The Week in Review: 12/5/2011

December 5, 2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 12/5/2011


Humberto Moreira resigns as PRI president over the Coahuila debt scandal, as the PAN candidates debate over security and economic policy. Andrés Manuel López Obrador attempts to soften his image and looks to political survivor Ricardo Monreal to manage his campaign. Read the rest of this entry »


The Week in Review: 10/17/2011

October 17, 2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 10/17/2011

López Obrador

Candidates have begun to specify their policy agendas: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD) unveiled his security, economic, and social philosophy in Washington, DC at the Mexico Institute this week, Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI) released a ten-point economic plan; and President Felipe Calderón (PAN) made controversial statements to the press about security. Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) will speak at a Mexico Institute and Inter-American Dialogue event on Friday, October 21st, and several prominent politicians and academics advocated forming a coalition government after the 2012 elections to end Mexico’s political gridlock. Read the rest of this entry »

The Week in Review: 10/10/2011

October 10, 2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 10/10/2011

The PRD candidates developed their security and business platforms, as the PRI decided on a February 8th open poll to select its presidential candidate and the PAN approached its own internal selection process. A new poll on the upcoming state election in Michoacán shows the PRI ahead by a significant margin. Read the rest of this entry »

The Week in Review: 9/6/2011

September 6, 2011

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 9/6/2011

There were several interesting election stories in the past week. Two new polls reflect a shift in PAN candidate preferences, and begin to hint at the headwinds the party faces in public opinion due to the deteriorating security situation. Additionally, a leaked diplomatic cable reveals a U.S. analysis of the PRD’s internal contest, and a movement within the PRD pushes a third, “dark horse” candidate for the nomination. Lastly, the PRI continues to struggle to project a new modern image while accusations of fiscal mismanagement swirl around the current party president from the time when he was governor of Coahuila. Read the rest of this entry »

The Week in Review: 8/29/2011

August 29, 2011

Katie Putnam and Eric Olson, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 8/29/2011

Casino Royale

There were two stories this past week with potentially large impacts on the 2012 elections. The first was the unfolding scandal and allegations of mishandling of government finances in Coahuila during the time when Humberto Moreira (PRI) was governor. Moreira is now the president of the PRI, a party seeking to shed its image as an old-style, corrupt institution in favor of a party that has transformed itself in time to win elections in 2012. Secondly, public outrage and calls for government resignations after the horrifying attack on the Casino Royale in Monterrey suggest that President Calderón and his party (PAN) face a difficult political environment as they prepare for the 2012 presidential election, which may turn into a referendum on Calderón’s security policies and frontal assault on organized crime. Read the rest of this entry »