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Republicans Have Made Voting In This Majority Latino Town In Kansas Nearly Impossible

Dodge City, Kan. is a town of more than 27,000 people located in the southwestern part of the state. Sixty percent of the town population is Latino and the town has always had just one voting location at the civic center in the Kansas town. However, that has all changed after the only polling station was moved outside of the city to a building that is one mile away from the nearest bus stop. The decision to move the polling location has sparked nationwide anger.

Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox is under fire for perceived voter suppression in Dodge City, Kan.

Cox is an elected county clerk who announced the change of the polling place from the civic center to a new Expo Center outside the city limits Sept. 28. The move received immediate backlash since the new polling place is one mile away from the nearest bus stop and there are no sidewalks for voters to safely walk to the polling place.

The county clerk claimed that the construction at the civic center made it inaccessible for voters. However, recent investigations have cast doubt on that reasoning.

The Rachel Maddow Show team was in Dodge City, Kan. and visited the site of the former polling place for the predominately Latino city. While the building seems accessible and safe, it is unclear why officials are not allowing people to vote in the polling place that has been around for two decades.

The state official that is responsible for overseeing Kansas’ voting process is Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach first made national headlines when he was tapped by President Trump to spearhead an investigation into what Republicans claimed was illegal voting, particularly in California.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Ford County asking for a second polling station.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens and Alejandro Rangel-Lopez. According to NBC News, Rangel-Lopez is an 18-year-old son of Mexican immigrants who plans on voting this coming election. County Clerk Cox notified Kobach’s office about the impending litigation commenting “LOL.”

For some new voters in the city, the obstacle is more reason to vote.

Rangel-Lopez, shown above, is the child of Mexican immigrants and plans to vote, according to The Rachel Maddow Show. This is just one of several examples of Republican-led states participating in alleged voter suppression. Similar stories have come out from North Dakota and Georgia.

In a major blow to voter’s rights, a federal judge dismissed the suit claiming it was too late to ask for a second voting station.

According to CNN, the judge ruled that it would cause more confusion for voters than help.

“It would be extraordinarily difficult,” the state’s Elections Director Bryan Caskey in court, told KAKE. “It would be even more so without violating several state laws.”

In a statement after the ruling, ACLU Kansas spokesperson Mark McCormick said, “We believe that Dodge City voters will get another polling place since, as one of our attorneys pointed out, one polling station for 13,000 voters in Dodge City, but three polling places for 1,300 people for the rest of Ford County simply makes no sense. Our clients will get the relief they seek – eventually. Again, this is a small part of a larger action we’ve undertaken.”

Voto Latino and Lyft have stepped up to help Dodge City voters access the polling station they are forced to use.

Lyft and Uber are independently offering free rides to people going to polling places across the country. Click here to learn more about using Lyft and Uber to get you to the polls for free.


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Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

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Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

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The Democratic primary is heating up with the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary now behind us. During the campaign, some candidates have shown their support for the Latino community and it shows in the number of donations the candidates are receiving. The winner of the Latino donations, so far, is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Latinos have donated more than $23 million to Democratic presidential candidates in 2019.

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The study, done by Plus Three, analyzed Act Blue donation data to determine the Latino donations in the 2020 Democratic primary. The data showed that Bernie Sanders outraised the rest of the candidates in the field with Latino supporters every month in 2019. There were four months where Sanders raised more than $1 million from Latino supporters.

Sen. Sanders earned a majority of the Latino donations.

Of the $23.7 million donated by Latinos to the Democratic presidential candidates, $8.3 million went to the Bernie Sanders campaign. The contributions came from 1,713,678, according to Plus Three.

However, the study also shows that the Democratic Party is lost significant Latino support after two candidates dropped out.

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One of the key factors in the drop in Latino support is a response to Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro leaving the race. The two candidates received $6.3 million from 315,000 Latino supporters, according to the study. O’Rourke raised $2.6 million dollars from 113,281 contributors while Castro raised $1.8 million dollars from 94,137 contributors.

The loss of Latino supporters signals a lack of Latino voters moving to other candidates as the field narrows. Since the two candidates left the field, Latino donations and contributions dropped 24 percent.

Latinos have become an important and elusive voting bloc.

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The Latino voting power is fast-growing. Thirty-two million Latinos will be available to vote in the 2020 general election in November. This will be the first time in history that the Latino voting power will exceed the Black voting power. The trend in voting power is making the Latino community more and more important in elections.

However, Latinos are diverse and complicated as a voting bloc. The Latino community includes all races and religions. Ideology among the Latino community changes based on the voter and their experiences. In California, for example, 39 percent of Latinos identify as liberal, 30 percent consider themselves to moderate, and 31 percent of Latino voters identify as conservative.

Voting habits are also different between generations. In Florida, more and more younger Cubans and Cuban-Americans are registering with the Democrat Party signaling a departure from their conservative parents and grandparents. A study by Florida International University, shows a trend of the Cuban and Cuban-American population in southern Florida trending more liberal.

The FIU study, conducted after the 2018 midterms, Cubans who came to the U.S. before 1980 are 72 percent Republican, 11 percent Democratic, and 17 percent no party affiliation. Meanwhile, Cubans 18 to 39 are 35 percent Republican, 23 percent Democratic, and 40 percent no party affiliation.

Sanders has a commanding lead with Latino voters, and that is the vote that everyone is after.

Super Tuesday is around the corner and the future of the Democratic nomination will really start to take shape.

READ: The Details Of Bernie Sanders Immigration Plan Are Out And Here’s What He Wants To Do

AOC Has A D.O.G And It’s Making Its Rounds About Capitol Hill

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AOC Has A D.O.G And It’s Making Its Rounds About Capitol Hill

Just when we thought Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) couldn’t shake up the D.C. scene more than she already has, it turns out the congresswoman has a new trick up her sleeve.

Earlier this year in January, news surfaced that the congresswoman had adopted a French bulldog by the name of Deco. In a post to her Instagram page, the progressive Democrat welcomed the pup into the world with a post writing “Hey boo boo! Hi, welcome to our family.”

Now it turns out, AOC’s new pup is meant for the community, so you might have a chance to hang with him if you’re in his side of the hood

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Responding to a question on Twitter about whether she intended to bring the dog to work, AOC said Deco is meant to be a dog about town.

“The goal is to train him to be a community pup,” she shared in a post that featured him taking a nap in her lap. “Ideally we want to work to the point where he can enjoy town halls, be an Amtrak pup, come to the office, etc. But first, naps.”

According to People.com, AOC’s new Frenchie had been nameless for a few weeks and the congresswoman eagerly collected name suggestions from her followers on twitter.

“He doesn’t have a name yet!,” Ocasio wrote in an Instagram in January. “We are thinking something Star Trek-related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related.”

Ultimately Ocasio-Cortez did pick a name from suggested from her community.

“As we took [the dog] for a walk…a neighbor suggested we name him after an artist,” AOC explained in an Instagram story. Ultimately the congresswoman and her boyfriend Riley decided to not go for an artist’s name but one inspired by the early 20th-century art deco movement. “We loved the idea, and decided to name him after one of Riley & I’s favorite design styles: Art Deco — which also is inspired by themes of optimism & social and technological progress, and is a fixture in iconic NYC architecture,” she later explained said.

Turns out, AOC’s new French is rocketing to stardom just like his mother.

Earlier this week, Representative Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.) shared a photo of herself hanging out with Deco for the very first time and used it as a chance to hype up AOC.

“Making the Capitol better one puppy snuggle at a time: @AOC & Deco,” Pressley tweeted in a post