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Latin evangelical pastors call for comprehensive immigration reform listen

04/21/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: immigration, reform, Hispanic, Latino, pentecostal, civil rights

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A large number of Latino evangelical leaders in Tampa are calling for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. An Easter Parade last Saturday is where pastors and hundreds of their parishioners gathered at St. John Presbyterian Church on MacDill Avenue and marched along the 2 mile route.

Some of the pastors will be traveling from Tampa to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month to meet with their members of Congress about immigration reform. David Velazquez, a [pastor in Tampa](http://...

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Hillsborough County Commission takes step that could lead to a Latino being elected listen

09/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Al Higginbotham, Victor DiMaio, Hillsborough County Commission, Kevin Beckner, Hispanic, Latino, Les Miller, redistricting single member district

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The Latino community in Hillsborough wants a County Commission district that represents its interests. During a meeting Wednesday, commissioners took a step that might make it more likely for voters to elect a Latino commissioner. They scheduled a public hearing to consider moving from four single-member districts to five without expanding the size of the board. During public comment, three people spoke in favor, including the co-founder of the Hillsborough Hispanic Coalit...

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Latino voters look to Department of Justice for fair representation in Hillsborough listen

12/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission doesn’t have a Latino board member and some people want that to change. Minority leaders are now asking the Department of Justice to intervene.

Hillsborough County is required to redraw its voting districts every ten years. Some leaders of the Latino community submitted a map they thought fairly represented their group. But in June commissioners voted to ado...

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USF Latino Scholarship Awards listen

08/20/10 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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USF held its 19th annual Latino Scholarship Awards on its Tampa campus last night. The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office hosts the event every year in order to ensure diversity on campus.

Odette Figueruelo, an alumnus with a master’s in Spanish opened up the night by explaining just how the program impacted her life. Lissette Campos, ABC’s Action News director of community affairs, continued with a speech on the topic: “education is key”.

“As someone who was told I was...

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Conference on health disparities among minorities begins listen

08/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Minorities don’t get the same quality of health care as whites in the U.S. A conference addressing these disparities began today in Tampa.

Florida’s Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Florida Minority Health Disparities Summit. The theme of the conference is "Bridging the Gap: Embracing Solutions to Eliminate Health Barriers.”

Viamonte Ros said there are seven health areas that disproportionately impact minorities: “HIV-AIDS, immunization...

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Martinez bashes Obama on immigration reform

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tomorrow John McCain and Barack Obama will appear in San Diego before the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.

In anticipation of that event, McCain today released a new ad targeting Hispanics that will air in English, in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez said, contrary to reports, McCain has not distanced himself from the comprehensive immigration bill Martinez helped craft in the Senate.

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Why California Latino voters lean toward Clinton listen

01/31/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama among Latinos in Florida by a 2-to-1 margin. That follows a similar pattern that occurred among Latino voters in Nevada.

With several states with strong Latino populations part of Super Tuesday’s series of primaries and caucuses, some analysts say this trend is something that Obama needs to address quickly in his tight battle with Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Getting more of the Latino vote is critical for Obama in the bigg...

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