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Susana Martinez
The next governor of New Mexico will be a woman. Republican voters in the state elected Susana Martinez, the district attorney from Dona Ana County, to be the GOP nominee to run against Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Martinez's running mate will be Albuquerque businessmen John Sanchez.

Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks was able to eat away at a large lead and hold off history to easily defeat U.S. Rep. Artur Davis for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Mexico criticized "in the strongest terms" Monday the Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla in Gaza.

Oscar-winning New Zealand moviemaker Peter Jackson said the film of the JRR Tolkien book The Hobbit would still be made despite the departure of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.

Arizona's 16,000 police officers are being prepared to enforce the state's new immigration law when it goes into effect next month, officials said.

Construction spending in the United States rose 2.7 percent in April, greatly exceeding the modest forecast, the U.S. Commerce Department said. Economists had expected a 0.1 percent increase in private and public construction spending.

After a decade of waiting, thousands of Hispanic farmers may be close to settling their long-standing discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

HispanTelligence Research
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 2009 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 310 companies and Web addresses for 456 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2007.

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.

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