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Why Univision Wants Gawker's Network of Snarky Blogs

-- by Todd Spangler,

Univision is the biggest Hispanic media company in the U.S. Why in the world does it want Gawker Media, the aggressively impudent digital publisher that sold itself in a bankruptcy auction?

RNC Begins New Social Media Campaign Aimed at Hispanic Voters

-- by Scott Powers, Florida

The Republican National Committee has begun a new campaign targeting Hispanic voters with a series of social-media offered videos discussing specific issues and urging support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The series, called “GOP Hispanics: The Week Ahead” features Hispanic speakers discussing the topic of the week. They’re being posted through social media in both English and Spanish versions.

Increase in Minority Voters Poses Problem for Trump in Florida

-- by Marc Caputo,

The complexion of Florida’s electorate is becoming browner by the day, and that spells trouble for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as he struggles to attract minority voters.

Since the 2012 presidential election, Florida’s voter rolls have grown by 436,000 — and only 24 percent of that increase is from non-Hispanic white voters while non-whites grew by 76 percent, according to new voter registration numbers released in advance of the Aug. 30 primary.

Trump and GOP Struggling to Connect with Hispanic Voters in Texas

-- by John Austin, The Huntsville Item:

 The GOP is officially behind Donald Trump but there's little evidence that it's bringing along many Hispanic voters in Texas.

Political observers — including one of the state's most recognized Republican Hispanic activists — say the polarizing nominee has done little but push them away.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, by comparison, is working to win their vote.

Texas Pol: Half of Hispanic College Students Rely on Pell Grants

-- by Rye Druzin, Polifact Texas:

Proposed education appropriations legislation from the Republican-controlled U.S. House would cut Pell Grant funding in fiscal 2017 by $1.3 billion to $21.1 billion.

Poll: Clinton Leads Trump among Latino Voters by 46 Points

-- by Jesse Brynes, The Hill:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her GOP rival Donald Trump by 46 points among Latino voters, according to a poll released Thursday.

Meet the People Working to Keep Minority Voters from Bailing on Trump

-- by P.R. Lockhart, Mother Jones:

With less than 100 days to go until the election, the Donald Trump campaign will officially launch its outreach effort to black voters on Sunday at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina. For some of the prominent Trump backers taking part in the event, it's the culmination of a monthslong fight to keep minority support for the Republican candidate from crumbling altogether amid a seemingly endless series of scandals that have prompted charges of racism.

The National Diversity Coalition for Trump, a group originally conceived after a contentious meeting between Trump and black ministers last year, began operations in April. The coalition, a volunteer effort that is not formally connected to the Trump campaign, is the brainchild of a handful of vocal Trump supporters. Bruce LeVell, a black businessman and Georgia delegate to the Republican National Convention, serves as the organization's executive director. Michael Cohen, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization, and Darrell Scott, a black Cleveland-area pastor, are also leaders of the group. Omarosa Manigault, a former Apprentice contestant who serves as Trump's director of black outreach and will deliver a sermon at Sunday's event, was vice chair of the coalition prior to joining the campaign. The group's advisory board includes leaders of groups such as American Muslims for Trump, African-American Pastors for Trump, and Korean Americans for Trump.

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Texas Agrees to Soften Voter ID Law After Court Order

-- by Michael Wines, The New York Times:

An agreement reached Wednesday would weaken Texas’ strict voter identification law and allow residents to cast ballots in November’s election even if they have none of the seven identifying documents that the law recognizes.

Gaps in Melania Trump's Immigration Story Raise Questions

-- by Ben Schreckinger and Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico:

Nude photographs published this week are raising fresh questions about the accuracy of a key aspect of Melania Trump’s biography: her immigration status when she first came to the United States to work as a model.

Fewer Than 13% of Florida Latinos Plan on Voting Republican in Election 2016

-- from The Intellectualist:


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be facing an insurmountable wall among Latino voters in the key swing state of Florida: only 12.9% support among Hispanic voters, according to a new survey.

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