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“An Obituary for the Old Orange County” – GOP Extremism, Engagement of Diverse Electorate Transform Traditional Republican Bastion

The news that Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA-45) has lost her re-election to Democratic challenger Katie Porter is the latest reminder of how Orange County, the former epicenter of American conservatism and Republican strength, has been transformed by the combination of Trump and Republican nativism and increased political engagement of the region’s increasingly diverse electorate. Meanwhile, … Continue reading »

If the California Republican Party is Dead, Why Is Kevin McCarthy Getting a Promotion?

Perhaps McCarthy Will Do for the National GOP What He Did for the California GOP Kevin McCarthy, who rose to GOP prominence as a young gun promising to elect Californian Republicans, is now ready to ascend to his new role as Leader of House Republicans. But his reputation as a force for growth in the … Continue reading »

As Votes are counted, Losses Mount for Republicans in California

Spanish version follows below. It was not a good weekend for Republicans in California. As votes from last week continue to be counted, it became clear that two more congressional districts held by the GOP were lost to Democrats. The Golden State which looks bluer and bluer even in areas that were once strongholds of … Continue reading »

Trump Continues Ugly, Racist, Shameful Assault on Latinos

Spanish-language version follows below. Donald Trump has made attacking immigrants the central tenet of his presidential campaign and his presidency. Yesterday, he released an anti-immigrant ad which is yet another direct attack on the Latino community. The ad makes it clear in the most irresponsible and worrying way that his administration will do whatever it … Continue reading »

New Americans And Latinos In California Have The Power To Change The Direction Of The Country In The Midterm Elections

(Spanish version follows below) This year, in many states, Republicans have used racist ads to fire up their base up for the upcoming midterm elections. In others, voting suppression continues to be a big problem, like in Dodge City, Kansas, a Latinx-majority city, where the only polling location was moved outside the city limits and … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with the AV Politics Team

*** * On this week’s episode of our podcast “A is for America”, we spoke with our own Adriana Ruggiero, Viri Vidal, and Mario Carrillo — America’s Voice state directors for California, Nevada, and Texas, respectively — about what’s going on in this last stretch of the 2018 midterm elections. They talked about what’s going … Continue reading »

“All About Our Vote” by Mi Familia Vota Opens a Much-Needed Space to Inform and Energize Latino Voters

There are many questions about the turnout of Latinos for this election, but something that is clear is the huge amount of work multiple organization have been executing on the ground to mobilize the Latino vote. Mi Familia Vota has been one of the leading organizations in reaching out to Latinos where they are: at … Continue reading »

The Most Important Elections You’re Not Paying Enough Attention to Are in California

Community Groups Step in and Step Up to Mobilize Low-propensity Latino Voters On many election nights, California is an afterthought. Often, by the time the polls close in California, the election outcomes are already known. Not this year. This year, California voters will play a critical role in determining control of the U.S. House of … Continue reading »

Kevin McCarthy Chooses Trump and His Border Wall over California

Will other California GOP House members and candidates support McCarthy and his anti-immigrant agenda? In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made public this week his plans to introduce legislation chock full of anti-immigrant provisions that includes funding for Trump’s border wall at the cost of $23.4 billion. McCarthy hopes … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with Diana Colin of CHIRLA

*** * On this week’s episode of our podcast “A is for America”, we spoke with Diana Colin, Civic Engagement Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), who joined us to speak about CHIRLA’s electoral efforts this fall. (Interview begins at 10:15.) This week in family separations, we learned about a … Continue reading »

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