Immigration

Republican Hispanic Outreach: Running Out of Time?

[03.11.2014]

Hispanic Americans are a becoming a crucial demographic for both political parties. However, in recent elections, Hispanics have strongly preferred Democratic candidates. Juhem Navarro-Rivera identifies a significant problem facing the Republican party — that for many conservative activists minority outreach is not a priority — and what Republicans must do to gain the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

Reasons for Increasing Support for Same-sex Marriage in the South

[03.11.2014]

On its home page, The Atlantic features a piece by PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, “The South’s Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage,” which explores the growth in support for same-sex marriage in Dixieland. In the South overall, support for same-sex marriage has risen dramatically during the past decade, from 22 percent in 2003 to 48 percent in 2013.

Should Creationism be Taught Alongside Evolution in Schools?

[02.05.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers controversy over a Coca-Cola ad, a possible path forward for immigration reform, and evolution v. creationism.

Are Politicians Missing the Mark on Immigration Reform?

[02.04.2014]

Following the release of a set of principals to guide immigration reform by GOP leaders last week, President Obama indicated Friday that he’d be open to a bipartisan approach that might not include a new path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, though the president reiterated that he did not support any plan that would create “two categories of people in this country—folks who are full-fledged citizens and folks who are not.” Just how bumpy the road ahead is will depend on whether the Republican principles stop short of guaranteeing some path to citizenship, even if it is not a new path to citizenship.

A Bipartisan Compromise on Immigration Reform?

[02.03.2014]

Today’s Morning Buzz covers why sports fans pray to God, the possible future of immigration reform in America, and Sikhs’ efforts to build understanding of their faith!

Is Marijuana More Dangerous than Alcohol?

[01.21.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana, a look at the newest hot spot for illegal crossings into the United States, and global unemployment in 2013.

California Supreme Court Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Practice Law

[01.03.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers same-sex marriage disputes, a museum with biblical animals, and a calendar of the 2014 holy days for 10 major world religions!

13 Top Religion and Politics Findings from 2013

[12.16.2013]

It’s been an exciting year for research on politics and religion, with key new data emerging on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, immigration reform and raising the minimum wage, and on important groups such as the Tea Party, Hispanics, and Catholics. As originally posted on “Figuring Faith,” my blog at The Washington Post, here are the Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013!

Pope Francis Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

[12.12.2013]

Today’s Buzz covers state-level gun control laws, atheist political candidates and an interview with the University of Florida’s Manuel Vásquez.

Obama Joins World Leaders to Honor Nelson Mandela’s Life

[12.11.2013]

Today’s Buzz covers the history of Easter Island, Obama’s tribute to Mandela and the auto industry’s first woman CEO!