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Meet 8 Latino Politicians Who Are Getting Ready To Fight Against Trump

The new Congressional class has been sworn in and Latinos can celebrate some historical firsts. There are eight new Latino politicians walking the halls of Congress and among them are the first Latina Senator ever elected and the first Dominican-American Congressman ever elected. Here are the eight new Latinos ready to work for their constituents.

1. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.


Representative Darren Soto made history by becoming the first ever Puerto Rican elected to Congress from the state of Florida. Soto is representing Florida’s 9th district, which covers parts of southern Orlando, Kissimmee, and Winter Haven, and has a large Puerto Rican population. According to NBC News, the demographic for Florida’s 9th Congressional district is about 40 percent Puerto Rican.

“I talked about the things we care about,” Soto told FOX News. “The whole Central Florida community wants to see recovery in Puerto Rico. They are a strong trading partner with us. We believe that increased prosperity in Puerto Rico will increase prosperity in Central Florida.”

2. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY


Representative Adriano Espaillat has made history by being the first elected Dominican-American to Congress in U.S. history. Espaillat is also the first formerly undocumented immigrant to ever be elected to the U.S. Congress. Espaillat will be representing New York’s 13th Congressional district, which is a very diverse district covering Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

“I will become the first Dominican-American to ever serve in the U.S. Congress,” Espaillat told that crowd at the Democratic National Convention. “Perhaps even just as important, I will be the first member of Congress who was once undocumented as an immigrant. You take that, Donald Trump!”

3. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev.


Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto has the honor of being the first Latina ever elected to the Senate. During her campaign, Cortez Masto spoke passionately about immigration reform and standing up for working families.

“To me, it’s having a seat at the table,” Cortez Masto told NPR about being the first Latina Senator after her win. “It’s being a voice and having a different perspective and bringing that voice to the table to fight for issues that I know are important for not just people in Nevada but across this country. It is young women, young girls, that now know and see somebody in a position that they think that they can achieve.”

4. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas


Representative Vicente Gonzalez was elected to represent the 15th district of Texas, which stretches from Seguin to McAllen. Gonzalez beat Republican Tim Westley for the Texas Congressional seat 57.3 percent to 37.7 percent. For Gonzalez, the greatest issue is making sure college and higher education are affordable and attainable for all.

“We need to find a way to let them go to school and not come out with the burden of debt,” Gonzalez said, according to RGVProud. And I have a plan for the first two years of college to be debt-free, and you get a great return nationally, by having this brain power that we create. So I encourage that. And we need to find ways to have head start and Pre-K programs fully funded.”

5. Rep. Nanette Barragán, D-Calif.


Representative Nanette Barragán won a very hard fought election against Isadore Hall who had the backing of Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In the end, Barragan beat Hall by earning 51.2 percent of the vote. Barragán is representing the 44th congressional district of California which includes Compton, Carson and San Pedro.

“I think the first thing I feel is pride that, once again, I beat the odds,” Barragán told Daily Breeze, referencing her upbringing by undocumented immigrant parents. “That’s been my life story. It’s even more meaningful to be able to go serve in Congress at a time when we have a new president coming who doesn’t think immigrants provide value.”

6. Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif.


Representative Lou Correa will be representing California’s 46th Congressional district, which includes Santa Ana and Anaheim. Correa is going to Congress prepared to fight against Trump’s plans for mass deportations. But, more importantly, Correa wants his story to be one of hope to anyone in the nation that is growing up in a lower socio-economic standing to know that nothing is out of reach.

“To me, it’s a testament to the greatness of this country, where a person that grew up in this neighborhood can actually make it to the U.S. Congress,” Correa told the LA Times about the Penguin City barrio, the neighborhood in which he grew up.

7. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.


Representative Ruben Kihuen is a Mexican immigrant born in Guadalajara who moved to the U.S. when he was 8 years old. Kihuen is another first as he takes to Congress as the first Latino elected in the state of Nevada for such a position. He will be representing Nevada’s 4th Congressional district, which covers most of southern Nevada.

“It’s my job to continue to fight to make life better for working families and people like my parents so that everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream,” Kihuen said in a statement, according to News 3 Las Vegas.

8. Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif.


Representative Salud Carbajal will be representing California’s 24th Congressional district, which includes Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Since the beginning of the legislative session, Carbajal has already voiced his belief in political accountability by voting against the gutting the Independent Ethics Committee.

“As this session of Congress is called to order, I’m incredibly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to represent the hardworking families of California’s 24th Congressional District,” Carbajal said in a statement, according to Noozhawk. “This Congress brings with it an unprecedented set of challenges, but I am committed to providing increased economic opportunity and a better future for communities across the Central Coast.”


READ: We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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