Monthly Archives: October 2016


Harnessing the Power of Newly Arrived Puerto Ricans






How to harness the potential electoral power of newly arrived Puerto Ricans, whose American citizenship permits them to arrive by plane today and vote tomorrow? That’s the principal question asked today, as Florida experiences an unprecedented migration of Puerto Ricans to the state. The voter participation of Puerto Ricans lags that of […]


Caravanas Cruise Orlando in Search of Voters 1 comment






Puerto Rican caravanas – the get-out-the-vote staple of Puerto Rico elections –cruised Orlando streets  to generate voter enthusiasm in Central Florida. Iniciativa Acción Puertorriqueña, together with Misión Boricua, Que Vote Mi Gente, Organize Now and others – all progressive leaning groups – drew 50 or more cars to the parking […]


The Puerto Rican Voter Has Arrived in Florida 1 comment






The Puerto Rican voter has arrived in Florida. It’s not too early to declare it so. The national and international media have come around to the fact that Puerto Ricans in Florida likely hold the key to the 2016 elections. Serious Pac money is being invested in the Central Florida Puerto […]


Election Spurs Yard Signs Feud 1 comment






The lawns in my neighborhood have sprouted about seven Hillary Clinton yard signs. Is it a harbinger of things to come on November 8? Is it an I-dare-you-put-up-a-Trump-sign moment? Is it a stand-your-ground event stating “Enough!” Is it a not-so-secret symbol of Democrat solidarity? The political pendulum in my voting precinct swings […]


Faux Outrage Over Trump






It was 20 years ago that former senator and GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole asked, “Where’s the outrage? When will the voters start to focus?” during his campaign against Bill Clinton, then running for a second term. (And that was before Monica Lewinsky.) Today the public has turned the tables, asking […]