The Latino Vote and the Presidential Election

Pollster and Aspen Ideas 2016 speaker Matt Barreto expects Latinos to vote in record numbers this fall. Barreto, co-founder and managing director of the research and polling firm Latino Decisions, says the registered voting population is growing faster than anticipated and there’s a high level of interest in this election. Eighteen and 19-year-old, first-time voters and newly naturalized citizens will vote in their first election. And, rhetoric singling out immigrants and Latinos from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has motivated this group to get involved. “Latinos are paying more attention to politics, to the presidential election, and to what the candidates are saying about our communities,” says Barreto.

In 2008 the Census estimated there were 19.5 million eligible Latino voters. In 2016 that’s likely to be 27.3 million, according to Barreto. He says states that weren’t paying attention to this group before, like Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, are now realizing their relevancy. The energy driving many Latinos is thanks to growing group unity over issues from the racial profiling legislation in Arizona to President Obama’s decision to stop the deportation of DREAMers.

Read more about the Latino vote in 7 Questions with Matt Barreto.

 

Diane Rehm on Death with Dignity

Public radio host Diane Rehm lost her husband to Parkinson’s disease, and his was an unconventional death. Physician-assisted suicide isn’t permitted in Maryland, the state where he died, so he took matters into his own hands, refusing food, water, and medication. Rehm is now an advocate for right-to-die efforts, or what she terms “right-to-choose.” In this episode, she talks about her memoir On My Own. Never miss an episode by Subscribing on iTunes or other podcasting services.

 

 

 

 

 

In the STAT newsletter Zika in 30 Seconds, infectious disease reporter and Spotlight Health speaker Helen Branswell delivers the latest information on the virus.

 

Consider This: A Brazilian research group predicts no more than 15 Zika infections among foreign visitors to the Rio Olympics. Spain will provide 3,000 bottles of insect repellant to its athletes.

 

Read More: As mosquitoes spread Zika throughout North and South America, the number of cases continues to rise. STAT is reporting from Brazil, Colombia, Tahiti, Haiti, and across the US to keep readers updated.

 

 

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