Nevada Public Radio Listen Live

"Morning Edition"
Facebook Twitter Follow Nevada Public Radio

Support Nevada Public Radio
November 05, 2004
Podcasts

ARCHIVE: Latino Voters

Listen

INTRO: For the first time in history registered voters in Nevada surpassed 1 million. Turn-out jumped to 77 percent - levels that haven't been seen in Nevada in more than a decade. Such high turn out is facilitated by the thousands of organizations that fanned out across the valley offering strangers registration forms. Among them Latino groups in Clark County registered a record number of voters and that is momentum leaders say they need to put Latino in a major Southern Nevada office. KNPR's Ky Plaskon reports.

SOUND: Spanish-speakers in Phone bank

PLASKON: It's a common sound heard this election year . . . phone banks. The Mexican American Political Association teamed up with canvassers from across the nation to contact Latinos in Las Vegas and add them to constituent lists. This effort pumped up registration by 22 percent in just 8 weeks to nearly 80-thousand Latinos according to a study by the voter's rights group, Voices for Working Families. The group drove constituents to the polls too.

SOUND: Driving

Alvaro Garcia was one.

GARCIA: (IN SPANISH) Well I think that if there is someone who defends us and tells us the truth, he said about his planned vote for John Kerry, we have to support them, we have to assist them.

PLASKON: According to the Voices for Working Families study the retired Garcia is a bit older than typical Latino voters. Most are 41 yeas old compared to an average voting age of 47 in the general Clark County population. The study also showed Latino women vote at slightly higher rates than women in general, but Latino men vote at lower rates. For Garcia's daughter Judy Torres, one issue affected her decision, Yucca Mountain.

TORRES: I'm having a baby and the yucca waste in Yucca Mountain you could die, you could be disabled and everything worse could happen to you.

PLASKON: The study also showed 55 percent of Latinos in Las Vegas register as Democrats, 10-percent higher than the general population of Clark County.

SOUND: Bar

PLASKON: On Election night at a restaurant/bar that doubles as a speak-easy for Latino political activists, Miguel Barrientos of the Mexican American Political Association was up-beat despite the Democratic loss.

BARRIENTOS: We celebrated the fact that we got the Latino vote out and we celebrated the fact that we built a tremendous base and we can now go forward with elections and getting Latinos on the ballot.

PLASKON: Latino representation in Clark County is something he says is badly needed.

BARRIENTOS: Right now we have zero we have one candidate who is on the school board, he is like our lone ranger. But we need to get more in there to help them out.

PLASKON: Barrientos isn't wasting any time galvanizing the momentum to elect the first Latino to a major seat in the county. Next week, he'll announce the candidacy of Andreas Ramirez for mayor of North Las Vegas. The campaign advisor will be running against incumbent Mike Montandon. The population in North Las Vegas is 36 percent Latino, but only 16 percent are registered voters. That'll mean an uphill battle, but one that they believe has already begun with the recent election's mobilization.

Ky Plaskon News 88-9 KNPR

See discussion rules.

Archives

Apr 4, 2009 | Drug Donation Program
Nevada lawmakers are debating the creation of a program that would help cancer patients get expensive prescription drugs for less.

Mar 13, 2009 | Budget Wrangling
As state lawmakers wrestle with Nevada's multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, there are several plans afoot aimed at softening the next economic bust.

Mar 2, 2009 | Autism
The cost of treating children with autism can be $24,000 to $40,000 per child per year according to the Autism Coalition of Nevada. A bill before the Nevada Legislature aims to help families pay for the care.

Feb 16, 2007 | Chinese New Year
This weekend marks a celebration of Chinese New Year. KNPR's Rick Andrews reports on how the holiday is being celebrated by the valley's growing Asian community.

Dec 7, 2006 | Food and Beverage
The economy of scale for food and beverage operations in Las Vegas means any edge in efficiency is real money. Rick Andrews reports on a software product scoring with food and beverage managers looking at the bottom line...and what you're likely to order.

Nov 15, 2006 | Global Gaming Expo
The Global Gaming Expo trade show and conference got underway Tuesday in Las Vegas. Vendors showcase their latest wares including new slot machines.

Nov 1, 2006 | Stardust Memories
When it opened in 1958 the Stardust was the world's largest hotel. Now, after more than 48 years, it's closed.

Sep 27, 2006 | Nevada Northern Railway
The 'Nevada Northern' is celebrating its centenial anniversary. News 88.9's Rick Andrews went on a tour of the museum with executive director Mark Bassett.

Jun 30, 2006 | Standing Up for Ringo
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley tells the story of how she saw the Beatles in Las Vegas in August 1964.

Jun 29, 2006 | Sports Supplements
From fortified cereals to energy drinks to serious sports nutrition, people are willing to spend lots money to supplement their diets. Rick Andrews reports on the business of sports supplements.

May 25, 2006 | Love
Wednesday Cirque du Soleil provided a glimpse of their much anticipated show based on the music of the Beatles. Flo Rogers reports on Love.

May 24, 2006 | Telecommunications
A Senate telecommunications bill currently being considered includes provisions on most everything, but some worry that controversial measures will derail the entire package.

May 16, 2006 | Nanotech
Universities across the country are spending millions to expand nano technology research...manipulating molecules 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. Rick Andrews reports on nano research at UNLV.

Apr 24, 2006 | Earthscope
Hualapai Mountain Park, near Kingman, has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to be home to a seismic monitoring station. Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.

Apr 18, 2006 | Anatomical Donation for Science
In the second of two reports exploring innovative medical facilities in the Valley, Rick Andrews visits the Medical Education and Research Institute of Nevada in Henderson.

Apr 12, 2006 | Immigration Reform Stalled
Immigration legislation in the U.S. Senate is at a standstill. Many in the Republican Party blame Nevada Democrat, Senator Harry Reid for the impasse. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

Apr 1, 2006 | New Plans for Nellis
The first of April brings news that a large piece of military land in Las Vegas may be redeveloped.

Mar 28, 2006 | Test Site Worker Compensation
Senator Harry Reid is trying to get compensation for Test Site workers who were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, but never compensated.

Feb 27, 2006 | StoryCorps - Alice Keys
Alice Keys has been active in the African American community for decades and known through her association with the Moulin Rouge Casino. Here's her recollection of meeting one of the great African Americans of the last century.

Feb 21, 2006 | StoryCorps - Alan Morel and Mike Genoshe
When close friends interview each other, the stories are often more intimate and revealing than talking to a reporter. A case in point is Alan Morel and Mike Genoshe talking about their hopes for their adopted son.

© 2013 NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO   
Web hosting facilities provided by Switch.