latino politics


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Latinos could start to change Trump’s rural America

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (2 minute read) The disgruntled rural and small town voter has gotten a lot of attention since Trump was elected president. They’ve become the cautionary tale, the voting segment that Democrats forgot in 2016, the Trumnpian base strategically located in rural areas and small towns in swing states, relentless in its

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

I’m the first House Democrat elected since Trump. Here’s what my party should do.

*The first Democrat elected to congress after Trump is Latino, He says the first order of business should be getting past the midterms. Then, communicate. VL By Jimmy Gomez, Washington Post  (4.5 minute read)   I’m Latino,...

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Latinos Need a Voice, Where Is It?

*We’ve had this conversation for years. Do we need a national Latino leader? This piece makes the case that a leader is what Latinos need in the Trumpian era. Are we ready to have this conversation again?...

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Lessons on Hispanic turnout from California special election

*This is hopeful and frustrating at the same time. There’s hope in the fact that lessons were learned after the California special election. Frustration in the fact that we’re still learning lessons and Latino voter turnout is...

Monday, June 12th, 2017

ICE agents arrest high schooler hours before prom

*The first thought that came to my mind when I read this: ¡Que poca ma . . . ! VL By Michael P. McKinney and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, AZ Central (3.5 minute read)   OSSINING, N.Y. — Federal immigration authorities...

Friday, June 9th, 2017

After conceding congressional race to Jimmy Gomez, Robert Lee Ahn’s campaign says he could still win

*Re-cork the champagne, put back the confetti? California 34th challenger Robert Lee Ahn says the count isn’t over. There are more than 10,000 mail in ballots to be counted. VL By Christine Mai-Duc, The Los Angeles Times (3.5...

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Jimmy Gomez wins Los Angeles congressional election to replace Xavier Becerra

*California’s 34th congressional district, which has been represented by a Latino for decades, will continue to be so after, Jimmy Gomez won yesterday’s runoff election. VL By Christine Mai-Duc, The Los Angeles Times (7 minute read)   ...

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Latino, Asian-American Square Off in California’s U.S. House Race

*This is today’s big Latino political story. Polls close in Los Angeles at 8pm Pacific Daylight Time. This is going to be a classic voter mobilization race – whoever gets their voters to the polls today wins....

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

California House race is a test of Latino, Korean influence

*This will be very interesting to watch. This is the race to fill the seat left vacant when Xavier Becerra left congress to become California’s Attorney General. The vote is divided among ethnic lines, Latino and Asian,...

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

A fight among Texas legislators, a civil rights budget cut, a US citizen detained by ICE – Is this a “new normal?”

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (4 minute read)    A Memorial Day scuffle on the floor of the Texas legislature reminded me of something Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes is reported to have said. He was alluding to the stereotype...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Stand up Texas, and fix redistricting

*What happens in Texas regarding voting district lines could well define what happens to gerrymandering across the country. This is an important case for all voters and candidates. VL By Al Kauffman, NewsTaco (6.5 minute read)  ...

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

How to finally increase the Latino vote so we finally make a difference, maybe

*Don’t let the headline fool you. Ray gives us a serious list of specific things that need to be done in order to increase Latino political participation. It boils down to transformation, personal and community-wide. VL By...

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

How Political Newspeak Distorts Latino Stories

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (3 minute read)  File this under “that’s not what I said that I said.” Call it the new political correctness. The Texas Senate approved a bill yesterday that re-classifies immigrant detention facilities as...

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Willie Velásquez documentary is a lesson for Latinos on the importance of voting

*Why you should read this: Because today is Willie Velasquez day and a quick search of his name turned up no news stories. This piece, by Mercedes Olivera, is from one year ago, published at the release...

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