the Latino daily – Tortillas help you live longer

Subject: the Latino daily – Your Thursday morning brief

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UCLA researchers say Latinos can’t help it, we live longer because that’s the way we’re built at the most basic level. There’s a long, scientific explanation for it, but it comes to this: at the tiniest molecular level we age slower. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says U.S. Latinos outlive their Caucasian peers by three years. The story got huge social media engagement. Most of the comments said it was theirabuela’s home made tortillas that made the difference. I’d like to see the CDC and UCLA so a study onabuelas’ tortillas, on a molecular level.
THURSDAY, August 18, 2016
Good morning!
I was thinking about Ronald Reagan’s famous adage “Latinos are Republicans, they just don’t know it,” this morning. It came to mind while I read a PRRI report about Latino attitudes toward same sex marriage. We can give Ron the benefit of the doubt that time encumbers, two-and-a-half decades ago he may have been right. Today though, he’s wrong. Latinos favor government action, and they favor liberal economic policies. And look at what the PRRI report says about gay and lesbian acceptance and families in general:
►Thursday’s numbers
66 – The percentage of young U.S. Latinos, ages 18 to 29, who say they support same-sex marriage.
29 – The percentage of young U.S. Latinos, 65 years of age or older, who say they support same-sex marriage.
56 – The percentage of U.S. Latino Catholics who say they support same-sex marriage.
74 – The percentage of religiously unaffiliated U.S. Latinos who say they support same-sex marriage.
32 – The percentage of U.S. Latino Protestants who say they support same-sex marriage.
50 – The percentage of U.S. Latinos who report having at least one step-relative.
43 – The percentage of U.S. Latino children who are being raised by parents who are in their first marriage.
66 – The percentage of U.S. Latinos who believe that gay and lesbian couples can be as good parents as heterosexual couples.

►Hillary Clinton is putting her transition team together
Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been named as a chair along with former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden, and former ’08 Clinton campaign chief Maggie Williams.
The Atlantic did a piece on the transition team for their Politics & Policy Daily and didn’t mention Salazar, at all. But news travels fast and some environmentalists aren’t happy with the appointment.Bloomberg BNA reports that Sandoval “has a mixed record with environmentalists on issues ranging from hydraulic fracturing to protection of public lands. While one environmentalist told Bloomberg BNA that the appointment isn’t an indicator that Hillary Clinton’s policies will shift, two other environmentalists worried about Salazar holding a position that during President Barack Obama’s own presidential transition was held by individuals who have remained his closest advisers.”
One of the main problems for environmentalists is Sandoval’s record on fracking. He supports the oil industry’s hydraulic pumping technique, while Clinton, after being an advocate, now condemns the practice.

►Hillary got a huge Latino Republican endorsement
Rosario Marin, who served as Treasury Secretary under George W., has endorsed Clinton.
This is what Marin said in a statement released by the Clinton-supporting Together for America, a group of prominent Republican and independent politicians who are backing Clinton: “. . . when a certain candidate, upon entering the political arena, showed his contempt for Mexican immigrants by stating they were drug dealers, rapists and murderers, I have voiced my disgust and have warned one and all of the perilous threat he was to our party, our nation and the world.”
Fox News Latino reports: “Among those who have gone so far as to endorse Clinton are a number of notable Latino conservatives, including Carlos M. Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary under George W. Bush, former general counsel of the Navy Alberto Mora, Justice Department special counselWilliam Alvarez and a former ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Connie Morella.”

►One of the top Latino Sanderistas has joined a Latino digital media company . . .
. . . in an effort to get young Latinos to vote.
Arturo Carmona was a deputy political director and the top Latino in the Bernie Sanders campaign, and now he’s working for a MiTu Latino vote initiative called T.A.C.O. (Take Action, Commit Others).

BuzzFeed reports that the platform “calls itself ‘unapologetically Latino,’ uses humor and cultural connections to engage young Hispanics through videos.”

The T.A.C.O initiative was launched in May but there’s no word about how many new Latino voters they’ve registered.

►The GOP, meanwhile, has launched a digital effort towards Latinos as well
The Los Angeles times quoted RNC chairman Reince Preibus: “We are expanding our efforts in social media to generate greater conversation and understanding of what the Republican Party stands for.”
A big part of the digital push is having RNC director of Hispanic communications, Helen Aguirre-Ferré, talk about national security.
There will also be efforts to connect with Latinos on education, taxes and immigration.

Quote of the day
“These terms contemplate the formulation of a plan for educating voters and training election workers.”
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, in her order that lists the measures to be put in place that will ensure no Texas voter is disenfranchised after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’ voter ID law. The order makes clear that “voters may present not only the forms of ID the law prescribes, but also “a voter registration certificate, a certified birth certificate, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck, or any other government document” with the voter’s name and address, accompanied by a signed declaration attesting to the voter’s identity and reasons for not being able to obtain a state-required form of ID.” Also, any of the alternate documents don’t have to match what’s on voter rolls and poll workers are not allowed to question the voters’ identity. Oh, and there’s a price tag to all these protections – $2.5 million.
►Let’s remember, this is Texas . . .
. . . where, according to the Dallas Morning News, the state “will file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to keep its controversial voter identification law in place, Attorney General Ken Paxton’soffice said Tuesday.”
There’s no word if Paxton will file for an emergency appeal of do it the standard way, either way voter ID is off the books for this November. The 5th Circuit ruled that a lower court should find a temporary resolution. That’s what Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, quoted above, did.
Paxton also isn’t saying whether he’ll wait for a ninth judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court before he files his appeal.

►A Latino man has been arrested in the shooting death of a New York Imam
Fox News Latino reports: The manhunt for a man suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend after they left a New York City mosque ended late Sunday night when police arrested Oscar Morel outside a Brooklyn apartment.
Morel, 35, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Iman Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 65, were gunned down after they left the Al-Furqan Hame Masjid mosque in Queens.
A motive for the slayings hasn’t been released but Morel’s family has publicly stated that they’re stunned at the news and say the family has no animosity with Muslims.
One thousand people gathered at the mosque earlier this week for the victims’ funeral service.

►Lots of folks on Twitter think this is funny

Dayton, Ohio’s WKEF posted this picture on Twitter, asking for opinions. That’s like bringing a water truck to the middle of the desert and asking who’s thirsty. Most of the folks who responded were not Latinos and found the billboard ad inoffensive and hilarious. I get the sarcasm, but it only works if the food is excellent. I noticed only non-Latinos say they eat there, and that should say something.

►Talk about redemption.

USA’s Danell Leyva won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics after the national gymnastics team initially passed him up. Four years ago he won a bronze medal at the London games, but only made the team as an alternate after John Orozco was injured and couldn’t compete. He was the only USA men’s gymnastics team to earn a medal. That performance made the USA team take a second look. He made the team again this year and brought home the silver in parallel bars.

Las cuentas claras y el chocolate espeso.

Have a terrific day!