Business & Politics Outlook Articles


October 8, 2019

Political Thermometer

Upon taking office, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador instituted the remarkable republican practice of appearing every morning before the public, news reporters and the media. He does this Monday through Friday, starting at 7:00 a.m., to respond to questions about the progress of his administration, announce projects, hear criticism of government policies and communicate his opinion on the issues present in national politics. The meetings always last more than an hour and begin with a military greeting from a female soldier who exclaims: “Good morning, Mr. President!” Then the president makes his entrance to announce the theme or topic of the day. The president stands during the press conference and is accompanied by officials from his government, who occasionally … read more


July 25, 2019

Political Thermometer

Elections held in June 2019 provided the first test for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his party, MORENA, after last year’s resounding political victory.  Election results generally favored the president and his party, although voter turnout was low, possibly due to the electorate’s fatigue from the 2018 electoral process.  Despite the triumph, total votes for MORENA generally decreased, while votes for the PAN party increased. The PRI gained enough votes to keep its party’s registration, contrary to predictions that it would lose such registration in Baja California and Aguascalientes.  MORENA won Puebla’s gubernatorial election, marking the most significant gain for the party. The Puebla election was extraordinary, given that it was required after the aviation accident in which Governor … read more


April 29, 2019

Political Thermometer

The personal demeanor of President López Obrador will cause his administration to be politically active.  President López Obrador is a politician who does not shy away from criticism and has a unique approach to facing everyday matters.  In addition to this, he holds daily press conferences to inform the public on government projects and to answer questions. Politics will remain ever present during this administration.  Further, MORENA has been extremely active in proposing new legislation at the federal and state levels. As a result, opposing political parties have formed alliances to debate and challenge the proposals.  In fact, some of the legislative initiatives have been amended to include changes that have improved or postponed the initial proposals. In Mexico, major … read more


May 2, 2018

Political Thermometer

Mexico’s political temperature continues to rise as the political campaigns formally begin their march towards Mexico’s upcoming election.  The public is now learning of the candidates’ proposals, and while there had been indications of what each candidate’s proposal would contain, they are now learning the details of each candidate: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, for the MORENA-PES-PT, Ricardo Anaya, for the PAN-PRD-MC,  and Jose Antonio Meade, for the PRI-PVEM-PANAL, who are joined by Margarita Savala and Jaime Rodriguez Calderon (Mr. Rodriguez is also known as “El Bronco”), as two independent candidates who have gained entry onto the presidential ballot. In light of the confusion generated by the various party coalition, in which it has been difficult to distinguish the ideological formulas … read more


January 12, 2018
The 2018 Political Year

Political Thermometer

For Mexico and the United States 2018 will be a crucial political year, notwithstanding the impact that the global economy will have on the lives on citizens of both countries. In the U.S., 2018 will feature congressional mid-term elections in which the composition of the U.S. Congress, and in particular the U.S. Senate, will be hotly contested. The current majority held in the Senate by the Republican Party could change if enough Democrats are elected to wipe out the small majority currently held by Republicans.   Mexico will hold its presidential elections this year and will vote on a completely new federal Congress. The 2018 Mexican election will feature 128 Senate contests, consisting of three senators from each state (96 … read more


July 20, 2017

Political Thermometer

As soon as the second half of 2017 begins, Mexico is already in 2018. Politics continues to be the activity that occupies much of the lives of Mexicans. Now, in full electoral mode, the country has the democratic opportunity to decide who will take the country’s reins. Gone are the times when everything revolved around a one-man decision, with the ability to decide who would be his successor. This so called “dedazo” was almost left behind in the wake of recent democratic reforms. Nevertheless, the President still has the capacity to influence the election by choosing who will run for President of the Republic on the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) ballot. This heats up the political atmosphere because in the … read more


July 20, 2017

Mexican Tourism Welcomes Good News

Recent hard times in Mexico have made it difficult to highlight, as should be the case, the progress and achievements of society as a whole, regardless of whether such progress has occurred in the public or private sector. Bad news related to violence, insecurity, corruption and organized crime has generated public distrust. This has prevented a clear appreciation of a series of achievements in different areas that evidence Mexico’s progress. It is true that some electoral results have been criticized, but it is equally true that they were processes that have been conducted without major problems. The fact that the winning candidates do not have high percentages of votes in their favor is the result of the spreading of votes … read more


April 11, 2017

Political Thermometer

After the elections for state governors in 2016, in which the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, for its Spanish acronym) fared poorly, opinion polls show that the PRI no longer occupies first place, as it has for many years. The PRI is currently in third place after the National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA, for its Spanish acronym) and the National Action Party (PAN, for its Spanish acronym), both of which are still fighting for first place. The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD, for its Spanish acronym) is currently in fourth place. These results are debatable and certainly up for discussion.  However, they show what some years ago was thought to be impossible is now possible. The biggest surprise is the … read more


April 11, 2017

State of the Mexico – US Relationship

Mexico and the United States share a lengthy land border that stretches almost 2,000 miles, along with a common history marked by agreements and disagreements, mutual support, alliances against common enemies and even a war between the two countries. Both countries have been able to overcome difficult episodes and have been able to integrate their economies, as well as other social, cultural, artistic and athletic endeavors. It is estimated that the number of people in the United States of Mexican ancestry is close to 30 million, while approximately 11 million native Mexicans now live in cities all over the Unites States. On the other hand, U.S. citizens have chosen Mexico as a tourist destination and a preferred vacation spot. It … read more


December 15, 2016

Political Thermometer

Mexican political news currently revolves around several governors who have concluded their terms and have been formally accused of engaging in acts of corruption.  The most noteworthy has been Javier Duarte, governor of Veracruz, who requested a leave of absence a few weeks ahead of the conclusion of his term to address accusations made against him and to attempt to clear his name of any wrongdoing.  A few hours after requesting leave, instead of appearing before the authorities to face the charges filed against him, he is believed to have escaped and his whereabouts are unknown.  Further aggravating the situation is the discovery that millions of pesos of government funds were misappropriated while Duarte made purchases of assets with values … read more