Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Carmen Yulín Cruz running for Puerto Rico governor in 2020

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has officially announced she will be running for governor of Puerto Rico in 2020. “I’ve been thinking for a long time, what’s the best way I can serve Puerto Rico … I’m going to do so by becoming the next governor,” Cruz said. She made the announcement […]

Kamala Harris focusing on the Latino vote early on

Before Kamala Harris’ most recent town hall in Nevada, her senior adviser Emmy Ruiz took the stage to offer headsets and encourage voters to pose questions to Harris in Spanish, promising translation in real time. It was a unique gesture of welcome at a time when many Latino voters feel vilified by President Trump, with […]

Puerto Rican organizations putting the island at the front and center of the 2020 elections

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates ramp up their campaigns, a number of Puerto Rican organizations are demanding that they incorporate into their platforms definitive stances on a series of issues affecting the island and its 3 million residents. “Now is the time to show us, not only that they care, but show us how […]

Castro’s 2020 campaign focused on Latinos, but needs broader appeal to win

With more than a dozen Democrats now vying for president, Julian Castro is charting a path unlike any of the others, as his visit to California yesterday made clear. The former San Antonio mayor and Housing secretary under President Obama took questions from a Chicano studies class at UCLA. He did a television interview with Univision […]

Bernie 2020 campaign hires a DACA recipient as deputy press secretary

  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has made a key addition to his 2020 campaign, adding Arizona activist Belén Sisa, who has declared herself an immigrant without legal status, to his team as a deputy press secretary. “This is really emotional for me. I can’t help but think of 18-year-old Belén, who felt hopeless and powerless to the […]

Bernie Sanders enlists the help of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for his 2020 campaign

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, an adversary of President Trump who gained national attention after criticizing the administration’s slow response to Hurricane Maria, has signed on to be one of four national co-chairs of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign. Her commitment to Sanders, who announced his presidential bid on Tuesday, comes as the […]

Texas Secretary of State refuses to admit his office made a mistake when it publicized an inaccurate list of suspected non-citizens

Texas’s top election official refused to say his office erred when it publicized an inaccurate list of 95,000 suspected noncitizens on the state’s voter rolls and sent the names to the attorney general for potential prosecution. In his first comments since setting off a firestorm that has resulted in three federal lawsuits, Texas Secretary of State […]

By 2020 Latinos will become the largest ethnic group eligible to vote

For the first time, Latinos are on track to be the largest racial or ethnic group to be eligible to vote in a presidential election, according to data on the 2020 electorate released yesterday by the Pew Research Center. By 2020, 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote, just slightly more than the 30 […]

Kamala Harris promises DREAMer she will protect DACA recipients and their parents

During a televised CNN town hall last night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she won’t vote to support funding for a border wall and criticized President Trump for continuing to push for the construction of a wall. Harris, who was in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of her 2020 presidential campaign following her inaugural rally on […]

Many Latinos finally see themselves in a Presidential candidate

Musician Juan Tejeda sees something very familiar in Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, with his brown skin and roots in a poor Mexican-American neighborhood, Castro is the first who looks like him and has lived like him. “He is very indigenous and Chicano,” said Tejeda, a conjunto accordionist who has roots in the West Side neighborhood of […]