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Fresh Faces Win Central Florida Congressional Races






Central Florida will send a number of fresh faces to Congress come January. All are Democrats. They include State Rep. Darren Soto, who will represent Congressional District 9 and is the first Puerto Rican from Florida to head to Congress, a symbol of the growing Puerto Rican electorate. In addition, […]


Early Voting Is Breaking Records






Early voting is breaking records in Florida. And we still have one day to go. “Seminole County already has more votes cast than were cast in the much-remembered 2000 presidential election.  Amazing,” stated Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel in a voting update. As of Saturday morning, nearly 6 million people […]


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 […]


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 […]


Elections Race for Puerto Rican Voters






The race to appeal to the hearts and minds of Puerto Rican voters in the 2016 presidential elections is off and running. For months Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has wooed Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, among whom he is not that popular (see previous stories in Orlando Latino). This week his re-election campaign launched […]


Hispanic Heritage Month Blues






Ahhh, Hispanic Heritage Month, the time between September 15 and October 15 when people pay slightly more attention to Latinos because it’s “our month.” Not always sure what to make of this. Mixed feelings abound. That’s why you won’t find me at many Hispanic Heritage events this year. No singing […]


Good Primary Elections for Latinos






It was a good primary elections for many Hispanic candidates in Central Florida. From Osceola to Seminole counties,  Hispanic candidates established “firsts” for the Latino community in a sign that the Florida Supreme Court-imposed congressional redistricting evened the political playing field. Florida voter turnout of nearly 24 percent also was good, higher […]