Rep. Linda Sanchez Elected To Lead Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Nov 19, 2014

Six-term Congresswoman Linda Sánchez was elected to be the new chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday. Sánchez, D-Calif., will take over in the next congressional session that begins in January, while current chairman

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Fail Mary: Senate rejects Keystone bill

Nov 19, 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Keystone XL pipeline bill fell short by the slimmest of margins Tuesday, leaving the $8 billion pipeline still on the table for the ascendant Republican Party to push the project to President Barack Obama’s desk

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Poll: Hispanics more positive on caring for elderly

Nov 19, 2014

Hispanics are more likely to consider caring for an elderly relative or friend to be a positive experience, and less likely to say it creates stress in their families, a new poll found. More than 9 in 10 Hispanics over age 40 reflected positively on their personal experiences in providing

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Joseph Biden: Obama actuará en inmigración porque “esperar no es una opción”

Nov 17, 2014

Según el vicepresidente de los Estados Unidos, Joseph Biden, el presidente Barack Obama actuará por su cuenta sobre inmigración antes de fin de año porque “esperar no es una opción” y detalló que sus medidas beneficiarán

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Corte da a inmigrantes en Arizona chance de fianza

Nov 17, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos despejó el camino para una ola de audiencias de fianza para inmigrantes detenidos en Arizona.

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Pelosi picks NM Hispanic to lead Democratic campaign committee

Nov 18, 2014

In a surprise move, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has chosen Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) to be the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee."I'm pleased to recommend to our colleagues Congressman Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, a dynamic and forward-looking leader with the fresh energy and ideas House Democrats need for victory in 2016," Pelosi said in a Monday afternoon press conference. "He has the bold vision and determined leadership to deliver wins in difficult districts."

Lujan, 42, will be the first Hispanic chairman of the DCCC, and faces the difficult task of helping Democrats cut into the GOP's at least 29-seat majority.

He brings a new and much younger face to Democratic leadership and adds another Hispanic leader in a time where

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Obama had no choice but to go it alone on immigration reform

Nov 18, 2014

President Obama is ready to move on immigration reform, with or without Congress. Obama is preparing executive orders that will grant legal status to up to 5 million immigrants. The actions that the administration is considering would remove the threat of deportation for people with long-standing ties to the country, particularly the undocumented parents of U.S.-born children. Obama has noted the long-standing refusal of House Republicans to pass comprehensive immigration reform. He’s claiming to be part of a bipartisan tradition for issuing executive orders on immigration, pointing to the similar actions of former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Of course, the politics are different today — and already, congressional Republican leaders have made it clear that

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Children of Latino immigrants forge paths in agriculture

Nov 18, 2014

In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe chicken wings. About 15 girls and just one boy in this vet careers class are looking for ligaments, tendons, cartilage and other features of this animal part that teenagers more often experience cooked and covered in barbecue sauce. The 17-year old senior, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail for the dissection, high-fives her lab partner when they identify the ligament and show it to their teacher. This young woman is a chapter officer in the Des Moines FFA group and recently got elected to a district-wide leadership position. She’s already earned a full scholarship to Iowa State University and aspires to be a large animal veterinarian with her own small cattle herd. Her name is Melissa

 

 

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White House offers climate change help to U.S. cities

Nov 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After announcing two major global initiatives on climate change last week, the Obama administration pivoted on Monday to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming. The move came after a task force of U.S. governors, mayors and tribal leaders sent Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials recommendations on how they can help local communities deal with extreme weather.

White House officials also unveiled measures, including a Web-based climate resilience toolkit, to help local leaders adopt measures to prepare municipalities for rising sea levels, droughts, diseases and other climate impacts.

The recommendations come as the new Republican leadership eyes reining in executive actions in the administration's Climate

 

 

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Top Republican Finally Acknowledges Human-Caused Climate Change

Nov 19, 2014

A big GOP frontman seems to have changed his tune on climate change.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chair of the Senate Republican Conference, admitted in an Fox News interview on Sunday that human activity has likely caused some climate changes.

This is a big step, though in the same segment Thune expressed negative feelings on the US-China climate deal reached last week, and promoted the Keystone XL pipeline.

As a member of a party often noted for its representatives' unwillingness to cooperate with national climate policy or even for their outright climate denialism, Thune's first remark was a solid acknowledgment that human-caused climate change is occurring.

"Well, look, climate change is occurring, it's always occurring,

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Latinos abandoning de Blasio over public appointments

Nov 19, 2014

Chanting, “One-term mayor! One-term mayor!” nearly 100 Latino leaders converged on City Hall Monday to demand that Mayor de Blasio appoint more Hispanics to his administration.

Calling itself the Campaign for Fair Latino Representation, the coalition slammed the mayor for naming Hispanics to just 11 percent of his public appointments, even though they make up 29 percent of the city’s population. “We’re not garbage . . . so don’t treat us like garbage,” said activist Lucky Rivera, of Boricuas for a Positive Image. “If you [don’t] want to be a one-term mayor, you better do the right thing.” The group blasted the lack of Hispanic policy makers and board members at city agencies and said just 26 of the mayor’s 229 public appointments have been Latino. They also blasted the NYPD, saying it has only 18

 


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How the Democrats Lost Texas

Nov 19, 2014

While Texans have always welcomed newcomers, they have never liked invasions. They didn’t like it when Santa Anna did it in 1835. They didn’t like it when the Yankees did it during the Civil War and Reconstruction. And it’s pretty clear from the midterm election results that they definitely didn’t like it when Jeremy Bird and his team of Obama organizers known as “Battleground Texas” did it in 2013. Two weeks ago, Democrats took a walloping in Texas. Wendy Davis, the Lone Star State’s Democratic star a year ago, got just 38.9 percent of the vote—some 283,000 votes fewer than the party’s gubernatorial candidate four years ago and 200,000 less than Democratic Texas Gov. Ann Richards obtained in her losing re-election effort nearly two

 


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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

GOP mulls its own immigration plan

Nov 19, 2014

House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers.

The discussions, which were secret until now, are aimed at trying to separate the immigration debate from the government-funding discussion.

Specifically, Republicans are mulling passing a border security bill and legislation to change visa policy for high-skilled workers‚ two topics that have widespread support in the party. The talks come as President Barack Obama prepares to change immigration laws through executive action. Those plans have angered Republicans and have complicated Congress’s plans

 

 

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The greening of Barack Obama

Nov 19, 2014

For Barack Obama, it wasn’t easy being green — until, suddenly, it was.

During his earlier years in office, Obama never pushed the environment to the forefront of the national agenda. The economy took precedence. Then health care. At one point, toward the end of Obama’s first term, environmentalists counted the months between presidential uses of the term “climate change.” But now, Obama is aiming to make global reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions one of the signature achievements of his presidency — with his “historic agreement” with China last week just the start of a series of administrative actions aimed at combating climate change.

What changed, according to political and environmental


 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Suddenly, voters no longer care about secure borders

Nov 19, 2014

It just goes to show, you can’t believe anything you hear from a candidate on the campaign trail.

After months of interviewing Republican candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, we’d come to trust their insistent proclamations that immigration was one of the key issues voters were concerned about for this year’s congressional agenda. We read all the mailers. We watched all the TV ads. And in virtually every pitch was a plea to “first secure the border.” But we’ve since found out all those ads, all those statements in person and in speeches, were being controlled by President Barack Obama, who was trying to use immigration as a means to draw voters’ attention from his economic agenda.

Who knew? Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress, the truth has finally come out. We first became aware of it when House Speaker

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Reagan, Bush Sr. also acted alone to shield immigrants

Nov 19, 2014

President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent.

Two of the last three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986. There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now.A tea party-influenced GOP is poised to erupt if and when Obama follows through on his promise. He wants to extend protection from deportation to millions of immigrant parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and expand his two-year-old program that shields immigrants brought illegally to this country

 

 

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Billionaires Push ALEC Agenda in Minneapolis School Board Election

Nov 19, 2014

“There’s simply too much at stake to let something so important [as a school board election] remain under the radar” – 50CAN Calling for a “reboot” of public education in Minnesota, hundreds of thousands of dollars flowed into the Minneapolis school board elections this November to try ousting an incumbent and to usher in an education agenda that resembles that of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The four-way race for two seats on the Minneapolis School Board was flooded by money from out-of-state interests on an unprecedented scale. The big player was an independent expenditure group calling itself the Minneapolis Progressive Education Fund, which poured nearly $250,000 into the race. thanks to a $100,000 contribution from former New York City mayor

 


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NSA reform bill dies in Senate

Nov 19, 2014

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a measure to reform the National Security Agency's surveillance program in a 58-42 vote.

Sixty votes were needed to end debate on a motion to procced to the USA Freedom Act sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The defeat of the legislation to stop the government's bulk data collection program will put off legislation responding to Edward Snowden's leaks about the controversial programs until next year. Most Democrats backed Leahy, but he was able to win over few Republicans beyond his three GOP co-sponsors, who included Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may have dealt the legislation a fatal blow when he used a floor speech on Tuesday to argue that passage of the legislation would hurt U.S. efforts to stop terrorist

 

 

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White House prepares activists for Obama's immigration order

Nov 19, 2014

The White House held calls with activist groups on Tuesday to prepare them for President Obama's executive action on immigration, sources tell The Hill. Administration officials didn't go into detail on what would be included in the executive action, which could come as early as this week. But they did focus on how other presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, issued similar types of actions in the White House.

One source said the White House sought to "temper expectations," on the executive action, cautioning that while some advocates have pushed for him to carry out the Senate’s immigration reform bill, Obama doesn't have the legal authority to go as far by acting alone.

"They're setting expectations, making it clear he has the legal authority to do what he's going to do, but that he's not going

 

 

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Liberal ‘hell no’ caucus rises

Nov 19, 2014

The defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate marked a major show of muscle for next year’s new hell-no caucus: liberals. Liberal Senate Democrats united to block the controversial project, even though their imperiled Democratic colleague Mary Landrieu of Louisiana begged them not to at a Democratic Caucus lunch on Tuesday afternoon. It was a remarkable move for a group that has stood behind Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the years, as he sought to protect vulnerable moderates, like Landrieu and some of her now-ousted colleagues, from taking tough votes on divisive environmental, health care and social issues.

But red-state Democrats like Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska are on their way out, and liberals like Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse — with Elizabeth Warren leading the

 

 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

10 Maps That Explain the Next Election

Nov 19, 2014

The recent midterm election could be read as the belly-flop conclusion of the Obama era: What was thought to be a transformative period in American politics—a brief spark of minority- and youth-driven enthusiasm that created the promise of a post-racial America—did not, it appears, carry through to 2014.

But that interpretation would not be entirely correct. The energy that propelled Obama to the presidency lingers in at least one important respect: An increasingly muscular minority political base is here to stay. And that’s just the beginning.

For someone like me who has dedicated to my life to studying changing demographics, there’s no bigger event than the once-a-decade census. And it’s clear that the biggest story to come out of the 2010 census actually happened the following year: In 2011, more minority babies were born in the United States than white babies. Since 2000

 

 

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2014: Coastal Liberals, Latinos Key to California Vote

Nov 17, 2014

While California Republicans watch the national wave and wonder what might have been, California Democrats prepare to return to office in a one-party state. According to Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo, that is because coastal voters, and Latino voters, favor Democrats strongly. In a recent lecture in Sacramento, DiCamillo added that white voters in the state are evenly split, and favor Republicans heavily in Central Valley counties. "[O]ne of the biggest contributors to the Democratic Party's electoral successes here versus its dismal showing across the country relates to the very different voting preferences of the state's white non-Hispanic voters, and in particular, those living along the coast," DiCamillo said. The electorate in the Central Valley more closely resembles the electorate in the rest of the country, but the coastal and Latino vote hold sway in the state.

 

 

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A Powerful Shift: Cuban-Americans are Moving Left

Nov 17, 2014

2014 midterm election cycle saw many competitive Democratic House districts fall, including the race for Florida’s 26th and southernmost district. Both candidates were Cuban-Americans running in districts with large Hispanic populations, many of whom are Cuban voters. Surprisingly, a district with a strong Cuban constituency at its core elected Democrat Joe Garcia in 2012 and only ousted him this year due to a series of corruption scandals. Both Garcia and his Republican challenger, Carlos Curbelo, ran as moderate centrists. Both candidates are in favor of same-sex marriage and welcome President Obama’s liberalization of the Cuban embargo. Given that Cubans have historically been card-carrying Republican Party members for decades, Curbelo’s choice to not run as a Tea Party candidate demonstrates a significant shift in Cuban politics.

Cubans came to the United States and quickly became

 

 

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Senadora demócrata emplaza a líderes republicanos en tema migratorio

Nov 17, 2014

Washington, 16 nov (PL) La senadora demócrata Claire McCaskill, de Missouri, advirtió hoy que si los republicanos no quieren que el presidente Barack Obama tome medidas unilaterales en el tema de inmigración, que discutan una reforma migratoria en el Congreso. McCaskill, que se presentó este domingo en el programa Face the Nation, de la cadena CBS, acusó al presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, el republicano John Boehner, por negarse a debatir uno de los problemas más complicados y difíciles que enfrenta Estados Unidos.

"Todo lo que tienen que hacer la semana que viene -los republicanos-, si no quiere que el presidente actúe, es asumir

 

 

 

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EU espía desde avionetas a usuarios de celulares

Nov 17, 2014

El Departamento de Justicia recaba información de miles de teléfonos móviles mediante dispositivos similares a antenas de telefonía celular colocados en avionetas, como parte de un programa creado para obtener datos de sospechosos.

En una nota publicada en su edición de este viernes, el diario The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) destacó que el Cuerpo de Alguaciles opera avionetas Cessna en al menos cinco aeropuertos de zonas metropolitanas, con un rango de vuelo que cubre a la mayor parte de la población en Estados Unidos. Las avionetas están equipadas con dispositivos conocidos como “dirtyboxes” (cajas sucias), que imitan a torres de telefonía celular de empresas de telecomunicaciones y que logran

 

 

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Republicanos plantean forzar cierre del Gobierno para bloquear a Obama

Nov 17, 2014

Washington.- Un líder republicano dejó abierta la posibilidad el domingo de que su partido intente producir un cierre del Gobierno en una medida para evitar que el presidente, Barack Obama, utilice una acción ejecutiva sobre la política migratoria. Un grupo de conservadores en la Cámara de Representantes está presionando para usar el financiamiento del Gobierno para evitar que la Casa Blanca tome decisiones que puedan permitir que millones de inmigrantes indocumentados se queden y trabajen en Estados Unidos, informó Reuters. Varios republicanos, incluidos algunos líderes, señalaron que están buscando alternativas que eviten amenazar directamente con el cierre del Gobierno, mientras

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

The GOP's Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

by Maria T. Cardona

Nov 12, 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 immigration bill, the leader of the Republican party questioned the possibility that a bill will be signed this year, blaming President Obama, saying he had little confidence that the president would enforce our immigration laws.

 

To be specific, Boehner said the Republican Party has doubts and distrusts the president to enforce the laws.

Please! The truth is that these latest accusations and excuses from Republican leaders are illogical, misleading and cannot be further from the truth.

 

The Obama administration has broken records in terms of levels of deportations. In fact, some of the president's Latino allies have criticized the large amount of deported immigrants, deportations which are the result of laws enacted by Republicans. In addition, this president has invested more money on strengthening border security, more than any other administration.

 

To suggest that this president will not enforce the law is a joke Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership are only playing politics instead of solving the real problems that our communities are currently facing.

 

Apparently, they do not realize that the more they accuse the President's inaction, the more they are furthering themselves from the Latino community and the much needed Latino vote in the upcoming midterm elections in November.

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Apartheidesque Republican Immigration Principles – DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL

by Nativo-Vigil Lopez

Febuary 10, 2014

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
-Frederick Douglass

It has now been 50 years since the War on Poverty began under President Johnson. Many positive safety net programs were created by the government during that period such as Head Start, food stamps and Medicare and they played an essential role in reducing the level of poverty. However, there have also been many political groups and harmful economic policies enacted that have worked to undermine these efforts. From

 

 

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A Growing Income Gap Results in More Educational Inequality

by Jimmy Franco Sr.

January 17, 2014

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
-Frederick Douglass

It has now been 50 years since the War on Poverty began under President Johnson. Many positive safety net programs were created by the government during that period such as Head Start, food stamps and Medicare and they played an essential role in reducing the level of poverty. However, there have also been many political groups and harmful economic policies enacted that have worked to undermine these efforts. From

 

 

 

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"They Call Us Illegal": Fast-Food Workers Face Silent Raids

by David Bacon

December 3, 2013

OAKLAND, California - Since the Golden Arches rose above the first Southern California drive-ins, workers have labored in their shadows for the lowest legal wage a boss can pay. Other fast-food chains have mushroomed since, copying the same ideas. Pay workers the least possible. Keep them guessing from week to week how many hours they'll get. If anyone gets upset, there are always many more people on the street, ready to step behind the counter, clean up the dirty tables or stand at the grill in the

 

 

 

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