Cultural organizations around the country are up in arms over a Japanese Garden UCLA agreed to maintain "in perpetuity," but now plans to put up for bid next month. It's a masterpiece of its kind and a monument to peace with Japan in the aftermath of World War II. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, one reason Mitt Romney lost the Florida primary to John McCain in 2008 was the votes of Republican Hispanics. President Obama then swept all Hispanics by 58 percent. Would Romney or Gingrich do better this time around? What about Hispanics in other parts of the country?
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Residents of Bel Air aren't known for community activism, but they'll hold a meeting tomorrow night on UCLA's planned sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, donated by a former UC regent with the promise that UCLA would maintain it "in perpetuity."
Republican strategists have known for years that it's time to reach out to Latinos, the fastest-growing voting bloc in the nation. In Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican candidates made appeals to Tea Partiers and others concerned about the impact of illegal immigration. Starting tomorrow in Florida tomorrow, and Saturday in Nevada, Latino voters will be a major part of the electorate. Tomorrow's Florida primary is this year's first opportunity, and the presidential candidates know it.
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