In California, Latino Leaders See Room to Elect One of Their Own

Jan 23, 2015

With only weeks gone but years left in California's Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign

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Ted Cruz Stops, Tries Again In The Middle Of SOTU Response: "Meh, Let Me Start Over"

Jan 22, 2015

Around 40 seconds into a well-articulated and intelligible response to the president's State of the Union address, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) messes up and decides he wants to try again. Clearly the result of an

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Senate votes that climate change isn’t a ‘hoax’

Jan 23, 2015

United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is “a hoax.” But a majority of the Senate, including 15 Republicans, are also on record stating that human activity contributes to climate change.

The Senate on Wednesday passed .

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Menos licencias para indocumentados en Utah

Jan 21, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - El número de permisos de conducción emitidos en Utah a inmigrantes que viven sin autorización en el país tocó en 2014 su menor nivel en seis años, muestran cifras estatales.

Los 35,200 permisos de conducción entregados el año pasado, son una cifra

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Muere el líder histórico chicano Reies López Tijerina

Jan 21, 2015

Albuquerque. Reies López Tijerina, un paladín de las exigencias de derecho a tierra de los chicanos y líder de un grupo que invadió un palacio de Justicia en el norte de Nuevo México hace casi 50 años, murió el lunes. Tenía 88 años.

Estela Reyes López, representante

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GOP Hopefuls To Talk Economic Growth at Koch Brothers Event

Jan 23, 2015

Three Republican presidential hopefuls will address a gathering affiliated with billionaire Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch this weekend, as they look to shore up financial backing in advance of their White House bids.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will attend the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “American Recovery Policy Forum” on Sunday evening at the group’s annual winter meeting in Palm Springs. The closed-door event will bring together roughly 450 top donors and business leaders, the group said, and comes as it prepares to take on a more public role in the national political debate.

The trio will share the same stage for a discussion moderated by ABC News chief

 

 

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Parkinson’s, Pesticides and Poverty--The Dilemma of Latino Denial

Jan 23, 2015

DALLAS, Texas--Since Félix Saldaña immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1975, his world revolved around going up and down the high pallets, wooden structures and operating machinery in his construction work, which he performed without problems for years, probably strengthened by his years as an amateur boxer in Mexico. Over time, he became a supervisor in his company, until one day, at age 46, Saldaña began to feel his hands trembling, his legs stiffen and extreme fatigue set in. He also began to suffer frequent falls.

Saldaña thought that such discomforts were normal for his work until his sudden inability to tun his “suffered two falls from heights that forced my boss to assign me other duties at ground level.” But Saldaña ignored these symptoms for more than two



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Republicans edit the climate change facts right out of Obama’s SOTU speech

Jan 23, 2015

It was obvious that President Obama was going to rankle some feathers Tuesday night when, during his State of the Union address, he directly turned on leaders trying to ignore climate change. “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act,” the president said. “Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what  — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.”

What maybe wasn’t as clear was just how far House Republicans are willing to take their denial — like, say, cutting out the entire segment of the speech containing Obama’s retort. ThinkProgress draws our attention to a video of the address uploaded to House Speaker John Boehner’s official

 

 

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House GOP Thinks It’s Time for Ted Cruz to ‘Start Fighting’ in Senate

Jan 23, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), spirit animal of the shutdown battle in 2013 over defunding Obamacare, is now getting pressure from House conservatives to fight harder on immigration legislation in the Senate. Per the Washington Examiner’s Susan Ferrechio, the House’s far right faction thinks Cruz and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) need to better utilize the Senate’s procedural rules that allow a single Senate to act like an anvil on pending legislation. GOP members are particularly interested in seeing the bill the House passed to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action delaying deportation advance in the upper chamber. The GOP lacks a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. So what, say House conservatives. “It’s high time that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and others decide to start fighting

 

 

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Undocumented Latino migrants seek sanctuary in US churches

Jan 23, 2015

Rosa Robles has defied a deportation order and remains in the United States – a tiny patch of it. The maid is confined to a Presbyterian church in Tucson, Arizona, and does not leave for fear of banishment to Mexico. “If I step out of here anything can happen,” she said, seated in the windowless annex to the adobe clay church which serves as her living quarters. Six months into a cloistered and at times claustrophobic existence, Robles, 41, now finds herself a figurehead of a small, burgeoning sanctuary movement.

At least seven other undocumented migrants facing deportation have found refuge at churches across the United States, opening a new front in the battle over immigration reform. Latino anxiety over deportation was supposed to ebb in the wake of President

 

 

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GOP's terrible problem with Hispanics

Jan 23, 2015

San Diego (CNN)—On the threshold of the 2016 election, the GOP is in a terrible fix over immigration. They've done such an effective job of alienating Hispanics over the years with their overall approach to immigration. Fences need to be mended. At least that's the views of Republicans who understand changing demographics and realize the folly of antagonizing a population that produces more than 2 million potential voters every four years and maintains a sizable presence in three battleground states: Nevada, Florida and Colorado. And yet, in politics, the first rule is that elected officials should always remember to take care of their base -- elements of which, for the GOP, frown on attempts by Republican politicians to engage in "Hispandering" by reaching out to Hispanic voters

 

 

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Face of the immigration fight

Jan 23, 2015

California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard was tapped Wednesday to manage for House Democrats the annual Homeland Security budget bill — a decision that gives Latino voters a human face and voice at the bargaining table as never before in Congress.

Roybal-Allard’s selection, approved by her fellow Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, must still be ratified by the party’s leadership and full caucus. But as the first Latino to hold this post, her approval is certain and she represents a powerful historic symbol at a time when the same bill is caught in a bitter fight over immigration policy between Republicans and President Barack Obama.

A veteran lawmaker in her own

 

 

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Immigration Activists Take On Steve King Over Iowa Conservative Event

Jan 23, 2015

An Iowa immigration activist says he wants Republican candidates to show up to the Iowa Freedom Summit that Rep. Steve King has organized for this weekend and champion immigration reform.

"Not going is the easy way out," Matt Hildreth, an activist based in Iowa who works for pro-immigration reform group America's Voice, said Thursday in a phone call with other immigration organizers.

Erika Andiola, codirector of DRM Action Coalition said immigration reform backers need to not only hold accountable elected officials but "make sure those who are running for

 

 

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Republicans, don’t shut out Univision

Jan 23, 2015

This week, the Republican National Committee announced a schedule of 2016 presidential primary debates — and Spanish-language network Univision isn’t anywhere on it. That short-sighted decision displays a remarkable memory lapse. It’s almost as if the GOP has forgotten the 2012 election.

One of the key takeaways from President Obama’s reelection — which he rubbed in the faces of Republicans at the State of the Union address Tuesday night — was the abysmal lack of inroads the GOP made with Latinos. This time, Republicans should want to make progress, not alienate the most-watched Spanish-language network in the

 

 

 

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Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats

Jan 23, 2015

The procession of prominent Washington Democrats who lined up last week to sing the praises of California Attorney General Kamala Harris for Senate had the feel of an anointment. Sen. Cory Booker said he was “so excited” about her candidacy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Harris, a favorite of the Obama White House, “smart” and “tough.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told supporters she needed Harris “by my side.”

But back in California, a backlash is brewing among Latinos, who say the Democratic establishment’s quick embrace of Harris threatens to deny a Hispanic candidate a fair shot at the state’s first open Senate seat in more than two decades. Latinos are an outsize force in California politics: With nearly 40 percent of the population, they have moved ahead of whites

 

 

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'USA' chant by Texas high school fans draws allegations of racism

Jan 23, 2015

A Texas superintendent has apologized after fans at a girls basketball game chanted "USA! USA! USA," drawing allegations of racism. The incident echoes a similar episode in 2012 when a primarily white group of Alamo Heights fans chanted "USA! USA!" after winning a boys basketball game against Edison High School, which had a predominantly Hispanic roster.

Members of the Idalou High School section during a game Tuesday against Slaton High School began the chant, which drew allegations of racism from Slaton Superintendent Julee Becker. "I believe that we are a microcosm in schools of greater society," Becker told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal regarding the incident. "That's what we are. The symptoms of racism, they run deep."

 

 

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As Expected, Senate Republicans Change The Rules, Democrats Left Powerless

Jan 23, 2015

AUSTIN — Republicans strengthened their grip on the Texas Senate on Wednesday, shrugging off nearly 70 years of tradition with a rules change that knocks out the Democrats' ability to block legislation on party-line votes. The GOP holds a 20-11 majority in the upper chamber, which under the old "two-thirds" rule would have left them one vote short of being able to bring up bills for debate without at least one Democrat. The tradition ensured that, even though it could be outvoted on every issue, the minority party could effectively block the most controversial bills from the floor.

By reducing the number required to 19, the GOP seized a controlling majority over just about every major Senate vote to come in the session with a small

 


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GOP image: Still older, wealthy, White

Jan 23, 2015

Changing the perception that the Republican Party is the party of older, wealthier, White guys is proving to be tough. Since the 2012 election, when President Barack Obama crushed Mitt Romney among African-Americans, Hispanics and women, Republicans have been engaged in ambitious efforts to be more diverse and minority-friendly. But it’s finding that its past, or at least the perception of that past, hard to escape. In the past month, three separate controversies have reminded voters of an image that party leaders want to bury.

“The party really wants to be diverse, but then one person says something stupid and it gets all the press and hurts the message,” said Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Texas Republican Party. Republican National Committee Chairman

 

 

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Past discrimination in Virginia remains root cause for denying felons the right to vote

Jan 23, 2015

Recent Virginia governors have made strong progress in reforming laws regarding the restitution of voting rights for felons and ex-felons. But the denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions in Virginia and other states still disproportionately affects black citizens, a history of the practice shows in the latest issue of The Virginia News Letter published by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Felon disenfranchisement’s long history can be traced to 19th century attempts to undercut the voting strength of African-Americans, according to the article by civil rights history scholar Helen A. Gibson. Unlike other discriminatory measures, such as poll taxes and literacy

 

 

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Watsonville workshop lures young Latinos into science

Jan 23, 2015

WATSONVILLE -- When a science workshop opened next to Martin Moreira's elementary school in this largely Latino, agricultural community, the popularity of do-it-yourself "maker spaces" was a decade away -- and Silicon Valley seemed even more distant.

The 10-year-old boy, whose curiosity had led him to take apart his parents' VCR, eventually worked up the courage to approach a man setting up the place. He learned the free workshop would be filled with tools and materials and that the grown-ups inside would help½‹him build whatever project he had in mind. That moment, something in the boy opened up too. "I started to understand that what I'd been into my whole life, what had always caught my attention, was engineering," recalled Moreira, now 18.

 

 

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Did Republicans Flub Latino Outreach With SOTU Responses?

Jan 23, 2015

Republicans were willing to talk about immigration in their take on the State of the Union - but only in Spanish.

The day after the speech, Republicans were defending the lack of any mention of immigration in their official response in English and the inclusion of immigration in the rebuttal delivered in Spanish.

The speeches didn't quite produce a water bottle moment like Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had when he delivered the 2013 response. But it's questionable whether the GOP made a lot of headway if it hoped to reach Latinos with its responses.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who gave the English response, "should have spoken in some part about immigration reform," said Daniel Garza, executive director of the LIBRE Initiative, which seeks to attract Latino

 

 

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Meet the Diplomats Leading the U.S.-Cuba Talks

Jan 23, 2015

Historic senior-level talks between the United States and Cuba kicked off this week in Havana with two formidable diplomats at the head of each delegation: Josefina Vidal, the longtime point-person in the Cuban government on American policy, and Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State who oversees the Western hemisphere. Ms. Vidal, one of the most powerful women in Cuba, has developed encyclopedic knowledge of American politics and idiosyncrasies. Ms. Jacobson, one of the State Department’s top Cuba experts, has for years championed a policy overhaul, despite the fact that taking such a position historically has been politically risky for American diplomats. “Both have been in government for a significant number of years and both know each other’s bureaucracy very

 

 

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Tea party reeling

Jan 21, 2015

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The past year has not been kind to the tea party: Its most prized candidates were crushed in primary elections to establishment-backed foes, then it watched in dismay earlier this month as conservatives in Congress failed to block John Boehner from another term as House speaker.

Five years into its existence, the tea party is a movement adrift, interviews with conservative activists at this weekend’s South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention show. Its members are at odds over what went wrong in the 2014 election and on how to move forward in 2016; there’s even disagreement over how to define success. Is it enough to nudge the Republican Party to the right, as it has indisputably done, even if its candidates lose to people backed by the party establishment?

 

 

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Protestan contra maltrato a afroamericanos en aniversario de Luther King

Jan 21, 2015

Nueva York. Estados Unidos se llenó el lunes de homenajes al líder de la lucha por los derechos civiles Martin Luther King Jr, mientras manifestantes reclamaron por el trato que reciben las minorías de parte de la policía. El aniversario del natalicio de Martin Luther King Jr. Day, un feriado nacional desde 1986, se ha ligado este año a las manifestaciones en meses recientes contra la brutalidad policíaca.

Marchas y manifestaciones tuvieron lugar este lunes en grandes ciudades como Dallas y Nueva York, donde la familia de Eric Garner -un hombre negro que murió por la acción de policías que lo retuvieron por el cuello- visitó la calle en Brooklyn donde dos oficiales fueron emboscados por un tirador que

 

 

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Servicios secretos de GB espiaron correos de periodistas de grandes medios

Jan 21, 2015

La agencia británica de vigilancia (GCHQ) interceptó los correos electrónicos de periodistas que trabajan en medios de alcance mundial, afirmó este lunes el diario londinense The Guardian.

Según le diario, el GCHQ espió los correos electrónicos de periodistas de la BBC, Le Monde, la NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, el popularThe Sun y la agencia Reuters.

Los correos electrónicos de los periodistas formaban parte de los 70.000 mensajes interceptados en menos de diez minutos en 2008 por el CGHQ, equivalente británico de la National Security Agency (NSA) estadounidense, según el análisis efectuado por The Guardian de los documentos

 

 

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El peligro de ver mucha televisión

Jan 21, 2015

Hasta el más escéptico sabe y cree que un estilo de vida saludable se traducirá en bienestar en el largo plazo; sin embargo, los resultados de un nuevo estudio muestran hasta qué punto esto es cierto.

El estudio, publicado en la Gaceta del Colegio Americano de Cardiología, asegura que el 75% de los ataques cardiacos sufridos por mujeres podrían prevenirse mediante hábitos saludables. La investigación, en la que participaron científicos y médicos de la Universidad de Indiana y del Hospital Brigham para la Mujer, siguió durante 20 años a 70 mil pacientes femeninas entre los 27 y los 44 años para documentar todos sus hábitos. Los participantes documentaron cualquier diagnóstico de enfermedad cardiaca y cada dos años

 

 

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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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