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Op-Ed: How the Koch Brothers Plan To Target Latino Voters

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Photo credit: pfaw.org

 Michael Keegan
People for the American Way


Late last month, news broke that the network of political organizations tied to Charles and David Koch was developing plans to spend nearly a billion dollars in the 2016 elections.

Given that unprecedented investment, it’s essential to understand precisely what the Kochs and their front groups are doing. Yesterday, People for the American Way released a new report exploring one of these groups: the Libre Initiative, which aims to win over Latino voters for Republicans.

With much of its funding coming from the Kochs, Libre has the resources it needs to try to run an aggressive campaign aimed at making inroads in the Latino community. As Politico reported recently, “Libre, which already has a presence in eight states, plans to expand to Wisconsin and North Carolina this year and increase its staff by about 30 percent ahead of 2016.”

The …

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A New Poll Looks At U.S. Latinos’ Foreign Policy Views

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Significantly more Latinos than non-Latinos see climate change as a critical threat, but there is a narrower gap when asked about whether immigration is a threat to the country, according to a newly released poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Yet on most foreign policy issues, Latinos had very similar views to non-Latinos when surveyed, challenging the notion that large numbers of Latino immigrants coming to the United States will not share the same values.

“Some people worry that the changing demographics will shift our foreign policy priorities and that Latin Americans will have greater loyalty to their countries of origin,” said the study’s co-author Dina Smeltz. “Instead what we see is an expression of investment in this country regarding economic policy and security.”

Both groups view the United States as the most influential country in the world and favor strong US leadership. By extension, Latinos …

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Skepticism And Questions Among Hartford’s Latinos Regarding The City’s Newest Development Project

Artists' rendering of new Hartford baseball stadium and adjacent proposed development

Artists’ rendering of new Hartford baseball stadium and adjacent proposed development

Bill Sarno


With a Hispanic population of nearly 45 percent, a double-digit jobless rate and as the capital city of a state ranked 50th, or dead last, in the latest Gallup Job Creation Index, one might think that the city’s largest group of residents –  Latinos – would welcome without question the economic boost that city leaders expect from the $350 million dollar stadium and urban redevelopment project planned for the downtown north area.

However, although the developers says the project will provide employment, concerns remain among the city’s largest group of residents as to if and how, this multi-use complex  will indeed directly benefit Latinos and others now living in the city over the long term.

A major concern is whether the new $56 million stadium, which will be funded by the city, and the new …

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