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Mexican-Americans Are Reshaping the Electoral Map in Arizona - and the U.S.

-- by Farai Chideya,

In an office suite not far from the airport, Irma Maldonado, 18, expertly role-played what she’d be doing on the city’s streets in half an hour: knocking on the doors of residents and exhorting them to vote. But not everything was a game. Before a group of young canvassers headed out for the day, a team leader at the community organizing group LUCHA mentioned that someone had earlier pulled a gun on two members of the team.

Inside One Group's Fight to Turn Out Latino Voters and Stop Trump

-- by Lauren Fox, TPM:

When 19-year-old Miriam Cadenas knocks doors in North Las Vegas, she will occasionally let the Hispanic voters she's meeting in on a little secret.

“I’m doing this because I can’t vote," Cadenas tells them. "My voice is pretty silent right now, but my voice is protected through you so if I get you to go out to vote and vote for the right people then I might not lose my DACA and I could be less scared of my future and the future of my family.”

Texas Sees a Surge in Latino Voters

-- by R.G. Ratcliffe, Texas Monthly:

Throughout this election, I’ve been skeptical that Hillary Clinton could carry Texas, even as polls suggested the gap in support between her and Donald Trump is closing. But there is a wild card that might make it possible: There are 532,000 more registered Hispanic surname voters this year than in 2012.

Arizona: Arpaio Officially Charged with Criminal Contempt Amid Re-election Race

-- by Jacques Billeaud, The Associated Press:

The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has been charged with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case, leaving the 84-year-old lawman in a tough spot two weeks before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term.

The U.S. Department of Justice promised two weeks ago that it would prosecute Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn't officially filed against him until Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.

As Florida Early Voting Begins 99% More Latinos Have Voted Than At Same Time in 2012

-- by Adrian Carrasquillo, Buzzfeed News:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is touting a substantial 99% increase in Latino voting in Florida compared to this point in 2012, with 133,000 Hispanics already casting their ballot in the state, as part of its major focus on getting its base to vote early in key swing states.

Registered Latino Voters at Record High of More Than 16M, National Group Says

-- by Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News Latino:

The estimated number of registered Latino voters for this presidential election is a record 16.2 million, according to a national bipartisan group that analyzes the Latino electorate.

Latino Immigrants Are Changing the Politics of.... Nebraska!

-- by David Bacon, The American Prospect:

If the winds of political change are starting to blow in Nebraska, the center of the storm is a third-floor office on 24th Street in South Omaha. There, huge maps of eight targeted precincts in Ward 4 line the walls of the Heartland Workers Center (HWC), covered in red dots for all the people organizers have spoken with over the past six months. Little stickers highlight the key issues in each neighborhood. 

Nevada: The One State Where Latinos Don't Hate Donald Trump

-- by Tim Mak, The Daily Beast:

Irma Aguirre sat defiantly in her elegant, upscale Mexican restaurant—the oldest one in Sin City—and began defending the man many Latinos believe is indefensible.

Union Leaders, Activites: Latino Voting "Wall" Will Block Trump

-- by Griselda Nevarez, NBC News:

Using Donald Trump's words, Latino leaders say "the wall" that will keep the Republican presidential nominee from getting elected, especially in swing states like Nevada and Arizona, will be the Latino vote.

"We are the wall between Trump's hate, disrespect, insults - and we are the wall that will keep Trump out of the White House," Rocio Saenz, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU,) in a call with reporters Friday.

Rubin: Hard Line on Immigration is Killing the Republican Party

-- by Jennifer Rubin, for The Washington Post:

Donald Trump spent much of the GOP presidential primary hyping his "deportation force" and promising to deport millions of people. In the general election he publicly agonized: Did he really want to forcibly round up 11 million people? In his Arizona speech he sure sounded like he wanted to kick out everyone else, but he and his spinners continued to fudge. Their "priority" would be kicking out criminals. But must everyone else go too?

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