Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Latino congressman dies

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona’s first Latino member of Congress but was known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress until deciding in 2014 against running for re-election. Pastor won a 1991 […]

Three Latinos set to make history if they become governors of their states

Three Latinos are in the final stretch of campaigns to make history by becoming governors of their states, with one leading in the polls. In New Mexico, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is favored in the polls against House colleague Republican Rep. Steve Pearce. If she does, she would be the first Latina Democratic governor in […]

Can Local Latino candidates help Democrats in midterms?

Raquel Terán is running for State Legislator in Arizona’s District 30, spanning from Central Phoenix to Glendale on the west side. Her district has over 50 percent Latino voters and since August her outreach efforts have helped outpace Republicans by 160 percent in new registered voters. In raw numbers, that is 400 precious new voters that […]

U.S. Supreme Court rules Arizona can’t bar DREAMers from getting licenses

Arizona’s DREAMers will keep their licenses to drive — at least as long as the DACA exists. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the last-ditch plea by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to uphold a 2012 executive order by then-Gov. Jan Brewer to deny driver’s licenses to DACA recipients, an order current Gov. Doug Ducey […]

States Mirror Efforts by One Arizona to Increase Latino Voter Turnout through Early Voting

One Arizona, a non-partisan coalition of organizations seeking to advance the number of registered Latino voters and ensuring the full electoral participation of the Latino community, has spearheaded a strategy that focuses on early voting to increase Latino voter turnout.  The strategy has proven to be one of the most effective ways of increasing voter […]

Guest Blogger: Kristian Ramos “DREAM Activists, Mobile Tech Key to AZ Primary Win”

It has already been a wild primary election season with several big upsets rocking the political establishment. Add a hotly contested Arizona Democratic primary to that list, where young upstart Ruben Gallego, ran a brutally efficient field operation on his way to a surprise election day victory. National Democrats have long struggled to turn out their core constituencies in off […]

Guest Blogger: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva “Latinos are Ready to Lead on Climate Change”

This week the Environmental Protection Agency took a critical step to reduce carbon pollution, one of the biggest (and still growing) causes of climate change. The EPA’s rule limiting emissions from new coal plants is the first step in President Obama’s plan to tackle what has truly become a global crisis. I agree with him […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Law, Proposition 200

          This morning, the Supreme Court struck down Proposition 200, an Arizona law that requires people to submit proof of citizenship when they register to vote. Citizenship is a requirement to vote in any federal election. When voting, people are required to state that they are American citizens with the understanding […]

May Day Protesters Marched In Support of Immigration Reform

Thousands of the people gathered across the country on Wednesday urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a rally celebrating International Workers Day. “We’re here to demand political change and fair immigration reform,” said Gabriel Zamora, a janitor and undocumented immigrant who crossed the border from Tijuana eight years ago. Protestors gathered in major […]

Arizona Governor Receives Backlash from Denying Licenses to Undocumented Youth

While Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is no stranger to controversy, her latest immigration-related decision is causing more backlash than praise. Brewer is known as having one of the toughest stances on immigration in the nation, making her a popular target of lawsuits from civil rights groups and the federal government. As recently as last week, […]