Anthony Petruccelli’s resignation announcement last week has raised the question of whether someone will harness dormant voting power and bring more Latinos into state politics, as the majority-minority margins grow, the Latino presence on Beacon Hill remains weak: Only six of 160 state representatives and one of 40 senators are Hispanic. That, according to Marcella Garcia, "adds up to 3.5 percent representation in the General Court, while Hispanics account for 11.6 percent of the state population."
In national elections, according to the poll, only 8% of all registered voters and 23% of Latino voters say they are “more likely” to vote for a candidate with a Latino background. For Latino voters, that “no difference to vote” number is at 77%. That's a lot of apathy, but is it towards a potential Latino candidate or the vice presidency in general?
We also talk about schools. From cultural sensitivity in Revere to charter schools success with English Language Learners, and why is Madison Park coming under fire, plus what Superintendent Tommy Chang should do about it.