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 […]

Koch group calls on congressional leaders to find a solution for DREAMers

Three groups affiliated with billionaire mega-donor Charles Koch are calling on congressional leaders to strike a bipartisan deal that would provide a permanent solution for DREAMers. “Congress should seize this opportunity to act on another immigration priority with strong support among the American people: a solution for the Dreamers,” reads the Nov. 13 letter that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]