Forecast: Hispanics to Spend More this Holiday Season

  Major retailers are already lamenting slow holiday sales even before the season has fully launched. Nordstrom, Kohl’s and Macy’s – one by one they have warned Wall Street of rising inventory, prompting the  companies to cut earlier holiday sales forecasts. But here’s a bright note: Florida Atlantic University of […]


Public Radio Profiles Puerto Rican Community

  Local public radio station WMFE 90.7-FM did a story on the growth of the Puerto Rican population in Central Florida this week for its Intersection program, which aired today at 9 a.m. Host Mathew Peddie interviewed me for the story, as well as local political-union activist Jimmy Torres Vélez, […]


Ted Cruz’s Problematic Plan for Immigration Reform

Orlando International Airport was busy this week as Republican presidential candidates flew into Orlando to speak at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit. I attended a Ted Cruz rally at Faith Assembly Church off Curry Ford Road, where the Texas senator unveiled his immigration plan. The location, a 1,200-seat […]


Puerto Rican Migrants Prime Local Economy

  Moody’s Investors Services, usually busy downgrading Puerto Rico’s $70 billion-odd debt, issued a report recently stating the island’s current population loss, which is of historic proportions, is a boon for Central Florida, where Puerto Ricans already make up 12 percent of workers – even higher in some sectors like transportation. And […]