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Hartford’s Joel Cruz: Why He Wants To Be Mayor

Photo: WFSB.com

Photo: WFSB.com

 
Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com

 

As a  man without a party in the Hartford mayoral race, Councilman Joel Cruz Jr. accepts he is an underdog, lacking party support and having less campaign funds and mainstream media exposure than the two high-powered candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

However, Cruz sees his longshot status as also providing extra motivation and hopes to gain momentum through positive word of mouth and engaging potential voters on social media.

Running unaffiliated, Cruz qualified for the general election as a petitioning candidate on the ballot. Meanwhile, incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra and Luke Bronin, formerly the governor’s general counsel who has the party organization’s nomination, still must go through the Sept.16 primary to see who heads the Democratic slate in November.

For Cruz,  online social networking beckons  as a potential game changer in politics and as a major reason that independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has …

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Where Do Americans Stand On The Immigration Debate?

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The debate over the future of the nation’s estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrantsis on the political front burner once more.

President Barack Obama set the stage in November when he announced new executive actions (now tied up in court) to prevent the deportation of millions of unauthorized immigrants, expanding 2012’s original program aimed mostly at providing relief to those brought to the United States as children. Illegal immigration has dominated the Republican presidential campaign, particularly after Donald Trump’s call for deporting all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Others have called for a changing the constitutional amendment that guarantees birthright citizenship.

Among the public overall, there is little support for an effort to deport all those in the U.S. illegally, but surveys in past years have found greater support for building a barrier along the Mexican border and for changing the Constitution …

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Op-Ed: Why Hispanics Are Cheering For Jorge Ramos

Photo: Univision.com

Photo: Univision.com

Diane Alverio
CTLatinoNews.com
 

Donald Trump’s insulting remarks and actions regarding Univision’s network anchor Jorge Ramos at a press conference in Iowa Tuesday predictably increased Latino disgust over his presidential campaign. It also gave Hispanics a new hero in battling a presidential candidate who blatantly preaches racial intolerance.

Univision is the most-watched Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. and Ramos is said to be the country’s best known Spanish language news anchor.

Ramos’ crime? The audacity to interrupt Trump during a press conference to ask a question. Trump told Ramos to “sit down” and “go back to Univision” in a demeaning tone. Then, Trump signaled to his burly security guards to have Ramos forcibly removed from the press conference. Ramos, who was invited back in after a few reporters questioned Trump about the incident, claims he was just trying to get Trump to give specifics about how he would deport …

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