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Kristian Ramos
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Kristian Ramos is a political strategist living in Washington D.C. who proudly hails from the Southwest.

Kristian has work experience in both the House and Senate working most recently for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Prior to that he worked In the United States Senate for Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Democratic Communications Center.

Kristian began his career working for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy groups in the country. He has a Masters Degree in Governmental Affairs from Johns Hopkins University.

He wishes the District of Columbia had better Mexican food.

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DREAM Activists, Mobile Tech Key to AZ Primary Win

(7) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:14 PM

It has already been a wild primary election season with several big upsets rocking the political establishment. Add a hotly contested Arizona Democratic primary to that list, where young upstart Ruben Gallego, ran a brutally efficient field operation on his way to a surprise election day

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90's Internet Nostalgia: "Who's on the Phone, I Can't Log on"

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:57 PM

The 90's are back in a big way. Just peruse your Facebook feed to find the "The 99 Best Soundtracks of the '90s" to see the grunge decade is suddenly all the rage. Boy bands are reuniting, shows like Boy Meets World are coming

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Our Country Has Changed; Why Hasn't The '96 Telecom Act

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:25 PM

This month marks the eighteenth anniversary of the 1996 Telecom Act. This landmark piece of legislation paved the way for a new era of competition, innovation, and consumer choice - and it all began at a time when information services, as we know them today, barely existed at all.

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SNL: We Need A Break, It's Not You It's Me

(11) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Saturday Night Live, you need to know this comes from a place of love -- but the truth is we've grown apart.

When I was younger you were my first real taste of a grown up sketch comedy. In many ways you were the cultural arbitrator of much of my...

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Memo to House GOP Leadership: No Excuse for Inaction on Immigration Reform

(15) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Somebody call the Exorcist, House Republican leaders' heads must be spinning from all their double talk on immigration reform. They say they want to pass bi-partisan reform, yet refuse to bring the only bill with both Republican and Democrat co-sponsors to a vote. Worse GOP leaders are now saying there...

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The Reality of Our Safer Border Makes Immigration Reform Possible

(18) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Stop me if you've heard this one: the border between Mexico and the United States is an open highway for undocumented immigrants and before we fix our broken immigration system we must secure our porous border.

Given all of the progress made along our border, crime is...

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President Obama's Deferred Action: A Fair Compromise on Immigration Enforcement

(40) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 11:39 AM

President Barack Obama's move to prioritize the deportation of criminal immigrants, while giving exemplary undocumented immigrants the ability to remain in the country through deferred action, is smart and fair enforcement policy.

In the face of increasingly clogged deportation courts, constrained...

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When Border Alarmist Talking Points Go Wrong

(38) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 10:38 AM

"The sky is falling," is a familiar refrain from politicians on both sides of the aisle when it comes to, well just about everything in an election year. Such is the case when it comes to our southwest border region.

Despite numerous reports showing a marked decrease...

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A Clown Question on The DISCLOSE Act From Ruben Navarrette

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 11:55 AM

It is election time and things are getting pretty heated on all sides of the political spectrum. The summer heat has already forced some pundits to go overboard in their political commentary. Take one Ruben Navarrette, who is quick to throw charges of racism around. Navarrette's latest

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Mitt, Show Us Your (Tax) Papers, Please

(67) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:12 AM

Speaking at the NCLR national conference Vice President Joe Biden mused that Mitt Romney wants Hispanics to show their (citizenship) papers even though he refuses to disclose his own (tax) "papers." While this may seem like an inconsequential throwaway election speech line, it does highlight a disturbing dichotomy...

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Where are the Next Generation of Hispanic Leaders?

(22) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 11:25 AM

Not too long ago the Pew Hispanic Center released a survey which posed a simple question: does the Latino community have a national leader? In 2010 that answer was a resounding no. When asked in an open-ended question to name the person they consider "the most important Latino...

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The Beginning Of The End Of The Anti-Immigrant State Law Movement?

(175) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 9:49 AM

Anyone who witnessed Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's rambling, borderline incoherent press conference on the Supreme Court's SB1070 ruling must have been struck by two things. First, she had written her speech well before actually hearing the court's verdict, and secondly she had no idea what had...

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Romney's Immigration Plan: He's Not "Overly Concerned" With Fixing Our Broken System

(67) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Mitt Romney has unveiled his immigration platform and it is the definition of anti-climactic. Romney's speech at the National Association of Latino Elected Official's (NALEO) conference had been billed as an opportunity for a candidate, who is struggling to connect with Hispanic voters, to re-orient his message to...

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While Obama Gives Immigrants Relief, Republicans Attack Their Clean Air and Water

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 1:04 PM

It is a new day in the contentious debate over our broken immigration system, well for most of us anyway. The President has granted deferred action on the deportation of low priority immigrants, giving 800,000 of our best and brightest undocumented immigrants a future in this country. House...

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The President Has Shown Leadership On Immigration, What Will The GOP Do?

(20) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Today the President has shown true courage in granting deferred deportation actions for our best and brightest undocumented youth. He has shown true leadership by allowing younger undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, the ability to defer their deportation for two...

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Ambassador Aponte and the Incredible Shrinking Marco Rubio

(13) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 1:15 PM

This may come as a shock to some political analysts, but Senator Marco Rubio is not the solution for the GOP's Hispanic problems. To be sure he is charismatic, smart, young and to the Republican Party most importantly, Hispanic. However he is a single man, in a party badly out...

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Will The GOP Ever Invest In the Infrastructure for Legal Immigration?

(36) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:51 PM

Here is an uncomfortable truth for the GOP: government investment in the southwest border region is paying dividends. Undocumented Mexican migration through our southwest border has gone down, legal Mexican travel and trade with the United States has increased. Legal immigration and increased trade are two...

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What Arizona's Ban on Ethnic Studies Says about America

(46) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 8:59 AM

At a recent Capitol Hill forum on Arizona's ethnic studies ban, a young Latina, Diana Villatoro, all of thirteen years old spoke passionately about how ethnic studies inspire her classmates and teach a powerful sense of belonging in their community and their country, America. After her speech, her...

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The Browning of Media on the Internet: A Step Forward or Back?

(12) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 9:00 AM

With the advent of new media and advances in access to technology the internet is supplementing, complimenting and slowly siphoning viewers from television. While the delivery mechanisms for viewing video are changing, mainstream content providers remain frustratingly rooted in a world which ignores the demographic changes...

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Who Still Stands With Sheriff Joe Arpaio?

(147) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 1:23 AM

If someone asked if you would support a law that allowed local police officers with minimal cause, to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens for not providing legal documentation, what would you say? In Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been doing just this for the last three...

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