Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Must Read: California GOP to Court Latinos; Teen Birth Rate Reaches Historic Low

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. California Republicans, still staggering from the November election, plan to court Latino candidates and voters in an attempt to regain relevancy in the state. The SacBee notes that the GOP fared poorly with Latino voters last fall, and Latinos will become the largest ethnic group in California this year. Ex-Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado indicated during the state GOP Convention over the weekend that he is considering a run against Jerry Brown in 2014, but for Republicans to make inroads with Latinos statewide they’ll have to soften their stance on immigration reform.

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2. Teen birth rates in California and the rest of the nation are continuing to drop, as they have for the past two decades, HealthyCal.org reports (via Rough & Tumble). The teen birth rate nationwide was 31.3 per thousand women in 2011, a historic low, and is now half what it was at its peak in 1991 — 61.8. Access to birth control and family planning is credited for causing the two-decade-long decline.

3. An athlete died while swimming in frigid San Francisco Bay waters during the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, the Chron reports. Normally held in summer, the triathlon was rescheduled to last weekend because the Americas’ Cup will be held here this year. The bay was 51 degrees during the event — about ten degrees cooler than it is in summer. In all, more than 150 athletes had to be rescued during the swim portion of the race — about three times higher than normal.

4. More and more Californians are flocking to Nevada to buy guns in anticipation of stricter gun control laws in the Golden State and nationwide, the SacBee reports. Gun lovers can still buy firearms in Nevada without undergoing background checks.

5. And the Bay Area News Group has an interesting run-down on how ex-Berkeley resident Jeremy Goulart, who killed two Santa Cruz police officers last week, was able to exploit a loophole in California’s gun-control laws and legally obtain firearms despite having two criminal convictions.

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