Latino vote

What Is 'Hispandering' And Why Do Politicians Do It?

Dec 9, 2015

From Texas Standard:

With the presidential election just over the horizon, many politicians are looking for ways to connect with their constituents.

For some it's talking about the economy or healthcare, for others it's the war on terrorism. But when interacting with a demographic that that may not resemble their base, some politicians turn toward pandering.

We've all seen it. You may recall President Obama adding a bit more twang in his speeches when he visits the South. But what about pandering to largest minority group in the U.S. – Spanish-speakers in America?

 


Texas Public Radio

Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, now U.S. Housing Secretary, introduced Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today, as she paid a visit to the Alamo City. The rally launched Clinton’s effort to energize Latino voters.

Clinton is no stranger to South Texas. She campaigned throughout the area decades ago for presidential candidate George McGovern, and worked to register Latino voters.

At the Historic Sunset Station, banners and buttons read "La Hillary, estoy contigo" – I’m with you.

A conservative Latino group is voicing its frustration with Republican immigration rhetoric on the campaign trail.

In a letter obtained by NPR, the Libre Initiative, which is funded by the Koch brothers, made a clear, bold statement aimed at fellow conservatives. It criticized what it sees as policies that "are not in line with our principles and are not in the best interest of the country." (The full letter is at the bottom of the post.)

After World War II, Mexican American veterans returned home to lead the struggle for civil rights.

Many of their stories have been recorded by the Voces Oral History Project founded and directed by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.

In her new book “Texas Mexican Americans and Post War Civil Rights Rivas Rodriguez tells the stories of three lesser known battles in Mexican American civil rights in Texas.

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