With less than a month until Election Day, Democrats are hoping to keep control of both the House and Senate while trying to appeal to their core constituencies. Just two years ago, President Obama brought the Democrats back to the White House with the help of Latino voters. Democrats will surely need those votes if they hope to keep their majorities in Congress, but it is not clear that the Latino votes will come through in the mid-terms. A new poll from the Pew Hispanic Center reports that only 51 percent of Latino registered voters say they are "absolutely certain to vote," this season, compared to 70 percent of all registered voters who say they'll go to the polls.
Why is it looking like so many Latinos will skip voting November 2?
In a serious investigation into controversial sheriff, Joe Apraio, the U.S. justice department is trying to decide if he violated Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination related to any program that receives federal funds. If this is not resolved, federal funding to the sheriff's department in Phoenix could be pulled. Arpaio is resisting the justice department and refusing to cooperate in their investigation. Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, Marc Lacey reports on the showdown and public perception of the Maricopa County sheriff.
Last week, the Jamaican government declared a state of emergency after fighting broke out in the streets of the capital city of Kingston.