A Latino Bloc Of Their Own

De­mo­graph­ics ▶ The Koch brothers are nur­tur­ing His­panic con­ser­va­tives ▶ “We want those peo­ple to get out and vote”

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Politics / Policy -

Lisa Meklas, a 30-year-old in­sur­ance un­der­writ­ing as­sis­tant in Char­lotte, is ex­actly the kind of per­son the Li­bre Ini­tia­tive wants to get ex­cited about the con­ser­va­tive move­ment. A first­gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can whose par­ents came from Cuba, Meklas is a reg­is­tered Repub­li­can who says she’s against tax in­creases. When can­vassers knocked on her door on March 12 and asked whom she planned to sup­port in North Carolina’s March 15 pri­mary, she was can­did: “Any­body but Trump would be my ac­tual an­swer.”

The Li­bre Ini­tia­tive courts sup­port among Lati­nos such as Meklas for re­duc­ing the size of govern­ment, rolling back Oba­macare, and pro­mot­ing school voucher pro­grams. Since 2011, Li­bre—a non­profit funded in part by groups af­fil­i­ated with the con­ser­va­tive bil­lion­aires Charles and David Koch—has opened of­fices in 10 states, in­clud­ing Ari­zona, Florida, and Texas. It had a bud­get

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