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Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Latinos will be crucial to keeping Clinton’s national lead over Sanders, experts say

* So the question is, can Bernie attract enough Latino voters to take the edge off of Hillary’s “inevitability?” VL By Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino With Sen. Bernie Sanders giving Hillary Clinton stiffer competition than many had anticipated in the Iowa caucus, which she won by a razor thin margin, Latino voters will be

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

A dozen states are looking to ban ‘sanctuary cities’

*This surge in banning sanctuary cities began after the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. The U.S. Congress tried but failed to pass a ban. So now state legislatures are taking it upon themselves to do it....

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

2016 electorate will be the most diverse in U.S. history

*Lot’s of numbers in this peiece, but numbers tell stories. “There are 10.7 million more eligible voters today than there were in 2012. More than two-thirds of net growth in the U.S. electorate during this time has...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Winner of Last Night’s Iowa Caucus was Julián Castro

*Really? You think so? I understand the premise, but doesn’t imagining a Castro VP slot reduce him to a piece on a political chess board? The narrative becomes an “if-then” proposition and we go back to the...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Ted Cruz, reluctant Latino trailblazer

*The fact that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have gone farther than any other Latino presidential candidate gives them the title of trailblazer. It’s the “Latino” identity part that complicates matters. They’re both of Cuban descent, so...

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Podcast Episode 1: Latinos and the Iowa Caucuses, part one

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Latinos are 5 percent of the population in Iowa, that’s a given. Iowa Latinos have never gotten attention from presidential candidates or the media because of their relatively small size, that’s another truth. But...

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Millennial and first-time Latino voters look to make big impact in 2016 elections

*Latino millennials are getting a big share of the media attention. It’s a story of potential because the first votes have yet to be cast this primary season. Many organizations and campaigns have placed big bets on...

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Seante probe faults government for migrant child abuse

*An Associated Press report published this week found that “more than two dozen unaccompanied children were sent to homes across the country where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay.”...

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Opinion: What’s the Matter with Iowa? Mucho!

*I’ve been asking the same question. Iowa is overwhelmingly white, where mostly evangelicals vote, it’s rural and it’s first to have primary in presidential election years. The point is that Iowa is unlike the res of th...

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

2016 is forcing immigration activists to tear up their old playbook

*I get the premise of this story – that DREAMers have been scooped-up by the presidential campaigns because . . . Trump. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The move is  giving these young Latin@ activists...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

How Fears of Deportation Harm Kids’ Education

*In 2012 3.5 million children in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools had at least one undocumented parent. “Immigration policy is education policy.” VL By Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic For many, the New Year represents new...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Donald Trump’s remarks spur Latino ‘naturalization blitz’ before election

*What’s that saying in Spanish? “No hay mal que por bien no venga.” Trump’s rantings today are producing the Latino voters of tomorrow. VL By Daniel Hernandez, The Guardian Donald Trump’s scathing rhetoric about Latin American immigrants...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Despite political storm, Gov. Suana Martinez has 56% approval in New Mexico

*This is according to a Latino Decisions poll published last week. We’re paying attention to New Mexico politics because the state is once again considered a swing state in presidential electoral politics. Latinos are 47 percent of...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Iowa Latinos emerging as small, but potentially significant political force

*I’ve been intrigued by the Latinos-in-Iowa story. They’re 5 percent of the population, yet the presidential campaigns and Latino organizations are spending a lot of time and energy registering, motivating and mobilizing Latino voters there. I’m putting...

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