Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Six Texas Lawsuits Trump Could Impact (or Not) in 2017

*Why you should read this: The story may be from of Texas, but the lawsuits listed will have a national impact on voting rights, civil rights, immigration and the environment. VL By Melissa del Bosque , Naveena Sadasivam, Gus Bova, and John Wright, Texas Observer (7 minute read)  When Governor Greg Abbott was Texas attorney general he summed up

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Susana Martinez OK with no Latinos in Trump cabinet, says he picked “best and brightest”

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco  (1 minute read) Some people feel that a Latino in Trump’s cabinet might give the president-elect a clearer perspective on his approach to U.S Latinos, the U.S.-Mexico border and to Latin America in general....

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Obama Farewell speech failed to inspire

*I disagree with Ray on this. I think the president’s speech was well written and well delivered. It’s not tradition for a departing president to make bold statements in a farewell speech. The last two presidents made...

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

What do you do when you get time to state your case with an incoming president and he sends his c-team?

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (2 minute read)  That’s what happened yesterday to a group of Latino leaders who gathered in Michigan for an audience with president-elect Trump’s transition team. To be fair, I don’t think the representatives...

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Bill Richardson – What you need to know about Trump and Russia

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read, 25 minute listen)  It seemed natural to talk to former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson about the present state of U.S.-Russia relations and the future of that relationship with the Trump...

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record in Alabama could complicate his confirmation

*This is happening today and it affects all Americans. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, the most powerful law enforcement officer in the country, has a documented history of  opposing civil rights and immigration reform. The...

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Critic joining Trump coalition means loss of important Latino voice

*I have questions for Palomarez. He has now become one of a few voices that will tell the U.S. Latino story in the Trump upper circles, where the true Latino story isn’t heard. So, what does he...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Meet Colorado’s First Latina Speaker of the House

*Something to learn from this story about how Latina leaders are formed: politics was always discussed at her family’s dinner table. VL By Luc Hatlestad, 5280 (11 minute read) On an unseasonably warm afternoon this past October,...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Latina Elected Officials Make History in States like Colorado, Illinois

*This is a big political, legislative year for Latinas. Many firsts in state legislatures and assemblies. VL By Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News (9 minute read)  Latina elected officials are making strides not just on the federal level...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

‘Politically Correct’: The Phrase Has Gone From Wisdom To Weapon

*I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the start of the presidential election. And yes, the term “politically correct” has been weaponized and diverts important issues to banal arguments. VL By Kat Chow, Code Switch NPR...

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Lack of Latino Nominees in Trump’s Cabinet Is Not Surprising

*There are two Latinos, Dr. Elsa Murano and Abel Maldonado who are said to be in the running for Secretary of Agriculture. But Trump’s own Ag advisory council wants a farmer for the post, not a political appointment...

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

The Top 5 Global Events That Shaped 2016

*A quick read to wrap the year. It’s a small world. VL By Stratfor  (2 minute read) This year proved to be a particularly interesting one on the geopolitical stage. Although the Stratfor team has spent months preparing...

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Latino-Heavy California becomes heart of anti-Trump resistance

*The legal battles will be led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. VL By Rafael Bernal, The Hill (4 minute read)  California’s political leaders are gearing up to lead progressive resistance to President-elect Donald Trump. The Golden...

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

A Latina is in contention to be Trump Secretary of Agriculture

*Elsa Murano, 57, is a former undersecretary of Agriculture. The Cuban-born Texan is a former President of Texas A&M University. VL By Chris Clayton, The Progressive Farmer (3 minute read)   OMAHA (DTN) — The search for...

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