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 »

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 »

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 »

Lessons in Virginia and California on Display for GOP, if They Are Willing to Look & Listen  Given the likely outcome, the Virginia governor’s race could be a sign of things to come for the GOP in 2014 when it comes to the politics of immigration.  Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s hardline immigration positions, including his… Continue »

Yesterday, Latino Decisions published a new presentation on immigration reform politics in California and what it means for Republicans there and the GOP nationwide.  We know the story well: in 1994, California Republicans pushed through a horribly anti-immigrant law (Prop 187) that drove Latinos into the arms of Democrats.  The progressive realignment that happened in California as… Continue »

In recent days, we’ve written about Colorado and California as examples of places where demographic change have posed and continue to pose serious challenges to Republicans in future elections.  Today, Jill Lawrence at National Journal has a similar piece about this year’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, where demography may end up being destiny. Though both… Continue »

Boehner Calls Reform “More Difficult” in Light of Extremist Comments, When They Should Make Passing Reform More Imperative As anti-immigrant extremist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) continues his media tour to defend his infamous comparison of DREAMers to drug smugglers, he has company – another high-profile Republican has joined Rep. King in comparing immigrants to animals.… Continue »