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C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD

More money is coming to fight Zika.

On Thursday Governor Rick Scott announced that he would allocate $25 million dollars in state funds to help fight the mosquito-borne virus. This is in addition to the $36 million he has already allocated for combating the virus, which can cause severe birth defects.

The governor says the state must focus on finding a vaccine to protect pregnant women and their developing babies. Thus the latest funding from Scott is slated to go toward research into finding a vaccine and a more cost-effective way to test for the disease.

Tallahassee Democrat

More than 300 McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and Publix muffins were dropped off at Gov. Rick Scott’s office Thursday morning to protest the omission of Independent Party of Florida presidential candidate Evan McMullin from the 2016 general election ballot in the state.

Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

With just a few days left before ballots for November’s election have to be finalized and printed, an initiative to curb the influence of wealthy donors on local politics is still tied up in court, and staff at the Board of Elections are bracing for work around the clock.

 

M. Aden/WLRN

After policy makers in Washington D.C. this week once again couldn’t agree on a bill to fund the fight against Zika, Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Friday criticized both parties for politicizing the issue.

Speaking to reporters in Doral, he expressed his frustration about the ongoing battle on the hill. "My own party has taken far too long to take this issue seriously. We should have dealt with it in March, when we first raised it."

Miami Herald

This week in Decision Florida, Scott Arceneaux, senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign in Florida, and Susie Wiles, co-chair of Donald Trump Florida, discuss the approaches of both candidates to win the hearts and minds of voters in the swing state.

Here are some of the  highlights of the conversation: 

M. Aden/WLRN

As Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager it’s Robby Mook’s job to hatch a strategy how she can win over voters in Florida, arguably the most important battleground state in the 2016 presidential election. He also has to tackle allegations that Clinton is corrupt and not trustworthy.  

In an interview with WLRN in Clinton’s Broward campaign headquarter in Fort Lauderdale, Robby Mook talks about the challenges of this emotional, polarized campaign. He lays out Clinton’s policy plans on immigration, job creation and on Cuba – and he blasts Donald Trump.

Ramón Espinosa / Associated Press

On Wednesday morning,  Gate Number 10 at Fort Lauderdale’s Airport was buzzing with reporters and airport and airline-officials. They all wanted to give the first scheduled passenger jet service from the United State to Cuba in  more than 50 years a proper send-off: JetBlue-flight 387 was scheduled to leave for Santa Clara, 175 miles east of Havana, at 9:45 am.

Shying away from the spotlight while officials gave speeches was one of the pilots. First Officer Francisco Barreras is 54 years old. His parents came from Cuba in 1961.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine campaigned in South Florida on the weekend. It was Kaine’s first trip to Florida since he first appeared as Vice President Candidate in Miami at the end of June.

On Saturday morning he spoke to local mayors and elected officials in Pembroke Pines. The event was not open to the public.

Evan Vucci AP / Miami Herald

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is being criticized for recent comments on immigration. Some news outlets have claimed he's flip flopped on his original hard stance on the topic. On CNN, he said there was no road to amnesty, contradicting comments made earlier in the week where he spoke about being open to the idea. 

Mareike Aden

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson  continued campaigning in South Florida Thursday. Trying to win over Cuban-American voters, he made the traditional campaign trail stop at Little Havana’s Versailles restaurant.

Standing at the coffee counter, he got very excited over the Cuban coffee he was served. "Oh my goodness, uh, this is great, oh man", he shouted out. Then he talked about his Cuba policy.

AP

Donald Trump was in South Florida again yesterday night. The Republican presidential nominee held a rally at the BB&T Center in Broward County where he focused on immigration, the economy, and national security. Trump criticized Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and made accusations about the President’s connections to terrorism.

“ISIS is honoring President Obama,” he said. “He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS ok?”

Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Latinos will be a key swing vote in November’s presidential election. Today a new poll of who Florida Latinos like was released. - and the numbers don’t look good for Donald Trump.

It’s no secret that Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has a big problem with Latino voters. Thanks largely to his harsh anti-immigration rhetoric, Trump has consistently polled well below 20 percent nationwide among Latinos. As low as 11 percent in one recent survey.

Ariana Cubillos / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Even after thugs broke into Anahís Montiel’s house, dragged her into the street, murdered her with machetes and threw her corpse into a nearby ravine, they still had time to return to her home and rob everything while her husband and six children were forced to watch it all.

They had about eight hours, in fact, since local cops did nothing.

Carolyn Kaster / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY (Updated July 29, 2016)

On immigration, this month’s Republican and Democratic conventions were as different as pit bulls and collies.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in town Tuesday night for a campaign fundraiser. Across the street was a reminder of why he’s so popular with his fans – but also why he’s so reviled by his foes.

While Trump was inside the friendly confines of his Trump National Doral Miami resort, outside dozens of activists organized by United Families demonstrated against his tough immigration platform. They held a long paper “Wall of Shame” with cutouts of Trump to protest his call to build a wall along the Mexican border.

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