Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sen. Cortez Masto hires a Latino chief of Staff

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who made history as the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, hired Reynaldo Benitez to be her chief of staff, making him one of two Latinos to hold that influential Senate job starting next year. Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced Benitez’s promotion to the senior position on Friday. Benitez, 32, was […]

New Smithsonian gallery will focus on the U.S. Latino experience

The Smithsonian announced yesterday that it will open its first gallery focused on the U.S. Latino experience, in the National Museum of American History. Opening in 2021 on the museum’s first floor, the Molina Family Latino Gallery will feature bilingual exhibits exploring the history and contributions of American Latinos. A $10 million gift from the five […]

Lin-Manual Miranda among Latinos nominated for the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe nominations are celebrating a number of acclaimed Latino and Spanish-speaking actors as well as one of the film industry’s top directors, who hails from Mexico. Lin-Manuel Miranda is up for a “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” for his performance in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the beloved 1964 movie which […]

Latinos to face a retirement crisis because of job-related disadvantages

Latinos are facing a deeper retirement crisis than other ethnic groups because of lower access to workplace savings plans and other job-related disadvantages in accumulating nest eggs, reports the National Institute on Retirement Security and UnidosUS in a new study. “Retirement plan participation rate for Latino workers (30.9 percent) is about 22.1 percentage points lower than […]

Latinos and other minority voters helped Democrats win back the house

Latinos and other minorities voted heavily for Democratic candidates, helping to drive the party’s capture of the U.S. House in this year’s midterm elections. “The net wave of the Democratic pickup is due entirely to strong support from minority communities who voted Democrat,” Latino Decision pollster Matt Barreto said in a conference call discussing the […]

According to new poll Latino enthusiasm over midterms spikes

  Voter enthusiasm among Latinos has spiked, which could be bad news for Republicans in the upcoming election, according to a poll released yesterday. Thirty-six percent of Latino voters surveyed in the Reuters/Ipsos poll said that they were “certain to vote,” jumping nine points from 27 percent in the 2014 midterms, when Latino voter turnout hit record lows […]

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 […]

Head of NALEO expects 7.8 million Latinos to vote in midterms

The head of a national Latino organization said yesterday that 7.8 million Latinos are expected to vote in this year’s elections, a 15 percent increase over 2014, but lower than in 2016. Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), delivered the numbers in a Washington news conference and […]

Most Latinos believe Kavanaugh should withdraw from nomination

The country’s eyes are on Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh and after four weeks of follow-up and surveys, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) has released figures demonstrating the growing opposition of Latino voters to the nomination of Kavanaugh. According to NALEO executive director Arturo Vargas, “as the (confirmation) process has continued, an overwhelming […]

New poll reveals that two thirds of Latinos want Democrats in Congress

Just a quarter of Latinos approve of the job Trump is doing as president, and Latinos prefer a Congress controlled by Democrats rather than by Republicans by a three-to-one margin, according a new NBC News/Walls Street Journal/Telemundo poll. But Latinos also still report less interest in the upcoming midterms than the electorate as a whole, […]