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New rift between African-Americans, Latinos?

Del. Curt Anderson

Maryland Del. Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore) noticed something funny at a school construction site. That is too many Latinos and not enough blacks working on a school in charm city.

“I was amazed at how many Mexicans they have working on that school,” Anderson said during a League of Women Voters legislative breakfast Jan. 4. “Should be more African-American and minority contractors but still.”

Democrats have bent over backwards to attract Latinos in recent years. One result has been some black-owned small businesses losing contracts to Latino-owned firms offering lower wages.

It will be interesting to see what reaction there will be to Anderson’s thoughts as the Maryland Legislative session opens. By the way, Anderson supports Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.

What would a session be without citizen lobbyists? The Maryland Citizens Action Network is sponsoring a Turning the Tides Banquet Jan. 10, starting at 6 pm in the Annapolis DoubleTree Hotel. Keynote speaker for the banquet will be former Graham County, AZ, Sheriff Richard Mack.

The group offers Turning the Tides Conference the next day between 9 am and 5 pm. Contact for more information.

On the other side of the political spectrum, America’s Voice has issued a sentimental appeal to supporters to bring people like Pedro and Celeste Ramirez-Hernandez to Washington. Pedro entered the United States illegally 10 years ago. After flooding “ICE with calls and emails [America’s Voice] stopped Pedro’s deportation” last year, the pitch says.

Apparently the couple’s oldest son, 24-year-old Juan, has cerebral palsy and Pedro is Juan’s lead caretaker, which includes tube feeding and diaper changes, and Pedro has been the only person in the home who can handle the physical demands of moving Juan in and out of the bathtub and into his wheelchair.

Can we do the math here: Pedro has been here 10 years. Juan is 24. How did Pedro adopt a 14-year-old or older handicapped child/man?

Never mind the facts. The point you can donate to this worthy cause at

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