Florida

Waterfront Property
9:03 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Supreme Court: Floating Home Still A Man's Castle

Fane Lozman's floating home is docked at a marina in Riviera Beach, Fla., in this undated photo from court documents.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:54 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Florida man's floating home was a house, not a boat, and that therefore, the city marina where he kept it docked could not seize the structure under federal maritime law. The case could affect thousands of houseboat owners nationwide.

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Property Insurance
9:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Florida Dodges Storms But Gets Smacked By Rising Insurance Rates

Citizens' new president says right now the company still charges far less than a private company would.
Credit Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Florida has successfully dodged a major storm for a while now. But, the state's residents have not been so lucky at dodging rate increases on their property insurance.

Property insurance rates have been rising for millions of Floridians even though the state hasn't been directly hit by a hurricane in seven years.

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Year In Review
3:42 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Yearly Roundup: New Districts, New Voting Problems, New Economic Hope

Even Santa's Enchanted Forest was in the patriotic spirit November 6th.
Credit Bob B. Brown, Flickr

In an election year and a redistricting year, you might have expected this. The biggest stories of 2012 ended up being an election and redistricting.

A third ongoing story also pervaded the year's news: The economy continued its long, slow rise from the ashes of the recession, and by year's end the rebound – while facing the possible stomach-punch of a fiscal cliff setback – appeared to be solid.

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Animal Welfare Policy
12:09 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

A Holiday Wish: 2013, The Year Of The Chimpanzee

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Rufus, 46, now lives on an island in a Florida sanctuary run by Save the Chimps. Before his rescue, Rufus lived in a facility Save the Chimps calls "the dungeon."
Courtesy of Save the Chimps

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 5:50 pm

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Democratic Party
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

President Wants Wasserman Schultz To Stay On As DNC Chair

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Weston) also serves as Democratic National Committee chairwoman.
Credit Congressional web site

After  helping direct a successful re-election campaign, a top Democratic official says President Obama wants South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as party chair.

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Republicans And Hispanics
7:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Republicans Seek Jeb Bush To Repair Breech With Hispanics In Florida And Elsewhere

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 11:16 am

Paging Jeb Bush.

Your party needs you.

In the aftermath of Tuesday's election losses, Republicans have been scrambling to formulate a fix for what went wrong.

A big part of that calculation involves repairing relations with Hispanics, the fast-growing electoral power base that rejected Republican Mitt Romney's "self deportation" immigration solution and voted for President Obama in numbers that exceeded 70 percent.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Florida: A President's Best Friend and Worst Enemy

In a new book, University of Florida professor James C. Clark details Florida's unique role in both delighting and vexing presidents in American history.
Credit http://www.drjimclark.com/

The  Miami Book Fair International is happening through the weekend , and all week, we're hearing from some of the Florida authors appearing at Miami-Dade College for the fair.

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Florida
10:30 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Florida As Described By The New Yorker

Credit Willy Volk /Flickr

Florida may be center stage for this year's election, but its also a largely complicated and interesting place to outsiders during non-election years.

For years, The New Yorker has been filing colorful, surprising and harrowing stories from Florida, which they have compiled to give readers a different look at this largely misunderstood state. Here are some of the magazine's observations about Florida through the years as told through their reporting:

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News
6:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: How New Unemployment Numbers Add Up

The Job Hunt Goes On For Many.
Rachel Larue

 This is actually the last statewide and local jobs report we'll receive before Election Day on November 6th.The unemployment rate is down in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties and statewide, but not for the same reasons. 

Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup
11:50 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special At Lynn University

Streaming The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special live from Lynn University!

Host Phil Latzman, along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers are discussing U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.

Panel members include:

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News
6:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Obama Campaign Memo Claims Victory In Voter Numbers

Obama Campaign Says New Voter Numbers Have Grown
Luke Sharrett

Debate performances aside, President Barack Obama is already claiming a "ground game" victory in Florida.

His campaign has sent out a memo touting gains made in voter registration and absentee voting numbers compared to four years ago

It also points out that the campaign never left Florida after the 2008 win over John McCain, and has trained 20-thousand people to register voters.

The campaign also says voter registration among black and Hispanic voters has increased substantially since the last election.

Simón Bolivar's Hair
3:35 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Floridian Sues Venezuela To Regain His Lock Of Liberator Simón Bolívar 's Hair

Thanks to the disputed lock of hair, we're pretty sure this is what Simon Bolivar looked like.

Florida resident Ricardo Devengoechea had what the Venezuelans needed: an actual lock of Simón Bolivar's hair that could be used to authenticate the bones stashed in Caracas' National Pantheon.  Reportedly, he lent them the hair, the match was made and Bolívar's certified skull was used to make the  digital facial image that you see on this page.

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Politics
9:02 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Will New Florida Voting Laws Affect Election?

House Bill 1355 - passed in April 2011 - mandates a total of 80 changes to Florida's election laws
Voters in America: Who Counts? CNN.com

Voting in Florida has always been a contentious issue.  But now, it's even more so thanks to new voting laws passed by the Florida Legislature.

House Bill 1355 - passed in April 2011 - mandates a total of 80 changes to Florida's election laws. 

Among the most noticeable are  restrictions on voter registration, form filing deadlines and reductions in early voting days.  

How they may impacting the 2012 election is the subject of a new documentary airing on CNN this Sunday, called "Voters in America: Who Counts."

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Dispatches From the Swing State
11:48 am
Fri October 5, 2012

DISPATCH: The Religious Non-Voter

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