Monday, December 17, 2018

After midterms, Democratic party trying to figure out their immigration priorities

Democratic candidates largely avoided engaging President Trump as he fanned public fears over a migrant caravan ahead of the midterm elections, but they also avoided confronting a key question for themselves: What kind of immigration system does the party stand for in the Trump era? Some Democrats are pushing the idea of a new comprehensive […]

Democrats say investment in Latino community paid off

Democrats say a $30 million investment to engage with Latino and other minority voters helped the party achieve a net gain of 34 House seats and improve on 2014 turnout numbers. “Latino voters played a pivotal role in taking back the House,” Rep. Ben Lujan told reporters during a conference call organized by the political […]

Numbers suggest higher than expected Latino turnout in the midterms

Early numbers suggest higher-than-expected turnout among Latino voters in the 2018 midterm elections, spurred in large part by massive grassroots campaigns led by Latino civil rights organizations that were two years in the making. The final numbers for 2018 have yet to be tallied, but experts are pointing to figures from several areas with high […]

A record of 42 Latinos will serve in Congress

A record 42 Latinos are set to serve in Congress next year following Tuesday’s midterm elections, the most representation ever reached by the demographic on Capitol Hill, according to an AP analysis. Thirty-three Latino Democratic candidates and seven Republican candidates won their races this week, with only one race remaining undecided as of Thursday evening. Democratic House […]

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 […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes history becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress

Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her race for a U.S. House seat in New York’s 14th District last night, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. “This is what is possible when everyday people come together in the collective realization that all our actions … are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change,” Ocasio-Cortez […]

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 […]

Tom Perez pushes back on criticism of Latino voter outreach

Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez is pushing back on criticism of the party’s outreach to Latinos, saying there has been “important and substantial investment in Latino voters across the country.” “I knew when I took this job we needed to up our game in every community,” Perez, the first Latino to head the Democratic Party, […]

Growing caravan proceeds on its journey to the US border

  The Central American migrants moving their way through Mexico as part of a controversial caravan — one President Donald Trump is pushing hard as a midterms’ election issue — is forging ahead in its long journey to the U.S.-Mexico border. The first waves of migrants, who U.N. officials estimate may be as high as 7,200 […]

Latino voters’ concerns go beyond immigration

Recent studies by the Pew Research Center show that Latino voters will make up 12.8 percent of all eligible voters, including the four million citizens age 18 or older who reached voting age between 2014 and 2018. While many Latino registered voters are concerned about immigration policy, like most voters they also are interested in […]