Archive for June, 2009


As reported in La Plaza yesterday, the Supreme Court on Monday reversed the ruling made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor and others in the case Ricci v. DeStefano. In awarding the victory to the group of white firefighters from New Haven many believe that the Supreme Court’s decision may have delivered a blow to Judge Sotomayor’s chances for a seat on the Supreme Court. (more…)


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The Supreme Court today narrowly ruled in favor of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. who said they were denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor and others that has come to be a to play a large role in the consideration of her nomination for the high court. The final vote was 5-4. (more…)

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LOS ANGELES – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement regarding today’s White House meeting among President Obama and congressional leaders on comprehensive immigration reform:

“We are encouraged by what we’ve learned about the meeting today between President Obama and members of Congress about the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.

It is important that this meeting was bipartisan. It will require the cooperation of both parties to repair our nation’s broken immigration system.
Ultimately, what matters is action, and we encourage the participants of today’s meeting to immediately begin the important work ahead.”


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The President and the Vice President met today with a small group of Senate and House members from both sides of the aisle to discuss immigration reform. These Members of Congress also represent both sides of the debate on this important issue. The meeting was intended to launch a policy conversation by having an honest discussion about the issues and identifying areas of agreement and areas where work is still needed. (more…)

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Latinovations is blogging from the opening day of the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) being held in Hollywood, California.

Already opening session have delved in the issues of health care, education and green jobs. Elected officials from around the country are gathering at this event to discuss some of the very weighty issues facing the Latino community including the upcoming nomination hearings for Sonia Sotomayor and the outlook for passage of immigration reform including the meeting that the White House is hosting today for policy makers on the issue.
Check back often as we post interviews with attendees who offer commentary on these and other issues.


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Today in a press conference, the Congressional Tri Caucus – a coalition of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus – along with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced their call that any Health Care reform legislation must include a public health plan option. (more…)

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Later this week, the nation’s premiere organization of Latino political leaders known as the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will convene in Los Angeles for their annual conference. Some high-level officials in the Obama administration will also be in attendance. (more…)

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