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Day Of The Dead
4:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Some Northwest Latinos Blend Halloween, Day Of The Dead

Day of the dead bread, called pan muerto, has the shapes of bones and skulls baked right in at Viera’s Bakery in Pasco.
Credit Anna King

Just as this year’s Halloween fades into memory, many Northwest Latino families are getting ready for the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday is on Friday. Some families blend the two holidays.

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Latino Voters
6:55 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Religion Not A Factor In Latino Politics

Pablo Monroy at home in Tacoma. In the background hangs a painting of The Last Supper, a housewarming gift from his mother. Monroy is a devout Catholic, a Republican and a supporter of same-sex marriage.
Photo by Florangela Davila

Religion is one of the most defining characteristics of Latino culture. But pollsters say it plays virtually no role in how they vote. This week, we've been looking at Latinos in Northwest politics. In our next story, Florangela Davila looks at how faith shapes the lives of two Mexican-American siblings. But not their politics.

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Latino Voters
6:29 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Number Of Eligible Young Latino Voters Rising, But Will They Be Counted?

Altagracia Herrera, 25, shares information about a young professionals group with other young people at the recent Rock the Vote event in Richland. Herrera says she wishes more Latinos would vote and become political leaders for their community
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week we are looking at why Latinos have so little clout in Northwest politics, even though they’re the region’s largest minority group. One reason: Latinos are a younger demographic. And younger people -- no matter what their ethnicity -- are much less likely to vote than older people. But one issue that’s energized many young Latinos is the DREAM Act. It would create a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants. Anna King has our story.

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Northwest Latinos
6:40 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Data Analysis: Most Northwest City Councils Have No Latinos

Sonia Rodriguez True lost her 2009 race for city council against a well known conservative talk radio host in Yakima.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Nearly nine out of 10 city councils across the Northwest have no Latino members. That estimate comes from a database we assembled of Hispanic officeholders in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. One of the cities with no Latino representations is located in one of the most heavily Hispanic parts of our region. We’re talking about the city of Yakima. The ACLU is suing over the issue. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has our latest story on why the region's largest minority group has so little clout in the political arena.

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Lack of Latino Officials
7:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Latinos Barely Represented On Elected Bodies

Photo Credit: Chris Lehman

Across the Northwest, Latinos make up nearly 12 percent of the population, but only two percent of the region’s elected officials.

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Racially Polarized Voting?
4:29 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Was Racially Polarized Voting On Display In Wash. Primary?

Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez
Washington Courts

There’s more evidence that a Hispanic last name on the ballot can hurt a candidate’s chances. A statistical analysis released Wednesday reveals patterns of racially polarized voting in a Supreme Court race on Washington’s August primary.

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ACLU Lawsuit Against Yakima
4:40 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

ACLU Lawsuit: Yakima At-Large City Council Elections Dilute Latino Vote

Lead plaintiffs Rogelio Montes (L) and Mateo Arteaga have filed a lawsuit against the City Of Yakima alleging at-large city council elections disenfranchise Latino voters.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The ACLU of Washington says at-large city council elections in the city of Yakima dilute the Latino vote and violate the federal Voting Rights Act. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city.

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Episcopal Latinos
5:58 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Nothwest Episcopal Churches Court Latinos

The Reverand Kurt Neilson leads communion at a Spanish language mass at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman. Northwest News Network

In Oregon, the number of Latino Episcopalians has increased more than five-fold over the past decade. Church leaders say the influx is, in part, because the denomination's worship services look and sound familiar to Hispanics raised in the Catholic Church. But as Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, Northwest Episcopal Churches are luring Latinos with a focused marketing campaign.

The 10 o'clock high mass at Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon probably sounds a lot like it did when the congregation was founded nearly a century ago.

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