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  Leslie Rutledge, state's first woman attorney general
Leslie Rutledge, state's first woman attorney general
Leslie Rutledge is Arkansas' new attorney general and the first woman holding that office. The Republican defeated Democrat Nate Steel and Libertarian Aaron Cash in balloting to replace Dustin McDaniel. Rutledge and Steel had each expressed frustration with the federal government. Leslie Rutledge pledged to work tirelessly to find, investigate and prosecute the very people and organizations who abuse, rip off and harm our seniors or prey upon our children and the most vulnerable. She r....

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 Tim Griffin elected Arkansas lieutenant governor
Tim Griffin elected Arkansas lieutenant governor
Republican U.S. Representative Tim Griffin was elected Arkansas' new lieutenant governor. He is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District. Griffin defeated Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Chris Olson in contest. The two-term congressman succeeds former Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics investigation. The congressman was on the House Ways and Means Committee, becoming the first Republican fr....

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 Tom Cotton won Arkansas senate race
Tom Cotton won Arkansas senate race
Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cotton defeated two-term Democratic Senator Mark Pryor in Arkansas, in an expensive and heated race that the GOP viewed as crucial to its efforts to win the U.S. Senate. The 37-year-old Cotton was elected to a six-year term in the Senate. Cotton, who served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, was elected to Congress representing south Arkansas in 2012.

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 Arkansas legislature to remain under GOP control
Arkansas legislature to remain under GOP control
Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015. On Tuesday, November 4th, the GOP won at least 62 seats in the 100 member House, while Democrats took at least 34. In the 35-member Senate, Republicans will hold a 24-11 margin after winning all four races, Republicans also won all seven constitutional offices. In 2012, Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction, clinching 51 seats. Afterward, lawmakers passed one of the stric....

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 Half of U.S. votes early Half of U.S. votes early
LITTLE ROCK - El día de las elecciones puede ser el 6 de noviembre, pero con el presidente Barak Obama agarrando ventaja a nivel nacional y en estados clave, los estadounidenses ya están empezando a votar. El Secretario de Estado de Arkansas, Mark Martin predijo que el 65 por ciento de los electores emitirán su voto en esta elección, ya que los residentes de Arkansas comenzaron a votar temprano a lo largo del estado. Idaho, Dakota del Sur y el estado clave crucial de Virginia son los pri....

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 What's this election really about for Latinos?
    What's this election really about for Latinos?
MIAMI, FL - If the most important issue for this election is the economy, why do Latinos keep talking about anything else? The Dream Act, what to do with 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country and the immigration reform are topics that keep confusing politicians who only want to talk about money, the health reform and its economic impact. A survey conducted at the National Council of La Raza's annual convention revealed that the Latino concern about immigration has grown, c....

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 ARKANSAS Re-districting: Hispanic Voices, New District ARKANSAS Re-districting: Hispanic Voices, New District
SPRINGDALE, AR - Re-districting is the “hot topic” these days as discussions are taking place on where to draw the new boundary lines and how best to follow the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which guides the process of preserving communities of interest and encourages meaningful voter participation. Next week, the Board of Apportionment will present its proposals to re-draw 100 House of Representative and 35 Senate districts in order to take into account population increases and shifts based on t....

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 Nation’s Latino Elected Officials to meet as community prepares Nation’s Latino Elected Officials to meet as community prepares
LOS ANGELES, CA - With 2010 Census data demonstrating that the Latino community now numbers more than 50 million strong, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will assemble more than 1,000 Latino officials to focus on the implications of these changes for the country and ensure that Latinos are able to fairly and fully participate in the political process at all levels of government. The NALEO 28th Annual Conference will take place in San Antonio, Texa....

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Latino Vote 2010 decisive in key battle ground states
WASHINGTON, DC - Strong Latino voter turnout in key battle ground states has demonstrated once again that the growing Hispanic population is having an increasingly profound impact on United States elections. Hispanic Republicans in particular combined strong support from conservatives and Latino voters to win 2 new governorships, 4 new house seats, and a new senate seat more than doubling the number of Republican Hispanics in Congress and giving our nation 3 Republican Hispanic Governors f....
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Republicans win big in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas turned into a Two-Party State over night. After November 2, Arkansas now has a majority-Republican congressional delegation. These are impressive news when you consider that in Arkansas, the Republican Party has been a minority for generations. The political landscape of this Democratic state has changed. While Democrats still control majorities of the state offices and the state Legislature, the Republican candidates slashed the margins significantly. Most of....
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Hispanic candidates achieve political milestones in state and local races
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released the following statement regarding Latino candidates in state and local races this midterm election year: “Latino candidates continue to make political progress in state and local races across the country.” State Senate: The number of Latino State Senators increased from 64 to 66 -- 60 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Several of these candidates successfully ran in distri....
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Latino and new citizen voters turn out in record numbers
WASHINGTON, DC -- Latino voters throughout the country turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots and make their voices heard. Initial exit polls suggest that at least ten million Latinos voted, representing an increase of 32% from the 2004 presidential election. “Our message is loud and clear: the Latino vote matters,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic and civil rights and advocacy organization in the Un....
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Obama names Bill Richardson Commerce Secretary
CHICAGO, IL -- President-elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on December 3rd to serve as Commerce Secretary, a position that Obama says will be a key one in his administration. If confirmed, Richardson will be the last democratic adversary converted to an Obama allied. Others are, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who will be the next Secretary of State and Joe Biden, who will be his Vice-president. A former energy secretary, ambassador to the United Nations and member of C....
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Hispanics will help nominate and elect the next president
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement as the Democratic Presidential candidates prepared to debate in Nevada, site of the first DNC-sanctioned debate in the West and of one of the first presidential nominating contests for the 2008 elections. "Selecting Nevada as an early caucus state and placing the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado show that we respect voters enough to ask for their votes in every part of the c....
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House Passes Solis’ Bill to Honor Cesar Chavez
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representatives approved H.R. 359, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) to honor Cesar E. Chavez. This legislation authorizes the U.S. Department of Interior to study lands important in the life of Cesar Chavez for possible inclusion into the National Park System. Currently there is no single unit of the National Park System dedicated to Latinos. “Chavez’s work to protect health, the environment and workers’ rights paved the way for me....
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