politics

Lynn University Debate
9:34 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Debates Commission: Lynn U.'s Time On The Big Stage Will Pay Off

Lynn University President Kevin Ross learned his school was a finalist to host the presidential debate last fall.
Christine DiMattei

A wry symbol on a text message.

Last fall, that was the first inkling Lynn University President Kevin Ross had that his school would be making the history books.

“I was out at lunch and got a text that said, ‘You need to come back to campus immediately,’" recalls Ross.  “And it was with a smiley-face after it. So I knew it was good.”

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News
11:52 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Lynn University To Become 'Mini-United Nations' During Debate

Lynn University

A week from today, news outlets from all over the world are expected to converge upon Boca Raton's Lynn University for the third and final Presidential Debate of 2012.

And it looks like some foreign journalists won't be needing their pocket English dictionaries as much as they thought.

International students from more than 80 countries make up nearly a quarter of Lynn's student body. University officials say they've worked hard to locate students who will be able to serve as translators.

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Florida Supreme Court Fight
3:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

AP: Bondi Not Backing GOP On Fight Over State Supreme Court Justices

Florida Office of the Attorney General

Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, says she's not backing the state GOP's effort to oust three state Supreme Court Justices.

The Florida GOP is currently endorsing a conservative effort to remove Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince from the Florida Supreme Court. All three are considered by conservatives to be the most liberal members of the Court-- and they are up for a merit retention vote this year. This means Floridians will vote on whether these judges get to keep their job at the state's highest court.

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Ballot Measures
2:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington Post: 2012 Is A Busy Year For Ballot Measures

Florida has
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Anyone in Florida who has already gotten their absentee ballot for this year's presidential election will notice that there are a lot - A LOT - of ballot measures.

According to The Washington Post, voters all over the country will be voting on almost 200 ballot measures.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
2:35 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Sleepless In Miami

1:11 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Puerto Ricans Rule In Swing State Math

Lead in text: 
Romney can't win without Florida, Florida can’t be won without the I-4 corridor and I-4 is controlled by Hispanics. So, who controls them? Puerto Ricans, according to this report in the Guardian...and the Puerto Ricans are feeling left-out and disenfranchised.
Poinciana sits in the heart of the vote-rich Interstate-4 corridor where the battle for Florida - and quite possibly the White House itself - will soon be fought. This is the ultimate swing region, in the ultimate swing state, with Latino voters holding their fingers on the scale.
Dispatches From the Swing State
12:51 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

What Health Insurance Means To The Fire-Juggling Voter

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

DISPATCH: The Religious Non-Voter

Human Trafficking
1:19 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Amtrak Works With Feds To Fight Human Trafficking

Amtrak is partnering with the DOT and the DHS to combat human trafficking.
Glenn D Flickr/Creative Commons

Two federal government agencies are teaming up with Amtrak to fight human trafficking.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman announced the new partnership Thursday.

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State Integrity Investigation
8:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 5: Soft Money And Deep Pockets

A lobbyist can't buy a legislator dinner, or even a cup of coffee. But a lobbyist can hand over a check for thousands of dollars.
Images_of_Money Flickr

Florida has one of the strictest rules in the country for lobbyist gift-giving: an absolute ban.

And the state has one of toughest laws for campaign contributions: a $500 limit.

And yet, there’s a contradiction that everyone in Tallahassee seems to know about.

A lobbyist cannot buy a legislator dinner, or a cup of coffee, or a bottle of water. But a lobbyist can hand over a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a “CCE.”

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State Integrity Investigation
7:57 am
Wed October 3, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 4: Clouds Over The Sunshine State

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Florida has a national reputation for its Public Records Law. But a new study by the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International has given the Sunshine State a D in “Public Access to Information.”

The State Integrity Investigation is the first attempt to look across all states at how good the system is for preventing political corruption.

The investigation graded each state on more than 300 indicators of accountability, transparency, and corruption risk. The indicators are divided into 14 categories, which appear on the report card.

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State Integrity Investigation
7:54 am
Wed October 3, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day Two: A Method

  • Hear WLRN-Miami Herald host Phil Latzman's interview with Dan Christensen.

The State Integrity Investigation – a collaboration of Public Radio International, the Center for Public Integrity and WLRN in Miami – is the first comprehensive look at state government  for every state in the country. What’s working? What’s not working? How susceptible is the process to corruption? 

Florida's government, overall, was given a C-minus for its integrity – not great, but still the 18th best in the country.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Michael Grunwald & The New New Deal

Michael Grunwald, Author of The New New Deal
www.michaelgrunwald.com

10/01/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Time Magazine Senior Correspondent Michael Grunwald, who’s chronicled the events and reactions surrounding the 2009 federal stimulus package, which reached 700-billion-dollars. In The New New Deal, Grunwald examines what prompted conservatives to condemn the stimulus as a monstrous waste and liberals to lament the lost opportunity for a bigger and bolder package. Grunwald speaks with literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day”. Linda Gassenheimer & Chef Aida Mollencamp

09/27/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with Miami-Dade’s “Ethical Governance Day.” We’ll speak with Ethics Commission Executive Director Joseph Centorini and Miami-Dade Schools social science coordinator Jackie Viana. Events begin October 12th. And more. Linda Gassenheimer and TV Chef Aida Mollenkamp with cooking tips from her book, Keys To The Kitchen

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics

09/26/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with NYU political science professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics. Perhaps the authors are overly cynical, but a dictator can stay in power as long a ruling coalition can be maintained, even if it is a small minority. Democracies, in contrast, tend to be wide coalition systems and must satisfy a far wider population segment.

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