TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 18TH: The Zika funding fight continues, with some South Florida members of congress voting against it because they consider it inadequate. We leave you with some highlights from Twitter below.
PRESIDENTIAL RACE UPDATE: Yoly Cuello spoke with Political Analyst Carlos Rajo about Tuesday’s primary results on her show “Noticias del Mediodia” onCaracol 1260AM.
The interview focused on the future of the Democratic Party, since it seems that Senator Bernie Sanders is not going to stop campaigning until he gets to the convention. Rajo stated, “there are two things that are important that we need to point out. First, former Secretary Hillary Clinton won in Kentucky. Although it was by a small margin, it still helps because it diminishes the momentum Bernie Sanders had from winning in the last primaries. The most important thing we saw yesterday is that there is a clear issue between Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party regarding the presumptive nominee.” He continued, “second, there are many democratic leaders who want Sanders to end his campaign now, because they see the danger of inciting people before the Democratic convention in July.” When asked about Sanders potentially hijacking the convention, or the possibility of a third-party candidate, Rajo commented, “I don’t know that I would worry at this point about a third candidate. But what is easy to see is that both sides have dangerous situations. A year ago, he (Sanders) wasn’t a big threat. He was going to have a symbolic campaign that would bring certain things into light. But when you are in the campaign trail and you have all of this people helping and money in the bank, then it is easy to continue. However, he simply doesn’t have the delegates to win. Hillary Clinton has won more votes and delegates than he has, and there is no way that he can defeat Clinton.”
TRENDING #TUITS – ZIKA FUNDING
Rep. Carlos Curbelo @RepCurbelo May 18
I couldn’t vote for half-hearted effort & remain in support of funding Administration’s $1.9 billion #Zika request. https://curbelo.house.gov/
Mario Diaz-Balart @MarioDB May 18
I voted to support funding for #Zika prevention, response, and treatment programs in a responsible + effective way https://www.facebook.com/
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS & THE BATHROOM BILL: Bernadette Pardohad Executive Director of SAVE Dade Tony Lima discussing LGBT rights, on her show, “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM.
Pardo started off by playing Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s public service announcement, “Family is Everything”, in support of recognizing transgender rights and the love they deserve (read more here). They highlighted the difference between being homosexual and transgender, and explained that sometimes ignorance or lack of knowledge has fueled controversy. Lima said, “our organization has been dedicated to supporting LGBT rights for more than 23 years in South Florida. We coordinated with the congresswoman and her family, and worked together to do the commercial. This initiative was focused on educating people and combating ignorance. Specifically relating to the transgender community. It is important to put a face representing transgender people for everyone to realize that they are just like us. They have families that love them, they want to be protected, and they deserve to have the same rights and opportunities as the rest of us.” He continued, being transgender is a difficult thing to accept, and that is why we are so focused on helping this community.” Lima highlighted that in the past, “transgender people were not as visible, although they have always existed. There wasn’t unity in the LGBT community yet, but now we know that they are the most marginalized group. When we talk about Hispanics and African-American transgender women, we must remember that they are the ones that are losing their lives and are assaulted daily. It is very important to protect them.” Pardo then brought up “the topic of the hour” regarding restricting transgender people from using the facility they are most comfortable in, or to which their gender identity matches, and how the topic is being discussed in Florida (read more here). Lima said, “I think it is a reaction to the passage of the marriage equality law last year. There are many people that are still not comfortable with gays or lesbians being together. The conservative politicians are just reacting to something that they don’t understand.” Lima explained that at one point or another people have used the same bathroom as a person who is transgender. “In Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Broward Counties the transgender community is protected and their rights are recognized, including the use of bathrooms. There has never been an incident or reported case in this counties or in the 250 cities where these rights are protected. It is an unnecessary measure.”