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Marco Rubio Courts Puerto Rican Voters 2 comments






Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is paying a lot of attention to Puerto Ricans in Central Florida for his re-election campaign. During the August 30 primaries, he held his campaign victory party in Osceola, which is the heart of Central Florida’s significant Puerto Rican community. Rubio has been out front on the […]


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 […]


Early Voting Turnout Is Just 4 Percent 1 comment






Early voting turnout is 4 percent in the August 30 primaries, a figure that was mirrored in the three-county area, according to the Florida Division of Elections’  figures released August 28. The numbers are bound to increase once all primary votes are cast – either early, by mail or in person. Total turnout […]


Slow Going in Early Voting






With just days to go before the August 30 primary elections, the early voting is going very slowly for all political parties. As of Friday morning, just 351,488 early voters had cast ballots across the state of Florida, with Republicans slightly ahead (170,102) of Democrats (155,758) according to the Florida Division of […]


Election Season Heats Up






The election season is heating up as we close in on the August primaries and march toward the November election, which is less than three months away. Campaign developments are coming fast and furious. Here are some local, state and national campaign notes that caught my eye. Florida GOP Spokesman Resigns Wadi […]


Osceola County Has Most Latino Political Candidates






Osceola County has the most Latinos running for local office, a reflection of the coming of age of the Hispanic population as well as a steep rise in its population. Of the approximately 42 Hispanics who are running for office in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, half are in […]


Record Number of Latinos Running for Office






A record number of Latinos are running for office this year, a sign of the continuing political awakening of the group whose numbers and voters in Central Florida have grown significantly in the past several years. At least 42 Hispanics from as far north as Volusia and south as Osceola counties […]


Sanders Opens Puerto Rico Campaign






When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stumped for votes in Florida ahead of the March 15 presidential primary, he knew he could not – would not – possibly win the Sunshine State. Sanders was significantly behind in the polls. But he particularly went after the Puerto Rican vote, a constituency that’s […]