Senators McCain, Rubio and Graham ask Obama not to act on immigration

Oct 31, 2014

“Senator [Kay] Hagan is no friend to Republican Senators John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsay Graham on Thursday asked President Barack Obama not to take executive action to provide relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants,

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Latino voter turnout to have bearing on races in Colorado

Oct 31, 2014

In the basement of a northwest Denver office building, blue "Latinos con Udall" signs adorned the wall behind Arturo Rodriguez as he pressed the need for immigration reform and appealed to the crowd in the small room.

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Dems make pitch to Hispanics — and Obama — on executive action

Oct 31, 2014

Hoping to energize Hispanic voters ahead of next week's midterm elections, House Democrats are making the case for bold executive action on immigration reform.But the message, published Thursday on Univision.com, appears to be aimed .

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Más niños detenidos en la frontera

Oct 27, 2014

Este año fiscal la Patrulla Fronteriza ha enfrentado la crisis humanitaria debido al cruce masivo de inmigrantes indocumentados. Precisamente, la agencia dio a conocer los números oficiales y solamente en Río Grande, Texas, se detuvieron a casi 50 mil menores no

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Insólito: Mexicano se refugia en iglesia de Denver para no ser deportado ahora

Oct 27, 2014

Protagonista: Arturo Hernández García decidió recientemente aplicar una nueva estrategia general para evitar ser completamente deportado, el ciudadano mexicano se mudó directo al sótano de una iglesia estadounidense. De manera

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GOP strategy for victory on Nov. 4: racism and voter suppression

Oct 31, 2014

With only days until Election Day a handful of key U.S. Senate races are still too close to call. Many of these races have Democratic incumbents running on unfavorable turf, "red" states won in the Obama wave of 2008. That they remain so close is incredibly significant.

Voter turnout is decisive to the outcome. Labor and its allies are going all out to reach every potential supporter, including discouraged voters. They're more likely to go to the polls if they understand what's at stake and believe their vote can make a difference. But one thing is certain - the Republican right wing expects to win by pouring massive amounts of money into battleground races and employing two related scorched earth tactics: racism and voter suppression. The Republican right is brazenly suppressing the votes of African Americans, Latinos, and students, through laws upheld by the right wing-

 

 

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Dems pin hopes on black vote

Oct 31, 2014

Democrats say their efforts to bring black voters to the polls are succeeding and could save their Senate majority on Election Day. Early voting by African-Americans is outpacing the 2010 midterms in many of the key races the party must win to hold the Senate, Democratic operatives say, with new registrations up among that segment of the electorate. If black voters turn out at the same level as a presidential election year, it could turn the tide in a number of close Senate contests — but that’s a huge if.

Turnout typically falls in midterm years, particularly among black voters. While blacks represented 13 percent of the electorate in the presidential years of 2008 and 2012, their vote share was 11 percent in 2010 and 10 percent in 2006. In Arkansas, black voters increased as a proportion of the electorate by 1.9 points between 2010 and 2012, according to a study released last week by the Joint

 

 

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Latino Political Advertisers Busy As 2014 Races Tighten

Oct 31, 2014

Political strategist Lorena Chambers wanted to place a Spanish-language radio commercial in Miami for the Florida gubernatorial race, but when she went to buy some air time, she found all slots were sold out. “I’ve got dollars to spend and I can’t because it’s sold out. That’s never happened to me before,” said Chambers, a founder of ChambersLopez Strategies LLC, a political strategy and marketing group based in Arlington, Va.

As the Senate races and other election contests tighten, parties and campaigns are looking for the additional voters that will put them over the top. Although the numbers of Latino voters in some key races - namely Senate contests - are small, these down-to-the-wire elections mean even their small share is worth plowing for support as the midterm campaigning winds down in time for Tuesday’s Election Day. That means in places like Colorado

 

 

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More turmoil for House GOP lawsuit against Obama

Oct 31, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner’s still-unfiled lawsuit against President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional power is in more trouble.

For the second time in two months, a major law firm has ceased work on the lawsuit, sources say. Attorney Bill Burck and the Quinn Emanuel firm halted preparations for the proposed suit in recent weeks, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Last month, the lawyer originally hired to pursue the case, David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler, made a similar abrupt exit. A spokesman for Boehner declined to discuss the status of the House’s relationship with Burck and Quinn Emanuel. However, spokesman Kevin Smith said Wednesday evening that House leaders are considering having the lawsuit filed by lawyers

 

 

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Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived

Oct 31, 2014

Senate Democrats have long awaited the 2010 tea party wave to splash back on Republicans during the 2016 election cycle.

That moment is almost here.

After two years of obsessive focus on the teetering reelection prospects of red-state Democrats, the attention is about to shift in a major way to blue-state Republicans. Six of them who rode anti-Obama sentiment to office in 2010 are up in two years, and they’ll face the dual challenge of a more diverse electorate and potentially Hillary Clinton atop the Democratic ticket. The leftward-tilting map means a GOP-controlled Senate could be short-lived if the party prevails on Tuesday. Even in the best-case scenario for the party, a Republican majority is certain to be slim. A half-dozen first-term Republicans are up for reelection


 

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Controversial GOP speaker addresses immigration

Oct 31, 2014

A Republican known for controversial comments about homosexuals and Muslims spoke about illegal immigration to the Ottawa County Patriots on Tuesday night, Oct. 28.
“Instead of celebrating diversity, we should celebrate unity,” Dave Agema, Michigan Republican National Committee member, told the crowd of about 50 people at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 501 E. 24th St.
Illegal immigration is a security threat to the country, he said in his hourlong address, and costs citizens jobs and the state millions of dollars in education, health care and incarceration.
The state should verify citizenship status before giving a driver’s license, the former state representative from Grandville said, and employers should make sure only legal immigrants get jobs, adding that he supports

 

 

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Former Governor Charlie Crist holds a large edge

Oct 31, 2031

(Reuters) - Democrat Charlie Crist holds a large edge among Florida's independent voters, giving him a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott in their bid for the nation's largest swing state, a poll on Thursday showed.

The results, released by Quinnipiac University in the final week of a deadlocked campaign before Tuesday's election, showed Crist, a Republican turned Democrat, with 43 percent of the vote, and Scott with 40 percent - a statistical dead heat. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, who is on the ballot, polled at 8 percent of the vote.

"Independent voters are often the difference in swing states like Florida," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. In a statement, he called Crist's popularity among non-party voters "truly remarkable."

 

 

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Right-Wing Rant: Non-citizen immigrants who voted in 2008 and 2010 may have swung elections

Oct 31, 2014

Immigrants who are not naturalized, and therefore are ineligible to vote, are casting ballots, according to two Virginia political scientists. The political scientists, who are professors at Old Dominion University, say their research found that while the number of immigrants who vote despite not being naturalized is relatively small, “enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.”

The professors, who provided glimpses of their findings in an article they authored for The Washington Post, said that data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study indicated more than 14 percent of non-citizens who took part in the CCES survey were registered to vote in 2008 and 2010. About 6 percent actually

 

 

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Menendez, Castro, and a Clinton presidential ticket

Oct 31, 2014

UNION CITY -The U.S. Senator, moments after delivering a fiery oration about failed Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey at a press conference this afternoon, was shuffling back to his black SUV when he was forced to wonder aloud about the future of a fellow Latino official also present at the Democratic star-studded event.

“You’re not a huge fan of the Castro’s, Raul and Fidel,” PolitickerNJ asked Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants and New Jersey senator whose disdain for his native country’s government and its reigning dynasty has become notorious. “Does that make Julian a non-starter for you on a national ticket?” “You know, this is the only Castro I like,” Menendez laughed, peering across the street at Julian Castro, the newly-minted U.S. Housing and Urban Development

 

 

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With details murkier, no sign of Charlie Baker’s fisherman

Oct 31, 2014

Some of the details of Charlie Baker’s emotional 2009 encounter with a soulful fisherman may have been lost at sea. Baker on Thursday acknowledged that he may have misstated some of the particulars of the story he told tearfully during a debate this week. That, in turn, has complicated efforts to locate the man whose hardships, in Baker’s retelling, produced one of the most remarkable moments in this year’s race for governor. “There may be a detail or two that I got wrong, but obviously the image and the message from him has stayed with me for a very long time,” Baker told reporters after greeting supporters at Morin’s Diner in Attleboro. The fisherman story surfaced during a debate with Democrat Martha Coakley on Tuesday. Baker described an encounter with a New Bedford

 

 

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Arizona Latinos Projected to Have a Bigger Influence in This Year's Election

Oct 31, 2014

A coalition of Latino voter-outreach groups are projecting that Arizona's Latino voters will clearly have more of an influence on this year's election than they have in past years. People representing the dozen groups in One Arizona are estimating that Latino voters will account for 14 percent of the vote in Arizona, which would be up from 12 percent in 2010, and 9 percent in 2006. "We knew when we started this process that it wasn't going to happen from one day to another," says Francisco Heredia, the director of One Arizona. "It's about changing a lot of the culture, a lot of the perceptions about government that sometimes our families have, and really engaging [people who aren't registered to vote] in the process -- talking to them at their door, the supermarket, wherever they're e

 

 

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E. Washington's 15th District: Where Hispanic voters may make a difference -- someday

Oct 31, 2014

This is the state Senate contest where race might have been a factor. But it probably won't be.

The Senate face-off is in eastern Yakima County's 15th District — Granger, Sunnyside, Zillah, Toppenish, Selah and part of Yakima. It's longtime Republican country straddling Interstate 90. Farming turf. An increasingly mechanized, less labor intensive agricultural and food processing center. An outer bedroom community for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Some younger people are leaving, but small entrepreneurs are popping up. "The Yakima Valley is going through some dramatic changes," said Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger and a lifetime resident. Democrat Gabriel Muñoz of Yakima, whose parents ran a Mexican restaurant when he was growing

 

 

 

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A ‘lean in’ message for Latina political hopefuls

Oct 31, 2014

She’s well-spoken and widely known in local Latino circles, a successful attorney with a natural interest in public policy.

So she started thinking about what it would take to run for office — for her local city council — and made calls to the type of people who support and prepare potential candidates in the Greater Boston area. She had many questions, including practical, financial ones: Should she quit her job? How much personal savings should she have? “I’m still waiting for them to call me back,” she told me, after asking not to identify her. “One of them actually sent me a pamphlet.” She added: “Here I am putting myself out there, and no one would talk to me. This is the thing that breeds apathy” among potential Latina candidates. She related her story while we were waiting for a half-day conference held in Boston late last month and convened by LatinasRepresent to encourage more women like

 

 

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Latino polling firms grow in clout and influence

Oct 31, 2014

Fueled by the growth of Latino voters across the United States, small, minority-owned public opinion firms are in high demand this election season.

Candidates, political organizations and media companies are relying more and more on companies like Latino Decisions in Seattle, Washington, and Bendixen & Amandi in Miami, Florida, to track Latino voting trends and behavior. “We’re getting new inquiries every day from groups trying to understand what Latinos are thinking,” said Latino Decisions co-founder Matt Barreto. “Across the board, candidates realize they need to engage Latinos in a more authentic way.” In 2007, Barreto and his business partner, Gary Segura, founded Latino Decisions because they believed established national polling firms were not producing accurate information about Latino voters and the issues most important to them.

 

 

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The Worst Koch-Funded Lies About Climate Change in 90 Seconds

Oct 31, 2014

The Koch brothers have spent far more than even ExxonMobil to spread doubt and misinformation about the 97% scientific consensus on climate change in recent years — over $67 million on climate denial, in fact. Out of 13,950 peer-reviewed scientific journals, only 24 reject global warming. But the Kochs and the extensive, well-funded network of front groups and media echo chambers would prefer that we ignore our responsibility to stay well below 2 degress Celsius of warming so that the Koch brothers and their friends can continue to profit from pollution-based enterprises.

The folks at Brave New Films compiled this great 90-second video of some of the worst Koch-funded lies about global warming for your viewing displeasure. Watch “The Worst Koch-Funded Lies About Climate Change”: Speaking of the Koch brothers, have you see the new We are

 

 

 

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National Council of La Raza Calls for Washington NFL Team Name Change

Oct 31, 2014

Dan Snyder might be well advised to listen to people in the know, take stock of their message, and accede to changing the racially insensitive name of his Washington, D.C. National Football League (NFL) franchise. The latest group to take the field against the Washington Snyders is the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization. Over the weekend, NCLR’s board of directors unanimously voted to ask Snyder to change the team’s name. “Our brothers and sisters in the Native American community have been clear and consistent in their call to change both terms and images that they consider demeaning. As an organization committed to

 

 

 

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Key Facts to Know About Communities of Color in Colorado Before the 2014 Midterm Elections

Oct 31, 2014

Driven by the state’s Latino population, communities of color are a large and important segment of the Colorado electorate. The impact of these communities is felt not only through their population growth but also through their economic contributions and electoral clout. As the 2014 midterm election approaches, there are several key facts to keep in mind regarding these growing and dynamic communities in Colorado: In Colorado, a large share of the population consists of people of color.As of 2013, Latino Coloradans made up approximately 21 percent of the state’s population. African Americans made up 4.4 percent of the population, while Asians

 


 

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Rand Pau -l All GOP needs to get more minority voters is better pizza crust?

Oct 29, 2014

Aside from the unnecessary coarseness of his language, is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) right that the “Republican Party brand sucks, and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans”? First, nothing to do with Republicans for 80 years is not quite right. A few years back Brooks Jackson explained:

The election of Roosevelt in 1932 marked the beginning of a change. He got 71 percent of the black vote for president in 1936 and did nearly that well in the next two elections, according to historical figures kept by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. But even then, the number of blacks identifying themselves

 

 

 

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Florida inicia la votación anticipada para los comicios legislativos

Oct 23, 2014

Miami, EEUU.- La votación anticipada para las elecciones legislativas comenzó hoy en varios condados de Florida (Estados Unidos), donde los votantes esperan olvidar las largas filas y la purga ilegal de electores que afectaron principalmente a las minorías en los comicios presidenciales de 2012. La División de Elecciones de Florida indicó que los ciudadanos podrán votar entre hoy y el 2 de noviembre en una treintena de los 67 condados del estado, entre ellos Miami-Dade, el más poblado de la región, mientras que en el resto comenzará durante el transcurso de la semana, informó Efe.

Las organizaciones civiles buscan asegurar que los electores tengan la información

 

 

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Obama pide "ceñirse a los hechos, no al miedo" con respecto al ébola

Oct 27, 2014

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, ha instado a los estadounidenses a reaccionar con calma y "ceñirse a los hechos" en referencia a la crisis desatada en la ciudad tras conocerse un caso de enfermo de ébola. "Tenemos que ceñirnos a los hechos, no al miedo", ha afirmado Obama en su discurso semanal, dedicado en segunda ocasión consecutiva a la enfermedad. "Ayer, los neoyorquinos nos mostraron el camino a seguir. Hicieron lo que hacen todos los días: subirse a autobuses, viajar en metro, abarrotar los ascensores, reunirse en los parques,...", ha explicado este sábado.

El inquilino de la Casa Blanca ha elogiado además la respuesta de las autoridades

 

 

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Cuán seguro es comer alimentos mohosos

Oct 27, 2014

Un tercio de la comida que se produce en el mundo se desperdicia antes de ser consumida, según estimaciones de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO). Solo las familias británicas desperdician alrededor de siete millones de toneladas de comidas y bebidas cada año. Una cantidad suficiente para rebosar el estadio de Wembley en Londres, con capacidad para 90,000 personas.

¿Cuántos de esos alimentos podrían haberse comido sin riesgos? He aceptado probar una serie de alimentos mohosos, guiado por el doctor Patrick Hickey. Noto que será un almuerzo inusual cuando Hickey me pasa un traje de protección desechable. Antes

 

 

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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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