Jason Gonzales Nashville Tennessean Published 3:03 p.m. UTC Jul 23, 2018 It was difficult for Andrea Chavez, 19, to believe any Republican cared about her struggles after President Donald Trump was elected. His hardline stance on immigration meant an uncertain future for Chavez, a Mexican immigrant who has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, a program which is on the verge of ending and faces a federal court battle. Chavez has lived in the United States since she was 3 years old. But there are some advocating for a solution to replace DACA and who want to give her an opportunity, like Michael Spalding, a Nashville doctor and philanthropist. “I was really surprised that he was going to help us,” Chavez said of Spalding, who is a Republican and founder of Equal Chance for Education. “He was really welcoming, listened to us and asked about what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go to college.” Although the issue of immigration is an … [Read more...] about This DACA student is attending Cumberland University. Meet the Republican who helped make it happen.
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Follow Us: Visit The Upshot on Facebook Visit The Upshot on Twitter Follow The Upshot via RSS Get the Upshot in your Inbox The Upshot By NATE COHN and DOMINIC KESTERTON JULY 19, 2018 One seems like an unstoppable force, but a G.O.P. structural advantage may represent an immovable object. Related Article Democrats are optimistic about riding a so-called blue wave to control of the House this November, and it’s easy to see why. The president’s approval rating is in the low 40s, the Democrats have a comfortable lead in generic congressional polls, and it’s a midterm election year. Historically, it’s a setup for a wave election. There’s no precise definition of that term, but it typically describes an election in which one party makes big gains in the national popular vote, and in seats as well. Incumbents considered safe can lose. Waves flipped control of Congress in 1994, 2006 and 2010. Yet here’s a surprising fact: … [Read more...] about A Democratic Blue Wave? Don’t Forget the Republicans’ Big Hill
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The final showdown among the four Republicans running for governor of Colorado started with a question about separating children from their families at the Mexican border and ended with an admission about farting at the family dinner table. Primary ballots have been out for about a week and Election Day is June 26. On Tuesday evening, former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez, former investment banker Doug Robinson, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and businessman Victor Mitchell each took questions for 90 minutes at the University of Denver in a debate moderated by The Denver Post’s John Frank and Anne Trujillo of Denver7. Here are six takeaways Who supports Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexican border? What a grim question. But in Trump’s America, that’s what Republican candidates in state elections are having to answer. Responding, Mitchell said, “I think the president is on the right track when it comes to comprehensive … [Read more...] about 6 takeaways from the final Republican debate in the Colorado governor’s race
Republicans want to talk about tax cuts. Instead, they’re talking about kids in cages. Rather than touting lower taxes and a steady job market, House and Senate Republicans are being forced to answer for President Donald Trump’s contentious immigration policies — whether it’s separating migrant kids from their parents, removing DACA protections or building a border wall. And that’s likely bad news heading into November.Story Continued Below “The whole thing is a hot mess,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), who opposes splitting up families at the border but otherwise supports the administration’s stepped-up enforcement policies. Even as the White House blames Congress for the crisis at the border, GOP lawmakers are struggling to craft a proposal that unites their own party, let alone one that can win bipartisan support and become law. And with no congressional solution in sight, Hill Republicans worry that Trump’s immigration … [Read more...] about ‘The Republicans’ new Katrina’: GOP fears backlash to splitting families