Michele Reagan Releases First All-Spanish Ad

Michele Reagan

Friends,

I am very excited to share with you that our campaign has released our first Spanish language television commercial of the campaign – narrated by State Representative Lydia Hernández of Legislative District 29.

The all-Spanish language ad, which is being broadcast on Univision and cable television this week, is part of a Hispanic voter outreach program launched by my campaign. In the commercial, Representative Hernández highlights the need to have a Secretary of State with a track record of working on bipartisan solutions and passing legislation benefitting Arizona’s diverse population.

The Secretary’s Office is one which must protect the integrity of each and every voter in the State of Arizona. The practice of ballot harvesting occurring in Arizona is manipulating peoples’ voice and their vote.

In addition to the commercial, my reform plan also available in Spanish on my website.  I want the Hispanic Community to know they play an equally important part in our democratic process under a Reagan administration.

Watch the commercial now, in English or in Spanish:

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Hispanics = Republicans? Pretty Much!

The tough prosecuting District Attorney and her husband, lifetime Democrats both, went to lunch with Republican friends and a couple hours later came away exclaiming, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.”

So told New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to Republicans in 2012. She had discovered a famous quip of former California Governor and U.S President Ronald Reagan, “Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.”

To understand both Governor Martinez and President Reagan one has to know what the three basic areas of political policy are in the Republican Party.

There are three “legs” that make up the philosophical base of Grand Old Party (GOP) thinking: National Security, Social/family/individual responsibility, and Economics.

Republican Value – National Security

National Security has been a huge element in GOP thinking since December 7, 1941. The Republican 80th Congress created the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the remnants of the World War II Office of Strategic Services (OSS) which President Roosevelt created despite his Secretary of State Cordell Hull had declared, “Gentlemen do not read other Gentleman’s mail.”

Democrat mistakes that led to modern Republicans. In 1949 Democrat Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared Korea outside the America’s Pacific defense perimeter. Result, North Koreans Communists aided by the Soviet Union invaded South Korea. 34,000 Americans died.

The GOP was successful in nominating and electing General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) President and Richard Nixon Vice President in 1952. Ike ended the Korean War. He created the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) policy that served the United States well for over 30 years against the Soviet Union. He kept thousands of American troops in Europe and Japan/Philippines/Korea. He kept us out of Vietnam despite the French begging us for help.

Richard Nixon inherited Vietnam, the worst foreign policy mistake of the 20th Century. On his first day in office (January 20, 1969) he ordered troops out of Vietnam where eventually 58,000 Americans died in the amateur Kennedy/Johnson folly. Nixon started the fall of the Soviet Empire by diplomacy with China.

Our real enemy today is Muslim terrorism, not the Soviet Empire which imploded thanks to Republican policies of MAD and intelligent diplomacy. It didn’t hurt that Ronald Reagan started rearming the USA, a policy heavily supported by Hispanics whose individual support was highlighted by more Hispanic military service than in all U.S. History. Today, 20%, one in five Combat Arms soldiers and Marines are Hispanic, almost all Mexican Americans.

Military strength, a strong U.S. Navy and a policy of assistance to varied allies have kept a world-wide American presence in support of American interests throughout the world. That has been Republican policy since 1941. There are, however, isolationists who demand a U.S. pullback to our borders because they don’t believe in our being “Policeman of the World.” Our interests need defending no matter where in the world.

Republican Value – Social/Family/Individual responsibility

Social/Family/Individual responsibility covers a huge swath of American behavior. Abortion, forced birth control, food stamps, welfare, the destruction of family, and federal stripping of 1st Amendment constitutional protections in religion and religious practice are huge issues with Hispanics.

73 percent of Black babies are born out of wedlock, 52% of Hispanic and 30 percent of White babies are also born out of wedlock. This is a disaster. Abortion speaks for itself.
Obama care is forcing religious institutions like hospitals and universities to violate their own beliefs in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. Record numbers are drawing food stamps and disability funding and labor participation is at modern lows. Hard work doesn’t count any longer for many, but not Hispanics.

A Safety Net is fine. The Hispanic family, however, is the foundation of civilization; food stamps, welfare and no-growth Democratic policies are destroying the family.

Republican Value – Economics

Economics supported by Republicans include less government intrusion, a fairer tax system for all, less over-regulation, a free labor market and a government that encourages growth, job creation and more domestic energy production.

80,000 pages of tax laws and an Internal Revenue Service that is unfair for political reasons must be corrected in the interest of fairness. President George W. Bush’s tax reforms have been set in concrete despite fervent opposition by Democrats. More needs to be done. A tax code of ten pages will unleash economics which can revitalize the economy more than the industrial revolution did.

Basically, the Republican economics policy is two words: ECONOMIC GROWTH. Target, four or more percent growth.

The military record shows that Hispanics have supported a strong international USA since 1941 (31 Medals of Honor since 1941). President George W. Bush raked in over 90% Hispanic approval when he attacked Afghanistan in 2001. Surveys show that Hispanics are generally pro-life, pro-marriage and are not afraid of hard work. Mexican American labor force participation, for example, is the highest in the country. Hispanics thrive on economic growth because they are workers, hard workers.

Was Reagan right? Yes, Hispanics are natural Republicans!

Editor’s Note: reposted with permission from Cafe Con Leche Republicans – original link

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Raoul Contreras Lowery

Raoul Contreras Lowery

Raoul Lowery Contreras (1941) was born in Mexico, raised in the USA. Former U.S. Marine, athlete, Dean’s List at San Diego State. Professional political consultant and California Republican Party official (1963-65)…Television news commentator, radio talk show host…published Op-Ed writer (1988 to present)…author of 12 books (as of 1-05-12). His books are available at Amazon.com

Latinos/Hispanics and Republicans

By Aaron Borders

I want to start this article with this thought in mind. Republicans don’t need to change their platform to bring in Latinos/ Hispanics to the GOP, they need to get their message to the Latino/ Hispanics people. I base that comment on my MANY conversations with Hispanic and Latino Arizonans. It seems that when I approach a Hispanic or Latino Voter I ask them what they think about the Republican Party. I usually get one of these two answers or both. “Republicans are racist and they hate Latinos/Hispanics”, or I get this,” you’re the first person that’s asked, I don’t even know what the Republicans believe”.

I grew up in a generation that didn’t see race as an issue at all. When I was a boy, Michael Jordan was the biggest basketball star, Tiger Woods was the biggest talent in golf, and Emmitt Smith was the best running back in the NFL. As I got older and I learned more about politics, I learned that Democrats opposed EVERY piece of civil rights legislation that our Congress has passed. Now I know you are reading this and thinking, ‘what do Latinos/ Hispanics have to do with the African- American Civil rights movement?’ Very simple, the same way the Democrats have sucked in the same people they fought to enslave (remember Lincoln was a Republican) and through big Government programs, they have destroyed their culture and family values. This is their plan for the Latino/ Hispanics population as well.

In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the African-American people were fighting for their civil rights and liberties. By in large, they were religious folks following Dr. Martin Luther King (Republican) and his quest for equality for his people. The African-American community had tight family bonds and values. ALL they wanted was to get equal pay and equal opportunity. So, with MUCH rejection from the “Dixiecrats” which were a proud group of Democrat segregationist and their supporters that had assumed control of the state Democratic parties in part or in full. They also opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. With great pressure from the Civil Rights Movement and the Republicans in Congress, a lot of civil rights legislation was passed into law. President Lyndon B. Johnson only went along because he saw the “voter loyalty” that came with it.

The Democrat Party continues to get the African-American vote solely out of loyalty to a Democratic President who signed Republican Civil Rights bills, they consistently vote against their own interest with blind loyalty. THIS is how African-Americans relate to Latinos/ Hispanics. With the Latinos/ Hispanics, however, it is just getting started. Here are a few examples.

Proposition 8 in California was a great illustration of what I am referring to. The LA Times recorded this, “California’s black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, also provided key support in favor of the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Seven in 10 black voters backed a successful ballot measure to overturn the California Supreme Court’s May decision allowing same-sex marriage, according to exit polls for The Associated Press. More than half of Latino voters supported Proposition 8.” It’s Amazing that something that is a core belief issue to African-Americans and Latinos who felt so strongly about same-sex marriage they, “turned out in droves” on an non presidential election year to oppose it, but; blindly voted for a party that openly supports it.

Here is another example, According to a Reuters report, “U.S. Hispanics — traditionally an anti-abortion group influenced by their predominant Roman Catholic faith. A 2007 joint survey by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Hispanic Center shows that 65 % of first-generation U.S. Hispanics believe abortion should be illegal.” However, according to the New York Times, Nationwide Hispanics voted 67% in favor of Obama. Such a solid disconnect. An anti-abortion position is an unwavering position because there is a belief that legalized murder is taking place. Yet once again, the party that openly supports abortion and late term abortion was the party that got the anti-abortion Hispanic/Latino vote. Not to mention President Obama who openly supported infanticide as an Illinois State Senator.

I will give you one more example before I share with you what I feel the Republicans can do to fix this problem.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States increased by 43.7% to 2.3 million, more than twice the national rate of 18% between 2002 and 2007. About 45.8% of all Hispanic-owned businesses were owned by people of Mexican origin. Hispanic-owned businesses generated $345.2 billion in sales in 2007, up 55.5% compared with 2002. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses with receipts of $1 million or more increased 51.6%— from 29,168 to 44,206 businesses between 2002 and 2007.These new data come from the Survey of Business Owners: Hispanic-Owned Businesses: 2007. Once again common reasoning would tell you these folks would vote for Pro-Growth Candidates and support Pro-Small Business policies. Unfortunately as I previously stated, President Obama, who is certainly not Pro-Growth (unless you’re talking about Gov. Regulation) or Pro-Small Business, got 67% of the Hispanic vote.

So what does this all boil down to? I refer to the second comment I get from Hispanics and Latinos when I ask them their thoughts about Republican Party.

First the Democrats have told the lie that Republicans are racist. Republicans know that’s not true but we haven’t adequately reached out to the Hispanic Voters and explained our history of, NOT being racist. The truth is that the Republicans want a secure border. Not only to keep U.S. commerce in the U.S. to grow our economy, but for the security of our Nation. We MUST explain that there is proof that Hezbollah and Hamas have infiltrated the Mexican drug cartels and a dirty bomb from them will not discriminate between Republicans or Democrats. Hispanic and Latino Voters MUST see these lies as a ploy to pit them against Republicans; at the risk of their families’ security.

Second, the Republican Party must work harder to explain their platform to Hispanics and Latinos. I don’t want to discount the work that the Arizona Latino Republican local groups have done, but as a party we must do more. As I have illustrated, there is a huge voter base that agrees with the Conservative Republican platform, they just haven’t been told by us what we believe. The Democrats tell them what we believe and most of the time the Democrats are the only one talking to them. So in essence, they only hear lies about how we are racist, then we don’t reach out to them for their vote, and that further solidifies the lie in their mind.

As a current candidate for the LD-29 Arizona State House, I have been blown away when I speak to Hispanic and Latinos Voters. For some of these folks I am the first Republican that has ever talked to them. Furthermore, when I explain our platform to them they almost ALL look at me confounded and say, “I didn’t even know I was a Republican.”

As Republicans, we had better wake up as a party and invest in our message to the Hispanic and Latino Voters because they are us, they just don’t know it.

Aaron Borders is a Republican candidate for the Arizona Legislature in Legislative District 29. You can find out more about Aaron at his website at www.AaronBorders4AZ.com. You can also follow Aaron on Twitter and Facebook.

Something Republicans Just Need to Learn

By Thomas Martin Salazar

Growing up my father (a Mexican national) taught me the importance of having three basic priorities that should govern my life. These priorities were to always place God first, family second, and work/school third above everything else. After the spanking the Republicans  received this last election day, it seems as if we as a party could benefit from considering these priorities, especially when it comes to the family.  I understand that not every Hispanic person is the same, nor is every Mexican American for that matter. But I do believe that these priorities are important and relatable to the Hispanic and Latino community. While the GOP tends to do a great job at defending religious liberty and is the most active in the defense of the unborn, it seems to neglect one of the most important priorities – family and fails miserably at communicating the third – work/education.

If Republicans wish to gain back the support of the Latino vote, especially that of the Mexican Americans in many southwestern states, then we need to end the rhetorical attacks on their families. Hispanics are not going to vote for any candidate whom they  think is going to deport their abuelita or go after their parents, husbands or wives.  They also will not support candidates of a party who want to end birthright citizenship. If we are to be the party of family values which I believe we are, then we must let go of our rhetoric and reach out in good faith to work towards some form of immigration reform just as George W. Bush tried to do. Conservatives seem to think and fear that Hispanics are inherently liberal. I disagree. The Democratic party does not hold our values; but neither do they pander to the immigration enforcement only crowd as republicans tend to do. I am not calling for open borders or lax enforcement. I am suggesting that we use our enforcement resources on the border and go after the criminals and the cartels, meanwhile, finding a humane way to keep families united and help build a better future for America and the Republican Party. When the Republicans finally embrace pro-family policies and cease the rhetoric that has been perceived as anti-Hispanic, then the door will be opened for further dialogue.

After we reach out in good faith, then we, as a party, must communicate better toward Hispanics and Latinos in general. We need candidates and organized groups to reach out and educate them on economic issues. Both employment and education are top priorities for many Hispanics, but if they do not see the connection from the policy played out in their daily lives, then we are failing to communicate.  Republicans must do a better job at explaining how raising tax rates and continued deficit spending will negatively impact them. While at the same time, Republicans need to articulately respond with fiscally sound economic policies that will lead to economic growth and rising incomes. Moreover, we need to defend the free market and explain how it is their inherent right as human beings, created by God, to choose how to spend and use their money. Republicans should also educate Hispanic voters on  the myriads of federal regulations and taxes that are inhibiting his or her ability to freely choose, by decreasing growth and upward mobility.

Furthermore,  we need to work harder at  defending educational choice for parents. We have an over regulated education system that sends billions of dollars to bureaucrats in the Department of Education, while spending on students and their classrooms  are both neglected. Moreover, Republicans can defiantly win on the issue of school choice. School choice is not a federal program; it is the right for parents to have the choice whether to send their children to public, private or charter schools or even homeschool if they wish. Parents should be afforded all options because each child learns differently and no one size fits all federal education program will meet those needs. We must oppose federal one size fits all cookie cutter educational standards and move  towards state rights  and parental rights. Education is a pivotal issue for each and every Hispanic mother and father. This goal will be hindered if  we do not reach out and clearly articulate to Hispanic voters our educational polices.

Thus, we must do better at articulating our values to the Hispanic and in particular  the Mexican American community. I do believe this goal is attainable and I am optimistic.  Just recently, conservative talk show host, Sean Hannity, came out in favor for immigration reform and the Speaker of the House,  John Boehner, said he is “confident”  that the Republican congress can reach a deal on an immigration reform bill. Again, we are the ones who need to reach out in good faith and restart the dialogue. Therefore, I pray that the GOP will heed these words and consider the three top priorities of this frustrated Republican: God, family, and work/education. If we do anything less, failure is inevitable.

Editors note: as with all blog postings that appear with a by-line, the opinions presented are the author’s and not necessarily the positions of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.

Thomas Martin Salazar is an Arizona leader of the Café con Leche Republicans. Thomas was born and raised in Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Grand Canyon University and is currently working on obtaining a MDiv in Biblical Communication from Phoenix Seminary. Thomas has also served as the Grand Canyon University College Republicans Vice President and interim President (February 2007-April 2008) and as a Maricopa County Republican Precinct committeeman (August 2009 – August 2012).

Obama’s Economy, Healthcare Law Still Hammering Away at Arizona, Hispanics

Healthcare Law Penalizes Uninsured, Hispanics Twice As Likely to Lack Health Insurance

PHOENIX – When President Obama’s healthcare law goes into full effect in 2014, millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance will be forced to pay an average penalty of $1,200.  As seen in a new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released yesterday,  government officials are still measuring the impact of the healthcare law passed more than two years ago, and the news is not good.

Arizona will be especially hard-hit by Obama’s healthcare law, because not only is the unemployment rate among Hispanics already up to 10.2% — more than two points higher than the national average — the uninsured rate among Hispanics is 30%, nearly twice the national average of 16%.  Arizona’s Hispanic population is about 30% of Arizona’s 6.5 million residents.

As the Associated Press reports:

“Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.  The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.  The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed.  The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, 9/19/2012)

“President Obama and Democrats like Richard “Rubberstamp” Carmona that support this new healthcare law are ignoring Arizona’s residents, especially Hispanics,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “Every day we hear bad news about either the economy or healthcare, but today it’s both — and the only good news is that we have the opportunity to stop Obama and Carmona and put Mitt Romney in the White House and Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate.”

BACKGROUND…

Health Insurance and Hispanics

  • Uninsured rate national average among all groups is 15.7% (“Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011” United States Census Bureau, Table 7)
  • Uninsured rate among Hispanics is 30.1%, or 15.8 million people (“Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011” United States Census Bureau, Table 7)

Obama’s Healthcare Penalizes Uninsured

After accounting for those who will not be subject to the penalty tax, CBO and JCT now estimate that about 6 million people will pay a penalty because they are uninsured in 2016 (a figure that includes uninsured dependents who have the penalty paid on their behalf) and that total collections will be about $7 billion in 2016 and average about $8 billion per year over the 2017–2022 period. Those estimates differ from projections that CBO and JCT made in April 2010: About two million more uninsured people are now projected to pay the penalty each year, and collections are now expected to be about $3 billion more per year.  (“Payments of Penalties for Being Uninsured Under the Affordable Care Act,” Congressional Budget Office, 9/19/12)

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Obama Recruited Richard Carmona As Part of Democrats’ Election-Year Ploy to Sway Latinos

PHOENIX – As federal immigration authorities in Arizona begin today to implement the Obama Administration’s new “deferred action” immigration plan, Arizonans should be reminded that in addition to suing Arizona for enforcing immigration laws, the Obama Administration also previously injected itself into Arizona’s political landscape when Barack Obama personally called Richard Carmona to urge him to run for office and become one of Arizona’s U.S. Senators. Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey yesterday called Obama’s plan to sway Latino voters a “sad campaign ploy.”

In June, Obama announced a new policy to allow young illegal immigrants that meet certain criteria to apply for temporary “deferred action” or an exemption from deportation from the federal government.

“Congress already rejected this half-hearted immigration reform, so President Obama did an end-run around Congress to buy time to get more Democrats like Richard Carmona elected,” said Tim Sifert, spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party. “Obama and his Democrats have a record on immigration that is as bad as their record on jobs and the economy, and simply putting another Democrat like Richard Carmona in the mix is not the solution.”

BACKGROUND:

President Barack Obama & Democrat Leader Harry Reid Personally Recruited Richard Carmona

“On September 23, President Obama called Richard Carmona to encourage him to run,” said one Democratic strategist. (Alexander Burns, Obama courts Ariz. Senate candidate, may contest state ‘heavily’, Politico, 10/06/11)

Carmona is one of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favorite candidates and was personally courted by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get into the race. (David Catanese, Bivens clears the way for Carmona, Politico, 3/27/2012)

Obama personally called Carmona and asked him to run, and Carmona told The Hill in February that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) were also among those who reached out to court him. (Josh Lederman, Democrat Bivens drops out of Arizona Senate primary, clearing way for Carmona, The Hill, 3/27/2010)

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Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) Statement Regarding Vice Presidential Pick Paul Ryan

RNHA STATEMENT REGARDING REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL PICK 

Lakeland, FL. – The RNHA applauds Governor Mitt Romney’s pick of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. RNHA National Chairman Alci Maldonado stated: “Governor Romney’s excellent choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate clearly demonstrates an affirmation of Mr. Ryan’s strength of character and leadership. Congressman Ryan has initiated the national discussion regarding the need for entitlement reform and budgetary restraint and management. Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan’s proposals to reform Medicare will ensure its future solvency and integrity and it will not be eliminated as some critics have charged. Medicare will not be eliminated as we know it, it will be saved.

America is headed for a fiscal catastrophe and the Obama administration has made things worse for America by refusing to deal with our skyrocketing debt, our lack of jobs and our financial insecurity. The Obama administrations mishandling of our economy has compromised our future security and will pass on a terrible legacy to future generations. It is indeed time for a change of administration in Washington and America has a clear choice between more of the same disastrous policies or with a new administration, a return to prosperity, balanced budgets and economic security for all.”

The mission of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly is to build a membership organization to foster the principles of the Republican Party in the Hispanic community; provide Hispanic Americans with a forum to play an influential role in local, state, and national Party activities; increase the number of Hispanic Republican elected officials; and create and maintain a network of Hispanic Republican leaders.

ALRA Releases Its Primary Candidate Endorsements

MESA, ARIZONA (July 11, 2012) – In light of the unprecedented importance placed on the 2012 electoral cycle, the Executive Board of the Arizona Latino Republican Association (ALRA) decided to break with its former practice and officially vet and endorse some primary candidates.

After a review of the candidacies and political platforms of the Republicans in various key races, the ALRA Executive Board has taken formal votes to decide which candidates are most in line with our conservative platforms and values. The result of those votes is as follows:

  • Maricopa County Sheriff – Joe Arpaio
  • Congressional District 3 – Gabriela Saucedo Mercer
  • Congressional District 5 – Matt Salmon
  • Legislative District 8 Representative – T J Shope
  • Legislative District 13 Representative – Steve Montenegro
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Rick Gray
  • Legislative District 21 Representative – Debbie Lesko
  • Legislative District 25 Senator – Russell Pearce
  • Gilbert Justice of the Peace – James Estrada

Congratulations to all on receiving ALRA’s endorsement of their respective campaigns. We look forward to working with all of them to strengthen the conservative representation that is vital to the future dignity, security and prosperity of the people of Arizona.

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Horizon: John Kavanagh on Obama’s New Immigration Enforcement Policy

Great interview on Horizon of State Representative John Kavanagh on President Obama’s new immigration enforcement deferment policy.