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Sonia Sotomayor, latina judge, supreme court, frontrunner, david souter
With Justice David H. Souter preparing to step down in June from the high court, many are speculating that the top candidate to replace him is Sonia Sotomayor, who, if selected, would be the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

As cash-strapped California grapples with a historic budget deficit, a new database and Web site is revealing which government employees from that state are receiving six-figure salaries in retirement. The site, recently posted by the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, shows that 4,818 retired California government workers receive annual pension payments of at least $100,000. The site allows users to easily ascertain the names of every government employee earning six-figure retirements.

OK, Maybe Oscar de la Hoya deserves a break. After an embarrassing loss to Manny Pacquiao, De la Hoya last month retired from boxing. He said he couldn't continue to fight if he could not compete with the sport's brightest young stars. But that last performance looks pretty good in light of the wicked beating that Pacquiao put on Ricky Hatton Saturday night.

A prominent conservative analyst from the National Review Institute is spurning the Obama administration's invitation to partake in a roundtable talk on the detention of terrorism suspects, saying he believes he would be but a "prop" in a game that is rigged. Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the conservative think tank, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying thanks for the invitation to the May 4 event ... but no thanks.

A House subcommittee this week approved a raft of bills that, if passed on the floor, would expand support for small businesses owned by veterans, Native Americans and women.

HispanTelligence Research
Hispanic Economy in Transition Cover Art
Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2007 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 375 companies and Web addresses for 430 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2005 and 2006.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
stimulus dollars, small business, entrepreneur
Hispanic-owned companies are calling for better federal contracting policies. The $787 billion stimulus package signed into law in February has reignited concerns among some small-business owners and advocates, who question whether the Small Business Administration is prepared to handle the massive expansion of lending and investment programs.

As Corporate Counsel for Logistics and Energy at DuPont, a multinational products and services company that reaps annual worldwide sales of $30 billion, Ramona Romero has assumed wide responsibilities. Ms. Romero is one of the 25 women honored this year by HispanicBusiness Magazine, as part of its 7th annual Woman of the Year awards.

While the debate surrounding personal computers tends to center on Microsoft vs. Apple, when it comes to smartphones, Windows Mobile is often an afterthought. WinMo needed a homerun to get back in the game. Good thing the Samsung Omnia wields a mighty bat.

Frances Garcia broke some bones on her way to breaking the glass ceiling. This first-generation Mexican-American picked cotton and sugar beets; waited tables; and worked side by side with the white men as the first woman and Hispanic at accounting firm Arthur Andersen in Dallas. She also survived a serious car accident -- one that left her with broken bones and other major injuries. Years of hard work and personal sacrifices ultimately led her to the nation's capital, where she has been Inspector General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office since 1996.

Events
Hispanic Business Media presents Hispanic Business Magazine's 7th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Gala
At Hispanic Business, we are proud to take special time out each year to honor a select number of exceptional Hispanic Women at our annual Woman of the Year Awards. This year's event will be held June 4, 2009 at the Hilton Americas, Houston Texas. For more information, please visit http://hispanicbusiness.com/events/




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