Rubio and Cruz: Two Hispanic Outliers

Two Latinos won big in the Iowa caucus, a first in U.S. history. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz together grabbed a little over 50 percent of the GOP vote. Pretty impressive for two guys with Cuban-born parents. Each likely will do well in the New Hampshire […]


Orlando Could Elect First Father-Daughter Legislators in 2016

  Central Florida this year may elect its first father-daughter duo to the Florida Legislature and they also would happen to be Latino, a sign of the growing politicization of Orlando-area Hispanics. Amy Mercado got the ball rolling recently when she tossed her candidacy in the ring for Florida House […]


Hispanic School Superintendent Is Out the Door

It’s not surprising that Osceola County schools has hired a new superintendent. Melba Luciano, the first Hispanic to hold a top education post in Central Florida, is leaving the district effective July 31. The Osceola County School Board has been looking to “retire” Luciano for a while. It was almost a […]


Orlando Economy: Overcast with Bright Spots

The watchword for 2016 economic growth in Central Florida is “deceleration.” The latest forecast by University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith calls for mostly less growth, compared with 2015, but with a few bright spots. Snaith’s report, delivered at the annual Orange County Economic Summit, stated it’s likely that […]