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Politics


Sen. Gil Cedillo
A contentious measure being pushed in the Legislature to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses is opposed by more than six in 10 Californians, according to a Field Poll released recently.

'65 Voting Act An Undertone On Rights Tour
The 1965 Voting Rights Act is coming up for reauthorization in Congress at a time when African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities say they once again face intimidation and suppression at polling places.

Cisneros Not Interested in Senate Race
Former Clinton administration Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros says he is content to remain in the private sector and is not considering a run for the U.S. Senate from Texas next year, a Dallas newspaper reports.


Business

Minority Women Spurring Economic Growth
In 2000, 8 percent of employed immigrant women were business owners, compared with 6 percent of employed native-born women, according to a report from the Immigration Policy Center in Washington.

Navigating the Rising-Rate Landscape
Many small-business owners are aware of announcements by Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, but they may not fully understand how changes in short-term rates affect their companies. And they should, say financial analysts.

Orlando Business Group Holds First Hispanic "Summit"
Representatives of the rapidly growing Hispanic community in Central Florida gathered here Thursday for their first "summit" meeting, with the participation of business executives, politicians and community activists.

Chavez Threatens to Cut Off U.S. Oil Supplies
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned that his country would stop oil supplies to the United States if it "hurts" Latin American countries, after repeatedly accusing the U.S. of trying to destabilize his government.


Hispanic Market

NASCAR, Truex Tops in Mexico
NASCAR's first trip South of the Border was a big hit with most drivers, teams, sponsors and the Mexican fans, who knew almost nothing about the American stock car series until NASCAR began to go after the Hispanic market in full throttle.

Banks Reach Out To Spanish-Speaking Workers
Without a local bank account, many Hispanic immigrant workers regularly pay anywhere from 3 to 8 percent of their weekly income just to cash their payroll checks. In response, regional banks are taking on a more Spanish flavor.

Marketer Targets English-Speaking Hispanics
Fernando Espuelas, whom Time magazine called one of the "Leaders of the Millennium," is targeting a linguistic market often overlooked: U.S. Hispanics comfortable in English.

HispanTelligence Research
Media Markets
From 2000-2004, dollars spent by the top-50 advertisers to reach the U.S. Hispanic market grew from $658.37 million to $1.23 billion, according to a new HispanTelligence research report.

2004 Hispanic Business 500
For more than two decades, the Hispanic Business 500 has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. The 2004 directory of Hispanic-owned firms tells a story of consistently improving weather.

COMING SOON: The U.S. Hispanic Economy 2005
Get a sneak preveiw of latest research from HispanTelligence: The U.S. Hispanic Economy in Transition: Facts, Figures, and Trends (2005 Edition) -- a comprehensive study of the emerging Hispanic market.

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Financial advisors Barajas and Ramirez
Hispanic Business magazine asked top investment advisors Samuel A. Ramirez Jr., managing director of Samuel A. Ramirez and Co., and Louis Barajas, certified financial planner and founder of Louis Barajas & Associates, for their investment strategies in today's challenging economic climate.

Profiting in a Sideways Market
Experts don't foresee a raging bull in the near future, but discriminating investors can still make gains.


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