politics

Campaign
3:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

"Nan Van" Follows Grassroots Gubernatorial Candidate

Former state senator Nan Rich speaks with supporters at a local campaign stop.
Credit Michael Spooneybarger / Miami Herald

Nan Rich is a long way from home.

In this ultraconservative city on the western edge of the Florida Panhandle, the Democratic candidate for governor is more than 650 miles from her base of support in left-leaning Broward County.

Any farther and she would be in Alabama.

Rich is keenly aware of the distance as she settles in for a meet and greet at a trendy restaurant that serves both sushi and Southern comfort food. Winning votes here is a long shot. But so is winning the governor’s mansion.

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Governor's Race
5:39 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Charlie Crist Says He'll Release Nearly 25 Years Of Tax Returns

Charlie Crist talks politics at the offices of the United Teachers of Dade.
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Charlie Crist announced he’ll release his tax returns going back nearly 25 years.

“I would challenge Rick Scott to do the same,” said Crist at an event on Thursday.

Crist is running to be the democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in November. Last week, Scott released three years of tax returns for himself and his wife. Republicans had been calling on Crist to submit his financial information, too.

While Crist’s disclosure goes back much further than Scott’s, Crist drew the line at including his wife’s information.

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Politics
6:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Integrity Florida On Financial Disclosures, Blind Trusts, And A Corruption Tax

Integrity Florida's Dan Krassner found a study that shows each Floridian pays a "corruption tax" of more than $1000 a year.
Credit Florida Department of State

The Florida Division of Elections says 18 people have qualified to run for governor. They include Republicans, Democrats, independents, a Libertarian, and write-in candidates.

The two frontrunners, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, disclosed their financial records when they filed papers to run earlier this month.

So did Democrat Nan Rich, the former minority leader of the Florida Senate who is struggling to get any attention ahead of her primary race with Crist. 

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Politics
5:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency

18 candidates have filed to run for governor of Florida. The winner will live in this mansion on a hill in Tallahassee.
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Now that Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have released details about their finances, the front runners in what is expected to be a very close governor's race are goading each other to be more transparent.

Governor Rick Scott's net worth is well over $100 million. The businessman and former health care executive does not accept a salary as governor.

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Politics
6:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Says Florida Is Taking Care Of Immigrants

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  Gov. Rick Scott was in Overtown Thursday to highlight millions in the state budget to help children who were victims of human trafficking.

This year’s state budget will spend $6 million to hire more advocates to help children during court cases. Another $3 million will pay for safe houses and rehabilitation for child victims of trafficking.

Scott also used the opportunity to talk about a new law that allows some undocumented immigrants access to in-state college tuition.

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LGBT Rights
4:35 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Is Passed In Fort Lauderdale

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Same-sex marriage in the state of Florida is still illegal, but city commissioners in Fort Lauderdale have signed a resolution in support of it.

While the resolution will not legalize same-sex marriage, proponents say it's important that Fort Lauderdale make its stance opposing the statewide ban known, the Sun Sentinel reports.

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Politics
9:22 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Florida Gets Lion's Share Of Water Bill For Port Expansion, Everglades Restoration

PANAMAXED: Giant new gantry cranes are deployed for the big ships at PortMiami. Port Everglades is preparing to widen and dredge to handle similar vessels.
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Florida is the big winner under the new Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which President Obama signed last week. The bill carries $12.3 billion in infrastructure spending for the entire nation and $3 billion of that is coming to the Sunshine State.

There's $2 billion in the bill to expand Florida ports for the new Panamax vessels and another billion to restart four long-stalled Everglades restoration projects. That's 25 percent of the entire appropriation.

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Sports
4:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beckham's Stadium Still Homeless: Major League Soccer Rejects Marlins Park Location

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David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside locations that aren't in downtown Miami.

MLS recently rejected the proposal to build Beckham's stadium next to Marlins Park, the former Orange Bowl site. MLS president Mark Abbott says the stadium needs to be downtown to be successful, the Miami Herald reports. But six years ago, MLS seriously considered the former Orange Bowl location.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott's Stock In Oil Company Angers Environmentalists

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A few environmental groups in Florida want Gov. Rick Scott out of office due to his involvement in oil stocks.

Scott has a growing stock in an oil company involved in drilling in Collier County, and in 2011 he invested $135,000 in Schlumberger Limited, one of the biggest oil service companies in the world.  

Schlumberger Limited is involved in drilling near the Everglades. Environmental groups including the Sierra Club oppose the drilling.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Could Jeb Bush's Views On Immigration Cost Him A Presidential Primary?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Credit Miami Herald

Some conservatives say the recent primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) shows a Republican like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush cannot win a presidential primary because of his views on immigration. Bush and another Florida politician hoping for the presidency are taking very different approaches to the issue.

As the dust settles on Cantor's stunning primary loss, some analysts say he was ousted because he was seen as a Washington insider. Others say Virginia’s open primary allowed Democrats and independents to sabotage his race.

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Shots: Health News
5:24 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida

One of three marijuana plants growing in the backyard of a 65-year-old retiree from Pompano Beach, Fla. He grows and smokes his own "happy grass" to alleviate pain.
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Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:05 am

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now have laws allowing for some form of medical marijuana.

Florida appears poised to join the club. Polls show that voters there are likely to approve a November ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.

If it passes, regulations that would set up a market for medical marijuana in Florida are still at least a year away. But cannabis entrepreneurs from around the country are already setting up shop in the state.

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Sports
2:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

International Tweeters Use Hashtag To Protest The World Cup

A hashtag protests the World Cup on Twitter.
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Tweeters, mainly in Spain and Latin America, are using the hashtag #NoVoyABrasilPorque to state why they're not going to -- and some boycotting -- Brazil for the World Cup. The users are mainly protesting Brazil’s economic preference toward the tournament than many of its social issues.

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News
5:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Voto Latino Power Summit Comes To Miami

Voto Latino Power Summit will be held in Miami for the first time June 13 to 14.
Credit Voto Latino website

Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States, according to Pew Research.

This caught the attention of Voto Latino, a nonpartisan organization that will host the first power summit for 300 Latino millennials in Miami.

The leadership conference plans to engage millennials to create a positive impact in their community. Advocacy, leadership and technology are the main tracks that participants will hear about and receive training on.  

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Midterm Elections
12:05 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Wasserman Schultz: GOP Relying On "Distractions" In November

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As chair of the Democratic National Committee, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz faces a tough task in November: Keeping her party from losing its U.S. Senate majority and keeping the GOP from enlarging its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Polls so far indicate both could happen.

But in an interview with WLRN, Wasserman Schultz says she's convinced voters will ultimately reject Republican "extremism" and what she calls the GOP's "distractions" strategy.

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News
4:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Scott Signs Bill Allowing DREAMers To Qualify For In-State Tuition

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a bill that will allow in-state tuition costs for undocumented students in Florida.
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Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill allowing certain students who arrived to the United States illegally to qualify for in-state tuition at colleges and universities in South Florida.

The bill (HB 851) was sponsored by Rep. Jeannette Nunez, R-Miami.

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