Florida Hispanics’ Diversity Requires Tailored Campaign Messages

Hector Alarcon, an Orlando restaurateur who emigrated from Colombia, voted for Republican John McCain four years ago. He’s for Barack Obama this time because of the president’s health-care law.

Castor Dentel says polling puts her ahead of Plakon by 3 points

Karen Castor Dentel, the Democrat who is challenging Republican Rep. Scott Plakon in one of Florida’s closest House races, said today that her most recent polling showed her up by 3 percentage points.

Obama opens up big lead in poll of Latino voters

President Barack Obama has a 70-22 percent lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among Latino voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Obama administration to stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible illegal immigrants

The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.

Florida Democrats hope to narrow electoral gap

Democrats are optimistic that they will improve on their position – they currently are in the minority in the congressional delegation, as well as the state House and Senate. But they say their gains will have to be measured over the next few election cycles – not just this year.

As qualifying ends, candidates are at the starting line

Florida’s qualifying period ended noon Friday, establishing the cast of players for the 2012 general election. Eight incumbent senators, 20 percent of the chamber, face no opposition and will automatically be re-elected. Another 12 face no primary opposition, and can save money and resources for the general election.

Randolph abandons House re-elect to run for FDP chairman; Stewart will run for his district

Democratic Rep. Scott Randolph of Orlando has decided not to run for re-election in order to seek the state Democratic Party chairmanship instead, opening the door for former Orange County commissioner Linda Stewart to run for the House seat he had planned to seek.

Changes create districts that look ripe for Democrats, Hispanic candidates

But that is due to change this year, thanks to major demographic changes and the 2010 Fair Districts changes that created a playing field that appears ripe for Democrats and Hispanic candidates to pick up seats in the Legislature.

Younger Cuban-American voters shift away from the GOP and toward an independent outlook

Three perspectives on the 2012 election with a common tie: Fajardo, Toledo and

Miami’s Christian Ulvert heads to White House

Christian Ulvert, a political adviser to Dan Gelber and other Democrats, will attend a White House reception Wednesday honoring