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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The U.S. Congress and the Soft Bigotry Against Latino Chiefs of Staff

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco I want to draw a contrast between a headline and a reality. First the headline: Will Trump appoint any Hispanics to his Cabinet? It comes from the Dallas Morning News, and it’s a good question. The answer, as far as I can tell, is no, Trump will not name a Latino

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Gov. Brown taps California’s Rep. Xavier Becerra to be state’s first Latino attorney general

*This is interesting. The highest ranking Latino in congress will become the first Latino Attorney General of California. A step on the way to the California governor’s office? VL By Sarah D. Wire and John Myers, Los Angeles Times...

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Muñoz would be disastrous as DNC chair

*This story is about two days old, and I’m publishing it today because it’s caused ripples that have turned into waves across the national DNC community. There’s a sense of shock about the allegations leveled against Texas’...

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Latino Congressman Seriously Considering Run For Top DNC Job

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The post-mortem realignment at the top of the Democratic National Committee has begun. Check your calendar, it hasn’t been three days since the election and already the DNC is in restart mode. The...

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Here’s how Latinos could win this election

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco I pick this as the emblematic picture of the day – actually, of the Latino early vote in general. It’s the line to cast early votes in the Cardenas Market in Clark County,...

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Latino Electorate On Track For Historic Turnout In 2016

*Five days ’till the election, and one of the big questions is “will Latinos turn out to vote?” So far, so good. VL By Justin H. Gross, Ph.D., Huffington Post Latino Voices (6.5 minute read) According to...

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Interpreters say it’s nearly “impossible” to translate Donald Trump’s rhetoric into other languages

*Try translating this: “I don’t know, probably, maybe, I’m not sure, other people say, the lawyers say, I haven’t looked at it, I’m not familiar.” Trump speak. VL By Lila MacLellan, Quartz (6 minute read) The job of language...

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

This is the moment of truth for Latino voters

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco As much as Latinos dislike the “sleeping giant” metaphor, it’s given us the cover of potential. I agree that it drips with stereotypes of laziness and apathy, that if we only woke up...

Friday, October 21st, 2016

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Trump’s Bad Hombres

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco This is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, verbatim, at the last presidential debate in reference to his immigration plan and unauthorized immigrants: We’ll get them out, secure the border, and once...

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Why Teachers Cannot Remain Neutral About the Presidential Election

*Presidential politics in the high school classroom: Saying Trump’s comments are unacceptable is not political indoctrination. It’s teaching. VL By Ray Salazar, The White Rhino (4 minute read)  The Chicago Public Schools Code of Ethics prohibits teachers from...

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Trump pulls U.S. into “third-world” politics

Victor Landa, NewsTaco There was a salient moment in last night’s Presidential Debate that goes beyond the “who won” speculation. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced each other in verbal combat on live TV the way presidential candidates...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

How Did VP Candidates Do in the Debate? Our Latino Panel Weighs In

*There was a Latino panel? OK. What did you think of the Veep debate? Did you watch? Does it matter? There are some interesting points in this read. VL By Stephen Nuño, NBC News (6.5 minute read)...

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Film maker Helctor Galán and his movie Willie Velásquez: Su Voto Es Su Voz

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco A lot went in to the making of the documentary Willie Velasquez: Su Voto Es Su Voz. It premiers tonight (Monday, Oct. 3, 2016) at 9:30pm ET. But in many ways this has...

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Groups Gather In Mexico City To Watch US Presidential Debate

*There’s been an unusually high interest from Mexico in the U.S. election. I was at the UNAM in August, participating in a two-day symposium on the U.S. election. They’re watching closely. VL By Rodrigo Cervantes, Fronteras (2.5 minute read)...

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