Another keen observer of Latinos and politics is Roberto Lovato. Recently, he’s been feeling the itch to get more involved in activism and advocacy for Latinos. Lovato sees all the trends out there: tea partiers, swelling Republican enthusiasm, Democratic dissatisfaction with the current administration. But what he really wants to know is how Latinos fit into all this; how their concerns can be addressed not just in the short term, but well into the future. He spoke with Maria about this campaign season, and how Latinos can make long-term gains in or out of politics.

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