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Once Again In Rickety Boats, Cubans Flee To U.S.

 

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

In an unexpected echo of the refugee crisis from two decades ago, a rising tide of Cubans in rickety, cobbled-together boats is fleeing the island and showing up in the waters off Florida.

Leonardo Heredia, a 24-year-old Cuban baker, for example, tried and failed to reach the shores of Florida eight times.

Last week, he and 21 friends from his Havana neighborhood gathered the combined know-how from their respective botched migrations and made a boat using a Toyota motor, scrap stainless steel and plastic foam. Guided by a pocket-size Garmin GPS, they finally made it to Florida on Mr. Heredia’s ninth attempt.

“Things that were bad in Cuba are now worse,” Mr. Heredia said. “If there was more money in Cuba to pay for the trips, everyone would go.”

Mr. Heredia is one of about 25,000 Cubans who arrived by land and sea in the …

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Latino Voters – How Candidates Are Courting Them

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Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com
 

The current candidates for governor and for Congress in Connecticut are aware, almost universally, that the turnout and choices made by the state’s Hispanic voters could decide some of their races in November. However, these politicians vary when it comes to how they are integrating Latinos into their campaign staffs or how they are trying to reach out to Latino voters.

In the governor’s race in particular, the state’s Hispanic voters may decide the winner. Malloy barely edged out Foley four years ago with the late vote tally from heavily Hispanic Bridgeport making the difference.  Since that election, Latino registration has increased statewide by more than 20,000 and, according to the Secretary of State’s office, those listing themselves as Democrats outnumber Republicans almost seven to one and exceed both unaffiliated and Republicans combined.

Despite the numbers and election history statewide, neither party had a firm answer as …

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Latino Candidates: Lots At Stake In Getting Out The Vote

Chris Rosario, who is the democratic candidate for the 128 District in Bridgeport, tries to convince voters, to not only support him, but also Governor Malloy. Bridgeport voters were critical in electing Malloy in the 2010 election.

Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com

 

One candidate has used his family’s connection to bring a former governor of Puerto Rico to stump for him,  others spend countless rainy days knocking on doors, while a few candidates in relatively safe districts make stumping for Malloy one of their priorities.  What they all have in common however, regardless of party affiliation, is that they are acutely aware that if the Latino vote does have an impact on  this election, it may  finally determine, the increased political clout the state’s half million Hispanic residents have been awaiting.

As a result, in central Meriden when state Rep. Hilda Santiago (D-84) knocks on doors in her largely Hispanic district, …

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