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The Vice President Running Mate For The Democratic Party Could Be One Of Us

Despite the fact that the party’s nomination is still up for grabs, that hasn’t stopped political pundits from trying to guess who will be tapped to join the Democratic ticket as Vice President. Believe it or not, the second most powerful person in the free world could be one of us.

Meet Thomas Perez, possible Vice President nominee.

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Since 2013, Perez has served in President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of Labor. His department is in charge of everything that has to do with employment and labor. Worker’s compensation? That’s the Department of Labor. Overtime? Yep, Department of Labor.

He is Dominican-American.

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Secretary Perez grew up in Buffalo, New York. His dad, Rafael, became a citizen after serving in the Army during World Ward II. His mom, Grace, was the daughter of the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the U.S.

Prior to his cabinet position, he was the Assistant Attorney General For Civil Rights.

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Working under then Attorney General Eric Holder, Thomas Perez investigated the Trayvon Martin shootingJoe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s shady practices that singled out Latinos and Voter ID laws in Texas that made it harder for Latinos to vote.

Elizabeth Warren is a big fan of his.

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For the unfamiliar, Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic Senator for Massachusetts. A progressive, Senator Warren — along with Bernie Sanders — has long argued that private money and corporate interests are screwing over Americans. Many people wanted her to run for President but she chose to sit this one out. According to Politico, Senator Warren told a group of politicians back in September that Perez would be great for the job. Many insiders feel that Secretary Perez, who’s cut from the same progressive cloth as Warren, would keep Hillary Clinton honest should she win the nomination.

Secretary Perez isn’t the only Latino who could be Vice President.

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Admittedly it’s still too early to be talking about Secretary Perez as a potential running mate and, even then, he’s still considered a dark horse. The good news is that even if Secretary Perez isn’t picked by the eventual Democratic nominee, he’s not the only Latino being mentioned as a possible VP pick. Also in the running is Julian Castro, another member of President Obama’s Cabinet. Castro was mayor of San Antonio before being tapped to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Castro also has the endorsement of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

READ: Five things you need to know about the Latino Vote

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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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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