Christie’s gross confession: “Moderate” admits GOP’s voter suppression agenda

Oct 24, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prides himself on saying things other politicians don’t have the cojones to share with the public: calling teachers unions “thugs” and his Democratic opponents “jerks,” for instance. In his latest candid moment with

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Military immigrant program halted

Oct 24, 2014

A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program.

 

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Latinos poised to reach record number in Congress

Oct 24, 2014

Latinos have the potential to break political records in this mid-term election, said the head of a national non-profit group that works toward greater Latino involvement in politics. If the House of Representatives gains four more Latino members, Congress would have its highest number

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Activistas protestan en California y exigen reforma migratoria

Oct 23, 2014

Los Ángeles. Al cumplirse 28 años sin aprobarse una reforma migratoria, activistas protestaron hoy en oficinas de congresistas republicanos en California.

Con la entonación de “mañanitas”, decenas de manifestantes se apostaron

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Contaminan quebrada de San Juan

Oct 23, 2014

La quebrada Chiclana en el barrio Caimito, en San Juan, lucía pintada de blanco por una sustancia desconocida.

Se podían observar los residuos de la sustancia, mientras personal de manejo de emergencias de San Juan, y el líder comunitario Juan Cruz, recorrían el cauce,

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NAACP organizes voter march to One Stop site

Oct 24, 2014

A line of voters out to make a statement marched nine blocks down New Bern’s Broad Street Thursday to the Craven County Board of Election’s One Stop Voting site in the Craven County Administration Building.

By casting their votes on the first day of early voting, the marchers said the demonstration was to call their neighbors’ attention to a responsibility to vote, rather than a show of force for any one candidate, party or philosophy.

It also intends to clarify misconceptions about voting requirements rolling out with North Carolina’s new Voter ID law, said Marshall Williams, president of the Craven County NAACP, which organized the local event. “We need to educate people about the new laws and encourage them to come out and vote,” he said. “Everybody marched down and voted together as one voting block with the hope the community saw us marching down Broad Street


 

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House GOP’s Hispanic neglect: How Boehner can keep majority with no Latino support

Oct 24, 2014

The New York Times’s Nate Cohn has put together the clearest illustration to explain the GOP’s seemingly quixotic hostility toward the nation’s fastest growing demographic. It shows that for House Republicans, this isn’t quixotic at all: Apathy, or even hostility, to the interests of Hispanics is crucial to preserving their seats. It’s just that higher aspiration — winning the White House — where the problems come into place. Cohn ran an analysis of what things would look like if zero Hispanics voted for Republican candidates this year. They’d lose some seats … but not very many, and not enough to lose their majority: Republicans would probably hold the House — and still have a real chance to retake the Senate — if they lost every single Hispanic voter in the country, according to an analysis

 

 

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Florida Latinos Will Vote for Their Health in November

Oct 24, 2014

Nobody can deny that both of the gubernatorial candidates in the current Florida race are doing extensive work to court the Latino vote -- including both choosing Latinos as their running mates. That said, you don't have to look at the running mates of Florida Gov. Rick Scott or his challenger Charlie Crist to get a sense of the importance of Florida's Latino electorate in the upcoming November 4 elections. In the 2012 presidential elections, Hispanic voters accounted 17 percent of the state's electorate, voting for President Obama 60 percent to 39 percent and contributing significantly to his carrying the state -- and the general election -- over his opponent Mitt Romney. Many Florida Latinos will head to the polls this November concerned about their health and the well-being of their families. Many of these voters will lack health insurance, a problem that they may very well

 

 

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Oct 24, 2014

Ahead of the midterm elections, Michel Martin is visiting Charlotte, N.C., to learn more about Latino voters' growing influence in the state. Join Michel for a Facebook chat from 4:30-5 p.m. ET today as she answers questions and shares more on her reporting.

Twenty-year-old Mary Espinosa is eager to get to the polls this Election Day. "I have a lot of friends who are undocumented [and] can't vote," she says. "My parents can't vote, and so for me, using my ability to vote as a way of kind of letting my dad's voice count." Outside traditional Latino strongholds in the West and Southwest, voters like Espinosa are poised to have an impact in close races.

 

 

 

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Udall, Gardner compete for Hispanic votes

Oct 24, 2014

The campaigns of Mark Udall and Cory Gardner are trying to reach Colorado’s Hispanic voters – largely by making appeals on family economic issues.

According to the Pew Research Center, 14 percent of Colorado’s eligible voters are Hispanic, but only 10 percent of registered voters are Hispanic. The state’s Hispanic population is estimated to double by 2030. When President Barack Obama announced a delay on immigration legislation in September, protests seemed to pose a risk to the campaigns of Democrats, who have long counted strong support from Hispanic voters. Despite the turbulence over immigration in September, incumbent senator Mark Udall’s campaign remains focused on appealing to


 

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Florida Redistricting Case Heads to State Supreme Court

Oct 24, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court voted Thursday to hear a case challenging Florida’s congressional map, setting oral arguments for March.

According to The Associated Press, the court ruled 5-2 to take up the case, fast tracking it through the appeals process.

On Oct. 1, the First District Court of Appeal ruled the case should be taken up directly by the state’s highest court. With their vote on Thursday, the Supreme Court judges accepted the case. The redistricting case unfolded over the summer as a coalition of plaintiffs, including the League of Women Voters, charged that the Sunshine State’s congressional map violated the state’s Fair Districts amendments. A circuit judge

 

 

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7 Nail-Biter House Races

Oct 24, 2014

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins.

Candidates in these contests are expected to have a long wait on the evening of Nov. 4. In fact, some of these races will be so close, a winner might not be known for days — even weeks — after Election Day.

Last cycle, nine House races were too close to call on election night. One candidate even attended freshman orientation the following week before officially losing the race and heading home. In alphabetical order, here are the House contests this cycle that operatives expect will come down to the wire on Election Day: Arizona’s 1st District

Kirkpatrick. First elected in 2008, Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick was ousted from Congress in the GOP wave two

 

 

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Latino vote to set new record

Oct 24, 2014

A record number of 7.8 million Latino voters are expected to participate in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections in spite of their displeasure with President Barack Obama, the Democrats and Republicans on the matter of migration, said Naleo on Tuesday. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (Naleo) said that the estimated number of Latino voters represents an increase of 17.8 percent in comparison to the number of voters in 2010. “There is a difference between the number of Latino and non-Latino voters, but we know the Latino vote is conclusive,” said Naleo Executive Director Arturo Vargas. “Our challenge is to ensure that the number of Latino voters increases in every election.” In the Nov. 4 elections, 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of seats in the Senate will be

 

 

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Colorado congressional candidates woo Hispanic swing vote

Oct 24, 2014

“Congress is not doing anything to reform our immigration system,” congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff told a roomful of Hispanic constituents, who erupted into applause. His words were not exceptional, except that they were in Spanish. "It’s very important to lower the cost of college education and to fortify our economy." Romanoff, Colorado’s former House speaker, is the Democratic contender in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

The battle for swing votes in that district has turned to the Hispanic community, which makes up 20 percent of the population there and 12 percent of eligible voters. Many analysts are keeping a close eye on the outcome of the highly contested district for signs for the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential

 

 

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New Mexico Wants Home of Noted Artist Recognized

Oct 24, 2014

Artist Luis Jimenez is credited with helping transform the definition of public art in the U.S. with his larger-than-life, debate-provoking fiberglass sculptures.

Now, state preservation officials are pushing to get the home and studios of the late artist in southern New Mexico on the National Register of Historic Places after the sites were added to the state's list of significant cultural properties earlier this week. "Even though his work is relatively recent, there's really a consensus among art historians and museum curators and art critics on his importance in late 20th century American art," said Steven Moffson, state and national register coordinator with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.

New Mexico has forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service. A decision is expected before the end of the year.

 

 

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Labor Secretary Tom Perez " Christie's 'head in the sand'

Oct 24, 2014

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Thursday panned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's comments that he's "tired" of the minimum wage debate. "Chris Christie's got his head in the sand if he's getting tired about the minimum wage," Perez said according to Bloomberg Politics.

President Barack Obama and Democrats have led the push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, and the issue has made its way onto the campaign trail this year. "Chris Christie needs to talk to his economists, who will tell him that 70 percent of GDP growth is consumption," Perez said Thursday. The criticism came just days after Christie said he was "tired of hearing about the minimum wage" at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference on Tuesday. "I really am," the Republican governor and potential 2016 hopeful said. "I don't think there's a mother

 

 

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Google Quits ALEC, But Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell Stay Put

Oct 24, 2014

When Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently called out the American Legislative Exchange Council for "literally lying" about climate change and his company announced it would not renew its ALEC membership, it was just one of the conservative business lobby group's latest -- and loudest -- setbacks.

Thanks to pressure from shareholders, unions and public interest organizations, more than 90 companies have severed ties with ALEC since 2012, according to the nonprofit Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), which tracks the secretive group's activities on its ALEC Exposed website. The list of deserters comprises a veritable Who's Who of U.S. business, including Amazon, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Kraft, McDonald's,

 

 

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How Arizona, Texas, and other solidly red states could soon turn purple

Oct 24, 2014

Some of the country's most traditionally conservative states are at a greater risk of turning purple than the GOP might realize. More than 25 million new Hispanic and Asian voters could join the electorate by 2020, according to a new study by the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), an advocacy group for immigration reform. That number alone should raise an eyebrow—after all, no president in history has won the popular vote by more than 18 million ballots. But considering how many of those newly minted voters will be casting their ballots in states where the population has long voted Republican, it should also scare the GOP. Many of those potential new voters could join because they are merely sitting idle—some 10 million Hispanic citizens and 3.6 million Asian American citizens are eligible

 


 

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Climate Change Is Kicking the Insurance Industry's Butt

Oct 24, 2014

In the months after Hurricane Sandy, insurance companies spooked by rising seas dropped coastal policies in droves.

That could become an increasingly common story, according to the largest-ever survey of how insurance companies are dealing with climate change, released today. Global warming is increasing the risk of damage to lives and property from natural disasters beyond what many insurers are willing to shoulder. And most insurance companies aren't taking adequate steps to change that trend, the survey found. That's a problem even if you don't live by the coast: When private insurers back out, the government is left to pick up much of the damage costs; already, the federal flood insurance program is one of the nation's largest fiscal liabilities.

Ceres, an environmental nonprofit, evaluated the climate .

 

 

 

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Where Latino Voters Matter in 2014

Oct 24, 2014

A bipartisan Latino get-out-the-vote group asserted Tuesday that the Hispanic vote on Nov. 4 will have “a crucial impact” in close contests around the country, including the governor’s race in Arizona and the battle over the U.S. Senate in Colorado. Two weeks before the midterm elections, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials highlighted races that it believes could be decided by Latino voters. The group says the share of registered Latino voters in Arizona is 16 percent, larger than the 12 percent margin of victory for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010. In the Arizona campaign, Republican state Treasurer Doug Ducey is barely edging out Democrat Fred DuVal in the campaign for the open governor’s seat. Another tight race in which the group believes Latinos could have an impact is in Colorado,

 

 

 

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The Black-Brown Alliance That’s Turning Kansas Blue

Oct 23, 2014

Heading into the November elections, you could be forgiven for assuming the GOP hold on Kansas isn’t going to loosen. The home base of the Koch brothers, the state has become a poster child of Tea Party Republicanism, toeing the far-right line on voter ID laws, abortion restrictions and a host of other issues. In 2012, the National Journal rated the congressional delegation from Kansas as the most conservative in the country—and that was before a Koch-funded campaign succeeded in ousting moderate Republicans in that year’s primaries. Oh, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach happens to be a leading author of Arizona’s SB 1070, the infamous immigration law that

 

 

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Female voters hold key to midterms

Oct 23, 2014

Republicans have more women running for Congress this year than ever before. They have five female Senate nominees, one less than the record high set during the 2012 campaign. They also have 50 female House candidates, two more than in 2012. This high-water mark for Republicans is important because single, white women, along with minority voters, are the last line of defense for Democrats hoping to keep the GOP from a wave election.

Historically speaking, minority voters are less inclined to go to the polls in midterm elections than in presidential contests. That being so, Democrats are focusing on pumping up turnout among college-educated, young, single women, who are .


 

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Unfriending ALEC

Oct 23, 2014

Exactly 54 days after Lisa B. Nelson started her job as the CEO of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), she got some bad news from a major supporter: The tech giant Google wanted out of its relationship with ALEC. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the relationship had been a “mistake.” Nelson fumed that Google’s abrupt “Dear John” note was like “breaking up via text with your girlfriend when you’re 16.” So who or what is ALEC and why should anyone care about its relationships?

ALEC calls itself a nonpartisan organization that focuses on the principles of “limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.” Not quite. Here’s a slightly more accurate description from The New York

 

 

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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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Avión espacial de EE.UU. aterriza tras un vuelo de casi 2 años

Oct 23, 2014

WASHINGTON.- El misterioso robot avión espacial X-37B de la Fuerza Aérea de EE.UU. aterrizó este viernes tras casi dos años volando, 17 de octubre, después de 22 meses en órbita terrestre realizando una misión militar secreta. X-37B ha llevado a cabo la misión de Prueba Orbital. Evidentemente, desde el mismo momento en que se ha dado a conocer la noticia han sido muchas las reacciones que se han ido produciendo en torno a este caso en concreto. No es para menos, ya que goza de un especial interés y así se está comprobando en varios foros de Internet, redes sociales y medios de comunicación.

Y es que X-37B ha llevado a cabo la misión de Prueba Orbital

 

 

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Oscar de la Renta, fashion icon, dead at 82

Oct 23, 2014

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose designs were the choice of First Ladies and movie stars, died Monday. He was 82. His evening wear creations, often gracing stars as they strode red carpets, were both coveted and timeless, and made him one of the most recognized names in fashion. His designs seemed to be everywhere, leading former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to joke once that de la Renta’s creations “have been to more award shows than Meryl Streep.”

Amal Alamuddin wore de la Renta when she married actor George Clooney in Venice last month. His designs were worn by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush; by actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz

 

 

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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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