Wrapping Up the Republican National Convention

As part of the Orlando Sentinel‘s Central Florida 100, participants were asked to provide nightly commentary about the Republican National Convention events and proceedings in Cleveland. Below is a compilation of my commentary published in the Orlando Sentinel online last week, with a link to all the commentaries. I look forward to critiquing the Democratic […]


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Few Latinos at the Republican Convention

As the curtan is about to rise on one of the most anticipated Republican national conventions in a long while,  one of the questions that begs an answer is, will there be Latino participation and, if so, what will that look like? The last Republican to win the White House – George […]

New Latino Poll Shows Broad Support for Clinton

Pew Hispanic Research has published results from a new poll of political preferences among Latino registered voters and nonvoters, indicating broad support for Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t contain a lot of suprises but I’m posting some of the tables so readers can have an update. The poll was conducted between June […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer López Record Song for Somos Orlando

Somos Orlando, the ad hoc Latino group that popped up in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting to provide translation, mental health and other counseling services to survivors and victims’ families, is getting a boost from Broadway sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda and superstar Jennifer López. “I have a treat for you […]

Senate Approves PROMESA Bill for Puerto Rico

The Senate passed the PROMESA bill establishing the outline for Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring just  as the island was expected to miss $2 billion in debt payments in July – its largest defaults so far – and before Congress recessed for the Fourth of July holiday. The House approved the measure […]

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A Message to Orlando Latino Readers

I want to thank Orlando Latino readers for their mostly loving reaction to the story about the dad who did not want to claim his son, a casualty of the Pulse nightclub shooting. This post has reached nearly 20,000 people and has been shared over 200 times. I never expected it […]

Latina Commissioner Endorses Randolph for Congress

In a surprise announcement, Susannah Randolph, Democrat running to replace her old boss Alan Grayson in Congressional District 9, snagged the endorsement of Viviana Janer, the first Latina on the Osceola County Commission. Of all the endorsements Randolph has announced, none may count as much as this one in the Latino-leaning district […]

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Latino Community Mourns Pulse Shooting Victims

The Hispanic community paused recently to honor the victims, families and survivors of the Pulse shooting in a Spanish-language vigil at the Dr. Phillips center in Downtown Orlando. The event was coordinated by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, which since the Pulse nightclub shooting June 12, has worked […]