Central Florida


Florida Returns to Red






Florida turned a shade of red on election night, boosting Donald Trump over the finish line with a 120,000-vote lead and 29 electoral votes, the biggest cache of any battleground state. The vote lead is larger than President Barack Obama‘s 74,000 re-election win in Florida in 2012, but not as […]


Four Days Left to Election-Day Finish






Only four days left to the Election-Day finish. Drilling down to the Latino community, what’s the ground game look like for the Puerto Rican community? Many political events center around Kissimmee, in Osceola County, a nod to what is considered the heart of Central Florida’s Puerto Rican community. Kissimmee also has […]


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 […]


Poll: 84 Percent of Puerto Ricans Plan to Vote






A new poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida indicates that 84 percent plan to vote in the upcoming November elections, while 14 percent said they would probably vote. Just 2 percent said they would not go to the polls, according to the 504 Puerto Ricans surveyed by the Center for American Progress Action […]


Chasing the Puerto Rican Voter






With barely a week to go until Florida voter registration closes on October 11, a number of  groups are chasing Puerto Rican voters in hopes of impacting the November elections. The state’s 1 million Puerto Ricans are a tempting target because they are relative newcomers and they have no obstacle to […]