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Tough Re-Election Race for Lone Latino Republican Legislator

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Bill Sarno


Connecticut’s lone Latino Republican legislator, State Senator  Art Linares of Westbrook, is facing some challenges and a unique opportunity as he seeks re-election in November in the traditionally Democratic 33rd District.

The 25-year-old son of a Cuban immigrant will need to demonstrate that a Hispanic can win in a district lacking a strong ethnic base and, as a “rising star” in his party, that he can appeal to a broad constituency.

So far, Linares said he is finding support across party lines and is confident that he can win. “Everything is going great,” he said.

Meanwhile, Democrats are optimistic they will regain the lower Connecticut Valley seat they held for decades. One major reason is that there is not a popular Green Party candidate on the ballot to split their vote and allow the Republican to win with 48.3 percent of the vote. The 2012 “spoiler,” …

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80% of Migrant Women Crossing Border Are Raped

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Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare. A staggering 80 percent of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way, according to directors of migrant shelters interviewed by Fusion.

That’s up from previous reports by non-profit organizations like Amnesty International that estimate the number at 60 percent.

“Women and girl migrants, especially those without legal status traveling in remote areas or on trains, are at heightened risk of sexual violence at the hands of criminal gangs, people traffickers, other migrants or corrupt officials,” the 2010 Amnesty International report stated. “…Many criminal gangs appear to use sexual violence as part of the “price” demanded of migrants. According to some experts, the prevalence of rape is such that people smugglers may require women to have a contraceptive injection prior to …

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Hispanic Leaders’ Scorecard Released On Latino Issues

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 39 of the nation’s premier Latino advocacy organizations, released its Congressional Scorecard for the 113th Congress, covering how Congress performed on issues that impact the Latino community. The scorecard considers 15 votes in the House and Senate on immigration and economic issues as well as five additional Senate votes on confirmation of Latino presidential appointees. The document also includes an addendum assessing votes in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on immigration reform.

“Time and again, the issues that matter to the Latino community receive nothing but lip service from our elected officials. Promises and assurances that our issues matter to our leaders are followed by no real actions. That is why we believe this scorecard is so important. It explains how Members of Congress acted when it came to helping struggling families, bringing justice to our immigration system, and ensuring …

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