Eight Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday while advocating for immigration reform at a sit-in on the National Mall in Washington. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Keith Ellision (D-Minn.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
Army 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno, 25, is remembered by her loved ones as a great leader and a kind person, who always aspired to be a nurse. On Sunday, she was one of four Army soldiers killed when
Senator Wendy Davis' announcement to run for Governor of Texas in 2014 has sparked a renewed sense of life and energy to the Texas Democratic Party. Millions of people from across the state
by Angelo Falcón
At the center of the current federal government shutdown debate is the future of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. While the argument of those lobbying for its repeal or postponement is the significant lack of widespread support for this law by the American people, according to the polls, this is clearly not the case for the Latino community. As the group with the highest number of uninsured, making up 30 percent the Latino population, support for Obamacare is strong among Latinos. A recent national poll found that only 18 percent of Latinos favored repealing or delaying the law.
This NiLP Latino iReport is based on a national web survey of Latino opinion leaders conducted by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) in May-June. It found that only 16 percent of these leaders thought Obamacare needed to be fully or partially repealed. On the other hand, while 17 percent felt it should be left as is, an overwhelming 62 percent felt that the law needed to be expanded. Those advocating for the law's repeal have very little support in the Latino community, both at the grassroots and leadership levels.
The National Latino Opinion Leaders Survey is conducted from time to time by the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) to measure the policy and political opinions of this influential sector in the Latino community. The current survey was conducted from May 28-June 8, 2013 and is based on 359 respondents. This is not presented as a scientific poll but as a vehicle for promoting discussion on key issues facing the Latino community in teh United States.
Among Latino opinion leaders, the greatest disagreements on Obamacare are ideological. Only 6 percent of Latino opinion leaders identified themselves as conservatives, which is the group most opposed to Obamacare. While all the conservatives in this survey favored repeal all or part of Obamacare, this position had much less support among moderates (23 percent), liberals (12 percent) and progressives (3 percent).
WASHINGTON — A week after World War II veterans struggled to gain access to a memorial on the National Mall due to the government's partial shutdown, thousands of people pushing for a new immigration law have been cleared by the government to proceed with a concert and rally Tuesday on the Mall.
The march, dubbed the "Camino Americano", or "American Road," is hosted by groups including the Service Employees International Union and Casa de Maryland. The rally will feature speeches by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other members of Congress. Another highlight will be a concert by the Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte. The concert is the punctuation mark on a series of demonstrations that included more than 100 rallies around the country on Saturday to push Congress to
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday rejected President Obama's offer to negotiate a long-term fiscal deal in exchange for temporary measures to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said that if House Republicans re-opened the government and lifted the nation's borrowing authority — even for a few months — he would enter into wide-ranging talks that could include his signature healthcare law and issues related to the debt.
"If they want to do that, reopen the government. Extend the debt ceiling. If they can't do it for a long time, do it for the period of time in which these negotiations are taking place," Obama said.
But Boehner shot down that opening at his own press conference, characterizing it as a demand for "unconditional
WASHINGTON — Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, a reliable friend of business on Capitol Hill and no one's idea of a bomb thrower, isn't buying the apocalyptic warnings that a default on United States government debt would lead to a global economic cataclysm. "We always have enough money to pay our debt service," said Mr. Burr, who pointed to a stream of tax revenue flowing into the Treasury as he shrugged off fears of a cascading financial crisis. "You've had the federal government out of work for close to two weeks; that's about $24 billion a month. Every month, you have enough saved in salaries alone that you're covering three-fifths, four-fifths of the total debt service, about $35 billion a month. That's manageable for some time."
Senate Republicans began to warn Tuesday they would filibuster Democrats' plan to raise the U.S. debt limit later this week. Liberal senators' response? Gut the filibuster.
Liberals said Tuesday that there may be no other way out of a debt ceiling crisis than to invoke — or at least threaten to employ — the so-called nuclear option, an enormously contentious move that would allow the party to raise the national borrowing limit with 51 votes rather than 60.
Such a move would prompt howls of outrage from Republicans and could have dramatic implications for the future of the Senate. But it would allow Senate Democrats to pass a bill raising the borrowing limit through 2014 and shift the burden to the House GOP before a potentially devastating default
PHOENIX (AP) - Immigrant rights activists say they plan a march on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix aimed at stopping deportations for the day.
Carlos Garcia of Puente Arizona says they are hoping to attract several hundred people for the event on Oct. 14.
It is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park. The group will then gather outside the ICE office at 2035 N. Central Avenue. Garcia says the goal is to stop deportations for at least the day on Monday, but he acknowledged protesters may be removed from the site and arrested. "Our community's prepared to do whatever we have to do.. if we have to put our bodies on the line, we will do that, but we're not allowing for
The government shutdown has entered into day eight, with little end in sight. National parks and monuments are still closed, as many as 19,000 kids in 11 states have been left out of Head Start programs because grant money ran out, and if you want help with your taxes—well, don't bother calling the IRS.
To top it off, the U.S. is just nine days away from entering into default unless Congress can agree to a debt ceiling increase.
The blame game over the shutdown rages on, with Democrats pressuring House Speaker John Boehner to bring a vote on a clean budget bill to the floor. The left is trying to hammer home the message that the Dems have negotiated while the GOP is making impossible demands. They're also arguing a clean budget bill would pass on
Few in Congress have seen their profile raised as far or as fast over the past several days as Charlie Dent, the Pennsylvania Republican who bucked GOP leadership in the final hours before the government shutdown, and was among the first in his party to publicly urge a "clean CR" – funding the government at GOP-favored numbers without other conditions like amending or ending Obamacare. In a Monday afternoon interview, Dent told Salon that "most Republicans" aren't hostage-takers, and that Ted Cruz had played a pivotal role in the House but proved "unable to deliver" in the Senate. Dent called debt default "potentially catastrophic," but defended using the debt ceiling to push for budget cuts. Dent said he could
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) raised the ante in the battle over the Affordable Care Act on Sunday, telling CNN's Candy Crowley that "destroying the entire planet is really the best and only way to stop Obamacare.""Look, I'm in favor of shutting down the government and not raising the debt ceiling, but let's not kid ourselves. Those are only half measures," he told Crowley. "If we are really serious about stopping Obamacare, we'll destroy the entire planet."
Explaining his proposal to a visibly alarmed Crowley, Senator Cruz said, "Obamacare is like a parasite that needs a host to feed on. If you want to kill the parasite you kill the host, and in this case that means killing this planet. As long as there's a
Megyn Kelly did not hold back during the premiere of her new show, "The Kelly File," Monday on Fox News, bluntly kicking off with her first guest Sen. Ted Cruz. "What's it like to be the most hated man in America?" Kelly asked the Texas senator.
To answer, Cruz drew on the prose of none other than William Shakespeare. few Democrats who were throwing rocks in my direction. To quote the bard, 'methinks she doth protest too much.' They are throwing every insult they can," Cruz (R-Texas) said. Kelly, citing a poll from POLITICO on the Virginia governor's race that surveyed likely Virginia voters that showed Cruz is viewed unfavorably by 45 percent of poll respondents and favorably by 26 percent of respondents, pushed Cruz on his own favorability ratings and
Racial and cultural differences in heaven will be present, according to the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, who shared his views on the afterlife in an interview published on Monday.
"What Revelation says, particularly in chapter 7, ... says, 'From every tribe, nation, and tongue.' I don't think eternity does away with difference. I think we're going to see people's race, culture, in eternity," Salguero shared in an interview with NPR.com "What I think [what] it does is it reconciles it. Where it says, 'I'm Hispanic, I'm Latino.' And I'm going to see African-Americans, and I'm going to see whites, and I'm going to see Asians in heaven. And I think that phenotype will be there. I would be saddened if
SEATTLE -- The idea of a $15 minimum wage continues to build momentum in the Seattle area, with Mayor Mike McGinn saying he would support an effort to set the standard even higher.
In an interview with The Associated Press, McGinn said he thought $15 was a "fair starting point" for the minimum wage discussion. He cautioned that the issue was best handled legislatively and that the actual number would be determined by city councilmembers. "If the council proposed a higher number, I'd support that," said McGinn, who is seeking re-election next month. He added later: "I would expect that, if re-elected, we would put together a coalition to figure out how far we could go on the minimum wage."
McGinn challenger Ed Murray recently announced that he would push for a $15 minimum
SANTA FE - New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is raising re-election money in Texas and Arizona this week. Martinez political adviser Jay McCleskey said the governor is fundraising in Dallas on Tuesday before flying back to New Mexico to attend an election night gathering for Albuquerque Mayor R. J. Berry.
The governor held a fundraiser in Phoenix Monday evening and then flew to Texas. Martinez will return to Texas on Wednesday to raise money at an event in Austin and will be back in New Mexico on Thursday.
McCleskey said the governor's re-election campaign is paying for her travel expenses.
Democratic Attorney General Gary King and state Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque are running for governor next year.
Illinois Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez spoke to NBC Latino' s Sandra Lilley about his new book, Still Dreaming: My Journey from The Barrio to Capitol Hill. In his book, the Puerto Rican congressman says that while he has agreed with President Obama on almost everything, "it's a universal truth among Latinos and those of us who aspire to immigration reform -that he let us down."
Gutierrez says that while immigration proponents wanted Obama to take action, it was not until Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio planned to introduce legislation for DREAMers that the President took action on deferred
As he is getting ready to launch the National Business and Government Leaders at the 2013 West Coast Economic Summit this week, Hector V. Barreto, Jr., chairman of The Latino Coalition, is concerned with the state of affairs in Washington D.C. affecting millions of small businesses, including Hispanic, African American and women-owned companies. According to Barreto, the government shutdown not only has the U.S. markets sliding but it is also stopping small businesses from growing and expanding.
In a climate of uncertainty, several hundred small businesses are meeting in the San Francisco Bay area to
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday claims the Montana Highway Patrol improperly detained Hispanic drivers over unfounded concerns they were in the country illegally.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance, said patrol officers were pulling over the Hispanic drivers for routine traffic violations and detaining them to check their immigration status.
The lawsuit argues the agency had no reason or authority to detain the drivers. It said race was the sole basis of the detentions. The lengthy court filing asks a federal judge to declare the policy unconstitutional and to stop the Highway patrol from further
The reaction on Wednesday morning's cable programs to an op-ed by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin were way out of line. One Hispanic U.S. Senator even said that Putin almost made him vomit. This kind of response is a problem, and while I am no fan of Putin, I agree with him that "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation …"
The Putin responded to President Barack Obama's speech on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged gassing of his citizens. In his
Los Angeles. The recent article by Sally Steenland of the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C., is an excellent and timely piece. Steeland, a best-selling author and Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center, outlines the correlation of forces at play in the titanic battle to overhaul immigration reform and empower the 11.5 million Undocumented Americans with a path to citizenship. She skillfully strips down the right wing opposition and in the process tears apart the myth of the anti immigrant ultra right as a comparable
Los Angeles. The recent article by Sally Steenland of the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C., is an excellent and timely piece. Steeland, a best-selling author and Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center, outlines the correlation of forces at play in the titanic battle to overhaul immigration reform and empower the 11.5 million Undocumented Americans with a path to citizenship. She skillfully strips down the right wing opposition and in the process tears apart the myth of the anti immigrant