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Politics
9:33 am
Mon August 26, 2013

A Guide To The Nation's Most Vulnerable Governors

Gov. Tom Corbett addresses a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Feb. 5 in Harrisburg.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 5:16 am

If you're looking for the most interesting gubernatorial races to watch in the coming year, the nation's biggest states are a good place to start.

Democrats Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo look like safe bets for re-election in California and New York, respectively. And, despite the pending retirement of Rick Perry, Republicans are confident of maintaining their hold on the governor's mansion in Texas.

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Beaches
4:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Help Miami-Dade Find New Sources Of Sand

Sand near Collins Avenue and 55th Street in Miami Beach.
Credit Yahoo Images/Cejas.me

Miami-Dade County needs new sources of sand for its beaches.

The Army Corps of Engineers says Miami-Dade is running out of offshore supplies and the county is looking for new places to harvest sand.

The corps is holding public meetings every day this week starting in Miami Beach this evening. Meetings will be held in Palm Beach and Broward counties Tuesday and Thursday.  

The corps is already considering a couple of different places Miami-Dade can get more sand from such as upland sources and federal and state waters in Southeast Florida.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Struggle Between The Haves And Have-nots

Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner
http://www.cultureclashes.org/

07/10/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Stanford University cultural psychologists Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner. They’ve co-authored CLASH:  8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are. They say there’s a clash between independence and interdependence, including the struggle between the haves and have-nots; the politics of religion and contention between Asian and Western cultures. That

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

The Tea Party & Politics In America

Christopher Parker
http://faculty.washington.edu/csparker/

07/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Washington, Seattle, Professor Christopher Parker.  He’s the co-author of CHANGE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IN:  The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in AmericaWhat makes the Tea Party click? Last November, some 45-million registered voters told a Fox News poll that they identified with the party.  That’s a fifth of the electorate. Tune in for Topical Currents 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Would Two Presidents Be Better Than One?

Two Presidents Are Better Than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch
http://orentlicher.tumblr.com/

05/13/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with law scholar David Orentlicher. He’s the author of TWO PRESIDENTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE:  The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch. In his view, the legislative fights over healthcare, debt ceiling, “fiscal cliff” and budget sequestering show that a bipartisan, shared Presidency would remove incentives to obstruct progress. Should there be another desk

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Why Lawmakers Choose Myths Over Evidence

Professor David Schultz
http://schultzstake.blogspot.com/

04/01/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Professor David Schultz, author of AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE AGE OF IGNORANCE.  He contends that lawmakers on all levels ignore clear evidence and prefer myths of belief when creating legislation and policies . . . and that money, special interests and simple ideology figure in recycling old policies.  That’s Topical Currents . . .

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the website
www.watchdogreport.net/

03/18/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Watchdog Report publisher Dan Ricker.  An independent journalist, he follows South Florida government and politics with a weekly e-mail summary.

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Teacher Evaluations
8:41 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How Florida's Senate President Would Change Teacher Evaluations

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:02 pm

Florida’s Senate President says the state’s teacher evaluation system is confusing and should be reworked so teacher ratings more closely match those of the schools they work in.

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Florida Medicaid Expansion
6:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long a foe of the administration's health overhaul, reversed course and agree to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:25 am

Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott's motto should be "never say never."

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Embargo On Cuba
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

DNC Chair: 'Unbelievable Oppression' In Cuba Makes Continuing Embargo Necessary

South Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz addresses the audience at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches event.
Credit C. DiMattei

The leader of the Democratic National Committee says the U.S. embargo of Cuba should remain in place, in spite of recent reforms in the Communist island nation.

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke before a crowd of over 500 people Friday at an event sponsored by the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. 

The DNC chair says it doesn't make sense to lift the embargo, in light of what she calls the "unbelievable oppression" in Cuba.

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Politics And Poetry
5:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience'

President Obama chose FIU graduate Richard Blanco as the 2013 Inaugural Poet.
Credit Photo by Michael Upright

Richard Blanco is home now, back in Miami after a six-year journey that launched the award-winning poet and FIU double-graduate into what was supposed to be the “real America.”

“The great prodigal return,” he calls it, the irony evident in his voice – not only about the places he’s been, but about the place he’s come back to. The journey has shaped much of Blanco’s recent poetry, and his evolving sense of identity as a writer, as the son of Cuban immigrants and as an American.

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Charlie Crist
2:50 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

5 Reasons Crist Shouldn't Run For Governor

With his public statements and recent switch to the Democratic party, Crist may be positioning himself for a 2014 run against Governor Rick Scott.
Credit lakelandlocal2

If state Democrats have doubts about Charlie Crist's break with the GOP, he'll be giving them more proof on Wednesday.  

Crist will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Voting Rights on the impact of Florida's 2011 election law.  He will be joined by a Democratic state representative from South Carolina and a liberal advocacy group, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  

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News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Credit Kristina_Hernandez

 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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News
2:37 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Obama: Why The 'Fiscal Cliff' Hurts Latin Families

Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz (red jacket) in Oval Office meeting.
Credit The White House

White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz voices 

President Barack Obama’s concerns about what the impact of a failure to reach a budget agreement could mean for Latin families.

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Politics
11:24 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Census: The Rest Of America Will Look More Like South Florida

The crowded scene on "Black Friday" at Macy's in Manhattan. The U.S. population is projected to hit 400 million in 2051, Census says, up from 321 million in 2015.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 3:02 pm

The trends continue:

"The U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections released today by the U.S. Census Bureau."

Based on data from the 2010 census, the bureau projects that:

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