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How the Great Recession Has Changed Life in America | Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project

As the various candidates for the office of President of the United States define themselves and throw their hat in the ring, we should probably take a good look at their position on the American workforce and the American workplace. Especially important will be how economic policy affects these two important areas of life–both the quality of life for most working families in the country and the quality of life at the community level as it relates to access to quality education and training for working families.

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Latino Voters in the 2012 Election | Pew Hispanic Center

The Republican and Democrat parties are focusing on everything else but the role of the Latino vote in the 2012 election.  This is in part due to the fact that either party lacks an internal capacity to develop an intelligent conversation on the role that the vote has played.  Even the Democratic machine, at the national level, which supposedly had the upper hand on voter micro data and demographics, has not come out with an intelligent discussion on the role of the Latino vote.  The Pew Foundation has shared some resources that could enlighten such a discussion….  The Policy ThinkShop provides this link for those who are looking at this issue towards making the current administration accountable to the Latino vote and in making sure the Latino vote continues to come in and count once it has its impact going forward…

Feel free to post your comments on how this material is useful to you, your organization and to developing policy that addresses Latino community needs and interests…

“Latinos voted for President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by 71% to 27%, according to an analysis of exit polls by the Pew Hispanic Center, a Project of the Pew Research Center.1

Obama’s national vote share among Hispanic voters is the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996, when President Bill Clinton won 72% of the Hispanic vote.

The Center’s analysis finds that Latinos made up 10% of the electorate, as indicated by the national exit poll, up from 9% in 2008 and 8% in 2004.2 The analysis also shows that as a group, non-white voters made up 28% of the nation’s electorate, up from 26% in 2008.3”

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Election-Day Victories for Same-Sex Marriage – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Follow the fats on gay marriage at the Pew Foundation web…  It’s one of the best places for clear and sober facts on this important civil rights issue….

“On Nov. 6, 2012, supporters of same-sex marriage won key victories at the ballot box in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state. In Maine, voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing gay marriage, just three years after they had voted to invalidate a same-sex marriage law. Maine becomes the first state to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. In Maryland and Washington state, voters rejected efforts to invalidate statutes legalizing gay marriage that had been enacted earlier in 2012. Those laws will now take effect as originally planned. Finally, in Minnesota, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have written a same-sex marriage ban into the state’s constitution, leaving in place an existing statutory ban.”

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Latino Voters in the 2012 Election | Pew Hispanic Center

The Pew Hispanic Center put together some nice tables and statistics on the Latino vote in the President Obama reelection victory …  Clearly Latinos played the biggest role ever in this election since the Clinton victory of 1996.  Of course, PRWOA (the welfare reform law Clinton passed) was not en evil in itself.  What is evil is the employment picture that followed that reform, till this day, in terms of folks that were thrown off the roles and into a jobless economy.  Go figure?

After the Clinton victory, Clinton payed them back with welfare reform…  Hope President Obama pays better… Ya think?  

In any case, enjoy the numbers…

Latinos voted for President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney by 71% to 27%, according to an analysis of exit polls by the Pew Hispanic Center, a Project of the Pew Research Center.1

Obama’s national vote share among Hispanic voters is the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996, when President Bill Clinton won 72% of the Hispanic vote.

The Center’s analysis finds that Latinos made up 10% of the electorate, as indicated by the national exit poll, up from 9% in 2008 and 8% in 2004.2 The analysis also shows that as a group, non-white voters made up 28% of the nation’s electorate, up from 26% in 2008.3

Battleground States

Hispanics made up a growing share of voters in three of the key battleground states in yesterday’s election—Florida, Nevada and Colorado.

Post-Election Analysis

Changing Face of America Helps Assure Obama Victory

A Milestone En Route to a Majority Minority Nation

How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis

Obama carried Florida’s Hispanic vote 60% to 39%, an improvement over his 57% to 42% showing in 2008. Also, Hispanics made up 17% of the Florida electorate this year, up from 14% in 2008.

The state’s growing non-Cuban population—especially growth in the Puerto Rican population in central Florida—contributed to the president’s improved showing among Hispanic voters. This year, according to the Florida exit poll, 34% of Hispanic voters were Cuban while 57% were non-Cuban. Among Cuban voters, the vote was split—49% supported Obama while 47% supported Romney. Among the state’s non-Cuban voters, Obama won 66% versus 34% for Romney.

via Latino Voters in the 2012 Election | Pew Hispanic Center.

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Obama Wins New Term as Electoral Advantage Holds – NYTimes.com

America’s has chosen to stay on the path to fairness, embracing diversity and the working person … The 47% wins!

The New York Times reports Obama victory as “Mr. Etch a Sketch” goes down hard and for ever!

Mitt Catches Bad Loss … America’s 47% wins big!

“Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as the nation voted to give him a second …”

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