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The hotly contested Republican primary for Florida’s senatorial race is rattling the party and dividing the loyalties of its apparatchiks as well as its constituents.  What was once a presumed nomination for Governor Charlie Crist has become a tight and controversial race between the governor and the former Speaker of the Florida State House, Marco Rubio.  The two men are vying to fill the seat vacated by Mel Martinez, a Cuban-American Republican who resigned last summer.

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After much popular demand we are launching a new point counterpoint series on a variety of topics  that have opposing views. This series is called ” Punto Contra Punto”. This week’s topic is on broadband access for the Latino community.  Latinovations would like to thank our contributors from the National Hispanic Media Coalition & Media Access Project, and LULAC.

Brent Wilkes, LULAC : “…these standards are intended to ensure that consumers can visit any legal Web site and use any legal online application, such as YouTube. For the most part, broadband providers (phone, cable, and wireless Internet service providers, or ISPs) have honored the policy. In fact, there are few instances in which ISPs have blocked or hindered a consumer from visiting a legal Web site or using an application, and the open Internet rules have always prevailed when there was an alleged transgression.

But, in deciding whether to supplement these open Internet rules with yet another layer of “net neutrality” rules, the FCC should use caution.”

Jessica J. Gonzalez and Parul P. Desai of the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Media Access Project: “…net neutrality ensures that all Internet users can access any lawful websites, services, or applications of their choice without interference or discrimination by corporate Internet service providers (“ISPs”). Otherwise, ISPs could block content or degrade connections to websites whose owners cannot afford to pay extra costs beyond standard broadband connection rates.  The only ones who will be able to pay those extra costs for special access are companies with deep pockets and not small business owners or a budding entrepreneur with a good idea.  That means, once again, that corporate conglomerates will be able to decide what we can hear, see, and say in the media space.”

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On Thursday, January 21, the Center for American Progress hosted a panel of experts to discuss the importance of passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  President Obama and his administration have repeatedly promised to prioritize the overhauling of U.S. immigration policy, and it was this promise of comprehensive immigration reform that led many Latino voters to support candidate Obama during the 2008 elections.  As the fastest growing voting demographic, Latinos are credited with having flipped four states for the Democrats, and there is no reason to believe that Latinos will not continue to increase their electoral clout in the election cycles to come.

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On Wednesday, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) hosted the 2010 Latino State of the Union: The 3rd Annual Roundtable on Law, Policy and Civil Rights. This event was an opportunity for the nation’s leading scholars, policy makers and civil rights leaders to discuss major policy initiatives facing Latinos this year such as immigration and the upcoming Census. (more…)

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Latinovations would like to thank our very own Maria Cardona for her contribution to La Plaza.

As featured in Politico

There is no way to sugar-coat what happened tonight for Democrats in Massachusetts. It was a confluence of circumstances that led to a perfect storm including a very well-run campaign by Brown, taking voters for granted, and most of all, a textbook case of letting your opponent define you first. For sure there is voter anger and frustration, and no question that there was a message that was being sent to Washington that voters want action – quickly.

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Latinovations would like to thank Rudy Ruiz for his contribution to La Plaza.

(RBB) — Every action must have an equal and opposite reaction. Haiti’s worst earthquake in over 200 years has taken the lives of tens of thousands and threatens millions more in the aftermath. Out of the darkness of the rubble there must come light.

The forces of nature have devastated the people of Haiti. It is up to us to react and respond.
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On Friday, January 15, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) released a statement commending President Obama’s administration for granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to undocumented Haitians in response to the earthquake that has devastated that country.  TPS is granted to selected immigrants in the U.S. who cannot return safely to their countries of origin because of natural disasters, armed conflict, or other emergencies.

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