Jan 17

Latinas Rise Up on Latinos Talk Politics

Latinos Talk Politics would like to congratulate María Contreras-Sweet on her nomination as Director of the Small Business Administration by President Barack Obama and wishes

SBA Administrator Nominee Maria Contreras-Sweet

SBA Administrator Nominee Maria Contreras-Sweet

her a speedy confirmation. Also listen to host Ray Collazo and co-host Abe Amorós discuss the acquittal of two officers in Santa Ana, CA who were accused of beating mentally ill and homeless man to death, the latest in the Governor Chris Christie Saga, a Latino Lt. Governor in Florida and much more.

Today, President Obama sent Contreras-Sweet’s name to the U.S. Senate for confirmation as Director of the Small Business Administration. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, she was also California’s secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999 to 2003 as the first Latina and oversaw 40,000 state employees and a $12 million budget. In 2006, Contreras-Sweet founded ProAmérica Bank, a financial institution that aimed to assist small and mid-size businesses. Before that, she was president and co-founder of a private equity firm that provided capital to small California businesses. Godspeed to you, María, and good luck!

Listen to Marlene Peralta of El Diario in New York City discuss the continuing saga of New Jersey Governor Chris

El Diario's Marlene Peralta

El Diario’s Marlene Peralta

Christie and the reaction from the community across the George Washington Bridge, the busiest in the nation. Peralta discusses the community’s reaction to what has become known as “Bridgegate” and their reaction to a once-rising start who continues to be put on the defensive for a blatantly political and highly irresponsible move that impacted the residents of New York and New Jersey on September 9, 2013.

Next, listen to Ray and Abe discuss the implications of the acquittal of two former Fullerton police officers in the community of Santa Ana, CA. Ray and Abe discuss how former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were accused of killing Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old, homeless and mentally ill man during a scuffle on July 5, 2011. Also listen to them discuss the reaction by Orange County writer and commentator Gustavo Arellano.
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Ray and Abe talk about Florida’s new Lt. Governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a 40-year-old Cuban American who also served as

Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera

Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera

the former state House Republican leader and Miami Dade County property appraiser. Florida Governor Rick Scott made the selection this week which is also expected to help his re-election efforts in the vote-rich Latino community in South Florida. We congratulate him wholeheartedly for becoming the first Latino to hold the post and wish him well!

Lastly, listen to Ray discuss some exciting additions to our Podcast in 2014 which will embrace more and diverse voices throughout the year!

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