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Axios' Margaret Talev (left) and María Teresa Kumar, CEO and president of Voto Latino. Photo: Axios

María Teresa Kumar, CEO and president of Voto Latino, said Friday that Black and Latino voters for the first time see racial justice as a top issue, not just at the national level but in their state and local governments.

By the numbers: Fifteen million Latinos are eligible to vote in this election but are not registered. Four million Latino Americans have become eligible to vote since 2016, and every 30 seconds a Latino becomes of age to vote.

Kumar told Axios' Margaret Talev that Voto Latino is registering Americans and funding elections in several "battleground" states — Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and in some cases Florida.

  • "Trump policies at the national level are impacting Latino communities disproportionately, but voters have the Greg Abbotts in Texas giving a different level of anxiety at the local level," she said.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to succeed Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate.

Why it matters: Padilla — a child of Mexican immigrants — will be the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate. He is a close confidant of Newsom's and will serve in the Senate for the remainder of Harris' term, which ends in 2022.

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President Trump's haphazard war on Chinese tech has left the Biden administration with a raft of unfinished business involving efforts to restrict Chinese firms and products in U.S. markets.

Why it matters: The Chinese and American tech industries are joined at the hip in many ways, and that interdependence has shaped decades of prosperity. But now security concerns and economic rivalries are wrenching them apart.

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President Biden has a thin, short path to success in his first six to nine months, top advisers tell Axios. His success, or failure, will dictate whether he can hold off both Republican critics — and activist Democrats who want him to go bigger, faster.

The big picture: Biden has to get vaccinations moving and the stimulus bill pumping, so the economy will start rocking, advisers said. That’s why he loaded his White House with veteran loyalists focused almost exclusively on these two topics.