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TN Democrats Plan Latino Outreach

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
NASHVILLE — Democrats are building a plan to better engage Tennessee’s fast-growing Latino community and they’ve enlisted the help of Katherine Archuletta, the Obama campaign’s National Political Director.
Archuletta, the first Latina to hold that position on a major presidential campaign, will give remarks Jan. 21 in Nashville at the Tennessee Democratic Party’s inaugural Latino Summit.
The summit is the state party’s first step in engaging and energizing Hispanic Tennesseans for the 2012 election season. Members of the Latino and Hispanic community throughout Tennessee are encouraged to attend the free event and offer suggestions for improving community outreach.
Fabian Bedne, the first Latino elected to Metro-Nashville Council, is helping Democrats coordinate the statewide outreach and helped plan the summit.
“The challenges facing Latino Tennesseans and their families are by no means unique; many Tennessee families are working hard to find good jobs, to provide a good education for their children and to make sure their families can see a doctor when they need to,” Bedne said. “However, addressing those issues in Tennessee’s diverse communities may require unique solutions.
“We hope the summit will be starting place for encouraging more dialogue, engagement and participation in the civic process,” Bedne said. “We’ll only solve the big problems our communities face with more involvement from all our families.”
The Latino population in Tennessee has more than doubled over the last decade, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census.
Ashford Hughes, political director for the Tennessee Democratic Party, said feedback from the summit will be used to craft programs specific to Latinos for voter registration, candidate recruitment and civic empowerment.
Anyone interested in learning more about the TNDP Latino Summit or interested in attending should contact the TNDP by phone at 615-327-9779.

Note: Spanish version of the release is below.

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TN Regional News Notes on Hispanic Growth and Such

Hispanic Political Growth In Nashville
In an article on the growth of the Hispanic population in the Nashville area (which has the highest concentration of Hispanics in the state, according to Census data), Chas Sisk writes “they may force political lines to be redrawn and cause more Hispanic candidates to begin appearing on local ballots.”
One Metro Council District is now more than 40 percent Hispanic. And there’s a significant Hispanic population in some state legislative districts.
In the Senate, the largest Hispanic population is in the 21st District, which stretches across southern Davidson County into Tusculum and Antioch. Hispanics represent more than 13 percent of the residents in that district, which is represented by (Democratic( Sen. Douglas Henry.
In the House, the 59th District is nearly 27 percent Hispanic, by far the highest concentration in the legislature. …The rapid influx of Hispanics has changed the area, said (Democratic) Rep. Sherry Jones, who has represented the 59th District since 1995.
“It will continue to change,” she said. “My job is to take care of the people I represent.

The News-Sentinel had an earlier story on Hispanic growth in East Tennessee that also focused on potential political imact.
“Five or 10 years out, you’ll have one or two Hispanics on some city and county boards in East Tennessee; five or 10 years out, whether it’s Knox or Sevier or some other county, you’ll probably see a Hispanic mayor,” said (Angel) Martinez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee.
The 2010 census numbers released Wednesday by the http://www.census.gov/U.S. Census Bureau certainly support his vision.
Almost all East Tennessee counties show a huge growth in the Hispanic community since the 2000 census. In Knox County, for example, the population more than tripled – from 4,803 in 2000 to 15,012 in 2010.

More Memphis School Lawsuits
In a flurry of federal court filings, the predicted lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Memphis City Schools’ charter surrender came to fruition, reports the Commercial Appeal.
The Memphis City Council, the city of Memphis and the MCS board have each counter-sued Shelby County Schools, saying the school board has shirked its statutory responsibility to educate all the children of Shelby County.
“Shelby County Schools has failed to perform their duty; all they have done is file lawsuits,” said deputy city attorney Regina Morrison Newman.
Allan Wade, lawyer for the City Council, said it is disingenuous for county school leaders to claim they don’t know how to proceed. “Let’s get busy …. it’s a done deal,” he said, adding that the charter was legally surrendered with the council’s vote in mid-February
Metro Government Eyed in Maury
From The Columbia Daily Herald: Charter Commissioner Ashley Brown proposed making the sheriff the chief law enforcement officer in a metropolitan government encompassing Columbia and Maury County.
Brown, a former chief deputy in the Sheriff’s Department, made the recommendation Thursday at a meeting of the Columbia/Maury County Charter Commission, a group tasked with drafting a charter for a proposed metropolitan government.
“The sheriff would take over all law enforcement duties in the county,” Brown said.