Politics http://blog.wlrn.org en Sen. Dwight Bullard Calls On Gov. Rick Scott To Investigate Prison Deaths http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sen-dwight-bullard-calls-gov-rick-scott-investigate-prison-deaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami-Dade County officials are calling on </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Scott to investigate the death of a mentally ill inmate at Dade Correctional Institute.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Darren Rainey was found dead two years ago in a closet-size shower stall. He had been put there and left for two hours in scalding-hot water as punishment.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:40:20 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35925 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sen. Dwight Bullard Calls On Gov. Rick Scott To Investigate Prison Deaths Miami Shores Symbolic Gay Marriage Vote Fails http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-shores-symbolic-gay-marriage-vote-fails <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week, a municipality in South Florida held a symbolic vote to show support for gay marriage.</span></p><p>That vote failed.</p><p>In a 3-to-2 vote, the Village of Miami Shores decided not to support a statewide law that would allow gays to marry anywhere in Florida.</p><p>Jesse Walters, vice mayor of Miami Shores, proposed the resolution at a recent council meeting.</p><p>"Frankly," he says, "I think it's a black eye for the village, it's an embarrassment. It's a town that has a lot of gay and lesbian people."</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:58:58 +0000 Nadege Green 35795 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Shores Symbolic Gay Marriage Vote Fails Gov. Rick Scott Signs Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-signs-aaron-cohen-life-protection-act <p>Two years after the hit-and-run accident that killed cyclist Aaron Cohen was killed, the Florida Legislature passed a bill with tougher penalties for drivers who flee the scene.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott signed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act in Key Biscayne on Wednesday, with Cohen’s family in attendance.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:48:56 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 35727 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Signs Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act Charlie Crist Announces Running Mate From Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charlie-crist-announces-running-mate-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stopped at a converted warehouse for Miami entrepreneurs, 12-year-old Andrew Castro handed him a miniature state of Florida produced by a 3-D printer.</span></p><p>“A little Florida! Thank you," Crist said.<br /><br />Crist&nbsp;was at LAB Miami Thursday morning because he thinks another South Floridian can help hand him the whole state this fall -- Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:35:32 +0000 John O'Connor 35711 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charlie Crist Announces Running Mate From Miami Study: Black Women Underepresented At All Levels Of Political Office http://blog.wlrn.org/post/study-black-women-underepresented-all-levels-political-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.higherheightsforamerica.org/reports" target="_blank">A recent study</a> found black women are underrepresented at all levels of politics — federal, state and local government.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:48:02 +0000 Nadege Green 35657 at http://blog.wlrn.org Study: Black Women Underepresented At All Levels Of Political Office How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-panama-cut-poor-kids-out-florida-millionaires-will <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Panama today is best known for its economic boom, and rightly so. But unfortunately, poverty and piracy remain as much a part of the country's image as the Panama Canal.</span></p><p>According to the World Bank, half of Panama’s children are poor. A fifth of them are malnourished. Those underfed kids cram Panama charity centers like Nutre Hogar. On a recent visit there I saw the devastating effects of child malnutrition, including brain damage.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:11:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 35616 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will Former North Miami Mayor Awaiting Trial For Fraud Endorses Candidate http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-north-miami-mayor-awaiting-trial-fraud-endorses-candidate <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Miami’s elections are typically drama-filled.</span></p><p>The upcoming mayoral election, triggered after former&nbsp;mayor Lucie Tondreau was arrested by federal agents and removed from office, is no different.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:14:48 +0000 Nadege Green 35546 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former North Miami Mayor Awaiting Trial For Fraud Endorses Candidate In Congress, Road To Funding Highways Jammed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/congress-road-funding-highways-jammed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal pot of money preserving local roads and bridges may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart on a solution. Not only local infrastructure but the overall economy is sure to feel the impact.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Matt Laslo 35361 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Congress, Road To Funding Highways Jammed The Power Of The Diaz-Balart Name, From Cuba To Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/power-diaz-balart-name-cuba-miami <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/quiz-do-you-know-south-florida-politicians"><strong>Take our quiz on South Florida's political families. &nbsp;</strong></a></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">When immigrants leave their country, they usually leave their connections and name recognition behind. But that doesn’t apply to Cubans in South Florida, which is home to almost half of the U.S. Cuban population.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:19:41 +0000 Elaine Chen 35292 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Power Of The Diaz-Balart Name, From Cuba To Miami Crist Debuts First TV Ad In Gubernatorial Race http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-debuts-first-tv-ad-gubernatorial-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, Democratic candidate Charlie </span>Crist's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign debuted his first television ad in the heated gubernatorial race.</span></p><p>In the ad, Crist says that during his last stint as governor, from 2007 to 2011, he saved the jobs of 20,000 teachers and cut property taxes for middle class seniors. He also promises, if elected, to raise the minimum wage, demand equal pay for women and to restore school funding.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:12:37 +0000 Carla Javier 35256 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist Debuts First TV Ad In Gubernatorial Race "Nan Van" Follows Grassroots Gubernatorial Candidate http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nan-van-follows-grassroots-gubernatorial-candidate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nan Rich is a long way from home.</span></p><p>In this ultraconservative city on the western edge of the Florida Panhandle, the Democratic candidate for governor is more than 650 miles from her base of support in left-leaning Broward County.</p><p>Any farther and she would be in Alabama.</p><p>Rich is keenly aware of the distance as she settles in for a meet and greet at a trendy restaurant that serves both sushi and Southern comfort food. Winning votes here is a long shot. But so is winning the governor’s mansion.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:41:55 +0000 Kathleen McGrory 34640 at http://blog.wlrn.org "Nan Van" Follows Grassroots Gubernatorial Candidate The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-cuba-changes-does-us-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:37:53 +0000 Elaine Chen 34656 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charlie-crist-says-hell-release-nearly-25-years-tax-returns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced he’ll release his tax returns going back nearly 25 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I would challenge Rick Scott to do the same,” said </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at an event on Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:39:28 +0000 Sammy Mack 34628 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax http://blog.wlrn.org/post/integrity-florida-financial-disclosures-blind-trusts-and-corruption-tax <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Division of Elections says </span><a href="http://election.myflorida.com/candidate/canlist.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">18 people have qualified to run for governor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:27:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 34465 at http://blog.wlrn.org Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency http://blog.wlrn.org/post/frontrunners-governor-reveal-finances-and-seek-more-transparency <p></p><p>Now that Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have released details about their finances, the <a href="http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/canlist.asp" target="_blank">front runners in what is expected to be a very close governor's race</a> are goading each other to be more transparent.</p><p>Governor Rick Scott's net worth is well over $100 million. The businessman and former health care executive does not accept a salary as governor.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:54:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 34411 at http://blog.wlrn.org Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency