Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debated the state of the American economy this week - we analyze what that might mean for Florida's economy. How has federal stimulus impacted Florida’s recovery? We hear from you on whether stimulus money has worked where you live. And we explain the troubles of US Century Bank.
Experts say the city of Miami will face ‘a battle every year’ unless its leaders address structural problems with the budget. Hobbled by unimaginative leadership, passive management and petty political gamesmanship , the city careens from one budget shortfall to the next without fixing its fundamental fiscal problems.
Among the city’s chief issues, according to experts: spending beyond its means, ballooning pension costs and failing to generate new revenue. Policy analysts say politics and poor decisions have made matters worse.
New figures show incomes in the South Florida region have dropped, and Florida's unemployment figure of 8.8% remains unchanged. Has Governor Rick Scott's economic policy made any difference? Meanwhile, Mitt Romney looks to recover from gaffes about the 47% made at a Boca Raton fundraiser. Both he and Barack Obama spoke at Univision forums in Miami to appeal to Hispanic voters. Plus: after testimony by victims' families, will a state task force recommend changes to the Stand Your Ground law?
Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim Wyss on Venezuela, Colombia and the Summer Games
Forget the US election.
There may be an even more important presidential vote taking place in Venezuela this fall.
Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim Wyss updates WLRN's Phil Latzman on Hugo Chavez's fight to keep his job against upstart opponent Henrique Capriles. Also discussed: political strife in Colombia and Latin American countries tasting rare Olympic glory during the Summer Games in London.
08/06/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with El Nuevo Herald Metro columnist Daniel Shoer Roth. He also writes a weekly view in the Miami Herald Opinion section. A grandson of Holocaust survivors, Daniel Shoer is a frequent voice for South Florida underdogs: the homeless, elderly, bullied and neglected. Born in Venezuela, he’s the grandson of Holocaust survivors. That’s Topical Currents and host Joseph Cooper . . .
Reporter Kenny Malone explains the findings of the State Integrity Investigation to host Phil Latzman.
This story originally appeared in The Miami Herald on March 19, 2012.
The first time Florida Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, ran for office, he was just three years out of law school - a 28-year-old who still believed in the power of his lucky navy blue suit. As Smith puts it, he was a "nobody" from Broward County.
And yet, "these people would just show up" as he campaigned around the district. They were lobbyists. "[They'd] pat me on the back and say, 'Hey, I want to support you, ' and then give me a bunch of checks and say: 'Now remember me.' "
On an icy night in late December, Miami native Robert Battle, the new artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, saw his past and future come together in the heart of New York City.
After a year and a half of public grooming, of working alongside his towering predecessor, Judith Jamison, Battle was finally at the head of modern dance's most famous company, and in programming the troupe's annual five-week season at City Center Theatre, a major event in the New York dance world, he had made his real debut as director.