Largest Ohio Newspaper Backs Obama
From The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"All politicians change positions over time -- Obama in 2008 shifted his position on health care reform more to the center. But Romney's frequent changes raise questions about his core principles and make his lack of policy details all the more troubling. They make you wonder if he would stand up to the more extreme elements in his own party, especially to the House Republicans who undercut Ohioan John Boehner's attempts to negotiate a deficit and debt deal."
La Raza Toils to Energize Latino Voters in Fla.
From Real Clear Politics
The perspiration on Meyra Garcia's face and her well-worn athletic shoes told a story Sunday as she knocked politely on door after door in this tidy middle-class and predominantly Hispanic suburb near Miami in Dade County. Garcia, who is divorced and has a grown son, is a paid member of the National Council of La Raza's nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort. Her assignment through Nov. 6 is to contact the registered voters whose names and addresses appear on lists furnished to her by NCLR via an iPod she signs out and then signs back in each time she works. Garcia’s task is to discern if personal attention and encouragement might propel registered voters to follow through and cast their ballots, perhaps even to vote early (which in Florida is possible beginning Oct. 27). If they need help -- for instance to locate the right voting site, or figure out transportation to get there -- NCLR can offer guidance. For seven months beginning in March, the regional team in Miami registered 34,000 new voters in Dade County, about 1,000 short of its initial goal. Success ultimately will be measured by Hispanic voter turnout by Nov. 6, said Natalie Carlier, NCLR’s 28-year-old Miami regional field coordinator with its department of civic engagement. Until a federal judge overturned a challenging requirement that the Florida government receive voter registration forms
Nevada Democrats Finish with Registration Edge
From The Nevada Progressive
Nevada Progressive looks at the final voter registration report and finds Nevada Democrats now have a 7.17% advantage in the key swing state. Back in March, they had roughly a 4% statewide edge.
The Las Vegas Review Journal notes early voting in Nevada starts today and ends November 2.
Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support
From The Huffington Post
Elizabeth Alvisar is exactly the sort of voter Mitt Romney needs. A victim of the brutal economy in this swing state, the 30-year-old tax preparer has been out of work for months. She's a foe of abortion and gay marriage, and was naturally drawn to the Republican ticket. But Alvisar has switched her support to President Barack Obama because of his support for legislation known as the DREAM Act. While Democrats failed to get the bill through Congress, Obama in August signed a directive that implemented its key provision – allowing young people brought into the country without authorization as children to avoid deportation if they graduate high school or join the military.
"I have a lot of friends who've taken advantage of that opportunity," Alvisar said. In the heavily Hispanic neighborhood where Alvisar lives, unemployment is high and home values are down. But Obama's immigration stance, and especially his executive order, has locked in support from a fast-growing demographic group that has been trending sharply Democratic in the wake of increasingly hard-line Republican positions on immigration. Obama's campaign is counting on Hispanics providing the margin of victory not just in Nevada, but also in other swing states such as Colorado, Iowa, Virginia and North Carolina