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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 8, 2010 / 30 Tishrei, 5771

Hispanics' Missed Opportunity

By Linda Chavez



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Democrats' only chance to maintain their control of Congress this election depends on the party's ability to turn out its base. Democrats can't win unless young voters, those with lower incomes, union members, and those who are members of minority groups, especially blacks and Hispanics, turn out in larger-than-usual numbers for a non-presidential election year. A higher-than-average turnout among such voters helped President Obama win in 2008, but there isn't much indication that these voters will do so this election. And now there's solid evidence that one of those groups — Hispanics — will be a big disappointment to Democrats this year.

A new poll out from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that even though a large majority of Hispanic voters favor the Democrats, it may not mean much come November. Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the country, making up more than 15 percent of the total population. But they constitute a smaller percentage of those actually eligible to vote — only 9 percent — because a larger proportion of them are under 18 years of age or are not citizens.

Hispanics have traditionally voted Democratic, but various Republican presidential candidates have been able to make substantial inroads into the Hispanic vote. From the elections of Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, between a third to well over 40 percent of Hispanic voters cast their ballots for Republicans.

In the last two national elections, however, Hispanics have deserted the Republican Party in droves, largely because the GOP has been perceived as less friendly territory. And the Pew poll shows only about one-in-five Hispanic registered voters as preferring Republican candidates in this year's congressional election; whereas among all registered voters, preference is about evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

But the real problem for the Democrats is that Hispanics aren't very motivated to vote this year. Only about half of registered Hispanic voters say they will vote in November's midterms, according to the Pew study, compared with 70 percent of all registered voters. And among Hispanics who say they will vote, a slightly higher proportion of those who lean Republican are likely to vote than those who lean Democrat.

Democrats have been counting on Hispanic dissatisfaction with the GOP's hard-line rhetoric on immigration as their ace in the hole with Hispanic voters. But many Hispanics are also unhappy with the Democrats' inability to get an immigration bill passed even though they control both houses of Congress and the White House. What's more, immigration isn't high on the list of priorities for Hispanic voters this election, ranking only fifth among seven issues tested (among all voters, immigration is an even lower priority, ranking 10th among 13 issues in another 2010 Pew poll).

A plurality of Hispanics, 47 percent, say they think that Democrats care about them, whereas only 6 percent think the GOP is concerned for their welfare, including only 18 percent of Republican Hispanics. But caring is one thing — and delivering on policies that matter is another.

Like most Americans, Hispanics rank jobs, health care, and the federal budget deficit high on their list of priorities. But the issue that matters most to Hispanic voters is education — which was ranked first by 58 percent of those polled. But when it comes to education, Democrats have shown little leadership in recent years. Nearly all the ideas for major school reform have come from Republicans, from charter schools to school vouchers to tying teacher pay to student performance. If Republicans were smart, they'd be reaching out to Hispanic voters on issues like this.

Democrats may have the hearts of Hispanic voters, but motivating them to vote is another matter. In the end, however, Hispanic voter apathy will hurt Hispanics more than it hurts either party. It will mean Democrats can continue to take them for granted, if a little less so because they may not show up when it counts. And it will mean Republicans don't have to bother appealing to them because they are less likely than other groups to vote.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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