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Monday, January 16th, 2012

Latinos, Honor Martin Luther King Jr By Registering To Vote

By Rebecca Lynn Guerra The commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday forces us to reflect on the civil rights movement, its past, and our future.  The movement conjures up images and stories of activists putting themselves in harm’s way in order to obtain the most basic rights in our society.  We recall Dr. King, Dorothy Height,

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Texas Redistricting: The Telenovela

A lot of people have commented lately that all of this redistricting business, especially in Texas, is terribly confusing and consequently, no one cares. For political nerds like me, that’s a straight up tragedy, considering that what...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Redistricting Wars Are Really A Fight Over Who Gets Power

Why is the Texas redistricting process such a mess? The answer is not simple, except for the fact that these redistricting wars are at the foundation for the political control of the state. Some folks see them...

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Voter Fraud And The Iowa Caucuses Distract Us From Real Issues

We’re startlingly close to the Iowa caucuses, and even closer to the usual screams of voter fraud from both sides of the aisle — you know, the fear that Mickey Mouse or Tupac might have a say...

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Puerto Rico To Hold Referendum On Statehood, Independence

On Wednesday, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño approved a two–part referendum that will get the ball rolling on whether the island wants to change its status. Both parts of the referendum are set to be held November...

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Latino Salt Lake County Mayor Candidate Wants To Rep Everyone

Ross Romero has lived a set of several different lives in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, he told NewsTaco that his varied experience in his hometown —  from growing up as the son of...

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Navajo Congressional Candidate Focused On Jobs In Arizona

Wenona Benally Baldenegro  would be the first Navajo woman to serve in Congress  if elected to congressional district 1,  in 2012. The district encompasses Flagstaff, as well as 11 Indian tribes. We spoke to Benally Baldenegro recently,...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The Hispanic Republican Caucus: Latino Voters “Unwinnable”

By Anthony Gutierrez, Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party The Chair of the Hispanic Republican Conference (HRC) in Texas, Republican State Representative Aaron Peña, recently announced his retirement from the Texas legislature. It was less than a year...

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Latinos Don’t Have To Pick One Political Identity

By María Cardona Last week’s Republican debate brought some interesting surprises. As a Latina Democrat, the biggest one I saw wasNewt Gingrich’s defense of a legalization program for undocumented immigrants who have roots in the community and pose...

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

How Texas’ Redistricting Lawsuit Really Went Down

A lawsuit over new state and congressional districts that disenfranchised Latino voters in Texas just wrapped up. A panel of three federal judges redrew the map for the upcoming 2012 election, but the final maps will be...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Nebraska County Refuses To Print Ballots In Spanish

By Dustin Mendus Dodge County, Nebraska, is not going to produce any bilingual ballots for next election year and beyond, despite the population being 10% Hispanic. The county clerk, Fred Mytty, told supervisors on last week that bilingual ballots are only...

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Group In Arizona Explores Brewer Recall

The group behind the historic recall of SB 1070 sponsor Russell Pearce is currently gathering feedback from voters on whether a recall of AZ Governor Jan Brewer should be attempted in 2012. Citizens for a Better Arizona announced they would...

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Obama Campaign Brings On National Latino Vote Director

The Obama campaign hired Texas native Adrian Saenz to be the National Latino Vote Director last week, part of the campaign’s efforts to drive the Latino vote in 2012. While many have said that the GOP options...

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Texas Redistricting Maps Boost Latino Seats

By Michael Li The three-judge panel in Washington released its interim map proposals for the state house and senate today. The maps can be found here The senate map is Plan S163.  The house map is Plan H298...

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