Great post here from Brothers Judd:
DID LINCOLN CAMPAIGNING ON RETURNING DRED SCOTT TO HIS MASTER:
Whitman says her former housekeeper should be deported (Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, 10/29/10, Los Angeles Times)
Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman has reignited a controversy that roiled her campaign for weeks, saying the undocumented housekeeper she employed for nine years should be deported.
The comment, her toughest yet on the matter, came in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, who asked Whitman on Wednesday whether the former housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, should be deported.
"Well, the answer is: It breaks my heart, but she should be deported, because she forged documents and she lied about her immigration status," Whitman said.
Latinos turn out to vote in record numbers (Martin Wisckol, 11/04/10, OC Register)
California Latinos turned out to vote in record numbers Tuesday, driven largely by the governor’s race where they favored Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman by more than 2 to 1, according to this analysis of exit polls by Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times.
Latinos accounted for 22 percent of the total ballots cast in the state and while they largely turned out to vote for Brown, they then voted for other Democrats as well.
Meg Whitman-- a mountain of money couldn't make up for a missing conscience. This is another good one:
THE GOP WILL WIN THE WEST WHEN IT STOPS HATING ON BROWNS:
Did Polls Underestimate Democrats’ Latino Vote? (NATE SILVER, 11/03/10, NY Times)
There is another theory, however, which was proposed to me last night by Matt Barreto of the polling firm Latino Decisions.
“There is one overarching reason why the polls were wrong in Nevada,” Mr. Barreto wrote in an e-mail to FiveThirtyEight. “The Latino vote.”
His firm, which conducts interviews in both English and Spanish, had found that Latino voters — somewhat against the conventional wisdom — were relatively engaged by this election and for the most part were going to vote Democratic. Mr. Barreto also found that Latino voters who prefer to speak Spanish — about 40 percent of Latino voters in California meet this description, he told me — are particularly likely to vote Democratic. Pollsters who don’t conducted bilingual interviewing at all, or who make it cumbersome for the respondent to take the poll in Spanish, may be missing these voters.
Mr. Barreto had noted to me earlier this year that he felt polls might be overestimating support for Republican candidates in California. Indeed, the polls in that state called the right winners — Democrats Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer — but underestimated their eventual margin of victories.
Colorado, the other state where most polls picked the wrong winner, is also a state with a fairly heavy Latino population.
As a back-of-the-envelope test of Mr. Barreto’s theory, I compiled results from the eight states with the largest share of Latinos in their population: these are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Texas. There were 15 gubernatorial and Senate races last night between these states.
I don't mean to say that Republicans should embrace just immigration policies for electoral gain, of course. They should do it because it's the right thing to do. But it might also help them win elections-- though perhaps only if that's not their motive.