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Election 2013

Politics of Immigration, 2013 Edition: NJ/VA Governors’ Races Show Risks/Rewards for GOP, While House Republicans Continue to Delay

This week’s gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia offered two different models of Republicanism, with two decidedly different outcomes.  As the electorate grows more and more diverse, the future of the Republican Party depends upon its ability to attract minority voters, including the growing Asian and Latino electorates. These voters aren’t looking for talk, … Continue reading »

Immigration Groups Target Nine Republicans with Huge Voter Outreach Program to Push for House Vote on Citizenship

The Cost of Inaction campaign is a coalitional effort undertaken by the AFL-CIO, America’s Voice, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Mi Familia Vota, PICO Action Fund, and SEIU in nine Congressional districts.  Setting the Stage for 2014, “The Cost of Inaction” Campaign Will Directly Engage Thousands of Voters in Key Districts to Push for Vote … Continue reading »

Casa in Action at Cuccinelli Concession Party: 'If GOP Doesn't Accept Citizenship, Then as a Party, They're Dead'

Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia gubernatorial candidate who once compared immigrants to rats and called Steve King “one of my very favorite Congressmen,” conceded defeat to Democrat Terry McAuliffe last night, and immigration reform advocates from Casa in Action were there to remind the Republican Party why Cuccinelli had lost. According to the Washington Post liveblog: … Continue reading »

Election Day Lessons in NJ & VA – Latino & Asian Voters Prepared to Reward or Punish GOP on Immigration

For a Republican Party that is deciding whether to embrace or reject immigration reform this year, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia show how two different models of Republican engagement on immigration can lead to two wildly different outcomes. In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is poised to coast to re-election and … Continue reading »

Poll of Virginia Latinos and Asians Shows GOP: Politics of Exclusion Will Cost You Elections

Cross-posted at Latino Decisions blog. With Election Day in Virginia today and the gubernatorial candidates’ positioning on immigration reform on stark display, a new election-eve poll, sponsored by America’s Voice, People for the American Way and Latino Decisions reveals how Virginia’s changing demographics are also changing the state’s politics. The polling data present a sign of things … Continue reading »

Virginia Latinos and Asians to GOP: Politics of Exclusion Will Cost You Elections

First Installment of New Poll Shows Virginia is a Test Case for the National GOP With Election Day in Virginia today and the gubernatorial candidates’ positioning on immigration reform on stark display, a new election-eve poll reveals how Virginia’s changing demographics are also changing the state’s politics.  The polling data also present a sign of … Continue reading »

A Tale of Two Candidates: Pro-Immigrant Chris Christie Gains Ground With Latino Voters; Anti-Immigrant Ken Cuccinelli Not So Much

The gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia offer two different models for the national Republican Party on immigration reform and outreach to Latino voters.  Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is pro-immigrant and doing well.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) is anti-immigrant and heading towards defeat.  The results should speak loudly to a Republican Party that … Continue reading »

The Legacy of Anti-Immigrant Corey Stewart: How Prince William County Became An Electoral Bellwether

In advance of tomorrow’s elections in Virginia, the Washington Post profiled the critical importance of rapidly-changing Prince William County and its residents,  who “are the voters who will decide who is elected governor Tuesday”: All that growth has shifted the county’s political complexion, turning it from the last conservative stronghold in Northern Virginia — Prince … Continue reading »

Memo on Immigration: Let’s Not Forget How We Got Here

At a Politico Playbook breakfast yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made an important comment about the politics of immigration reform and why it is so critical for Republicans to engage on the issue.  As Elise Foley reported at Huffington Post: “As you look at demographics in states like mine, that means that we will go … Continue reading »

New Video: From the Latino Vote in 2012 to Immigration Reform in 2013

A new video from America’s Voice Education Fund, “From the Latino Vote in 2012 to Immigration Reform in 2013,” captures the Republican Party’s challenge with respect to Latino voters and the GOP’s need to push for immigration reform. The video starts with Ronald Reagan arguing for “amnesty,” followed by Mitt Romney announcing hardline immigration positions … Continue reading »