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Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) has clearly become the voice of all things Puerto Rican.

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez

This week, on the floor on Congress, Gutiérrez reveals facts about how the Archbishop of Puerto Rico was the latest scapegoat of the the current administration of pro-statehood and Republican Governor Luis Fortuño. Gutiérrez speaks about how the current Puerto Rican government was attempting to silence the Archbishop about his views about Puerto Rico’s political status.

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LATINOREBELS

In a move that has discredited its founder, the Arizona Corporate Commission recently rejected an application by the National Tequila Party Movement to incorporate itself in Arizona as a domestic limited liability corporation.

The Tequila Party organization, founded by Somos Republicans founder Dee Dee Blase Garcia, in essence is not a legitimate organization, as defined by the Arizona Corporate Comission. Arizona listed a “potential name conflict” that potentially invalidates the Tequila Party. Arizona listed a “potential name conflict” that potentially invalidates the Tequila Party. The current application expired last week.

We did reach out to both Somos Republican and Blase Garcia for comment, but they have not returned our requests.

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Leave it to Representative Luis Gutiérrez to leave it all out on the floor of the US Congress this week, in light of a scathing Department of Justice report on the police abuse charges in Puerto Rico.

Gutiérrez, who has been the lone voice of Congress in exposing the hypocrisy of the pro-statehood Republican administration of Luis Fortuño, share his thoughts with his Congressional colleagues.

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Washington is a strange place, especially the last few weeks as absurdity rules the air. But this post is not about debt talks. This post is about Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, the leader the Latino Rebels have called EL GALLITO REBELDE.

Congressman Luis Gutiérrez

Yesterday, Congressman Gutiérrez was arrested near the White House during a demonstration that protested President Obama’s non-committal response to the Dream Act. While the President spoke La Raza, Gutiérrez and others protested. And then they were arrested.

For those who think that this is just some publicity stunt by Gutiérrez, you’re wrong. This congressman of Puerto Rican descent is one to not think about poll numbers, pundits, tracking trends or re-election. Instead, Congressman Gutiérrez LEADS. He ACTS. Whether it is calling more attention to the Dream Act or exposing the civil rights abuses by the current administration of Puerto Rican pro-statehood and Republican darling Luis Fortuño, the Gallito Rebelde will fight the good fight.

Gutiérrez also released a statement regarding how poorly he feels the White House is handling immigration:

Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) reacted to President Obama’s address to the national annual conference of the National Council of La Raza in Washington.  At one point in the President’s speech, referring to his ability to exercise discretion in immigration enforcement, the President said, “Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.”  At that point, many in the crowd chanted “Si Se Puede” and “Yes You Can,” interrupting his speech momentarily.  The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez:

I agree with those in the audience who said “Si Se Puede” and “Yes You Can” when the President said he could not do anything about deportations.  I have been traveling the country the past three months asking him not to take the law into his own hands, but to exercise the broad discretionary powers he has under current law that allows him to prioritize individual deportations.

Indeed the President acknowledged that his Administration is trying to prioritize deportations for serious criminals and threats, and I have encouraged him to do more to put non-criminals, young people, and the spouses and parents of U.S. citizens at the back of the line.  Twenty-three Democratic Senators, two former INS General Counsels, and his own Homeland Security staff agree he has this power under current law.  Republicans like Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith and Senator David Vitter have filed bills to take that power away from this President, so I think they agree with me and the audience that he has powers under current law.  So far, according to the Obama Administration, they are using this discretionary power in fewer cases than the previous President and they are deporting more people than any previous President.

We need the President to fight for us and to make it clear he is doing — and not just saying — everything possible to help.  The question is whether the President will exercise the powers he has under current law to give DREAM Act students and other immigrants relief from deportation when it is in the national interest of the United States.  But he has to expend the political capital to do it, which he has been reluctant to do.  The Latino and immigrant voters I talk to — and those at NCLR conference — seem to think that his personal investment in helping immigrant families is lacking.

This White House is proud of their deportation and increases in border security, but it is simply not the case that the President’s hands are tied when it comes to enforcement and people, like those in the audience, know it.

We applaud the Congressman and all the other DREAMERS who will not give up this fight.

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Quiz time, when we say Tequila Party, what do you think of first?

A. This picture from college

B. This dance from one of the greatest movies ever

C. This bar scene

D. A well-intentioned grass-roots political movement out of Arizona that actually has some great points to make about immigration reform but has a name that makes a mockery of the movement, so much so that the movement won’t even gain any traction at all

If you think that Dee Dee García-Blasé and other Latino leaders in the United States who support the Tequila Party are just making a mockery of real Latino issues, then take a moment and go here. Let them know that political perception is all reality.

GO HERE AND SIGN: CHANGE THE NAME, NOT THE CAUSE. NO AL TEQUILA, SÍ A LA UNIDAD.

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You know it was bound to happen. Someone at the DNC had to have finally admit that the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin can be bottled up and replicated.

Yup, the Dems are thinking like Palin. With the Senate battle against Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (a state rep from Wrentham, which for those who don’t know Massachusetts, is the home of the largest discount shopping outlet in New England), the Bay State Democrats have found a Palin-esque diamond in the rough. A young and exciting mayor who has very little national political experience, fought in Iraq, and oh yeah, is African American. And yes, he is WICKED SMART, unlike Palin.

Newton Mayor and Senate Candidate Setti Warren

Newton Mayor Setti Warren has been in office for just 18 months, but last week he jumped into the Democratic primary race. His first mission was to effectively label Scott Brown as a typical Republican, and not the maverick LL Bean Barn Jacket independent that he became when he defeated Martha Coakley in 2010 to win the late Ted Kennedy’s seat.

Well, it appears that the strategy is working, since Brown, who has a $6 million (and growing) campaign war chest, is already responding to Warren’s charges. Yup, looks like things will get interesting in Massachusetts next year. Even though Warren still has to win the Democratic primary, he has quickly become a viable candidate, especially among the supporters of Governor Duval Patrick, who won his second term last year amid predictions that Brown and the Republican machine (more like a scooter in this highly Democratic state) would topple the governor.

Today, Warren’s campaign issued an email about the early buzz:

Mayor Setti Warren burst onto the campaign trail for U.S. Senate last week and repeatedly challenged Senator Scott Brown for his irresponsible votes. After declaring his candidacy on Monday via YouTube, Setti hosted a service breakfast at the American Legion Post in Newton to share his vision with supporters for middle-class security and small business job creation.

Mayor Warren began his Bay State kickoff tour by visiting a Head Start in Brockton, where he highlighted the need for investments in education and challenged Scott Brown’s voting record on Pell Grants and Head Start. Then Setti visited M.F. Foley Inc. in New Bedford, where he discussed the importance of protecting jobs in the fishing industry.  “As a United States Senator, one of the things that I want to focus on is making sure that this industry is sustained over the long haul,” he said.

Setti started Wednesday by touring the Gateway Park biotech complex in Worcester where he discussed his plan to eliminate capital gains taxes on investments in small businesses to help jumpstart growth. Setti was asked about the recent controversy surrounding Scott Brown’s statements on photos of Osama Bin Laden, responding that “a U.S. senator has the responsibility to do due diligence when talking about sensitive national security issues.”

Setti toured National Fiber Insulation Company in Belchertown. At the factory he met with workers and discussed job creation, manufacturing, and clean energy. He called attention to the fact that Scott Brown questions the science behind global climate change, a position clearly not in line with Massachusetts values.  He also visited an innovative home heating oil company in Greenfield. There, Setti continued to highlight the importance of investments in renewable energy.

Setti finished off his tour Thursday in Western Massachusetts where he visited Soldier On, unique multi-million dollar residential housing facility in Pittsfield that helps veterans with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Warren discussed his plan to address job training and homelessness among veterans, and praised the work of Soldier On. “As an Iraq vet, I understand how important it is for veterans to come home to a home and integrate back into life,” he said.

And just today, Setti Warren appeared on ABC’s Top Line. When confronted with the NRSC’s repeated attacks, Setti clearly explained his opposition to Senator Brown’s approach of holding middle class tax cuts hostage, in order to secure tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

Setti is energized for his campaign to bring strong leadership to the Senate, support Massachusetts families, and represent our State’s values. He will continue to hold Scott Brown’s accountable for his irresponsible record in the Senate.

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The Robert A. Watson debacle continues, as yesterday’s Providence Journal blog reported that Watson, the Rhode Island state legislator whose year began with a controversial joke that offended the Guatemalan community and continued with his recent arrest for drunk and marijuana possession, was ousted as House Minority Leader by his Republican colleagues.

Rhode Island State Representative Robert A. Watson

As the ProJo reports:

After a closed-door meeting, the GOP caucus announced its choice of two-term Republican Rep. Brian C. Newberry, 39, of North Smithfield, the current minority whip, to replace Watson as the leading opposition voice on the floor of the overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled House.

The closed-door vote was 6-to-2, with one member of the Republican caucus absent. Only Watson and Rep. John Savage, R-East Providence, voted to keep the status quo.

Another — Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt — left the room in anger after an earlier “vote of no confidence” in Watson, stating: “I can no longer serve with the members of this caucus.

“It’s a disgraceful group of people,” Ehrhardt said. “Rep. Newberry has organized a group to overthrow Rep. Watson’s leadership of this caucus. It’s a dark day for the state of Rhode Island. It’s a dark day for the caucus and for the Republican party….I have no wish to be associated with this group of people at this point.”

Seen on the House floor a short time later, Watson said: “Few people, if any, knew who the minority leader was. I am proud of the voice that I brought to this chamber, and the views that I have articulated on this floor. I will continue to be that voice and I will continue to fight for those issues that truly do matter.

The ProJo also brought up the issue that the small Republican caucus in Rhode Island (10 members) had supported Watson last week:

A week ago, the small GOP caucus gave Watson, an East Greenwich Republican, a vote of confidence in his leadership after he explained to them the circumstances surrounding his arrest at a police sobriety checkpoint in East Haven, Conn., and the medical reasons behind his taking a “small amount” of marijuana with him when he went to Connecticut that day to help a friend move.

Watson won a standing ovation from most of his colleagues in the 75-member House.

He said he did not smoke marijuana the day of his arrest but had found it helpful in the past in alleviating the debilitating pain of periodic pancreatic attacks and had it with him in the event he needed it.

But he acknowledged that he is not among the 3,428 Rhode Islanders legally authorized to use marijuana under the state’s medical-marijuana program — which he supported and co-sponsored in 2005 — because he feared his personal medical information would somehow leak out of the state Department of Health.

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