Republican groups are gearing up efforts to advocate for immigration reform rolling out a national media campaign. Today, the Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN) announced a six-figure national ad buy in English and Spanish featuring HLN Co-Chair former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. The ad is part of a new campaign “Be Part of the Solution,” geared to encourage passage of bipartisan immigration reform. Watch the ad below.

In the ad, Secretary Gutierrez states, “America’s the only place where a little boy who couldn’t speak English can grow up to be a CEO and U.S. secretary of Commerce… Washington must pass immigration reform that grows the economy and respects the rule of law.”

Gutierrez was born in Cuba. When he was six, he and his family fled to Mexico from Communist Cuba. When he was 22 he joined the Kellogg company in Mexico and worked himself up the ranks. In January 1999, Gutierrez was elected to the Kellogg’s Board of Directors and by April of 1999, he was appointed president and CEO. Carlos Gutierrez took the helm at Kellogg becoming the company’s youngest CEO in nearly 100- year history. He also became the only Latino CEO of a Fortune 500 company. In 2004, Fortune Magazine dubbed Gutierrez as “The Man Who Fixed Kellogg” turning around the company’s finances. He went on to become Secretary of Commerce under the Bush Administration.

Read the full press release form HLN after the jump.

Today, the wedding festivities officially begin! For the last week I’ve been busy running all around South Florida getting everything ready for our Key West nuptials. My fiance, Jarrod, flew into Miami early this Thursday morning to pack up all the wedding “stuff” and get it down the Keys and celebrate Valentine’s Day in paradise.

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The #JarrodBettina wedding activities have begun. Road trip to Key West.

We posted photos on Instagram using the hashtag #JarrodBettina. We plan to crowd source the wedding and ask all our guests to post pictures throughout the weekend. They’ll be collected on our wedding Facebook page.

Among the packed items was a case of Francis Ford Coppola’s Sofia, our favorite sparkling wine. I was beyond happy to have several bottles of this bubbly, which brings back many fond memories Jarrod and I have shared over the last three years.  The pretty in pink bottles took over an entire section of our rented home’s large refrigerator. They served as a perfect reminder that Jarrod and I would have major hosting duties this week, as our two bedroom spacious rented home, “Lennon’s Lodge,” will serve as wedding headquarters for family and friends throughout the week.

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Locked and loaded for a very fun wedding weekend! #jarrodbettina

We had headed down to Key West with the best man and his wife. The four of us decided to kick-off the festivities and celebrate Valentine’s Day and wait for the rest of our family and friends.

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More updated to come. Follow all the fun using #JarrodBettina

A new study from Pew Research looks at who uses social media and found the minorities have a higher use of social networking platforms compared to their white counterparts. This latest study on the state of social media is the first reportable data of Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr allowing comparison among demographics – white, African-Americans and Hispanics. Among the most popular social sites Hispanics and Blacks over-indexed as social network users.

The breakdown for:

Twitter:

16% of all Internet users use Twitter

Gender:

Men – 17%

Women – 15%

 

Race/Ethnicity:

White – 14%

Black – 26%

Hispanic – 19%

Pinterest:

15% of all internet users use Pinterest

Gender:

Men – 5%

Women – 25%

Race/Ethnicity:

White – 18%

Black – 8%

Hispanic – 10%

Instagram:

13% of all internet users use Instagram

Gender:

Men – 10%

Women – 16%

Race/Ethnicity:

White – 11%

Black – 23%

Hispanic – 18%

Tumblr:

6% of all internet users use Tumblr

Gender:

Men – 6%

Women – 6%

Race/Ethnicity:

White – 6%

Black – 5%

Hispanic – 8%

Read the full report at Pew Research.

While Facebook is the most used social media website (67% of internet users), the report did not release race/ethnicity specific data. A 2009 study found that white and Asian-Americans over indexed on Facebook. The company is making changes to attract a more diverse user base.

In 2011 Pew Hispanic released a study on Hispanic use of the internet – “Latinos and Digital Technology”. Other reports define Hispanics as early adopters of social media and outpace other demographic groups in the United States in the use of social networking sites. Check out this blog post from 2011 for more.

 

Watch Senator Marco Rubio’s State of the Union GOP response in Spanish.

Senator Rubio is the first person to provide an opposition response in both English and Spanish. Yet, this is not the first time the GOP provides a Spanish rebuttal to the State of the Union:

Read the full text of Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican address to the nation as prepared for delivery and provided by his office. Text in both languages – Spanish and English – after the jump.