News Clips Jan. 26, 2010

Spanish-Language Newspaper to Launch Next Month

Deseret Management Corp. is launching a new Spanish-language newspaper in Utah.

El Observador is scheduled to begin publication Feb. 9. It will run Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.

The weekday editions will focus on hard news, and the weekend editions will include more features and family-oriented content.

Deseret News Publisher Jim Wall says El Observador’s initial circulation will be 10,000 home deliveries weekly, with another 15,000 copies distributed on racks and by hand delivery.

R.I. Latinos go the extra mile

Since the earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, the distance between willing hands and hearts that have known hardship can be measured not in feet and inches, but in dollars and two tightly packed cargo containers.

Rhode Island’s Latino community, which raised $74,000 in cash for Haiti in two fundraising events, on Friday shipped one cargo container of relief supplies to the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is shipping two more on Wednesday.

Motorist checkpoints will continue, expand

Despite the threat of a lawsuit from the ACLU, Escondido has decided to continue its driver’s license checkpoints, which a Latino group has characterized as traps to deport illegal immigrants.

Escondido police will conduct them differently, however. Instead of checking only driver’s licenses, officers also will ask for proof of registration and insurance, City Attorney Jeff Epp wrote in a letter this month to the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties. The organization has demanded that the city stop the checkpoints because it contends they violate state law.

Maryland hispanic population booms since 2000

WASHINGTON – The Maryland Hispanic population has increased by at least 65 percent since the 2000 Census, contributing to increasing ethnic diversity nationally, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

There are 375,830 Hispanics living in Maryland as of 2007, an increase from 227,916 in 2000, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by the Maryland Department of Planning and released Wednesday. After Hispanics, Asian immigration ranks second with a 29 percent increase.,0,245191.story

Is Medina beginning to gain ground in GOP primary for governor?

urrently in third place, Republican candidate hopes to surprise Perry and Hutchison.

The campaign of Debra Medina for the Republican nomination for governor may put a kink in the presumption that the GOP isn’t all that kind to people with Hispanic surnames.

Medina, of Wharton, has now gotten herself included in the second televised debate with the two major candidates: nine-year Gov. Rick Perry, trying for 14 years, and his challenger for the nomination, 16-year U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Medina had managed to get herself included in a Jan. 14 TV debate put on by Texas public television stations and also shown on some commercial stations, and C-SPAN. But a debate sponsored by the Belo Corporation, which owns WFAA-TV in Dallas, a handful of other Texas TV stations, and the Dallas News, was to have excluded Medina on grounds she didn’t meet the criteria necessary to participate in the debate.

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Poll: GOP primary for US Senate seat in Fla. a tie

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Florida legislator Marco Rubio has closed the gap in the race for the state’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination and is in a virtual dead heat with Gov. Charlie Crist, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Rubio, a lawyer who served as Speaker of the House, was once considered a long shot against Crist, who has widespread name recognition and a significant fundraising lead. But with Florida’s primary seven months away, Rubio was favored by 47 percent compared with 44 percent who preferred Crist – statistically a tie in the Quinnipiac University poll that has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Calif. councilman defends ‘proud racist’ remark at immigration rally

A Southern California councilman is attracting attention and drawing some fire for declaring at an anti-immigration rally that he is “a proud racist” if that means believing that the United States should have only one flag and one language, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

In a long article posted yesterday (and flagged by memorandum), the paper writes that Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar “stood by his remarks” at the Jan. 16 rally, saying they “reflected his frustration with illegal immigration, but weren’t intended to express animosity against nonwhites.”

McCain again protects his right flank

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, has announced that he will oppose Ben Bernanke’s confirmation for another term as Fed chairman.

“Our country is still facing an economic crisis and while I appreciate the service that Chairman Bernanke has performed as Federal Reserve chairman, I believe that he must be held accountable for many of the decisions that contributed to our financial meltdown,” he said in a statement.

McCain’s opposition to Bernanke’s is just the latest maneuver McCain has made to protect his right flank — given the primary challenge he’s receiving.

Apparent immigration detention abuses spark calls in Colorado for reform

The detention policies of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Colorado and the network of facilities that has grown here in the last few years are drawing increasing attention among local lawmakers and human rights organizations.

Critics of the system say men and women held on suspicion of immigration violations in the state are housed in conditions that rival those established for violent criminal offenders, that the immigrants are becoming fodder for a booming detention industry, and that detainees are often difficult to locate in the tangle of state facilities, which include unlisted so-called subfield offices.

Felony charges filed against immigration protestors

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has filed felony charges against immigration protestors involved in a minor skirmish with Phoenix Police at a march Jan. 16.
Thomas filed aggravated assault charges — a state felony — against the three protestors who poked at a Phoenix Police officer on a horse and threw a water bottle during the incident. The office pepper sprayed a small crowd during the incident, which occurred during protests against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration raids and crime sweeps. Those sweeps were targeted against businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.


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