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GOP Strategizes For Latino Vote; Parents of Young Boy Killed In Boston Bombing Oppose Death Penalty; Obama Criticizes Senate For Lynch Confirmation Delay

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination.

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GOP Increases Outreach To Gain Latino Vote. The Republican National Committee recently announced its plan to double its number of paid staff in 10 states in order to gain support from the Latino community. The 2014 midterm elections proved to be successful in garnering more support from Latino voters and electing more Republicans, and the GOP is hoping to do the same in future elections. Gabriela Domenzain, former Hispanic media campaign staffer for Obama in 2012, hit back, stating, “[Republicans] can dedicate all the money in the election to the Latino vote but how can they defend the offensive nature of the immigration debate, wanting to repeal Obamacare, and opposition to the earned income tax credit?” [Buzzfeed News]

Parents of Young Boy Killed In Boston Bombing Oppose Death Penalty. April 15 marked the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing in which over 140 people were injured and 3 were killed. A jury that has already convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his involvement in the attack will soon be deciding whether he should be sentenced to death. One of the three individuals killed was 8-year-old Martin Richard, whose parents are now opposing sentencing Tsarnaev to death. William and Denise Richard would like the federal government to stop seeking the death penalty in order to prevent the case from being prolonged. “As long as the defendant is in the spotlight, we have no choice but to live a story told on his terms, not ours,” the couple stated. [The Washington Post]

Obama Criticizes Senate For Failing To Confirm Lynch As Attorney General. “This is embarrassing,” President Obama remarked during an address to the Senate regarding its delay in confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Lynch, who Obama argues is more than qualified for the position, has been waiting for confirmation longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined. Chuck Grassley (R-IO), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, says the Democratic Party is partially responsible for the postponement in a confirmation. The nomination is at the center of a debate regarding a human trafficking bill. Republican senators have vowed only to vote on Lynch’s nomination if Democrats stop opposing the bill that contains an amendment prohibiting the use of taxpayer funding for abortions. [USA Today]

Chante Harris is an Intern for Generation Progress.

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