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Texas Latina Is Demonstrating How To Take Care Of The Refugee Children


Mamie Salazar-Harper

For the past month, the El Paso, Texas businesswoman, Mamie Salazar-Harperhas has poured her time, energy and money into a venture that could prove incredibly meaningful: building a home for undocumented migrant children.

According to El Paso Inc., the home is Salazar-Harper’s response to what President Barack Obama calls an “urgent humanitarian situation” at the U.S.-Mexico border. Since October 2013, over 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have been detained crossing into Texas and Arizona.

The house is described as “a squat, white building” located off Montana Avenue in East El Paso and was formerly an abandoned correctional facility.  But in the hands of Salazar-Harper and her husband, attorney Thomas Randolph Rey, it has completely transformed. Today, it features a room painted with images of “princesses and anthropomorphic cars,” with toys and giant stuffed animals covering the floor. It …

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Can Bridgeport’s Christine Ayala Pull Off A 2nd Term?



Robert Cyr

With a rare four-way primary less than a month away - and one of her opponents already securing her party’s endorsement -  Bridgeport’s State Rep. Christine Ayala still has a fighting chance at a second term, despite her ongoing run-ins with the law, according to some political analysts and district hopefuls.

Her opponents, however, feel differently.

With degrees in French, Political Science and Education, Ayala, a Democrat from Bridgeport, has become an interesting yet polarizing figure in state politics. Her early accomplishments in office were marred by allegations of criminal misconduct in both her private and professional lives, including a hit-and-run, a domestic violence incident, and being the focus of a criminal investigation for election finance fraud.

The past year has been relatively quiet for the controversial politician, but she was stripped of her sub-committee designations by house officials. And regardless of the negative legalities surrounding …

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Gubernatorial Candidates: Early Look At Their Campaign Staff And Advertising


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 Robert Cyr

 Despite current statewide television advertising by gubernatorial candidates in Connecticut, none have spent any campaign funds spreading their message through Latino media, according to recent elections research. And in only one case CTLatinoNews.com could confirm, a candidate has hired Latinos on their campaign staff.

Washington, D.C.-based government watchdog group Sunlight Foundation has found that none of the candidates heading for August primaries for this year’s governor’s race have filed expenses for advertising with any of the major Spanish-language television stations or publications. The group studied financial declarations required by all candidates by the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

With Latinos making up almost 15 percent of the state’s population, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has been slowly courting the Latino vote since earlier this year, when he assured a gathering of Latino politicians and residents in Bridgeport – which is one-third Hispanic – that his policies have …

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