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Arizona Republicans Tout Trump to Latinos, Focusing on Jobs

-- from NBC News:

Even before this year's election cycle began, Latino Republicans in Arizona were building a presence in the Latino community and setting up a ground game for the eventual Republican presidential nominee. But then Donald Trump barreled into the race.

How a Shifting Latino Vote in Florida Could Influence the Election

-- from PBS NewsHour:

It’s morning at Melao Bakery in Kissimmee, Florida, and Jezreel Zapata Moreno is busy ringing up customers buying breakfast for the start of their day. Like most of the customers here, Moreno is Puerto Rican, having arrived in Kissimmee from the U.S. island territory just a few months ago in July. And also like many other Puerto Ricans living in Central Florida, he came to the state in search of a better life, away from Puerto Rico’s crushing debt crisis.

Top Latino Polling Firm: Trump Headed for a Historic Loss Among This Key Group

-- by Allan Smith, Business Insider:

A top Latino polling firm released a model on Thursday that projected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would receive the largest portion of the Latino vote in recorded history in the upcoming November 8 election.

The model, from Latino Decisions, showed Clinton with a projected 82% of support among Latinos. Republican nominee Donald Trump received 15% support in the forecast, and third-party options garnered just 3%.

Survey Shows Americans Are Feeling Better About Immigrants' Economic Effect, but Republicans Aren't

-- by Don Lee, The Los Angeles Times:

At a time of rising populist resentment over globalization, Americans largely agree that foreign trade is costing U.S. jobs, but they also hold an increasingly positive view about the value of immigrants to the economy.

In a new study by the Pew Research Center, eight out of 10 adults regarded increased outsourcing of jobs overseas and the growth of imports of foreign-made goods as harmful to U.S. workers.

U.S. Hispanic Unemployment Rate Creeps Up to 6.4% While National Rate Remains at 5.0%

-- from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

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ESPN Targets Hispanic Audience for Growth

-- by Monica Villafane,

Sports may be a universal language, but Spanish sounds good for ESPN, which has been tapping into a huge fan base in Latin America since 1989 and in the United states for over a decade.

Aware that Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments of the population in the U.S., the Disney-owned cable sports network has invested heavily in its 24-hour cable property ESPN Deportes, which it launched in 2004, and its digital companion,, live since 2000.

Pence's "Mexican Thing" Remark Draws Ridicule From Latinos

-- by Russell Contreras and Amy Taxin, ABC News:

Latino scholars and activists are criticizing Republican Mike Pence for referring to "that Mexican thing," at the vice presidential debate as he tried to brush aside criticism of Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants.

They said Pence's remark was dehumanizing and tinged with sexual innuendo.

Google Searches for Voter Registration Have Surged in Hispanic Areas

-- by Nate Cohn, The New York Times:

In the real world, demographic change is gradual: Every day, the country becomes a tad more diverse as babies are born, people immigrate, and others die.

But in elections, demographic change happens fast: in a surge of new voter registrations ahead of a presidential election. Just who registers and how many will be one of the biggest stories of the next month.

Google Searches for ‘Registrarse Para Votar’ Hit All-time High During Debate

-- by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post:

Google is an imperfect oracle of popular will, but here’s one trend that seems pretty clear: Searches for the phrase “registrarse para votar” — “register to vote,” in Spanish — hit an all-time high during Monday’s presidential debate, spiking to more than 100,000 searches.

Federal Appeals Court: Ohio's Removal of Voters Violates Law

-- by Ariane de Vogue, CNN:

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Ohio's method of removing names from its voter rolls violates federal law, and sent the case back to the district court for a remedy.

The ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and other groups who had argued the program violated the National Voter Registration Act and expressed concern that the purge would effect "many thousands" of Ohio voters.

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