Why Biden's immigration plan may be risky for Democrats
The 2020 election provided several warning signs that, despite Democratic efforts to build a multiracial coalition, Latino support could be at risk. “It means so much to us to have a new president propose bold, visionary immigration reform on Day 1. Menendez was part of a bipartisan immigration plan championed by the “Gang of Eight” senators that collapsed in 2013. President George W. Bush also pushed an immigration package — with an eye toward boosting Latino support for Republicans before the 2008 election — only to see it fail in Congress. Still, Latinos haven't forgotten past immigration failures and have often blamed Democrats more than Republicans.
Mucarsel-Powell ‘closely monitoring ballots’ after loss of 26th Congressional District
MIAMI, Fla. – Democratic incumbent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell had not been heard from after one of the biggest upsets in South Florida when former Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez unseated her by winning the election to U.S. House in Florida’s 26th Congressional District. Mucarsel-Powell still hasn’t formally conceded the race, but on Thursday she did congratulate Gimenez, a Republican, on his victory in a statement. "My campaign continues to closely monitor as all ballots, including potentially undelivered mail ballots, are counted in this race. Meanwhile, I want to congratulate Carlos Gimenez on his victory. Florida’s 26th Congressional District runs from Kendall to Key West.
Big upset as former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez unseats incumbent for Congressional seat
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Former Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is on his way to Washington. Gimenez won election to U.S. House in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “We have a beautiful Congressional District 26, which also covers Monroe County,” he said. I look forward to a final result when the votes have been counted and everyone’s voice has been heard.”Florida’s 26th Congressional District runs from Kendall to Key West. See below for live results as the ballots are counted on Election Night, Nov. 3:The public battle between the two was partisan and contentious.
Virus, economy, Trump and cash hamper GOP's bid for House
Citing its direct payments for immigrant workers in the U.S. illegally and other asinine provisions, the House Republican campaign arm all but promised attack ads. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll this month found 61% of suburban voters disapprove of Trump, little changed over three years. Garcia represents a nod toward diversity for the overwhelmingly white House GOP. Republicans have sought more female candidates, too, hoping to improve an embarrassing look: Just 13 of the 198 House Republicans are women, and two are retiring. All 53 remaining House Democrats in seats the GOP targeted last year, mostly from Trump-won districts and freshmen, have outraised their Republican challengers.
City of Miami mayor hires former Congressman Carlos Curbelo as adviser
MIAMI – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has hired former U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo as an adviser, his office confirmed Wednesday. According to a news release issued by Suarez’s office, the mayor hired the Jones Walker law firm to support the mayor’s office as it gets ready to welcome a new city manager. The former Republican congressman will lead the Jones Walker team, advising the mayor on various issues, including staff decisions. “I have known Carlos for many years, and I am confident he will contribute a fresh perspective and new ideas to my office. The Jones Walker law firm, meanwhile, is among the 120 largest law firms in the U.S. with a team that has significant experience in policy and government, the news release stated.
Miami-Dade County mayor plans run for Congress
MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Thursday night he will be making an announcement regarding his future next week. Gimenez has indicated that he will be announcing he is running for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, which includes Key West, Key Largo, Marathon and a portion of southwest Miami-Dade County. Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is vying to unseat Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida's 26th Congressional District. Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell unseated Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo on Jan. 3, 2019.
South Florida leaders discuss the death of Castro
MIAMI – The death of Fidel Castro was cause for celebration for citizens of South Florida, including community, county and city leaders who shared their thoughts on the passing of the former Cuban dictator. In a joint media conference Saturday Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, spoke about Castro, who died at 90, and political prisoners on the communist Caribbean island nation. "The only thing that Fidel Castro has been successful at is staying power, period," she said. Mario Diaz-Balart spoke about the families that were displaced and people who were hurt under the Castro government. He said nature "took care" of Castro and will soon "take care" of his 85-year-old brother Raul Castro, who took over as Cuba's leader a decade ago.