And, amid the bad bad news, a little bit of good.
Latinos in office up by 37% in decade
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Latinos have increased their presence at all levels of government over the last decade, with nearly half of them serving in Texas, a Hispanic political group reported.
At the start of this year, 5,132 Hispanics were in elected office around the country — a 37 percent increase from 1996, when 3,743 Latinos were in elected posts.
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The results were part of a study announced today in Dallas to kick off the annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.