- - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Marking a first for Hispanics, the Democratic party has chosen the mayor of San Antonio to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

The party announced Tuesday that Mayor Julian Castro would deliver the high-profile, prime-time address on the convention’s opening night. First lady Michelle Obama will also address the convention delegates — and a television audience across the country — on the same night, Sept. 4.

Mr. Castro, 37, is the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city and the first Hispanic selected to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention.

President Obama is banking on Hispanic support in battleground states such as Florida, Colorado and Nevada as he seeks to break away from Republican rival Mitt Romney. The race remains deadlocked just more than three months from Election Day, though polls show Mr. Obama with a sizable lead over Romney among Hispanic voters.


The late-summer party conventions will set the tone for the fall campaign blitz. Mr. Obama will accept his party’s nomination in Charlotte, N.C., the first week in September, while Mr. Romney will get the Republican nod in Tampa, Fla., a week earlier.

COLORADO

Governor moving to mansion after announcing split

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his wife are separating.

The governor and his wife, writer Helen Thorpe, issued a joint statement Tuesday announcing the move. They say they remain close friends, spend time together as a family and sometimes attend social events together.

Mr. Hickenlooper says he will be moving into the governor’s mansion, but he also will continue to spend time at the family home with their son.

The couple said they sought marital counseling before making their decision. They didn’t state a reason for the separation but said neither had an affair and pointed out that the split had nothing to do with the tragic events Colorado has experienced lately.

Mr. Hickenlooper, Ms. Thorpe and their son will take their annual vacation together this week as planned.

STATE

Security threats, China topping Clinton’s agenda

Growing security threats from Islamist militants and China’s increasing influence throughout Africa are topping the agenda as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton begins an 11-day swing around the continent.

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