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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Big Midterm changes, But More of the Same

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Let’s cut through the noise, here’s what happened last night: the voters who bothered to go to the polls gave power to a political party they don’t like, to be in charge of a government they hold in suspicion. Here’s what will happen over the next two years: the bickering will

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Did Dems miss an opportunity for Latino mobilization?

*From the article: ” … a lack of action by Obama on immigration policy will result in a majority of Latino registered voters feeling less enthusiastic about turning out to vote in the midterm election. A majority also report...

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

New America Alliance rolls out report on issues affecting Latinos

*Latino organizations are starting to tee up issues for the coming mid-term elections: immigration is not the top Latino issue; Latinos must be at the table discussing the national agenda and priorities. VL By Griselda Nevarez, Voxxi The...

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Happy Birthday VRA!

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco It seems like only yesterday when the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was passed but this week we mark the fiftieth anniversary of its passage and signing into law by President Lyndon Baines...

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Hispandering Is Not a Dirty Word

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco We’ve come a long way from the days when politicians remembered the Latino community only around election time. In deep South Texas they threw parties on election day with beer and menudo, and...

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Senate panel OKs Mayor Julián Castro for Housing secretary

By Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro cleared his first hurdle in a bid to join the Obama Cabinet, as the Senate Banking Committee voted 16-6 this morning to approve his nomination...

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Latino Millennials More Civically Engaged, but Less Likely to Vote Than Baby Boomers

*Here’s something to keep in mind when people say Latinos are apathetic voters. The truth is that Latinos are young voters, and if they don’t vote it’s because they fit the young voter pattern. Every 30 seconds...

Friday, June 20th, 2014

House Republicans elect McCarthy to take Cantor’s job – What does this mean for immigration?

*A majority of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have elected California’s Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor as their majority leader.  The dust is just now beginning to settle on this latest news, and as...

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Smooth path expected for Mayor Julián Castro en route to Cabinet

*A Latino Democrat introduced by a Republican Senator bodes well for confirmation. Look for more related stories at the bottom of this post. VL By Todd J. Gillman, Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn, the No....

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Cesar Chavez’s grandson sues Arizona candidate for using activist’s name on ballot

*A follow-up to the piece we posted yesterday about the  Arizona Democratic Party suing Cesar Chavez (formally Scott Fistler) for attempting to mislead voters in Arizona’s 7th district. Cesar Chavez’s (the labor leader) grandson is suing filed a...

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Latinos to play decisive role in New Mexico primary election

*As always, the result depends n voter turnout. In New Mexico, Latino voter turnout increased by 30% between 2000 and 2010. VL By Griselda Nevarez, Voxxi With Latinos accounting for nearly one-third of registered voters in New...

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Latino millennials become a political force to reckon with

*These kids are changing the face of politics. Just like the boomers did in their time (and continue to do today, changing healthcare, retirement …). Their influence is just beginning to be seen. It’s hopeful and it’s...

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Largest-Ever Latino Online Voter Registration Campaign Launched at SXSW

PR Newswire PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Recently, Voto Latino and Rock the Vote launched TrendUrVoice, the largest-ever online campaign to register Latino voters, at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and Music Festival in Austin, Texas....

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Now a bipartisan gang wants to put it back together.

By Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post It’s rare that you can get Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) to agree on much of anything. The former, after all, introduced the USA PATRIOT Act to the House,...

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