Flashpoint: Anatomy of Pennsylvania's Latino voting block, preparing for coronavirus outbreak, and endometriosis awareness

March 08, 2020 - 6:30 am
This week's panel includes Rafael Collazo, Michelle Myers, and Michael Toledo (not pictured).

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions on the anatomy of the Latino vote. 

On Super Tuesday, minority voting blocks were key to clinching Democratic party front-runner status. African American voters leaned hard towards former Vice President Joe Biden, but Latino voters stepped up for Sen. Bernie Sanders, handing him leads in California and Texas. 

Pennsylvania is home to more than 800,000 Latinos, and 500,000 will be eligible to vote in the primary.  The demographic has shifted in recent years thanks to new immigrants and a flux of Puerto Ricans moving to the mainland. 

So who makes up the Latino voting block for 2020? And what do they want? How do candidates get them engaged? Rafael Collazo National Director of Political Affairs at Unidos US and host of the Found in Translation Podcast joins Michelle Myers, Community and political reporter for Al Dia and Michael Toledo CEO of Centro Hispano.

Dr. Tom Farley
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The newsmaker of the week is the coronavirus that is burning up headlines. Collectively, officials in Delaware, South Jersey and in Pennsylvania have identified a handful of cases. On Friday, the City of Philadelphia had zero cases, but launched efforts to ensure the city is prepared for the inevitable. Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the city's rollout of protocols. 

The Patriot Homecare Changemaker is EndoMarch, a group working to raise awareness about endometriosis. Beth Kovacs, advocate and Pennsylvania representative for the organization, discusses local efforts to raise awareness during the month of March. 

Beth Kovacs
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