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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Some Thoughts Concerning the Next Four Years

*Henry Flores has sworn that he will not write or pronounce Donald Trump’s name in public. So in his columns he’ll refer to the president-elect as ESN, el señor naranja. VL By Henry Flores, NewsTaco (4 minute read)  I’ve been trying to place the recent General Election results into some sane context but am having

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Five Hispanics sue the Pasadena City Council municipal districts redesign

*MALDEF attorneys are in Pasadena, Texas, this week, starting work on this voting rights case. VL By Alvaro Ortiz, Houston Chronicle (3 minute read)  Five Hispanic residents of Pasadena (Texas) filed a lawsuit against their City Council in federal...

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Texans deserve the full protection of the Voting Rights Act

*Any time legendary civil rights attorney Al Kauffman has something to say I consider it worthy of publication. VL By Al Kauffman, NewsTaco (6 minute read) Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act required states with...

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Ruling clears way for Pasadena voting rights suit to go to trial

*MALDEF, changing U.S. Latino politics one battle, one victory at a time. VL By Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle (2 minute read) A federal judge has denied Pasadena’s request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its controversial city council redistricting...

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

State by State, Communities Push Back Against Voter Restrictions

*Some facts to consider: there are 22 states that have some form of voter restriction in place; in 15 states this will be the first presidential election with these restrictions in place; 31 percent of the electorate...

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The Supreme Court Minus Scalia, a case breakdown

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (5.5 minute read) The big news over the weekend is the passing of Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Antonin Scalia. There’s been a relentless stream of reports and analysis about the effect of Scalia’s...

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The Interview: Rosie Castro

*What I like about this interview is that it reminds us that Latino politics didn’t pop-up recently on Twitter. The place Latinos have achieved is a work in progress that has a generations and decades-long history of...

Monday, July 27th, 2015

States’ Rights, Individual Liberties and Other American Falsehoods

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco I think it is about time to drive spikes into the cracks of some of these American fabrications.  Apologists and supporters of States’ Rights and Individual Liberties or Individualism claim that these...

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

The Mysterious Number of American Citizens

*A twist to the one-person, one-vote issue recently taken-up by the U.S. Supreme Court. A pair of rural Texas voters want to change the voting and representation principle to count only eligible voters, and not population. The...

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Dark Money Media Shouldn’t Forget In Coverage Of Texas Voting Rights Case

*The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear arguments on a voting rights case that could hurt Latino voting power. The case was backed by Edward Blum, the director of a Texas-based non-profit called Project on...

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

U.S. top court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

*This does not bode well in the battle to defend voting rights. VL By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin’s Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo...

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Persistence of Racism

By Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco I just finished writing a book (this is an unsolicited and unabashed plug) entitled Latinos and the Voting Rights Act:  The Search for Racial Purpose.  What I did was present research and...

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Texas, Wisconsin Voter-ID Laws Blocked by Court Actions

*This is very big news. A game-changer for the November mid-terms? VL By Laurel Calkins, Edvard Pettersson and Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News Wisconsin and Texas, with some of the strictest voter photo-identification laws in the U.S., can’t...

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Texas, U.S. Resume Fight Over Maps That Curb Latino Power

*This is happening this week in a courtroom in San Antonio, TX.  It’s a nuanced lawsuit that attempts to redefine the legal parameters of gerrymandering. That’s right, in Texas gerrymandering is OK, if drawn along partisan lines....

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