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Former Gov. Huckabee Makes Racist Remark about Clinton Maid Running CIA

Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee

Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee just couldn’t resist making a racist remark on Election night.

Before the votes were counted, Huckabee tweeted that Hillary Clinton, if elected, would “appoint her Filipino maid” as head of the CIA, Huffington Post reports. 

It appears to be a reference to Marina Santos, Clinton’s maid, who was responsible for printing some of Clinton’s emails at her home. None of those e-mails contained classified information.

Nevertheless, Huckabee targeted Clinton’s maid as an apparent joke, albeit an offensive one.

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Hispanic voters favor Obama despite immigration policies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So far President Obama’s immigration policies are unlikely to woo Latino voters, especially after Homeland Security reported last week that too few deportations are being halted under the administration.

Now pressure is building for Obama to loosen his policies in hopes of gaining more support from Latinos, who overwhelmingly supported the president in 2008, according to the New York Times.

Critics believe the president has failed on his pledge to focus deportation efforts on criminals rather than illegal immigrations with clean records, the Times reported.

Under Obama’s watch, fewer deportation cases are being dismissed and new measures are netting more detainments, reports the New York Times.

Still, polls show Hispanics favor Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney by 67% to 26%.

Justice Dept. Issues Scathing Report About Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Civil Rights Violations

Hispanics and Muslims Targeted More in 2010 Hate Crimes

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

FBI crime stats released Monday show  the proportion of hate crimes committed against Hispanics have reached a decade high, with 66 percent of ethnically motivated hate crimes being committed on the basis of anti-Hispanic bias, reports the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post also reported in a separate article that the  level of anti-Muslim hate crimes “soared by an astounding 50 percent” above 2009 levels. The statistics show that there were 107 attacks on Muslims in 2009, and 160 in 2010.

The jump in the overall percentage of hate crimes attributed to anti-Hispanic bias has jumped dramatically, the Huffington Post reported. There were 595 Hispanic victims in 2003–almost 45 percent of the total that year–but, at 66 percent of the total for 2010, there 747 victims last year.

 

The Ugly Side of Politics; Ex-Congressional Candidate Gets 1 Year in Prison

Tan Nguyen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Tan Nguyen represents the ugliest of ugly in politics.

The 35-year-old Vietnamese immigrant and former Republican California congressional candidate was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for lying to investigators about a letter sent to Latino voters during his 2006 campaign against a Latino, Democratic incumbent. The letter said immigrants couldn’t vote.

In addition to the prison term, the U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in Santa Anna, Calif., ordered Nguyen to serve six months at a halfway house.

Last December, a federal jury convicted Nguyen of obstruction of justice for lying to the California Department of Justice and saying that campaign volunteers created the letter without his knowledge, the Justice Department said.

Authorities say the letter, written in Spanish, was sent to about 14,000 voters with Latino surnames. He lost his bid against incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

“The Civil Rights Division is committed to protecting the voting rights of all individuals,” Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said in a statement.

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