Massive Mexico-U.S. Drug Trade: White Elephant in the Room

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Whether we want to admit it or not, any discussion revolving around the U.S. and Mexico must start and end with drugs. However, these next two days President Obama and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto will do everything in their power to dance around the issue and ignore the elephant in the room.

New York City?!?! Get a Rope!

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Whether it’s salsa or gun legislation, there are some things Americans may not embrace from the Big Apple. Michael Bloomberg’s $12 million gun violence ad campaign is a case in point.

Rubio Coy on Immigration

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Rubio’s two-stage strategy of showing the GOP he’s conservative while signaling to the general population that he is also compassionate is the reason for his recent coyness on the issue of immigration.

The Poll Tax Returns with Virginia’s Voter ID Law

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The right to a free and fair vote is in danger. At the state level, most recently in Virginia, we see the enactment of a poll tax. And perhaps more seriously, at the federal level there may no longer be a mechanism to prevent voting from once again becoming a taxable good.

George P. Bush Preps for 2038

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: At the national level there is much discussion of Bush fatigue. With talk of P./47’s father, Jeb Bush, jumping in the race, the question is whether enough time has passed for Americans to forget about the foreign and domestic failures of George W. Bush.

Tea Party’s Last Stand

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: It was cute of the Senators’ to point out the filibuster’s shared date with the battle of the Alamo. But beyond a shared date and colorful personalities the battles are fundamentally different in that the Tea Party movement will not be able to rally for an ultimate win.

LA Mayoral Race Reflects New America

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Voters and candidates fall into neat categorizations as being Latino, Black, White, Evangelical, Jewish, etc. But as next week’s mayoral race in Los Angeles shows, politics has gone outside the box.

Is the Voting Rights Act Passe?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Everyone is the same the moment we cast our ballot. However, that equality depends on equal access to the ballot, something which regrettably is not automatic and that must be actively protected.

Immigration Reform Reality Check

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: For immigration reform to become a reality it must be passed by the end of July before Congresses’ summer recess. If it is not passed by then, consider immigration reform as good as dead.

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