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News roundup: October 24, 2011

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The far-right factions of the Republican Party calling for extreme immigration policies risk alienating the Hispanic electorate in the general election. Anti-immigrant sentiment—like Herman Cain proposing the construction of an electrified border fence—has not been condemned . Meanwhile, Rick Perry was sharply criticized by the GOP base for providing in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented workers. “It is not the subject of immigration but the rhetoric of immigration that is the problem,” says Texas-based consultant Neftali Partida. “Incivility does alienate Latinos.”

Mitt Romney's flip-flopping continues. This time, it’s on the flat tax. Romney was once a vocal critic of Steve Forbes’s flat tax proposal, calling it a “tax cut for fat cats.” But in light of popular response to Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 plan, Romney has embraced similar policies that benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. He now says, "I love a flat tax."

Women in the swing state of North Carolina are mobilizing behind the Democratic Party, recognizing women's rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to the White House in 2012. The Orange County Democratic Women gathered at their annual Legislative Brunch this past weekend to discuss the nation’s income inequality and how to best rally voters ahead of the 2012 elections.

President Obama is in Las Vegas today to continue to pressure Congress to pass the American Jobs Act piece by piece. Using the mantra “We can’t wait,” the President will highlight executive actions the administration will take to restore jobs while continuing to pressure Republicans to put the country before party and pass the bill that would put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work.

Despite every Senate Republican voting against jobs for teachers and first responders, President Obama continues to advocate for the American Jobs Act. Among its stimulus effects is a $1,500 tax cut for the typical American family in 2012, reducing the tax burden in half for 160 million workers.