Latino voters could hold sway in 2014 - if they show up

Sept 30, 2014

Latino voters have the potential to influence the midterm elections in two dozen U.S. House races and four battleground U.S. Senate races, but Latino advocates aren't sure they're going to bother to show up this year.

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Tom Perez reportedly on White House shortlist to become next U.S. attorney general

Sept 30, 2014

When Eric Holder announced that he was stepping down from his post as attorney general, Labor Secretary Tom Perez wasn’t on many people’s shortlist to fill Holder’s spot. But, according to Politico, he was on one very important shortlist:

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Uninsured rate among Latinos drops under Obamacare

Sept 30, 2014

Despite its disastrous rollout, it seems that Obamacare has been paying off with one group: Hispanics. According to a new report released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization that researches the healthcare system in the United States,

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Menores que llegan solos a EEUU entran en escuelas

Sept 29, 2014

Los alumnos, sobre todo chicos adolescentes de habla hispana, con el pelo peinado de punta y zapatillas de deporte, toquetean con entusiasmo sus tabletas en el Centro Educativo G.W. Carver, deteniéndose para avisar a la profesora cuando se atascan con algo.

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Mil veteranos en cola por marihuana gratis en Colorado

Sept 29, 2014

Una iniciativa para repartir marihuana gratis a veteranos de las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses atrajo a unas 1,000 personas a un hotel en Colorado. "Grow 4 Vets" en Colorado Springs tiene como objetivo extender tratamientos con cannabis a veteranos con problemas

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Groups Register Fewer Latinos than Hoped; Optimistic About Turnout

Sept 30, 2014

A national Latino voter registration campaign launched by two leading Hispanic groups is falling short of its goal, a possible indication of how Latino voting will fare in November’s elections. The $5 million register-by-mail campaign announced in January by National Council of La Raza and Mi Familia Vota sought to register 250,000 in at least seven states. The campaign had registered about 80,000 as of Monday and another 10,000 more were expected, Janet Murgúia, NCLR president and CEO., said. Even so, advocates spoke optimistically about the Latino electorate's potential for impact in next month's elections, but moderated their hope with some warnings of "headwinds" that could affect turnout. Clarissa Martinez De Castro, an NCLR deputy vice

 

 

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Greens take 2014 fight to states

Sept 30, 2014

Seeing no end to gridlock in Congress, national environmental groups are trying a new strategy for winning battles on climate change and green power: pouring record amounts of money into legislative races in a handful of states. The multimillion-dollar push by groups like the League of Conservation Voters and liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s super PAC aims to secure friendly majorities in the legislatures of states such as Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Victories there could help blunt their grim prospects in D.C., where the all-but-paralyzed U.S. Senate may be in Republican hands after November. In Washington state, where control of the state Senate narrowly rests with a conservative coalition of 24 Republicans and two Democrats, switching just two

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Prosecutors seek prison for Susana Martinez's ex-campaign manager

Sept 30, 2014

SANTA FE >> Federal prosecutors are recommending a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez be sentenced to prison time for stealing the governor's email and lying about it. Jamie Estrada faces up to a year and one day in prison. In documents filed in federal court, the U.S. attorney's office says sentencing Estrada to "the higher end of that range would best reflect the seriousness of his crimes, promote respect for the law, and be a fair and just punishment in this case." Estrada's lawyers have asked that Estrada be sentenced to probation rather than prison. Estrada pleaded guilty in June to charges of unlawful interception of electronic communication and lying to FBI agents. He provided the hijacked email to the governor's political opponents.

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

The Asian community seeks swift action by the Obama administration on immigration reform

Sept 30, 2014

It’s a bit difficult to think of myself as “not American:” I’ve spent 33 of my 34 years in this country and have no memories of a life in South Korea. While President Obama continues to delay administrative action on immigration and Congress continues to be completely unreasonable, my life is still on hold as I wait for the next development. For many, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) came as a relief: it offered temporary deportation relief for Dreamers -- undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. For Dreamers such as myself, however, it was a crushing reminder of how long we had

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Democrats, Don't Take Latinos for Granted

Sept 30, 2014

Officially, she's not running, but no one at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa on Sunday, September 14th, had any doubt that Hillary Clinton's campaign for President of the United States had already begun (why else would anyone go to Iowa?). What was more unexpected was the presence of several 'DREAMers', immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who were unafraid to bluntly ask the former Secretary of State where she stands on immigration. "My name is Mónica Reyes and I'm an Iowa DREAMer," one of the brave unauthorized immigrants said to Clinton as she passed by, signing autographs and shaking hands. "Yay!" Clinton replied mechanically. "I was wondering what do you feel about Obama's


 

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Money for NC private school vouchers begins moving

Sept 30, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — The first of millions of taxpayer dollars in payments have been sent to private and religious schools across North Carolina while an appeals court considers a judge's ruling that a new scholarship program for low-income public school children is unconstitutional on several levels. A spokeswoman for the state agency administering the Opportunity Scholarships program said Monday about $1.1 million began going out to 109 private schools last Friday.

State Educational Assistance Authority grants director Elizabeth McDuffie says that was for 568 students. The money was disbursed a week after the state Court of Appeals allowed funds for nearly 1,900

 

 

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National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Release Congressional Scorecard

Sept 30, 2014

A nonpartisan coalition of national Latino organizations published a scorecard of the 113th Congress on how lawmakers' votes affected the social, economic and political life of Latinos. The coalition of 39 national Latino organizations, known as the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, noted the congressional scorecard was not made to influence elections but solely to provide "important legislative feedback to the public." The NHLA wanted to help shape the next legislative agenda during the last few weeks of the current congressional session.

According to the NHLA's three basic criteria, members of Congress were notified of the coalition's stance on issues affecting the Latino community. The congressional lawmakers were ranked by their votes

 

 

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Koch-Funded Advocacy Group Under Investigation For Misleading Voters

Sept 30, 2014

The Koch brothers funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) has once again been caught disseminating false voter registration information, this time in North Carolina. According to the State Election Board, thousands of North Carolina residents have been calling to complain about an erroneous ‘official application form’ sent to them by AFP. The mistake-riddled form gives voters the wrong deadline for voter registration, and directs them to send their registration documents to the wrong address. AFP has a vested interest in this election, having spent over $7 million on attack ads against Democratic senate candidate Kay Hagan as of March of this year. A formal investigation by the election board is now underway.

Around 2,000 North Carolina

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Minority votes important – but elusive — in tight congressional races

Sept 30, 2014

In 2012, the conventional wisdom among conservatives and Republicans was that the presidential election of that year was of paramount importance. If Mitt Romney didn’t defeat President Obama, Obamacare’s trillions in health care subsidies would go online, and the law would become “impossible to repeal.” That was then. Today, repeal remains the official position of the GOP. But Republicans haven’t put as much thought into how to address the disruption that a careless version of repeal could incur. Conservatives in 2013: Obamacare “is here forever”

As recently as last fall, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) was asserting that it was critical that Republicans shut down the government to defund Obamacare, because otherwise,

 

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

The Forgotten Story of Japanese American Zoot Suiters

Sept 30, 2014

Sus Kaminaka was a zoot suiter: one of the many young people in 1940s America who embraced a distinctive, working-class urban aesthetic characterized by flamboyant fashions and irreverent comportment. Kaminaka and other hipsters sported pompadours and ducktail haircuts, “drapes” consisting of broad-shouldered, long fingertip coats tapered at the ankles, pleated pegged pants, wide-brimmed hats, and watch fobs. They also loved to party. Jazz, jitterbugging, lindy hopping, drinking, casual sex, and “cool” were just as integral to the lives of zoot suiters as their characteristic dress.

Sus Kaminaka was also a Nisei: a second-generation American born to immigrant Japanese parents and raised in the farmlands of California’s Sacramento Delta region.

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back

Sept 30, 2014

Koch Industries has written a lengthy response to our feature story on the company in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. In tweets the company apparently paid to promote, Koch bills this write-up as a "point-by-point response to Rolling Stone writer Tim Dickinson's dishonest and misleading story." The salient feature of Koch's response is that the company does not argue the core facts of our 9,000-word expose. Instead, Koch targets the messenger. Koch's top target here is not even Rolling Stone, but me, Tim Dickinson. I find it, frankly, amusing that a company that has been convicted of six felonies and numerous misdemeanors; paid out tens of millions of dollars in fines; traded with Iran, and been so reckless in its business practices that two innocent teenagers ended up dead, attempts to impugn my

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Minority votes important – but elusive — in tight congressional races

Sept 30, 2014

On election night two years ago, supporters of Andrew Roraback, a Republican candidate for Connecticut's 5th District seat, cheered and danced giddily at campaign headquarters when returns were announced showing a GOP edge in dozens of small towns. But the mood turned somber very quickly when returns from the district's cities came in. Elizabeth Esty, the Democratic candidate in the race, won New Britain, Waterbury, Danbury and Meriden, mostly by large margins. The urban votes, which included those of minority voters who lean heavily toward the Democratic Party, won Esty the election. How many minority voters show up at the polls, and who they vote for, is expected to make a difference again this year in the competitive races for the state's 4th and 5th District congressional seats, where Democratic Rep. Jim Himes and Esty, respectively, will be trying

 

 

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Are Rick Scott’s letters to Floridians part of his reelection campaign or part of his job?

 

Sept 30, 2014

The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the “inappropriate political message” attached to the bank’s letter that arrived in the mail.

“Governor Rick Scott is committed to improving Florida’s education system and recognizing their teachers for their hard work and dedication,” the JPMorgan Chase bank letter said amid the instructions for activating class-supply debit cards received last week by more than 18,000 teachers like Beightol in Miami-Dade schools.

Beightol, a registered Republican, said the “politicking” was one in a long line of reasons he will vote against the GOP’s

 

 

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Wendy Davis Accuses AG Greg Abbott Of Incentive Fund ‘Cover Up’

Sept 30, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW/AP) – Democrat Wendy Davis is accusing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott of a “cover up” involving economic incentive dollars on the eve of their final debate in the Texas governor’s race. Davis said Monday that her opponent failed as a watchdog over Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund. A state audit last week revealed the fund awarded roughly $172 million in taxpayer dollars to companies that never submitted applications. Over a decade ago, newspapers had requested documents showing how the Governor’s office was making decisions on which companies to give money to and they requested access to see the applications. Texas Attorney General Gregg Abott’s office refused those requests, saying that they revealed sensitive

 

 

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Judge Says Poor Have No Right To Clean Water, Allows Detroit Water Shutoffs To Continue

Sept 30, 2014

Saying there is no such thing as a legal right to clean running water, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes dismissed a request from Detroit residents to impose a six-month moratorium on water shutoffs by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) on Monday. The plaintiffs had argued last week that the DWSD shutoffs over delinquent water bills violated the human rights of impoverished citizens who had no ability to pay what the city says they owe, and who were left without access to clean water by the shutoff policy.

“There is no such right or law,” Rhodes said, according to the Detroit News. He also rejected the idea that citizens have a right to “service based on an ability to pay.” Those remarks are notable because Rhodes

 

 

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José Diaz-Balart: Hispanics Watch TV News

Sept 30, 2014

Hispanic viewers are interested in watching news programming that discusses issues pertaining to them, but find little coverage of such issues on English language news networks, according to Telemundo and MSNBC news host José Diaz-Balart. With the 2014 mid-term elections coming up and the issue of immigration resonating among Hispanics, Diaz-Balart – who hosts Telemundo news/public affairs shows Noticiero Telemundo and Enfoque, as well as MSNBC’s daily 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. timeslot -- says Hispanics are interested in legislation in Washington D.C.that effects their lives. “Sometimes I think we’re living in the United States in two different worlds,” said Diaz-Balart during a video interview with Multichannel News. “The Spanish speaking audience

 

 

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Source of the sizzle: Climate change fueled heat waves

Sept 30, 2014

Climate change influenced several of the world's most extreme weather events of 2013, including heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, says a series of studies out Monday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Though links between global warming and events such as droughts and heavy rainfall were not obvious, connections were clearest with extreme heat: An analysis of five extreme heat events overseas "overwhelmingly showed that human-caused climate change is having an influence," according to the report. Australia endured its hottest year ever recorded in 2013, which helped fuel several outbreaks of ferocious wildfires. Overall, the report, "Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 from a Climate Perspective," addressed

 

 

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Hispanic and African-Americans: Celebrating Partners for Social Justice

Sept 30, 2014

Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month together. AARP has always championed the diversity of our society, and this month, we want to pay tribute to the rich legacy of Latino culture and history in our country. We invite you to be part of this festivity in which we commemorate healthy living, entrepreneurship, social activism, music and entertainment. Celebrate with us and become an AARP member today and discover your real possibilities. When Janet Murguía, President/CEO of the National Council of La Raza (La Raza), aimed to strengthen the organization’s mission “to create opportunities and open the door to the American Dream for Latino and other families,” she knew exactly what to do.

 

 

 

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Alerta en EEUU por casos de parálisis en niños

Sept 29, 2014

Autoridades de salud investigan nueve casos de debilidad muscular o parálisis en niños de Colorado y tratan de corroborar si se debe a un virus que provoca una enfermedad respiratoria grave en todo Estados Unidos. Los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, en inglés) pusieron en alerta a médicos sobre los casos, los cuales se asemejan a la polio. El germen —enterovirus 68— fue detectado en los análisis de cuatro de los ocho niños. El virus puede provocar parálisis, pero otros gérmenes también pueden generarla. Los funcionarios de salud desconocen si el virus causó alguna de las debilidades en brazos y piernas de los menores, o si se trata simplemente de un germen del

 

 

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Otro médico con ébola llega a EE.UU.

Sept 29, 2014

Otro médico estadounidense infectado con el virus del ébola en Sierra Leona, llegó a Estados Unidos el domingo. El vuelo que traía al paciente aterrizó el domingo en un aeropuerto regional de Maryland.

El médico bajó de la nave caminando por sí mismo y usando un traje blanco anti-contaminación, y fue trasladado a los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, cerca de Washington.

En un comunicado el sábado, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud dijeron que el médico sería internado en una unidad de aislamiento especial para observación, por cautela. No se han dado más detalles sobre el paciente. Otros cuatro trabajadores de salud estadounidenses que se contagiaron con el ébola cuando

 

 

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Los aviones de EE.UU. golpean silos con granos en Siria

Sept 29, 2014

Aviones de combate de la coalición liderada por Estados Unidos bombardearon nuevamente posiciones del grupo Estado Islámico durante la noche en cuatro provincias del norte y este de Siria, alcanzando silos de granos y la mayor planta de gas del país, dijeron activistas el lunes.

El grupo Centro de Medios de Aleppo informó del ataque al almacén de cereal en Manbij, al noreste de la ciudad de Aleppo, que originó un incendio en las instalaciones. Según esta fuente, los aviones habrían confundido los silos con una base del Estado Islámico, (ISIS, según sus siglas en inglés). En el ataque habrían muerto trabajadores de la planta agrícola, pero se desconoce

 

 

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Scaremongering Over Child Refugees is Unacceptable

By Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D

September 12, 2014

The summer is almost over, and with it, I hope, is the hysteria over unaccompanied child migrants to this country.
 
I was born here in the United States. I was taught that America welcomes immigrants and refugees.
 
But when I saw the ugly protests and heard the racist rants about brown immigrants, I barely recognized this country or some of the people in it.
 
I've always taken for granted that we, as Americans, are a generous people, and that we've all learned the basic lessons of common decency. These include, for instance, treating others with respect, telling the truth and having compassion for the less fortunate.
 
But then I saw some of my fellow Americans targeting defenseless children.
 
Instead of treating them like human beings or welcoming them as refugees fleeing abject poverty, crime and violence, these Americans recklessly portrayed child migrants as drug smugglers, terrorists, disease- infected individuals and, overall, threats to national security.

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Executive Action Necessary

by: Maria Cardona

August 18, 2014

President Obama dubbed 2014 as the year of action in regards to the measures he has taken that will benefit the American people and the actions he will continue to take with or without this Republican Congress, which continues to be the least productive in history. As a Latina who grew up with the American Dream ingrained in my mind, I know that the actions of this president are based on those American principles that accept immigrants who come to this country in search of the same dream. We already know one of these principles is that if we work hard and follow the rules, we should have the ability to

 

 

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It is always a good time to take care of our Medicare

by: María Eugenia Hernández-Lane

July 29, 2014

This summer while we spend many days outside enjoying the nice weather, surely many of us are also thinking about how great it is to spend this nice time with our loved ones and our friends who share with us these sunny days and breezy nights. 
Maybe some of us are sipping coffee out back and enjoying the quiet of retirement that our working years gave us. Of course you and your loved ones would want that sense of peace to last forever, especially when it comes to our healthcare. And if you are an older Latino or Latina, you’re likely using Medicare,

 

 

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Lawsuit Against President Obama Is Just Another Excuse for Republicans to Delay Immigration Reform

by: Maria Cardona

July 7, 2014

This week, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, announced his plan to sue President Obama for his alleged abuse of executive orders and failure to faithfully execute the laws of our country. Give me a break! When Boehner was asked whether Republicans were suing President Obama over one executive order in particular, the Speaker did not have an answer.

It could not be clearer that the President has executed the laws of the country, and has signed executive orders as an

 

 

 

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