Leadership & Language
Are Politicians Afraid to Speak Spanish?
By Viviana Hurtado | 01/26/2012 - 16:43

In this week’s Tampa Bay, Florida Republican debate, the question was asked why candidates run ads in Spanish, ostensibly seeking the votes of Spanish speakers, but insist English be the only official language of the U.S. government.

This incident is a perfect example of the complicated relationship that politicians and monolingual Americans have with learning and flaunting that they know another language.


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Spring Break for Adults: Four Swimsuit-Ready Destinations
Spring Break for Adults: Four Swimsuit-Ready Destinations
By Grace Bastidas | 03/17/2011 - 14:30

Just because it’s been years since you were a college co-ed, doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the age-old ritual of spring break and take advantage of all the sun and fun. We’ve found some more adult versions of beach spots popular with adolescents. Tequila shots and booty shaking are up to you.

Florida

Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach both lure thousands of rowdy students for nonstop partying and wet t-shirt contests galore.


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Latino Voters Gain Influence for 2012 Elections
Latino Voters Gain Influence for 2012 Elections
By Mariela Rosario | 01/10/2011 - 17:30

Due to a recent redistricting of congressional seats, the Latino vote has an unprecedented opportunity to hold sway over the 2012 elections. According to analysis of Census data by the Pew Hispanic Center, states having disproportionately large amounts of Latino resident have gained congressional seats.


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Latino Repubs Crossing Line to Support DREAM act
Latino Republicans Crossing Line to Support DREAM Act
By Mariela Rosario | 11/19/2010 - 15:22

Some Latino Republicans are planning on crossing the aisle in order to support a vote on the DREAM act that Sen. Harry Reid, President Obama and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus want to push through during the lame-duck congress.

Republican U.S. Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) called upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the DREAM Act to a vote. Republican congressman-elect David Rivera of Miami has also demonstrated support for the DREAM act.


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Latinos Politicos to Watch: Marco Rubio & Julian Castro
Latino Politicos to Watch: Marco Rubio & Julian Castro
By Mariela Rosario | 11/02/2010 - 17:00

Political fervor is at an all-time high today with people heading to the polls for Election Day. We wanted to step back and take a look at two Latinos who have been making waves on either side of aisle in American politics. Julian Castro, the young mayor of San Antonio has been hailed as "the next Obama" by some in Democratic circles. While Marco Rubio has managed to shake up the current senate race by galvanizing the Tea party movement in Florida where he is facing off against Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meeks.

Marco Rubio


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Election Guide
2010 Election Guide
By Mariela Rosario | 10/29/2010 - 11:43

Next Tuesday is election day and the nation is watching the Latino community to see what our impact will be. Here is a round up of the important races and issues that affect our community. 

FLORIDA

Senate candidate Marco Rubio is ahead of Democrat Kendrick Meek and independent Charlie Crist in the race for congressional office. Rubio has been making waves as the Tea Party's Latino darling and it looks like he just might run away with the seat because Democrats are split between Crist and Meek.


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Tougher Immigration Laws than SB 1070 Proposed in FL
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2010 - 17:30

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum proposed a sweeping immigration reform bill in his homestate this week that trumps even Arizona's notorious SB 1070 and would give Florida the distinction of being the state with the harshest stance on immigration in the United States.

McCollum, who is also the Republican Gubenatorial candidate, said of his new bill: "Arizona is going to want this law. We're better, we're stronger, we're tougher and we're fairer."


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Florida Woman Burning From Inside Out
By Mariela Rosario | 12/17/2009 - 11:51

A 34-year-old Florida women named Yasmin Hernandez is fighting for her life after being striken with a rare disease. Toxic epidermal necrolysis is the most severe form of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a disease caused by an adverse reaction to medication. The illness is causing Hernandez's skin to literally burn off from the inside out.

"She had a fever of 109. I thought my thermometer was broken. I rushed her to the hospital," her husband, Benjamin Hernandez said.


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Latinas Get In On the Election Action, Canvassing for Obama in Florida
By Mariela Rosario | 11/03/2008 - 16:09

You can find them at the one of a kind Casa Obama. An Obama campaign office in West Tampa, FL set up specifically to target Latino and minority voters in the crucial swing state. It's also become a meeting place for like minded Latinas, young and old, born abroad or here in the USA, who say they are sick of the direction our country is headed and want to see some serious change.


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