Author: Pilar Marrero

Bio: Pilar Marrero is Los Angeles newspaper La Opinión’s political editor and columnist, a radio talk show host, and international news service writer. Go to Pilar's audio archive.


In Hilda Solís’ L.A. District, A Congressional Race Is Already Heating Up

Posted on: 04 Feb 2009

By Pilar Marrero, La Opinión reporter and FI2W contributor The delay in Congresswoman Hilda Solís’ confirmation as secretary of labor hasn’t kept two ambitious politicians from racing hard to replace Solís as the U.S. representative from California’s 32nd District in Los Angeles. There is no official election date yet –it has to be set by […]

Obama’s Latino Problem: Hispanic Leaders Criticize the President-elect's Cabinet Choices

Posted on: 23 Dec 2008

By Pilar Marrero, La Opinión columnist and FI2W contributor The last few weeks have proven again that for a “post racial” leader, elected for the content of his message -and regardless of the color of his skin- the racial and ethnic lines that subtly divide this country will surely affect the way Barack Obama governs […]

Bill Richardson’s Real Job: Obama’s “Latino in Chief”

Posted on: 05 Dec 2008

Bill Richardson may not have been appointed secretary of state, but his remarks in Spanish after a brief and ceremonial thank you in English left no doubt that he had in mind a bigger role for himself in the Obama Administration: that of “Latino in Chief.” “To our Latino community, thank you for your votes. […]

Wedge Issue No More? Anti-Immigrant Campaigning Doesn't Pay Off This Time

Posted on: 18 Nov 2008

By Pilar Marrero, La Opinión and FI2W reporter On Election Day, Colorado became the first state to reject an initiative by the controversial Ward Connerly, one of the nation’s leading opponents of affirmative action. In Arizona, voters decided not to pass Proposition 202, a state ballot initiative that would have imposed extreme penalties on business […]

In Obama’s Hometown: Latino Voters Energized

Posted on: 04 Nov 2008

CHICAGO – Pilar Marrero, La Opinión columnist and FI2W contributor After early morning lines in most locations, where people voted before heading out to work, a steady stream of voters showed up at polling stations across this city where Barack Obama lives, and where he voted early morning before heading to a final campaign event in Indiana. […]

Ward Connerly Seeks Common Ground with Obama on Affirmative Action

Posted on: 30 Jul 2008

Do the father of anti-affirmative action initiatives and Sen. Barack Obama have more in common than one would think? According to Ward Connerly, a former regent of the University of California system and the force behind efforts to dismantle public affirmative action programs, Obama’s position on affirmative action is so nuanced that they agree on […]

Obama To Deploy Army of 500 to Turn Out Latino Voters: Top Latino Strategist Says Florida May Not Be Winnable

Posted on: 25 Jul 2008

Polls may look tight right now in the presidential race, but Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Figueroa, a man who’s had several key positions in the Obama campaign –he was national field director and is now head of Latino outreach- talks confidently about, “paths to victory,” and, “expanding the universe,” of voters. “We don’t want to go to […]

The Inside Scoop on La Raza and Latino Outreach by the Presidential Candidates

Posted on: 16 Jul 2008

Despite appearances and poll numbers, neither presidential candidate has a lock on the Latino vote. The National Council of La Raza convention in San Diego, which just ended yesterday (7/15/08), showed that both candidates have to overcome a strong measure of doubt among Latinos – Obama because of his race and the bitter primary battle, and […]

McCain’s Gamble on Colombia

Posted on: 07 Jul 2008

Senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain is betting he can win the election using what he believes is his strongest suit: national security and foreign policy. It’s probably his best bet, but a risky one.