust poll of 2000 Latinos nationwide, reported in the Associated Press, the Denver Post and elsewhere, shows something different and frightening:  The Democrats' weak response to the Republicans is actually reducing Latinos' connection to the party.
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I am pretty shocked to learn from Liberal Oasis that CNN's Lou Dobbs ran a scare story about "Aztlan" last night that featured a map sourced to the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group.  Dobbs evidently used the map to suggest that Mexico intends to retake "Aztlan," defined by the CCC as the states that were in whole or in part annexed by the USA after the Mexican-American War.  I'm shocked that CNN would run information provided to them by the CCC on immigration -- it is exactly like running some negative slur against African-Americans sourced to the KKK.  It also demonstrates extreme ignorance about the concept of Aztlan.
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Yesterday Armando called for "someone less flammable" than him to take up the problem of race on the left and on this site specifically.  While I recognize that "less flammable" than Armando describes a lot of people, I felt that call was specifically directed at me.  Like Armando, I am a Kossack with an obviously Latino username who is often appalled by the level of discourse on race at this site and on the left generally.  I've studied the subject academically and I've lived my life as a brown Latino-identified person raised in the south Denver suburbs, aka Tancredo Country who went to college and law school in well-known liberal havens.  So I've seen racial attitudes in the conservative suburbs and the liberal college towns, and I don't think there is a tremendous amount of difference.  This is my small attempt to try to advance the discussion in this liberal community.

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What is your Census category?

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Fri May 05, 2006 at 06:10 AM PDT

Happy Battle of Puebla Day

by Colorado Luis

Most people know that today is Cinco de Mayo, but not everyone is clear what this holiday is about.  Contrary to what a lot of people think (and what many news stations will report), Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day -- that would be Dieciseis de Septiembre (September 16).  Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 when an invading French army was defeated one hundred miles east of Mexico City.  Cinco de Mayo is more of a holiday in the United States than Mexico, which is appropriate in my opinion.
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I'm a little surprised there aren't more diaries about the rallies in support of immigrants and in opposition to HR 4437 and other proposals to criminalize undocumented immigrants.  So I'm taking it upon myself to set this up as an open thread.  I'll start with my report from the rally in Denver, Colorado.
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Mon Apr 24, 2006 at 06:18 AM PDT

New Orleans 2006, Denver 2008

by Colorado Luis

The team promoting Denver's bid to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention went to New Orleans this week at the DNC spring meeting there.  You can understand why Chairman Dean chose to hold the spring meetings there, because everyone who went came back reporting that things are much worse in New Orleans than generally reported.  Colorado Democratic Party vice chair (and blogger) Dan Slater, part of the Denver 2008 team, spent some time doing relief work in the city with a group of fellow Dems:

This afternoon, Pat, Sherry and I joined about 25 other Dems,
including DNC Vice Chair / ASDC Chair / Michigan Chair Mark Brewer, New
Mexico Chair John Wertheim, and the Executive Directors from Washington
state and New Mexico, to help work on a house that had been flooded by
Katrina. We didn't go to the Lower Ninth Ward -- the area that gets the
most coverage for devastation -- instead, we went to a location only
about five minutes from our hotel by bus (and which was under "only"
eight feet of water for ten days).


   
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2008 and 2012 conventions:

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To me, Crashing the Gate promoted two distinct and really unconnected arguments:  First, that the Democratic Party is controlled by an old guard that seems content to run the same losing campaigns without any accountability to donors or party members.  Second, that "single interest groups" such as the environmental, pro-choice and labor movements are hurting the party by putting their specific agenda ahead of the party as a whole.  The first argument is dead on, the second, not so much.
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Gang of 14 member Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado strongly criticized Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito today.  From the Pueblo Chieftain:

In a telephone press conference, Salazar repeated that he had not made a final decision on Alito, but went on to express his doubts about the federal appeals court judge. In particular, Salazar said he questioned whether Alito would set aside his personal political views when making court decisions.

Saying he was reviewing Alito's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Salazar said he was concerned about Alito's support for a "unitary" or broad view of presidential power as well as his previously expressed disagreement with major civil rights decisions made by the Supreme Court in the 1960s.


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Thu Dec 29, 2005 at 07:07 AM PST

Return of the Grandfather Clause

by Colorado Luis

Tom Tancredo's bill to deny U.S. citizenship to the American-born children of undocumented immigrants bears more than a little resemblance to the "grandfather clauses" that became popular in the South and elsewhere after the Civil War:
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Lots has already been said about Ken Salazar's latest counterattack on Focus on the Family, which ran a full page ad in the Rocky attacking him for failing to support the Alito nomination.  (See Soapblox Colorado, 5280 and DemNotes, for example.)  But nothing I've seen has really focused in on the subtle brilliance of the Protestant vs. Catholic spin Salazar put on the situation with his remarks:

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It's big news that the Democratic Party task force that is studying changes to the presidential nomination process has approved the idea of adding one or two caucuses between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary.  That's good because it has obviously hurt the party to let two primarily rural, overwhelmingly white states have so much weight in the process.  Heck, those two states practically nominated John Kerry by themselves last time.  Commission member Michael Stratton of Colorado says Nevada is the early frontrunner but the consensus is that the additional state should definitely be from the West -- if not Nevada or Colorado, then Arizona or New Mexico, or maybe two of the four.

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What state should hold caucuses between IA and NH?

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