GOP Superstar Cliven Bundy wonders if black people were “better off as slaves”

Apr 24, 2014

Oh boy. Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has drawn a lot of attention recently for his longtime refusal to pay grazing fees (and because his cause drew the support of an armed militia), was profiled in the New York Times on Thursday. That meant

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Republicans break up with Hispanics

Apr 24, 2014

Breakups are rough — regrets, pain and bitter memories. As Republicans in the House block immigration reform time after time, American Latinos get the message: It's over, don't call me. Have a good life.

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AFL-CIO’s Trumka meets with immigrants, calls deportations ‘unacceptable’

Apr 24, 2014

Trumka addressed about three dozen immigrants from New Orleans and Springfield, Mass., at the AFL-CIO headquarters. The immigrants had earlier demonstrated outside the White House to

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Hillary Clinton defiende la reforma migratoria

Apr 20, 2014

'Una gran oportunidad perdida'
La exsecretaria de Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, se definió como una defensora de la reforma migratoria que beneficie a los inmigrantes.

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Alarma: El gobierno de Obama vuelve a publicar las reglas de asilo actuales

Apr 20, 2014

Tremendo: Solo aquellos inmigrantes actuales que muestren además una alta posibilidad de obtenerlo podrán ser luego escuchados por un juez. El alto número de vigentes solicitudes presentadas en el último año encendió todas las alarmas en

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Fla. Gov. snared in GOP immigration debate

Apr 24, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With time running out on his first term, Gov. Rick Scott entered his fourth legislative session with a limited agenda dealing with education, tax cuts and the state's economy. And as he is locked in what could be a tough re-election fight, the governor is snared in a complicated debate over immigration that has pitted the Republican against members of his own party. Scott decided in March to back a measure that would grant a tuition break to some Florida high school graduates who entered the country illegally when they were children. Currently those students pay a rate that is four times higher than what is paid by other Florida residents.

The bill has passed the Florida House despite a large number of GOP legislators voting against it. But the legislation has gotten mired in the Florida Senate due to opposition from key Republicans. It will take a supermajority vote to revive the legislation during the nine days

 


 

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Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True Obamacare is working.

Apr 24, 2014

Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican senator, said something surprisingly prescient about the president’s signature health-care law. “President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound,” he said. The worry, according to Cruz, was that once the ACA went into effect, we’d all be “addicted to the sugar.” Then, it would be too late to roll it back. Cruz’s nightmare, and the left’s long-held dream, has come true. Finally, after years of failed reform efforts, the U.S. government is actually trying to provide affordable health coverage for all. And it’s working,

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Latino Groups Target Voters Ahead of Midterms

Apr 24, 2014

For Lizette Escobedo, getting voters to turn out for midterm elections is always a challenge. But she said motivating Latino voters for the 2014 midterm elections may be especially difficult amid growing discontent over the lack of movement on immigration reform. Escobedo is the National Director of Development and Communications for Mi Familia Vota, an organization working to increase civic participation among Hispanics.

Immigration reform is still a big priority for many Latinos, she explained. "If the community doesn't turn out to vote for leaders that will make those decisions, there is a lot to lose," Escobedo said. Despite the stalled legislation, voting rights groups are beginning their push to ramp up interest and participation before the 2014 midterms. Groups like Mi Familia Vota and Voto Latino have recently launched voter registration campaigns designed to re-energize the Latino

 


 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as 'a disaster' for Florida

Apr 24, 2014

TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November. In a 30-minute luncheon speech laced with scorn for his successor, Crist addressed about 300 members of the Capital Tiger Bay Club in Tallahassee, many with ties to his alma mater, Florida State. Ignoring the club's tradition of light frivolity, Crist was all business as he challenged the crowd to help him defeat Scott, who has said he will spend $100 million to win a second term. "I need you to be with me and I don't need for you to be casual about it. Don't just give us a couple of bucks," Crist said. "We've got six months to go and the nightmare will be "


 

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House Members Push for Open Debate on NSA Snooping

Apr 24, 2014

Bipartisan House members are calling for an open debate when the House takes up legislation later this year dealing with a controversial National Security Agency intelligence gathering program. Rep. Rush D. Holt, D-N.J., a longtime opponent of the NSA program, is gathering signatures on a letter that he plans to send to top House leaders asking that if a bill reauthorizing the program comes to the floor, it comes under an open rule, meaning any member can offer an amendment.

Holt told CQ Roll Call that because opposition to the NSA phone metadata program cuts across ideological, geographical and generational lines, a range of opinions should be debated, rather than just a few preselected amendments.

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Moderate Dems resist Obama on deportations

Apr 24, 2014

Liberal Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama to take executive action to halt deportations of undocumented immigrants.

But some moderate Democrats aren’t sure that’s such a good idea. The Obama administration is reviewing its immigration enforcement policies while legislative reform stalls in Congress. Some Democrats believe moderates may feel political backlash from broad executive action — arguing that if the president acts on deportations, he would further a GOP narrative painting Obama as a tyrant who has repeatedly ignored congressional will.

“I don’t care if there’s a Democrat or a Republican president, and I know there is executive order and I know all that,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said. “But I’m one of

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Rand Paul Wants Minorities to Embrace the School Vouchers Rural Republicans Are Rejecting

Apr 24, 2014

Rand Paul went to President Obama's adopted hometown on Tuesday to pitch private school vouchers as the "great equalizer" for inner-city minority students. That message doesn't work as well in mostly-white rural areas, where Republicans don't want to send sparse federal dollars to private schools. Paul visited Chicago's Josephinum Academy, a Sacred Heart-affiliated school that is 5 percent non-Hispanic white, according to The New York Times. There he told students that "the money is yours," and that those who oppose school choice are "dead-enders." Specifically, "the Democrat Party has opposed charter schools and vouchers pretty much steadfastly, and I would say the unions have as

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Chris Christie, crummy father

Apr 24, 2014

hen the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council announced it was naming Chris Christie “Father of the Year” (along with shoe designer Vince Camuto), MSNBC’s Alex Wagner had the pitch-perfect response:

Wagner: Coming up, the National Fathers’ Day Council just named New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ‘Father of the Year.’ This guy is their choice:

Chris Christie, Town Hall video: “I do not respond to yell-out questions. In fact, I have a finely-honed skill to ignore things that are being yelled at me. This has nothing to do with me being governor, and has everything to do with me being the father of four children between 10 and 20.” Wagner: “A finely-honed skill to ignore things, including his children. Maybe the people that chose Chris Christie did not


 

 

 

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Obama trade push gets thumbs down from Democrats

Apr 24, 2014

President Barack Obama’s in Asia this week pushing a deal that almost none of his allies at home want. On the Hill, most of the pushback is coming from the president’s fellow Democrats, who say it undercuts the economic fairness argument that’s a central focus of his midterm strategy. “Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe has to deal with his politics, and I’ve got to deal with mine,” Obama said at a press conference in Tokyo Thursday, responding to the resistance both leaders have met as they’ve continued negotiations. Despite Obama’s support for the agreement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have made clear they don’t have much interest in the Tran-Pacific

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was 'courageous'

Apr 24, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.” At an event on diversity within the Justice Department, Holder said it’s tempting to think the struggle to overcome discrimination has ended when people like him or President Obama have reached the nation’s highest ranks. But, he said, the fight for equal rights is not over. "[This] great country still has a ways to go before our founding promise of equal justice and equal opportunity is fully realized,” he said. Holder quoted Sotomayor in the dissent she filed a day earlier in 6-2 Supreme Court ruling that upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined in the dissent.

“Just yesterday in her

 

 

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Super PAC Ties GOP Challenger to Koch Brothers

Apr 24, 2014

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aims to elect House Democrats, has a new ad tying a GOP challenger in West Virginia to conservative businessmen David and Charles Koch. The ad hits state Sen. Evan Jenkins, who is running against Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.V., in one of this cycle’s most competitive House races.

But Jenkins only makes a cameo in the super PAC’s ad. Images of the brothers — who spend heavily in politics — are featured in the spot for 26 seconds in the 30-second spot.

“The Koch brothers wouldn’t be billionaires, if they didn’t get what they paid for,” a narrator said of Jenkins. “In Washington, Evan Jenkins won’t work for us.”

An HMP news release stated the group had $70,000 in the Charleston-Huntington and Bluefield-Beckley markets behind the spot. This is an inexpensive media market

 

 

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Many low-wage workers not protected by minimum wage

Apr 24, 2014

President Obama's push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, coupled with recent state-level increases, is welcome news for many people getting by on small paychecks.

But not every low-wage worker has to be paid the minimum wage. That's because a crazy patchwork of rules and exemptions lets employers pay some kinds of workers below the full minimum wage -- in some cases, well below.

The rules are complex at the federal and state levels. But here's a partial list of how they treat certain classes of workers.

Disabled workers: Under federal law, employers may apply for a special certificate to pay less than the minimum wage to anyone "whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by a physical or mental disability, including those relating to age or injury."

The rule was established in 1938

 


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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

22 Senate GOPers: ‘Grave concern’ on deportations

Apr 24, 2014

More than 20 Senate Republicans penned a letter on Thursday to President Barack Obama, raising “grave concerns” about the administration’s review of immigration law. Under fire from immigration activists for deportations of undocumented immigrants, Obama announced last month that his Department of Homeland Security will consider whether its immigration policies could be implemented “more humanely within the confines of the law.”

But that’s raised concern from some immigration hawks that Obama could be overstepping constitutional boundaries on immigration law. The 22 Senate Republicans — representing some of the most conservative — accuse Obama of “incrementally nullifying immigration enforcement” since he took office in 2009, and even warn that the administration is “allowing preventable crimes harming innocent people to take place every day.” “According to


 

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Progressive group won't support 'worst Democrats': Landrieu, Pryor, Begich

Apr 24, 2014

CREDO super-PAC, a national progressive group, is wading into five competitive Senate races this cycle but has left three of the Democratic Party’s most vulnerable incumbents off its list.

According to a release announcing the group’s plan, “CREDO’s goal is to give progressives a vehicle for saving the Senate without supporting some of the worst Democrats in the tightest races such as Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu.”

The group “will skip races in states like Arkansas and Louisiana where the Democratic incumbents frequently vote against progressives,” the release says, but could add Oregon and Iowa to its list of active states if polling shows the Democrats there are vulnerable.

Republicans need to pick up only six seats to regain control of the Senate, and their path to the majority goes directly through those four states won by GOP presidential nominee

 

 

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Koch group faces blowback after using Aurora image

Apr 24, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall is calling on his Republican opponent to denounce an Americans for Prosperity ad that features a picture of President Obama and the Colorado Democrat together while visiting victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting.

“All Coloradans, regardless of political party, agree that using the Aurora tragedy in political attacks is callous, insensitive and wrong," Udall campaign manager Adam Dunstone said in a statement. "Congressman Cory Gardner should do the right thing by demanding his friends and allies stop using the Aurora tragedy for political gain."

The ad, critical of Udall's support for the president's signature healthcare plan, uses a photoshopped image taken during a visit by Obama and Udall to the University of Colorado hospital, where victims and their family members had gathered. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political action committee

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Mexican- American studies in Texas

Apr 24, 2014

Amarillo, TX -- A growing Hispanic population in the State of Texas has many concerned with the recent vote affirming Mexican- American studies as only an option. Recently in Austin- The majority of the State Board of Education voted to allow school districts-- to have the option of offering Mexican- American studies in their high schools as an elective.

The State Board of Education voted Texas does not have to require Mexican- American studies. "I believe its something that needs to be taught, it's a heritage a part of Texas and even if you're not half Mexican or Mexican, I think it's a piece of Texas that's a huge part of a learning curve." says Billie Gilliam, Parent. She's not the only one who feels that way-- Activist have pushed for the Texas State Board of Education to create a statewide Mexican- American studies curriculum-- arguing that such courses would help foster cultural awareness.

 

 

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Don't 'Es-stress' Over Spanglish, Say Some Scholars

Apr 24, 2014

As readers, booksellers and academics gather Wednesday on World Book Day to celebrate words and language, there is an interesting transatlantic tiff over the use of Spanglish - the mixing of English and Spanish often used among U.S. Latinos when they are hangiando (hanging) together. In a tongue in cheek yet telling open letter to Spain's language arbiter, the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy), a group of professors, journalists, translators, editors and even Mexican actor Gael García Bernal recently denounced the Academy's plans to define Spanglish as a mode of speech that “deforms” elements of Spanish and English vocabulary and grammar. The definition will appear in an upcoming edition of the Academy's dictionary.

The letter signers, who do not see Spanglish as a deformation, wrote that the Academy showed a "pathetic incapacity" to take


 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Latinos Fight To Preserve San Francisco Mission District's Cultural Heritage

Apr 24, 2014

For decades San Francisco’s Mission District has been a hub for the city’s vibrant Latino community.

Built with Mexican land grants, the neighborhood helped give birth to the 1960s Chicano movement, a vast Hispanic mural project and even the vibrant low-rider culture.

In recent years, however, the Mission District has become a popular neighborhood for wealthy San Franciscans looking for a hip neighborhood close to their downtown offices as the city goes through an economic boom. This change has some longtime residents and businesses worried that the neighborhood they grew up in will disappear and their culture along with it, causing a group of citizens to petition the San Francisco city government to designate the area around the 24th Street commercial corridor as the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

 

 

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Agente fronterizo le disparó dos veces a mexicano

Apr 21, 2014

Su muerte desató controversia
Un mexicano que fue muerto a tiros por un agente fronterizo estadounidense en un área montañosa remota recibió dos balazos en el pecho tras presuntamente lanzarle piedras al agente, de acuerdo con un informe de autopsia dado a conocer el viernes. Dos casquillos fueron recuperados a unos cinco metros (16 pies) del cadáver de Jesús Flores, de 41 años, cuya muerte el 18 de febrero ocurrió en medio de una controversia sobre cómo los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza deben responder a los que les atacan con piedras. La Oficina del Forense del Condado de San Diego dijo que a la pistola del agente le faltaban tres balas. Los investigadores han dicho que Flores, que estaba en una colina por encima del agente,

 

 

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‘Dreamers’ vuelven a dividir a los republicanos

Apr 21, 2014

El gobernador Rick Scott estaba a punto de darle inicio a su campaña para tratar de llegar al voto hispano cuando dos importantes republicanos del Senado de la Florida le complicaron el camino al bloquear inesperadamente un proyecto de ley prioritario que habría reducido los costos de matrícula para algunos estudiantes indocumentados.

La abrupta decisión del jueves de Don Gaetz, presidente del Senado, y de Joe Negrón, director de Presupuesto del Senado, tomó a Scott por sorpresa, al igual que a otros republicanos de la Cámara, y al ex gobernador más respetado del partido, Jeb Bush, quien le había pedido en privado a algunos senadores que escucharan de qué se trataba la medida. En una declaración

 

 

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El FBI estaría investigando a Herbalife

Apr 14, 2014

Herbalife, una compañía internacional con base en Los Angeles, y que se dedica a la venta de batidos en todo el mundo, está bajo supuesta investigación criminal de parte del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, informó la prensa de ese país.

Según un informe del Financial Times y que reproduce The Verge, la investigación está aún en una etapa preliminar y hasta el momento no se han presentado cargos contra la compañía. Esta información es precedida de noticias sobre la apertura de una investigación civil contra Herbalife por parte de la Comisión Federal de Comercio. El gestor de fondos de cobertura Bill Ackman ha acusado públicamente a empresa de ser un esquema piramidal y ha publicado varios

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

Horatio Alger: The Illusion of Public Higher Education

by: Rodolfo F. Acuña

Apr 24, 2014

The United States is the land of illusions. Like Disneyland, it is more fiction than reality. The American Dream is part of surreal world, constructed as a form of social control that distorts the memory Americans blinding to the injustices, inequalities and imperfections of American society. Like old Shirley Temple movies, Americans are princes and princesses who pass through bad times believing that they will be saved because they are Americans.


These illusions are built around myths such as that of Horatio Alger that has persisted for over 150 years. For Americans Horatio Alger is as real as Superman.


Horatio Alger Jr in 1867 published the first of over 120 books that told the tale of rags to riches to young working class boys. The moral of the stories was that if the boys led exemplary lives, struggled against poverty and adversity that they could make it. Someday they would be rich and heirs to the American Dream.


The stairway to the American Dream was meritocracy and education. America was the land of opportunity, every American if he worked hard enough could get an education; it was free and more accessible in the United States than any place in world. Opportunity was knocking, and it was your fault if you did not take advantage of it.


The Horatio Alger Myth resembles fantasy tales such as Superman, Captain America, Spiderman and Batman. The truth be told, Horatio Alger just like education has never been equal or free in America.

 

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The National Chicano Moratorium: August 29, 1970

by: Rev. Juan Romero

Apr 7, 2014

Fifty thousand Latinos from throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles filled Dodger Stadium on June 1, 1986. It was the local culmination and cloture of the national consultation process of Hispanics sponsored by the Bishops of the United States: El Tercer Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral. The new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Roger M. Mahony told the people, to their great applause, "I am your bishop," and proceeded to declaim for the local church the Pastoral Plan that had emerged from the collective consultations

 

 

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The GOP's Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

by Maria T. Cardona

March 17, 2014

The truth is that in recent months we have seen how low Republican leaders in Congress are willing to go. The latest accusations from Speaker of the House, John Boehner, blaming the President for Congress' inaction on immigration reform, shows how desperate the Republican leadership is and how they are running out of excuses to not bring a vote on immigration reform to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Just a week after Republicans published a series of immigration principles they hope to see in an

 

 

 

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Apartheidesque Republican Immigration Principles – DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL

by Nativo-Vigil Lopez

Febuary 10, 2014

What did you expect from the Republican Party on immigration matters? This is not Ronald Reagan's party any more. Twenty-seven years ago he signed into law the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986, which ultimately legalized 3 million undocumented persons with permanent resident status. Five years hence these same newly legalized immigrants qualified for U.S. citizenship. Not this Republican Party, not now, and probably not ever.

The long-awaited "Republican Immigration Principles 2014" regurgitate legislative proposals

 

 

 

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