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KENOSHA — The upcoming election set for November 4th extends far beyond the race for governor. In the 1st Congressional District, Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan hopes to retain his long-held seat from Democratic challenger Rob Zerban.

This is the second time U.S. Representative Paul Ryan has faced Democratic challenger Rob Zerban in an election. Both ran for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2012.

In 2012, Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate.

Zerban has proven to be a formidable opponent to Ryan in the past. Ryan has held the seat since he was first elected to Congress in 1998, but during the 2011 election, Zerban came closer to winning than any of Ryan’s previous opponents. 12 percentage points separated the two.

Zerban is from Kenosha. Ryan’s hometown is Janesville.


Among likely voters Republican Gov. Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50% to 43% according to a new survey conducted by the Marquette University Law School.

This latest poll represents a huge change surveys done in the past indicating the race locked in a tie.

Walker’s gains were made among those voters who said they will be voting on Nov. 4. This group of voters is defined as “likely voters” in Marquette’s polling.

Marquette surveyed 1,164 likely voters from last Thursday through Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The race is much tighter among all registered voters — with Walker leading Burke 46% to 45%.

This survey shows a tilt among independent voters towards Walker, thus voting group was evenly split between the two candidates in the past but now prefer Walker 52% to 37%.

This is Marquette’s last pre-election poll. Marquette’s previous survey, taken Oct. 9-12, showed Walker and Burke tied at 47% among likely voters.

Democrats have won the past two presidential races in Wisconsin but lost the last two races for governor, in part because of turnout.

Walker said, “The only poll I’m concerned about is the one on election day,” he said.

Burke’s campaign released a statement that says: “Today’s poll confirms what we’ve known for months — it’s too close to call and going to come down to turnout. In the final 6 days voters face a clear choice. A new direction with Mary Burke where everyone willing to put in the hard work gets a fair shot. Or to continue on the failed path Gov. Walker has us on — which puts those at the top and special interests before Wisconsin families…”


MILWAUKEE— A large majority of voters support raising the minimum wage, which continues to undergird voter support for Mary Burke. Scott Walker refused to even consider raising the minimum wage, and his stagnant poll numbers remain well below 50%, according to the Marquette University Law School poll. Walker is up 46%-45% among registered voters ahead of next week’s election, but 59 percent support raising the minimum wage.

“Walker can’t even talk to us to find out what it’s like trying to live on our wages, but he’s going to hear us on November 4,” said Roman Fletcher, a fast-food worker who is currently homeless.

Walker’s administration was asked by Fletcher and dozens of other workers to consider raising the minimum wage because the current $7.25 an hour rate does not qualify as a “living wage” as required by state law. Walker refused, declared $7.25 to be a living wage, said the state “does not have a jobs problem,” and that the minimum wage “serves no purpose.” Fletcher and others have since sued the state alleging Walker broke the law in refusing to consider his valid, legal complaint, and asking a judge to force an increase in the minimum wage.

“It’s no coincidence that Scott Walker’s campaign has sputtered since he broke the law and refused to give workers a raise,” said Jon Green, deputy director of Working Families. “Scott Walker is not looking out for working people and middle-class families. It’s time for a change and the minimum wage issue will be what elects Mary Burke.”

The latest Marquette University Law School poll also found continued support for increasing Wisconsin’s minimum wage. A large majority of voters said they want to increase Wisconsin’s minimum wage, results consistent with previous polls.

“Voters know that increasing the minimum will boost Wisconsin’s economy from the bottom up,” said Raise WI Director Peter Rickman. “The vast majority of Wisconsin citizens agree with Mary Burke that it is time to raise the minimum wage, and that is why she has the momentum in the final days of the campaign.”

MOUNT PLEASANT —Authorities have charged a Wisconsin man who they say groped patrons inside a Mount Pleasant haunted house.

Daniel Rosmann of Kenosha is charged with three fourth-degree sexual assault charges, as well as disorderly conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior. Police say three people reported that the 51-year-old inappropriately touched them Sunday inside the Abandoned Haunted House Complex.

The haunted house manager says he received numerous complaints from people saying they were groped by a man. Two men and a woman identified Rosmann on Sunday as the person who molested them.

The sexual assault and lascivious behavior charges each carry a maximum sentence of nine months in jail. He faces up to 90 days in jail for the disorderly conduct charge.

Online court records didn’t indicate an attorney.


Milwaukee – The Southside Organizing Committee held a “Meet the People” convention this week at Serb Hall to discuss the upcoming election and a number of other issues including driver card program.

Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor attended the event, Governor Scott Walker was represented by Chairman of the Republican Hispanic Caucus, Joe Medina.

Medina gave campaign contribution to Democrat Jocasta Zamarripa to defeat the Republican candidate challenger Zamarripa faces in the coming midterm elections.

Medina gave a lack luster presentation and appeared that his mic was taken from him before he was able to finish his talk.

A number of other candidates seeking office attended the convention.

Steve Fendt, director of the Southside Organizing Committee stated, “This is a great opportunity for the candidates to hear what’s been bugging the near south side. It’s also a time for the candidates to share their ideas on how they can help”.

SOC has been working on is a driver card program.

SOC volunteers have collected letters from area residents and have given them to the gubernatorial candidates for governor. The letters are requesting a driver card program that would allow long-time Wisconsin residents to drive legally and insured.

65,000 Wisconsin residents are in need of assistance to renew or obtain a driver’s license. Many of those individuals live in the Southside.

The rise in residents having no drivers license stems from a law that only allows those who show proof of citizenship or have a green card to receive a driver’s license.



By Luisita Lopez Torregrosa 

The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it’s a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach.

And the I-4 corridor, as it’s called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change.

Puerto Ricans have been migrating by the thousands to the area — part of the largest exodus from their island territory to the mainland since World War II. They currently make up about 10 percent of Central Florida’s population, and their numbers continue to grow.

A Pew Research Center report released in August shows that Orange County alone was home to nearly 150,000 Puerto Ricans in 2010, up from 86,583 a decade earlier, out of a total population of 1.4 million. The surge pushed it to No. 3 in a ranking of U.S. counties according to Puerto Rican population; only Brooklyn and the Bronx ranked higher.

“The I-4 corridor is the key to winning Florida: Win the area and you win the election,” says Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, pointing out that roughly 45 percent of the state’s registered voters live in the Tampa and Orlando media markets.

Yet some Floridians, including politicians, are still trying to figure out how to talk about the newcomers. Because many Puerto Ricans work at Disney World, Floridians dub them “Disney Ricans” or “Mickey Ricans,” labels they don’t find amusing.

And it didn’t go unnoticed when the chairman of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, Lew Oliver, blamed the “Puerto Rican influx” for a decline in registered Republicans and called the island territory “semisocialist” and a “basket case.” Under fire from various groups, Oliver issued an apology, saying his words were taken out of context.

The episode highlights the struggle the GOP faces in Central Florida, where more than 300,000 Puerto Ricans are concentrated in a region of 3 million to 4 million people. Though Republicans can still rely on the Cuban vote in South Florida, they’re falling behind in the vital I-4 corridor.

The change is part of a broader shift in the Hispanic politics of the Sunshine State. Historically, Cubans in the Miami area have been the majority of the state’s Hispanics and have leaned Republican. But that dominance is slowly eroding. Younger Cubans are increasingly turning Democratic, and the swelling Puerto Rican population seems to lean Democratic, too.

Puerto Ricans now number nearly 1 million statewide and represent 28 percent of Hispanic registered voters — closing in on a Cuban population of 1.3 million that comprises 32 percent of Hispanic voters.

With their sharply rising numbers, Puerto Rican voters could tip the balance of the Hispanic vote in the country’s third most populous state, a powerhouse battleground with 29 electoral votes.

“No question, the influx of Puerto Ricans has had an impact,” says Steve Schale, a Tallahassee strategist who was a senior adviser in President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and is an adviser to Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign. “Until a few years ago, Central Florida was reliably Republican. No more.”

The Puerto Rican vote could make a decisive difference in the upcoming presidential election. It may have already done so in 2012, when Obama won the state by 50.1 percent to Mitt Romney’s 49.13 percent. The difference was only 74,000 votes, the slimmest margin in the country.

Yet the Puerto Rican vote is no sure thing for the Democrats.

“It’s an up-for-grabs community,” says Andres W. Lopez, a Harvard-trained lawyer and national Democratic Party fundraiser who lives in San Juan and commutes often to Florida and Washington.

Puerto Ricans who have lived for long periods in the United States tend to register as Democrats, but those who came from the island recently are likely to be more independent and unaffiliated.

When Republicans and Democrats look at this “up-for-grabs community,” they see something they haven’t seen before. The new wave of Puerto Rican transplants — unlike the rural people who left the island for factory jobs in New York and other Northerncities in the 1950s and 1960s — includes a sizable number of doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, lawyers, managers and professors. They are upscale and highly educated, and they come to Florida to advance careers and improve lifestyles.

Lopez says many are fleeing the island’s dismal conditions — $70 billion in debt, a 15 percent unemployment rate, escalating crime, teacher layoffs and rundown schools. “The lingering images of this year have been the goodbye notes from people you thought would never leave,” he says.

“Puerto Rican communities in Orlando, Miami and Tampa differ substantially from their counterparts in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia,” says Jorge Duany, an anthropologist at the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University. In his research study “Mickey Ricans? The Recent Puerto Rican Diaspora to Florida,” Duany finds that the Puerto Rican migrants of the 21st century have more financial resources and are better educated than their predecessors. They tend to live in middle-class and high-end suburban settings, like Coral Gables and Doral in Miami. “The current Puerto Rican experience in Florida is largely unprecedented,” he says.

The GOP believes these new immigrants could be its kind of people.

“No party has a lock on Hispanics,” says Alex Garcia, the Republican Hispanic Initiatives field director for Florida, speaking specifically about Puerto Ricans. Hispanics favored Republican Jeb Bush in earlier elections, Garcia points out.

In this election cycle, both Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his challenger, Charlie Crist, have Hispanic running mates. Scott recently made his first Spanish-language TV commercial, and the first televised debate between the two candidates — a fractious tit-for-tat on Oct. 10 — was hosted by the Spanish-language Telemundo network.

Both candidates have tried to tailor their message to Hispanic voters. Scott pitches jobs, low taxes and social conservatism (he’s against equal marriage and abortion rights, stands that likely appeal to Hispanic social conservatives). Crist emphasizes issues that, according to surveys, rank high with Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics: health care, Medicaid expansion, increasing the minimum wage, immigration reform.

One key issue for Puerto Rican voters of various stripes is statehood for their island territory.

As American citizens, Puerto Ricans can visit or migrate to the mainland freely, but those who reside on the island have no voting representatives in the U.S. Congress and are not allowed to vote in presidential elections. Many have migrated to the mainland partly out of frustration that they have no say in Washington.

A bipartisan group, aiming to capitalize on the new visibility of Puerto Ricans in the Sunshine State, launched a movement this month to pressure candidates and elected officials at local, state and federal levels to support statehood for Puerto Rico.

“If you want Puerto Ricans to come out and vote, react to our call today,” says Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Washington-based Latino Partnership.

Until now, however, Florida Democrats and Republicans have no official stance on the controversial issue.

That underscores something else about Puerto Rican political power: Much of it is still unrealized.

“The role of Puerto Ricans has never translated into economic and political might,” says Lopez, the Democratic fundraiser. “Puerto Ricans have a megaphone, yet they are still punching below their weight.”

In 2012, when Puerto Ricans had the opportunity to elect one of their own to the heavily Hispanic 9th Congressional District in Central Florida, they didn’t field a candidate. Alan M. Grayson, a Democratic former 8th District representative, won the vote.

Perhaps more surprisingly, there is only one Puerto Rican state senator in the Republican-led state legislature in Tallahassee: Darren Soto, a low-key lawyer whose grandfather left the Puerto Rican sugarcane fields decades ago to make a new home in New Jersey. A graduate of Rutgers University and George Washington University Law School, Soto was elected to the Florida Senate at age 29.

Soto blames low turnout in the midterm elections and primaries to explain why the legislature has such a small number of Puerto Ricans (there are three in the lower house). But Grayson was elected to the U.S. House in 2012, a presidential election year when Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics in Florida went to the polls in strong numbers.

“Our community is still maturing,” Soto says, adding that Puerto Ricans don’t have the financial clout to field many candidates and mount major campaigns.

Duany at Florida International University says that while Puerto Ricans have a higher political profile in Florida than ever before, “it hasn’t happened yet in terms of representation.” They’re divided internally, he says, with a significant minority voting Republican —especially those who enjoy higher socioeconomic status.

That trend is most notable in Miami, where Puerto Ricans tend to disperse and settle in higher-income areas rather than banding together in “Little Puerto Ricos” or similar ethnic-centric communities.

What’s missing in the Puerto Rican community is “a passion point,” says Nelson E. Famadas, a 42-year-old entrepreneur who has spent much of his life moving back and forth from the mainland to the island.

The Harvard-educated Famadas worked at MTV, started a couple of late-night Hispanic-oriented TV shows, moved to San Juan to handle his father’s real-estate business and landed back in Miami four years ago. He has since started up a pair of indie radio music and talk shows.

“We should be considered the ultimate swing vote,’’ he says. “It’s a huge opportunity for both parties. We cannot be taken for granted.”

Like many other Puerto Ricans in Florida, he zeroes in on the statehood issue. “We have to speak about political equality, about our human rights. … This issue will be solved, but right now we lack leadership to mobilize people.”

“We need to convey the importance of the status issue,” Famadas continues. “The question is: Do Puerto Ricans have the same opportunities to succeed while being second-class citizens in a territory? The United States is the poster child for human rights. … How can this issue be still unresolved? How can this issue not unite Puerto Ricans?”

Famadas hopes that rising Puerto Rican influence will eventually present a challenge to both political parties: “What are you doing about the status of Puerto Rico?” he says. “The answer will have to come. We’re not exercising our influence yet. But we will.”


MILWAUKEE – The police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park earlier this year has been fired, Chief Ed Flynn announced.

In a press conference Police Chief Edward Flynn said he charged Officer Christopher Manney with a violation of their Core Value 1.00, Competence.

“Based on the totality of the circumstances, including the aggravating and mitigating factors I’ve described, I signed an order terminating Christopher Manney from his employment with the Milwaukee Police Department earlier today,” Flynn said.

“While I find errors in the judgment used by Officer Manney,” he continued, “there was no malice in his decisions.”

The Milwaukee Police Association released a statement Wednesday condemning the decision.

“The decision to terminate this officer is cowardice and certainly unfounded and unsupported by fact,” the statement reads in part.

“The use of deadly force by an officer is a difficult decision that must be made accurately and instantaneously – the MPA is confident in the officer’s training and trust the action taken was of necessity.”

Protesters have repeatedly called for the officer to be charged, though a decision on that front has not yet been reached.

feat_stolen_edBy Robert Miranda

Milwaukee – Dr. Enrique Aleman, an associate professor at the University of Utah, arrived in Milwaukee this week to show and discuss his documentary film, “Stolen Education” at the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS).

Aleman is  a Kingsville, Texas native who made the documentary to expose the barriers of school segregation policies in Driscoll, Texas in the 1950s and to argue that those policies still exist today.

The documentary chronicled the experiences of Mexican immigrants and and raises awareness of the racism they face in South Texas.

Aleman’s documentary addressed the 1956 segregation court case Hernandez et. Al v. Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District that ended discriminatory practices that kept Mexican American children in the first grade for three years.

Aleman began began his research and interviewing people about three years ago to write a book. He said his father Enrique Aleman helped him with his work.

Aleman, is a 1989 H.M. King High School graduate, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University, a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.



Editor’s commentary

During the height to unionize Palermo’s Pizza workers, media news releases and coverage of Voces de la Frontera’s campaign to establish a union at Palermo’s Villa was always welcomed by Christine Nuemann-Ortiz, the organizations executive director.

The more media, the better it seemed.

Palermo’s Pizza workers held strike demonstrations in front of Palermo’s Pizza and with the help of Voces de la Frontera, called for a national boycott of Palermo’s Pizza.

But all that media hounding ended on July of this year when Voces de la Frontera quietly had Palermo’s workers rescind their petition to unionize with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recent news reports have surfaced alerting the public that over two months ago Voces ended union organizing at Palermo’s Pizza when Palermo’s workers retreated by asking NLRB to cancel its petition to unionize. No media press release, no news conference, not even a last stand demonstration.

What happened? Not to the union organizing effort, but what happened to the 75 undocumented workers Voces de la Frontera manipulated into unionizing the Palermo’s workforce.

The fact that no mention of this was made by Voces de La Frontera, raises concerns about the forgotten workers and their families.

What is the status of these workers and their families? The community needs to know.

The Milwaukee Business Journal reportsthat employees working for Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee, WI withdrew their election petition in late July of this year. A union election had been scheduled for August 14, but the employees filed withdrawal paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board several weeks before the election date.

The union campaign had been backed by Voceds De La Frontera, an immigrants rights group, and the United Food and Commercial Workers. However, the campaign was derailed when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited the employee’s immigration statuses.

The president of Palermo’s issued a short statement after the petition was withdrawn:

“Palermo’s is a strong, family-owned company that succeeds because of its values, its integrity and its commitment to hard work. Our company will continue to focus on the efforts that help us deliver a great pizza experience coast-to-coast. This means we will continue to engage and respect all of our employees, provide a quality work environment and offer a good, family-sustaining job with great benefits. It also means we will continue to be a leader in demonstrating our corporate commitment to Milwaukee and the surrounding area.”

Neither spokespeople for Voces De La Frontera or the UFCW would comment on whether the union effort would continue. We will keep you posted with any updates.

Workers at Palermo Villa Inc. have withdrawn their petition for union representation with the National Labor Relations Board, according to Ben Mandelman, Milwaukee officer-in-charge.

Spokespeople for Voces de la Frontera, which was representing the workers trying to form Palermo Workers Union, could not be reached for comment. The Palermo Workers Union’s website has been taken down.

Over 75 undocumented workers and their families were manipulated by Voces de la Frontera to form a union.

Now that the effort has failed, it seems Voces de la Frontera is trying desperately have this issue fade away into obscurity. Even Georgia Pabst of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel failed to cover this story after devoting many articles about the matter during the height of the campaign. The matter to withdraw unionization was done in July. Pabst had part of July, August and September to report the latest news, she didn’t.

The news was scooped by the business newspapers in Milwaukee. Why did Pabst refuse to cover this development?

Could it be that questions regarding the workers fate would have to be asked?

What about the 75 undocumented workers and their families? Did Voces de la Frontera help those workers find work or helped them to become legalized?

Pabst is taking great care to not report the failure of Voces de la Frontera’s Palermo’s Pizza campaign. In addition, Pabst is engaging in an injustice by not reporting what did Voces de la Frontera do to help those 75 undocumented workers and their families find peace and stability now that their efforts have failed.


imagesChicago, IL – The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) announced its webinar at 12 pm CDT on October 9 to unveil and discuss the findings of its new report, “Random Access:  Examining the Latino Student Experience with Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)” on October 9, Pamela Tate, CAEL CEO and President announced today.  PLA provides opportunities to evaluate a student’s learning from work or life experience for the purpose of awarding college credit. For students whose experiential learning is demonstrably at the college level, PLA saves students time and money on their pathway to a degree.

In announcing the webinar Tate said, “This report was conducted in partnership with Excelencia in Education and examined the experiences of Latino students with PLA at 10 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. between 2010 and 2013.   The study’s findings suggest specific strategies for more effective outreach to Latino students, as well as other important target populations on PLA.  This webinar will be a valuable opportunity to learn about those findings and what it means to both adult learners and the institutions that are working to meet those higher education goals.”

The study analyzed more than 32,000 student academic records, as well as interviews with Latino students and PLA administrators and examined how Latino students engage with PLA in terms of methods used, number of credits earned, and areas of study for which credits were earned. It also investigated the role that institutions play in encouraging Latino students to take advantage of PLA.   The study was coauthored by CAEL Associate Vice President, Research and Policy Development, Rebecca Klein-Collins and CAEL Research Associate, Richard Olson.

Added Tate, “We know that adult students with PLA credit are two-and-a-half times more likely to earn their degrees compared to adult students without PLA credit (Klein-Collins, 2010), yet compared to non-Latinos, fewer Latino students take advantage of this opportunity.  During the webinar we will discuss the study’s specific strategies for institutions to take in order to support Latino students – as well as other populations – in their efforts to earn credit for what they already know.”


A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Esperanza Unida in foreclosure proceedings” detailed some of the financial difficulties that resulted in foreclosure proceedings by the City of Milwaukee from outstanding property taxes and additionally purporting unpaid utility bills, in particular with WE Energies, and unpaid federal taxes.

However, what the article overlooked, intentionally or unintentionally, is another major factor in this organization’s fiscal woes, and that is a number of hefty, unaccounted loans that were approved and signed by its former Executive Director, Richard Oulahan, for a variety of building improvements that never came to fruition.

It has recently been discovered that two Real Estate Mortgage loan documents totaling $600,000 for Esperanza Unida, Inc. have materialized. The funds from these two loans have been in controversy because the money from these loans has been, and still is, unaccounted for. The two mortgage loans were made out to Esperanza Unida, Inc. from then M&I Marshall & Illsley Bank. Each mortgage loan was for $300,000.

Though these mortgages are from the 1990’s, Esperanza Unida is still making payments on these mysterious loans and it has been noted that there may be more unaccounted loans to be discovered. The financial obligation in continuing to make payments for these mortgages is a significant factor in the organizations financial difficulties.

These loans were intended to complete building improvements like repairing roofs, replacing fire systems and sprinklers, and remodeling HVAC units to their headquarters located at 611 W. National Avenue and 1329 W. National Avenue both located in Milwaukee. Those improvements and repairs werenever made.

It has been reported that several Esperanza Unida board members, some of which who were on the board when the loans were secured, appeared shocked upon presentation of the mortgage loan documents at a recent board meeting.

Former Esperanza Unida Chief Financial Officer Hugo Alacron was contacted and has stated that he has no recollection of these loans let alone the improvements or repairs.

The question that still remains unanswered is, where did the $600,000 go?


securedownload-1Milwaukee – This past week Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that two Wisconsin millionaires are underwriting radio ads aimed at persuading Hispanics and blacks in Milwaukee to vote Republican this fall, however, it appears the Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus does not believe in the effort.

Joe Medina, Chairman of the Hispanic Republican caucus of Wisconsin, instead of supporting the Republican candidate running against Democrat JoCasta Zamarripa in the 8th Assembly, has contributed $40.00 to the JoCasta Zamarripa campaign in order to help get her reelected.

The contribution to the Zamarripa campaign by Medina flys in the face of a major effort being made by Republican financiers who are spending loads of money calling on Hispanic voter to vote for Governor Scott Walker, and other Republican Party candidates.

The advertising campaign was launched by Americas PAC, a conservative organization based in Iowa.

The spokesman for the group, Tom Donelson said Americas PAC hopes to persuade African-American and Latino voters to leave the Democratic Party and support Republican candidates.

According to an article by Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The organization’s goal is to get 35% to 40% of Hispanics and 20% of blacks in the Milwaukee area to vote Republican”.

Donelson tells the Journal Sentinel that he estimates “that Americas PAC will drop between $150,000 and $200,000 on the radio spots in Milwaukee through the group’s tax-exempt nonprofit, also known as a 527 group.”

However, this effort and money being spent seems to not be of importance to the GOPs leading Hispanic voice, Joe Medina.

However, there are other Hispanic Repuicans who believe the media outreach is a good thing.

State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, a Republican said that “these ads make sense to a lot of Latinos. They reinforced the theme that immigrants come to this country, not for handouts, but for jobs, a better education, and the American dream — the very reasons my parents came to this country when I was young.”

There are some in the Hispanic community who are taken back by the news.

“It’s kind of surprising that the Chairman of the Republican Hispanic caucus contributed funds to the JoCasta Zamarripa (Democrat) campaign”, said Vladimir Ramierz.

On Page 4 of 21 of Representative JoCasta Zamarripa’s most recent campaign finance report, the name Medina, Joe appears on the top of the page. He contributed $40.00 to the JoCasta Zamarippa campaign. Joe Medina is Chair of the Hispanic GOP caucus and most likely sits on the GOP executive committee.

Medina or Zamarripa did not respond to request for a statement.

RACINE — A temporary shut down of Racine Horlick High School was ordered after a gun shot was fired across the street from the school.

Police officers responded to reports of a large group of youth fighting across the street from Horlick High School late morning Monday when one gunshot was fired during the fighting.

Soon there after students were let out of school shortly after the reported shooting. Horlick High School was already scheduled for an early release say school officials. Police were at the school to ensure the safety of students leaving the school.

Racine police report that no one was injured by the gunshot, and that no suspects have been arrested.


Por Scott Walker, 

Gobernador, Estado de Wisconsin

Después de haber perdido133,000 empleos en el último término del ex gobernador Doyle, Wisconsin ha creado más de 100,000 trabajos durante mi término como gobernador. Wisconsin también ha creado más de 25,000 nuevos negocios y nuestra tasa de desempleoestá al nivel más bajo desde el 2008.

Los hispanoamericanos son socios del crecimiento. El Mes de la Herencia Hispana nos da la oportunidad de reconocer a una comunidad que está aportando a la recuperación de Wisconsin. Por ejemplo, nuestro plan estratégico estatal para el crecimiento económico incluye una mayor inversión en nuestras organizaciones de desarrollo económico hispano.

Durante los últimos años, hemos trabajado con la Cámara de Comercio Hispana para asistir a las personas a emprendercompañías y crecer pequeños negocios. Por ejemplo la Cámara de Comercio Hispana recibió $200,000 en financiamiento del estado para crear un fondo de préstamosrevolventes. Este compromiso del estado resultará en fondos privados adicionales para emprendedores hispanos.

Hispanoamericanos son el grupo de emprendedores con más crecimiento que cualquier otro grupo. El crecimiento denuevos negocios es importante para el desarrollo de la economía estatal y para la creación de empleos. Para ayudar en este crecimiento, el estado ha invertido en los Laboratorios de Revolución de Milwaukee, que ayuda a los emprendedores a convertir una idea a un negocio. Los laboratorios de revolución dan prioridad a las nuevas empresas en la Iniciativa Transformar a Milwaukee.

Transformar a Milwaukee es nuestra iniciativa para reunir a los socios comunitarios de Milwaukee para crear más empleos, crecer los negocios y mejorar las colonias en el área del corredor en la calle 30. A través de esta iniciativa estamos invirtiendo millones de dólares en Milwaukee para hacer crear más empleos. Un ejemplo de esto es la inversión de $7 millones en UMOS para financiar el programa de empleos de Transformar a Milwaukee.

El programa de empleos de Transformar a Milwaukee es un programa enfocado en entrenar a los trabajadores de Milwaukee para ayudar a los individuos de bajos ingresos a obtener un empleo de tiempo completo a través de la experiencia de trabajo. El programa también asiste a losempresarios que buscan trabajadores. El resultado beneficiaa los emprendedores de Milwaukee y a los trabajadores.

El crecimiento de nuestra economía es en parte por nuestras políticas de desarrollo económico. Para darles a nuestros líderes hispanos de negocios una voz sobre la política de desarrollo económico estatal, nombre a Nancy Hernández para el Consejo Corporativo de Desarrollo Económico de Wisconsin. Nancy fue miembro de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Wisconsin y presidente y fundadora de ABRAZO, una compañía multicultural de mercadotecnia y comunicaciones en Milwaukee.

Juntos, hemos establecido el Consejo de Asesoría de Desarrollo de Negocios de Minorías. Este consejo ayudará a comunicarnos con la comunidad de negocios de las minorías y alinear nuestros recursos estatales a sus necesidades.

Wisconsin se está recuperando y nuestra comunidad hispana está asociada con el estado y dirigiendo esta recuperación. La comunidad hispana de Wisconsin continuará siendo muy importante para el crecimiento económico del estado hoy yen el futuro.


Milwaukee – September was a month of celebration as local Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC) commemorated its 45 years of service to Milwaukee’s multi-ethnic, medically underserved community.

SSCHC History

In September of 1969, community residents voted to create the Health Organization for Public Ethics (H.O.P.E.). It operated under the philosophy that no one would be denied care, regardless of income – a mission that lives on through the organization known today as Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. After building a presence in the South 16th Streetcommunity, and through support from H.O.P.E, the Health Contact Center, United Way, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital andother programs, SCCHC expanded from one clinic to five separate locations, including three full-service medical clinics.

Economic Engine

In addition to providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services, SSCHC is a powerful economic engine for the Latino community, with a client population that is 85 percent Hispanic.

SSCHC also is a major employer in the communities it serves. The health center provides direct employment opportunities, including critical entry-level jobs, training and community-based career building options.

In 2009, SSCHC directly generated 259.6 full-time jobs and indirectly created an estimated 45.5 jobs for a total of 305 local jobs in just one year. In this same year, SSCHC instilled almost $30million of operating expenditures directly into the local economy.

Through creating jobs, supporting local businesses and engaging in community partnerships and development projects, SSCHC plays a significant role in developing the community’s economy.

In an effort to reach more people in need of medical services, SSCHC opened a clinic in Waukesha in 2012, which createdadditional new jobs and made effective use of a formerly vacant building.

In addition to creating employment opportunities, the health center keeps people at work. SSCHC provides care to keep local workers healthy and productive, so they can provide for their families and contribute to their vibrant community.

“What sets SSCHC apart is its dedication to the complete health of the individual as well as the overall health of the broader community,” said John Bartkowski, president and CEO.

At SSCHC’s location in Milwaukee, the community health center is an anchor for local businesses. SSCHC draws at least 500 people to the area every day, which helps support surrounding restaurants and retail stores like El Rey and Family Dollar.

The health center also purchases goods and services directly from local businesses, including food from Pete’s Fruit Market.

Through its partnership with WIC, SSCHC supports local farmer markets as well. In general, community-based health centers like SSCHC alleviate stress on local ERs and drive down business health costs by serving vulnerable populations.

SSCHC has a belief in personal responsibility and wants people to be involved in their health care. To support this mission, SSCHC engages in capital development projects and community partnerships.

Due to SSCHC’s positive involvement in the community and increasing patient demand, the health center attracts investment and other businesses to the community.

The centers also are involved in the creation of countless community programs, including “Latinos por la Salud,” a group that directs health initiatives impacting the whole neighborhood.

“Latinos por la Salud” and SSCHC staff led a Healthy Grocery Store Campaign to introduce new health foods into neighborhood grocery stores and provide parent education in local schools.

SSCHC also started “The Community Health Worker Volunteer Program,” which is made up of veteran chronic care patients who act as key resources among neighbors and extend SSCHC’s influence beyond clinic walls and out intothe community.

“Our community partnerships allow us to provide a broad range of services to our patients and bridge cultural and economic barriers,” said Dr. Julie Schuller, executive vice president and vice president of clinical affairs.

For the past 45 years, and for the foreseeable future, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers has acted as an economic engine and helped people in Wisconsin lead successful lives – both by providing care that keeps community members productive at their jobs and with their families, and by supplying jobs and resources in the community it serves.

Steven Zelich

Steven ZelichELKHORN — Steven Zelich, the man accused of killing two women and stuffing their bodies in suitcases, will not have any hearings until a status update from Kenosha County is received by Walworth County.

Zelich is a former West Allis police officer charged with two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County and one count of hiding a corpse in Kenosha County. He is also charged with intentional homicide.

Because the bodies were found in suitcases in the town of Geneva; the charges are split between the counties of Kenosha and Walworth.

Zelich appeared in person during a brief hearing, but he didn’t address the court. He has entered not-guilty pleas to the Walworth County charges. No pleas have been entered in Kenosha County.

Zelich is being held in custody on a $1 million bond in Walworth County and a $2 million bond in Kenosha County.

Zelich charged with killing 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Ore., and 37-year-old Laura Simonson.

Zelich has said he accidentally killed both women during rough sex and put the bodies in suitcases.

He reportedly kept the suitcases in his home for months until dumping them. They were discovered by highway workers cutting grass.