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Ofrenda Inc. director, Luis Aira creates a Latino Vote media campaign featuring actors Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite) and actress Yareli Arizmendi of (A Day Without a Mexican) for Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.

According to an analysis released by the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) of census data on the 2004 election, foreign-born voters in states with significant electoral votes such as California, Florida, and New York can make a statewide electoral vote outcome difference if as few as 3-4% of foreign-born voters shift their partisanship or candidate preferences.

Latino elected officials still must contend with significant discrimination when they run for and hold public office, according to a study released today by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

Almost half of all the $15.2 million in entertainment contributions politicians are getting this year come from cable and broadcasting companies--companies that sell advertising time.

There may be 77 days remaining until Election Day, however Campaign Media Analysis Group, a TNS Media Intelligence company, reports that political and issue advocacy television advertising is on pace to shatter the mid-term election spending record set in 2002 and possibly surpass the record set in 2004. From Jan. 1 – Aug. 13, 2006, a stunning $311 million has been spent on local television so far by the candidates, the political parties, as well as interest groups campaigning within the nation’s gubernatorial, congressional, and senatorial elections – a 150 percent increase over the amount spent during the same period in 2002.

PointRoll, Inc. announced the results of its collaboration with the E-Voter Institute and HCD Research in conducting the First Annual Voter Expectations Survey. More than 250,000 voters interacted with rich media ad units that ran from June through August and carried the survey to 17 small, mid-sized, large-market and national daily newspapers across the United States.

I spent Monday and Tuesday of this week in San Diego--not hanging on the beach as I would have liked in mid-August, but attending and speaking at "All Things Political," a training session for more than 100 political consultants put on by Campaigns & Elections Magazine and the eVoter Institute.

A poll released by the New Democrat Network confirms that Hispanics have lost confidence in the failed leadership of President Bush and the Republican Party, with a full 61% of respondents saying the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The American Tango Institute of Chicago proudly announces the 2006 International Chicago Tango Fest, August 24-27, 2006, at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 E. Walton. This special event promises to be one of the hottest festivals Chicago has ever seen.

The NDN Political Fund announced the launch of a new national media campaign to bring the values and agenda of the Democratic Party to tens of millions of Americans.

The campaign, “Mas Que un Partido” (“More Than a Game/Party”), will bring these values – opportunity , responsibility, fair-play and the notion that we’re all in this together – to life through the passion and power of the world’s most popular sport: soccer.

...Which is why all news is local, and why the U.S. electorate votes with its wallet.

Here's why you should--and no, this is not going to be any kind of polemic favoring one candidate or platform over another.

Strict requirements, insufficient information about registration procedures and lack of public interest hobbled Mexico's first effort to conduct absentee voting among its more than ten million adult citizens living in the United States, according to a Pew Hispanic Center survey. About one-half of one percent of Mexicans in the U.S. sought absentee ballots for the presidential election in July during a registration period which ended last month.

Race and ethnicity are still very much a part of American politics, but a new study suggests that increasingly voters are selecting candidates based on their job performance, not just their racial affiliation.

Results of the previous elections this month are in, but analysts are still fighting over the advertising returns. Which medium was the 2005 political kingmaker: radio, TV, or print? It was probably a combination of all three media that played key roles in this year's elections, and reaped record political ad dollars in the process.

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