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Digital Divide Narrows for Latinos as More Spanish Speakers and Immigrants Go Online

-- by Anna Brown, Gustavo Lopez and Mark Hugo Lopez, The Pew Research Center:

The long-standing digital divide in internet use between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009 as immigrant Latinos and Spanish-dominant Latinos make big strides in going online, according to newly released results from Pew Research Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos. Meanwhile, broadband use among Latinos is little changed since 2010.

A Victory for Voting Rights in Texas

-- by Matt Ford, The Atlantic:

A U.S. federal appeals court struck down Texas’s voter-ID law on racial-discrimination grounds Wednesday, handing a major victory to voting-rights activists ahead of the 2016 election.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Senate Bill 14 disproportionately burdened black and Hispanic voters, thereby violating the federal Voting Rights Act’s ban on racial discrimination in American elections.

Republicans Fear Trump Effect on Latino Voters: "We'll Need Another Autopsy."

-- by Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian (UK):

In the aftermath of defeat in the 2012 presidential race, the Republican party’s mandate was clear: make inroads with Latino voters, the fastest-growing bloc of the American electorate, or face the consequences at the ballot box.

On Thursday, Donald Trump will instead formally accept the Republican nomination for president at the party’s convention in Cleveland with record-low approval ratings from Latino voters.

In Break with Nonpartisan Past, Hispanic Business Group Endorses Clinton

-- by Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post:

In a first, the nonpartisan U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, saying it believes that Donald Trump's campaign is "the antithesis of American values."

The business group represents hundreds of businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to family-run shops across the country. Several members of the organization's board of directors are prominent Republicans.

Can Univision Swing the 2016 Election?

-- by Priscilla Alvarez, The Atlantic:

Take a walk down Vermont Avenue in Washington, D.C., and you might run into an advertisement that reads: “HOPE.” Look a little closer, and in smaller type, it continues: “...wasn’t enough. It took Univision.” In other words, President Obama (HOPE) needed Univision and its audience to win his election—something that, in 2016, anyone running for office might want to keep in mind. But in case that wasn’t totally clear, the next line of the ad touts its ability to reach “persuadable voters.”

Latino Coalition: GOP Speeches Were "Racist," Offensive

-- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News:

Latino groups and their leaders were criticizing Republicans' presentation of immigrants following the party's first day of its political convention.

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 Latino groups, presented its positions and priorities on issues for the community on Tuesday near the arena where the GOP convention is being held.

Trump's Latino Key to Victory

-- from the New York Post editorial board:

Texas Textbook: Mexican Americans Don't Work "Vigorously," Want to "Destroy" Society

-- by Casey Quinlan, ThinkProgress:

A proposed textbook about Mexican-American history that would be read by Texas high school students is filled with inaccuracies and stereotypes about Mexican Americans, said a coalition of educators opposing the publication of the textbook.

Founder of Latinas for Trump: Latinos 'Will Put Him Over the Top.'

-- by Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News:

Ileana García, who created Latinas for Trump to express "freedom" and counter antagonism against Hispanic supporters of Donald Trump, was hired recently by the Trump campaign and is spending the week at the Republican National Convention to act as a liaison with Latino media, she said Sunday.

The convention officially opens Monday but media, organizers and others have been here for a week and their numbers were growing Sunday night.

A Latino for Vice President - If Hillary Clinton Wants a Win

-- a Chicago Tribune editorial by Achy Obejas:

As Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren fire up campaign crowds, speculation about adding Warren to the ticket has prompted even conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Warren's political opposite, to talk up her bona fides.

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