politics http://blog.wlrn.org en Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys http://blog.wlrn.org/post/same-sex-couples-still-will-not-marry-keys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wedding bells are not ringing yet for same-sex couples in Monroe County.</span></p><p>Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones had hoped to apply for a marriage license on Tuesday after<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long"> last week Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor seeking the right to marry</a>. But State Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately appealed Garcia’s decision, automatically putting the process on hold.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Nancy Klingener 36055 at http://blog.wlrn.org Same-Sex Couples Still Will Not Marry In The Keys 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 Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-wants-job-training-teacher-internships-develop-stem-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.</span></p><p>He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.</p><p>“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 John O'Connor 35921 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers 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 Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long http://blog.wlrn.org/post/despite-key-wests-gay-friendly-history-gay-marriage-took-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It only took a few hours for the state Attorney General’s office to appeal </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/attorney-general-files-notice-appeal-monroe-county-gay-marriage-approval" style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday’s Monroe County <strong>ruling</strong> declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The appeal means any marriage licenses for gay couples are put on hold.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:51:05 +0000 Nancy Klingener 35763 at http://blog.wlrn.org Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long Attorney General Files Notice Of Appeal In Monroe County Gay Marriage Approval http://blog.wlrn.org/post/attorney-general-files-notice-appeal-monroe-county-gay-marriage-approval <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.31999969482422px;">Monroe Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Thursday afternoon. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:22:18 +0000 Nancy Klingener & Maria Murriel 35720 at http://blog.wlrn.org Attorney General Files Notice Of Appeal In Monroe County Gay Marriage Approval 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 Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/climate-change-environmental-group-asks-whats-your-plan-gov <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government released the third&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.globalchange.gov/ncadac" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank" title="Access to the report.">National Climate Assessment</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in May.</span></p><p>The report found that global sea level rose about eight inches in the last century and is projected to rise between one and four feet this century.&nbsp;</p><p>It names Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:47:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 35556 at http://blog.wlrn.org Climate Change: Environmental Group Asks "What's Your Plan, Gov?" 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 The Florida Roundup: The Problems In Prisons http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-problems-prisons <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:55:35 +0000 Elaine Chen 35370 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: The Problems In Prisons 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 Supreme Court Decision Does Not Slow Down Hobby Lobby's Move Into South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/supreme-court-decision-does-not-slow-down-hobby-lobbys-move-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's business as usual for a national craft and hobby store at the center of a national debate over birth control and religious freedom.</span></p><p>The Supreme Court <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/sebelius-v-hobby-lobby-stores-inc/" target="_blank">ruled 5-4 that for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby are not required to provide employees coverage for birth control if it conflicts with the owners' religious beliefs.&nbsp;</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:26:09 +0000 Carla Javier 35309 at http://blog.wlrn.org Supreme Court Decision Does Not Slow Down Hobby Lobby's Move Into South Florida 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 Ralph Nader: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ralph-nader-emerging-left-right-alliance-dismantle-corporate-state <p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Richard Ives & Paul Leary 35114 at http://blog.wlrn.org Ralph Nader: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State