MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Woes for Clinton & Trump

By DrVMDS on August 24, 2016

Why George P. Bush Swallowed Bitter Pill and Endorsed Trump

By DrVMDS on August 11, 2016

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AUSTIN, Texas — After witnessing Donald Trump bully, batter and bruise his dad, Jeb Bush, Texas Land Commissioner and the only statewide Latino elected official George P. Bush did what he had to do for political survival, endorse Trump.

In his comments to Texas Republican county chairs and state party executive committee members George P. called for party unity while noting that it was, “a bitter pill for Team Bush to swallow.” Over the course of the GOP primary Trump not only skewered Jeb Bush, but former President George W. Bush, and levied insults toward the Mexican and immigrant background of Columba Bush, the wife of Jeb and mother of George P.

If you ask me, that pill Team Bush and George P. in particular, swallowed was the nastiest, most sour horse-sized pill ever known.

But I get it. George P.’s subtle endorsement needs to be put in its context–the Texas political scene. Continue Reading

NBCLatino: Is the DNC Energizing Latino Voters

By DrVMDS on July 28, 2016

Democratic National Convention Election 2016 Briefing

By DrVMDS on July 26, 2016

Turmoil Greets Democratic Convention but 3 Latino Delegates Look Ahead

By DrVMDS on July 25, 2016

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PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton has a couple of things she’ll need to make happen this week for Latinos: get younger and former Bernie Sanders supporters on board and get all ages to accept her pick of Tim Kaine over a Latino as her running mate.

Clinton is in good standing with Hispanics heading into the Democratic National Convention that gets under way Monday. She held a 76 percent to 14 percent lead over Donald Trump in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/ Telemundo poll released last Sunday.

But the party is in turmoil after a leak of thousands of emails, some suggesting party attempts to inflict damage on the Bernie Sanders campaign, could stall attempts to shore up support behind a Clinton-Kaine ticket.

Republicans are hoping to turn out higher numbers of non-Latino or Latino Republican voters to make up for the deficit, so Clinton needs to keep those numbers up. Driving them higher wouldn’t hurt.

When cameras pan the convention floor, Democrats will be able to show higher numbers of Latino delegates than Republicans could.

But the conventioneers are the loyalists. There have been plenty of complaints about low investment in Latino voter turnout and about an over-reliance on Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric to turn out Latinos. In 2012, more Latinos eligible to vote stayed home than went to vote. Continue Reading

Trump Ends Convention as He Started Campaign: Linking Immigrants to Crime

By DrVMDS on July 22, 2016

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CLEVELAND — Donald Trump accepted the GOP’s nomination Thursday in the same way he launched his campaign: slamming immigrants and linking them to crime.

Trump didn’t budge from his combative stance on immigration as he wrapped up the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

He officially accepted the party’s nomination for president by telling a pumped-up crowd that the nation’s security is under threat from immigrants and illegal immigration.

“Nearly 180,000 people with criminal records ordered deported from our country are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” he said.

“We are going to build a great border wall,” Trump said to cheers, saying this will stop drugs, crime and violence.

Trump’s remarks were met with chants of “Build a Wall,” which has become one of the slogans of his campaign.

Trump reminded the crowd that on Monday night they heard from three people whose loved ones were murdered by immigrants not legally in the country.

“We heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants … They are just three brave representatives of many thousands,” Trump said.

Trump’s speech topped a week of convention speakers linking immigrants in the country illegally to crime. Continue Reading

GOP Latinos See Vulnerability for Cruz, Who Said He’s Not ‘Servile Puppy Dog’

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CLEVELAND — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of only three Latinos in the Senate, failed Wednesday to bounce from his refusal to endorse Donald Trump at the convention, leaving many wondering if the Republican junior senator has put his 2018 political prospects in jeopardy.

His Tuesday night speech drew loud boos from Trump supporters as they realized he was not going to throw the backing behind the man who was scheduled to accept the GOP nomination for president Thursday night.

“I think this could make him vulnerable in Texas for his next senatorial election, who knows. A lot of people are talking,” said Artemio “Temo” Muniz, head of the Texas Federation for Hispanic Republicans. Continue Reading

NPR’s In The Thick Podcast: The Clash of Immigration & Affirmative Action

By DrVMDS on July 6, 2016

Why Supreme Court Immigration Decision Is Best Possible Outcome

By DrVMDS on June 27, 2016

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Heartbreaking, was how President Obama described the Supreme Court decision that keeps his immigration executive orders blocked. It is indeed a heartbreaking outcome but politically it was the best possible outcome for undocumented immigrants and supporters of immigration reform.

Politics is a long, slow, iterative game. Last week’s decision keeping in place an injunction on deferred deportation action for childhood arrivals and for the parents of citizen children allowed immigration reform to dodge a potentially lethal bullet and to see a more permanent solution develop.

On the surface it seems that the lifting of the injunction would have been the best outcome. This would have been the worst. Continue Reading

Is This a Second Chance for Rubio?

By DrVMDS on June 25, 2016

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Marco Rubio has thrown his hat in the ring for the Senate race that just a couple of days ago he shunned. He enters the race a front-runner, but just barely. The obstacles that face him are not just numerous but messy.

The fact that Rubio has changed his mind and decided to run for the Senate instead of becoming a private citizen is not surprising. He is a political animal with the highest of political ambitions — his run for the presidency a case in point. And add to that a hard sell by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and fellow GOP colleagues to stay on.

There’s no question as to the motivation for Rubio to seek out a second chance. The question is whether Florida voters are willing to give him a do-over. And in deciding that, here are a couple of questions Floridians will have to ask themselves:

Are we just a consolation prize? Continue Reading

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