politics http://blog.wlrn.org en How Gov. Rick Scott's State Of The State Compares To What Floridians Want http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-gov-rick-scotts-state-state-compares-what-floridians-want <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A campaigning incumbent always has to be upbeat and, in reporting on how you’ve done, you don’t want to bring down the party. Gov. Rick Scott was no exception.</span></p><p>Every state legislative session begins with an address by the Governor on the state of the state. But what if the people of Florida gave that speech instead?</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:39:11 +0000 Maria Murriel & Elaine Chen 28663 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Gov. Rick Scott's State Of The State Compares To What Floridians Want Bad Move, Mr. Crist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bad-move-mr-crist <p>The first time I met Charlie Crist, he was the state Attorney General. It was at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news conference in their then-new digs along the Dolphin Expressway near Florida's Turnpike.<br /><br />I'm fairly certain it was one of those Joint Agency Task Force announcements that had something to do with Identity Theft (Hint: "We're against it.")<br /><br />So am I, by the way. It can be debilitating.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 03:02:20 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 23072 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bad Move, Mr. Crist Former Gov. Crist Enters Florida's Gubernatorial Race http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-gov-crist-enters-floridas-gubernatorial-race <p>Former Gov. Charlie Crist made it official Friday: He will run for his old job again in 2014, setting up a potential battle with Republican Gov. Rick Scott for the state's highest office.</p><p>Crist, who is set to announce his candidacy Monday morning at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, quietly filed his paperwork Friday with state election officials. The move allows him to begin raising money immediately. He becomes an instant front-runner in a Democratic primary that also includes former state Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich of Weston.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 23:01:34 +0000 Brandon Larrabee 23068 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former Gov. Crist Enters Florida's Gubernatorial Race New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-campaign-finance-laws-take-effect-nov-1 <p>With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.</p><p>Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:22:12 +0000 Brandon Larrabee 23024 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1 Gov. Scott's Top Business Recruiter Gets A Pay Hike http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-scotts-top-business-recruiter-gets-pay-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The outlook was largely positive as Governor Rick Scott, government officials and business leaders gathered in Coral Gables to discuss progress in boosting Florida’s economy.</span></p><p>The Oct. 31 gathering coincided with a board meeting of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development agency.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:27:38 +0000 Rachel Morello & Jim Turner & News Service of Florida 22994 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Scott's Top Business Recruiter Gets A Pay Hike No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. http://blog.wlrn.org/post/no-more-guns-neighborhood-watch-sanford-fla The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=148905681" target="_blank">killed teenager Trayvon Martin</a> in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," <a href="http://www.wmfe.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15204&news_iv_ctrl=1041" target="_blank">our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report</a>.<p>The station reminds us that "Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith took over the department in April, and suspe Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22961 at http://blog.wlrn.org No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. Why The Governor's Race In 2014 Poses A Quandary For Democratic Women http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-governors-race-2014-poses-quandary-democratic-women <p>Nan Rich often riffs that she has an unfair advantage over Charlie Crist in the quest to oust incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.</p><p>"I'm a woman, a mom and a grandmother. Those are powerful things to be today in this state," Rich told Democrats gathered in Orlando for their state conference over the weekend.</p><p>Rich may have exaggerated her edge over Crist, a former Republican who will formally enter the race on Monday. But she isn't overstating the importance women voters have in determining who wins elections across the country, and especially in Florida.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:13:27 +0000 Dara Kim & News Service of Florida 22914 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Governor's Race In 2014 Poses A Quandary For Democratic Women U.N. Condemns U.S. Embargo Of Cuba, Again http://blog.wlrn.org/post/un-condemns-us-embargo-cuba-again In a U.N. vote that has become something of a tradition, only one country agreed with the United States that its embargo of Cuba should continue. The final count in the General Assembly vote was 188-2.<p>NPR's Michele Kelemen reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"For the 22nd year in a row, the U.N. General Assembly approved a mainly symbolic resolution that condemns the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. This year's tally was 188-2, with three abstentions. Only Israel sided with the U.S. this time.<p>"State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki brushed off the news, saying the U.S. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:13:50 +0000 Bill Chappell 22866 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Reign Of Argentina's 'Queen Cristina' Is All But Over -- And How Miami Benefits http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-reign-argentinas-queen-cristina-all-over-and-how-miami-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I met Cristina </span>Fernández<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> de </span>Kirchner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in 2007, just before she was first elected president of Argentina. In our interview, she talked a good deal about the rise of women leaders in the Americas, from then Chilean President Michelle </span>Bachelet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to then U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary </span>Rodham<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Clinton.</span></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 22883 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why The Reign Of Argentina's 'Queen Cristina' Is All But Over -- And How Miami Benefits Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive http://blog.wlrn.org/post/brazils-restrictions-abortion-may-get-more-restrictive The doctor's office is clean and white and comfortingly bland in an upscale neighborhood of Sao Paulo. We were given the address by a health professional who told us one of the doctors here gives safe abortions in a country where they are illegal.<p>The doctor agrees to speak on condition of anonymity after we prove we are not there to entrap him. He does not admit on tape that he terminates unwanted pregnancies. But he says openly he favors legalizing abortions.<p>"Most women who want an abortion in Brazil can't afford to come to a doctor," he says. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:18:33 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 22809 at http://blog.wlrn.org Brazil's Restrictions On Abortion May Get More Restrictive Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement http://blog.wlrn.org/post/take-state-and-shove-it-new-secession-movement There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.<p>Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.<p>Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 whether to break off and form their own state. Many are unhappy about liberal state legislation they believe reflects the values of the Denver-Boulder corridor, but not their part of the world.<p>"We're rarely listened to when it comes to legislation," says Butch White, the mayor of Ault. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:20:24 +0000 22787 at http://blog.wlrn.org Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement South Florida Food Banks Prepare For Funding Cuts http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-food-banks-prepare-funding-cuts <p>Florida's food programs are bracing for cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that kick in Nov. 1 --- while watching warily as U.S. House and Senate conferees prepare to negotiate a federal farm bill, which could have much more far-reaching consequences for hungry Floridians.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Margie Menzel & News Service of Florida 22753 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Food Banks Prepare For Funding Cuts Democrats Fawn Over Crist Candidacy At Party Confab http://blog.wlrn.org/post/democrats-fawn-over-crist-candidacy-party-confab <p>Hundreds of Florida Democrats fawned over former Gov. Charlie Crist this weekend at their annual conference as the onetime "Reagan Republican" campaigned relentlessly, receiving a hero's welcome more than a week before he officially announces his candidacy for governor.</p><p>The Florida Democratic Party's conference gave Crist, who wasn't an official speaker, a platform to do what he seems to love best --- pose for photographs, whisper words of encouragement and linger long enough with admirers to create a logjam wherever he went.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Dara Kim & News Service of Florida 22750 at http://blog.wlrn.org Democrats Fawn Over Crist Candidacy At Party Confab New Crist Video Looks Like A Campaign Ad http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-crist-video-looks-campaign-ad <p></p><p>Expected next month to launch a bid to return to the governor's office, Democrat Charlie Crist released a YouTube video Friday that might foreshadow the themes of his 2014 campaign.</p><p>Crist referred to himself as the "people's governor," a familiar mantra from his days in office. Though he didn't mention Republican Gov. Rick Scott by name, Crist took shots at Scott, who has used a theme of "It's Working" while trying to convince voters the state has rebounded under his stewardship.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:29:40 +0000 News Service of Florida 22693 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Crist Video Looks Like A Campaign Ad Broward, Palm Beach Beat Other U.S. Metro Areas In Jobless Drop http://blog.wlrn.org/post/broward-palm-beach-beat-other-us-metro-areas-jobless-drop <p></p><p>Broward County and Palm Beach’s unemployment rates are dropping faster than it is in any other major metropolitan area, according to a new federal report.</p><p>For August, the most recent month with updated federal data, the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area saw unemployment plunge to 5.8 percent from 7.7 percent a year before. according to data released Monday. Palm Beach also saw a drop of nearly two percentage points (from 9.7 percent to 8.4 percent), ending Seattle’s six-month run atop the list produced each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:28 +0000 Douglas Hanks 22494 at http://blog.wlrn.org Broward, Palm Beach Beat Other U.S. Metro Areas In Jobless Drop