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Friday, November 5, 2010

Six key races where Latinos made a difference

November 03, 2010
...The California Senate race
Democrat Barbara Boxer defeated Carly Fiorina among Latinos, 86 percent to 14 percent. Latinos made up 22 percent of the electorate, up from 19 percent in 2006. Boxer won by 9 percentage points. The polling firm Latino Decisions estimates that the Hispanic vote contributed 10.1 percentage points to Boxer's margin — more than the margin of victory..

The California governor's race
Democrat Jerry Brown outpolled Republican Meg Whitman among Latinos, 86 percent to 13 percent. Hispanics made up 22 percent of the electorate, up from 19 percent in 2006. Brown won by 13 percentage points. The polling firm Latino Decisions estimates that the Hispanic vote contributed 13.1 percentage points to Brown's margin — more than the margin of victory..Posted at Texas on the Potomac Blog
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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