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July 26th, 2008:

Weekend link dump for July 26

The links, they keep coming…

Report from BlogHer, part one.

Yes, I find the whole “purity ball” thing to be unbelievably creepy. What I expect of my daughters is that they will make responsible, informed decisions about their sex lives when the time is right for them to do so. What I expect of myself and of Tiffany is that we will give them the tools and guidance they’ll need to be able to make those decisions for themselves.

Make the pie higher!

I know Netroots Nation is, like, so last week and all but Racymind’s liveblog of a panel on rebuilding New Orleans is worth your time.

I actually do remember when we landed on the moon. Seeing pictures of it on the TV when I was 3 years old is my first conscious memory. I hope we have a huge celebration next year to mark the 40th anniversary.

Sometimes, it’s just as well that some people don’t vote.

The distinguished gentleman. And how that scene should have played out.

Pete debuts on Hair Balls.

The Worst Movie Scenes of All Time (via).

The Nirvana Nevermind baby, 17 years later. 17 years? Gads, I’m old. Via jimthompson on Twitter.

Four mistakes that killed the record industry before file sharing.

An open letter to John McCain from the rest of the world.

Three words: Cow poop power. No, seriously. Via HMNS.

Obama still doing well among Latino voters

Yet another national poll shows Barack Obama doing very well among Latino voters compared to John McCain.

The poll of 2,015 Latino voters conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Democrat Barack Obama, who lost the Hispanic vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 2-to-1 in the Democratic primary, holds a commanding 66 percent to 23 percent lead over Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

The Democratic tide in the Latino community is so strong that Obama leads among every nationality group, including the historically Republican Cuban-American population, where Obama now leads, 53 percent to 29 percent.

The Illinois Democrat is running far ahead among Mexican-Americans, who cast about 40 percent of their ballots for George W. Bush in 2004. Among voters of Mexican ancestry, Obama leads McCain, 70 percent to 21 percent.

Obama is running so far ahead that he has the support of 25 percent of Hispanics who identify themselves as Republicans and holds an edge of about 5-to-1 among Latinos who consider themselves political independents.

President Bush’s approval rating among Latinos has plummeted to 27 percent. More than three-fourths of Hispanic voters have a favorable impression of Obama, while McCain — who has regularly won majority support among Mexican-Americans in his home state of Arizona — is viewed favorably by just 44 percent of Latinos nationally.

Unless McCain can reverse the GOP slide, the Hispanic vote could prove pivotal to Obama in traditionally Republican states such as Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, and could help him close what has been a significant gap in Florida. It also could help the Democrat in three states that went Republican in 2004 but have small but rapidly increasing Hispanic populations: Iowa, Virginia and North Carolina.

Well, that partly explains Obama’s Latino outreach strategy, though it also shows he’s not thinking big enough with it right now. There are opportunities beyond the agreed-upon swing states, that’s the point I’m trying to make.

The full poll report is here (PDF), and it’s pretty much good news down the line for Obama. I wish it had broken out the results by state, as the previous poll by Latino Decisions had done, but I think it’s safe to draw the conclusion that Obama is doing about as well in Texas as he is elsewhere among Latinos. If he ever were to do some real campaigning here, who knows what his ceiling might be. I’ll note again the contrast here with the Baselice poll from May, back when Hillary Clinton was still in the race. It sure would be nice to see a newer version of that, wouldn’t it? MyDD has more.

One more thing, from the report:

The 2008 National Survey of Latinos focuses on Hispanic registered voters’ views on the presidential candidates, the presidential campaign and Hispanic political participation. The survey was conducted from June 9 through July 13, 2008 among a randomly selected, nationally representative sample of 2,015 Hispanic adults, 892 of whom report that they are U.S. citizens and registered to vote. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points; for registered voters, 4.4 percentage points.

Emphasis mine. I bring that up because earlier this month Sergio Bendixen was quoted casting doubt on the earlier surveys that showed Obama with a commanding lead among Latinos on the grounds that they had only been done in English. Perhaps this will put his mind at ease.

Bob’s your uncle

So there’s an interesting feature of Pat Lykos’ campaign finance report (PDF), which the HCDP has pointed out in a press release. She has just under $32,000 on hand, after raising $114,000, but a total of $50,000 of the cames from the Robet Eckels Committee – see page 25 of the report for that. And $40,000 of that was originally a loan, which was forgiven and thus converted into a donation on June 30 – see page 34. Without former County Judge Eckels, in other words, her campaign would be in the red.

You can make a big deal about that or not as you see fit. Lykos did raise over $60K from other sources – Eckels is obviously a big supporter of his former employee, but we’re still a ways away from Macias/Leininger territory. But it’s almost like Eckels never left his old job as County Judge, isn’t it? He’s certainly still a player in county affairs. Only now he gets paid a lot more, and he isn’t accountable to the voters. Pretty sweet deal, actually.

Nights in white linen

Next Saturday, August 2, will be the third annual White Linen Night in the Heights. It’s basically an outdoor art-and-music festival, spread over several areas in the Heights – you can read more about it here. The event is an import from New Orleans, and the name refers to the tradition of wearing white linen clothing as a way to beat the heat. We went to last year’s and had a lot of fun, and we’ll be going again this year. If you’re looking to get involved, the Greater Heights Democratic Club needs a few volunteers during the event. Regardless, come out and meet some neighbors and enjoy a fun evening in the Heights.