Selma-Montgomery March, Immigration Law Drawing Young People, First-time Protesters
From Associated Press
Beatriz Rosaliano says she was brought illegally to Alabama from Mexico when she was 2 years old. Now 17, Rosaliano says she has been energized by her adoptive state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law to become an activist fighting for its repeal. Rosaliano and nearly 1,000 protesters marched on Thursday in the fifth day of a recreation of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march that led to the Voting Rights Act barring discrimination at the polls. Organizers of the modern march say they are fighting contemporary roadblocks to ballot access, such as Alabama's voter photo ID and immigration laws. The march will culminate with a rally at noon Friday in front of the Alabama Capitol.
GOP Rhetoric Hurting Party Among Latinos
GOP pollster Whit Ayres told the Christian Science Monitor the "tone" of the immigration debate has damaged the image of the Republican party among Latino voters. Said Ayres: "It is pretty obvious that we can't continue to lose Latinos two to one as we did in 2008 and remain competitive as a national party. If we don't do better among Latinos, we are not going to be talking about how to get back Florida in the presidential race, we are going to be talking about how not to lose Texas." A Fox News Latino poll released this week found that Latino voters favor Obama by six-to-one over any of his possible Republican presidential challengers.
House Approves JOBS Act in 390-23 Vote
From The Hill
The House Thursday afternoon overwhelmingly approved legislation aimed at easing the rules for capital formation for small companies, which Republicans hailed as a major job-creation bill but Democrats said is just a minor fix for the economy. Members approved the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in a 390-23 vote that saw 158 Democrats join every voting Republican in support of the bill. All "no" votes were Democrats.
Corporations Don't Pony up for Super PACs
When super PACs emerged two years ago, critics howled that corporations would take advantage of a newfound tool to flex their muscle in politics. But so far this campaign season, publicly traded companies have shied away from the outside groups — giving less than one half of a percent of all the contributions raised by the most active super PACs.
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