Posts by Nicole McCleskey
What’s in your freezer? A guide to Fourth of July entertaining.

Fourth of July. The best of summer. Friends, family and fireworks. And don’t forget the ice cream.

We’re headed to the mountains to beat the heat this week.

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Hispanic Voters: Rethinking the Faith & Family Paradigm

Republicans have become fond of saying in various forms: Hispanic voters should be with us because of our shared social values, or, we are the party of faith and family which are important to Hispanic voters.

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Hispanic Voters & Education: The Great Equalizer

One feature of this last election in the minds of the Hispanic voters in our focus groups – Democrats were the party willing to “help” you again and give you loans so that everyone can afford to go to college. Republicans by default were cast in the role of bad guy out to “hurt” average Americans by denying them access to greater opportunity.

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Hispanic Voters and The Economy: Moving Beyond “Opportunity”

Our focus group respondents generally felt more aligned with Democrats on economic issues. These feelings stem from a sense that Democrats are out for the working class, while Republicans are the party of the rich. We have heard a lot about the class divide leading up to and since this most recent election.

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Hispanic Voters and The Immigration Debate: Right Principles, Wrong Approach

The very word “immigration” puts Hispanic Americans on edge. They know we’re talking about “them,” and they worry. When someone of Spanish-speaking descent as we had in our focus groups hears the word “immigration,” they brace for the worst. As they say … “immigration means brown people. ALL brown people.” If they are white it does not matter who is speaking, Republican or Democrat. One participant in our group said, “I feel like they are talking to me even though I was born here… People think that because you are Spanish you are not supposed to be here.”

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