Politics

Politics
12:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Listen: Youth Activists Go To Tally To Talk Immigration Reform, Voting Rights, Juvenile Justice

Phillip Agnew leads a news conference with the Dream Defenders inside the Capitol. Group members came to Tallahassee from Miami and cities in between.
Credit Barbara Corbellini Duarte/WLRN

College students from Miami and elsewhere around the state are trying to keep the dream alive.

They came by bus to Tallahassee during the opening week of the legislative session. The group is known as the Dream Defenders.

Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of Dream Defenders, led a news conference inside the Capitol then spoke with us about the group’s legislative agenda.

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Florida Legislature
11:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Democrats In Tallahassee Less Outnumbered Than They Used To Be

REVIVAL: They still don't have a majority in the capitol but Democrats felt new confidence at their recent Awake the State rally.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

The election results and new leadership in the Florida legislature have made life a little easier for the state's elected Democrats.

Not that that there's been a substantial change in how the state's laws are made. The elections may have stripped House and Senate Republicans of their super-majorities, but Democrats remain profoundly outvoted and relatively powerless.

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Domestic Partnerships
9:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Florida Lawmakers Consider Domestic Partnership Bill

A Tallahassee committee is considering a domestic partnership bill.
Credit arztsamui / freedigitalphotos.net

For News Service of Florida

A senator who last month opposed a bill that would create domestic partnerships for unmarried couples will support a new, narrower version when it comes up Tuesday in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

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Environment
8:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Dune Abides: Work Begins To Fix Boca Beach Eroded by Sandy

A construction worker dumps sand at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton. The dunes were badly damaged when Hurricane Sandy brushed South Florida as a tropical storm.
Credit The City of Boca Raton

Reporter Christine DiMattei tells us what Boca Raton is doing to restore a popular stretch of beach eroded by Sandy and other autumn storms.

Imagine enough sand to cover about four football fields, four feet high, and you'll get an idea of how much work is being done to build up the dunes in Boca Raton's Red Reef Park.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Live Chat: What You Should Know From This Week In South Florida

On The Florida Roundup, here are some the events that caught our attention:

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Conservation Lands May Go Up For Sale
8:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

State Conservation Lands That Are Home To Endangered Bird Could Be On The Chopping Block

The South Florida Water Management District is assessing lands that are in the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow's breeding range.
Credit MyFWC.com / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A state agency is considering designating large tracts of state-owned lands as "surplus," including sections that are home to a near-extinct bird endemic to Florida. Surplus lands can be made available for public sale or trade, or used in ways that differ from their original intention as conservation lands.

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Environmental Issues in Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013

A number of bills before the 2013 Session hold interest for Florida's environmental groups.
Credit flguardian2 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Florida Legislative Session 2013 is in full swing, and environmental groups are worried about a number of  bills before lawmakers. Organizations like Audubon of Florida are focused on proposed measures that would impact environmental funding, wildlife protection, water quality and land use and conservation.  

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Politics
2:57 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Hallandale Mismanaged Millions In Redevelopment Funds, According To Report

Dr. Deborah R. Brown with former congressman Kendrick Meek.

Broward’s Inspector General has found that Hallandale Beach officials “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in public funds “entrusted to the care of its Community Redevelopment Agency,” according to a report obtained by BrowardBulldog.org.

  “The OIG (Office of Inspector General) investigation substantiated the allegations and uncovered numerous deficiencies in the city’s administration of the CRA,” says the 50-page preliminary report. It has not been released publicly  that has not been released publicly.

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Venezuela's Future
9:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Morning After Hugo Chavez's Death: What Happens Next For Venezuela And Its Allies?

Venezuelans in Doral celebrate the death of Hugo Chavez.
Credit Andrea Torres / Miami Herald

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is dead. Public reactions from South Florida's sizeable Venezuelan ex-pat community were jubilant on Tuesday night. In Venezuela, less so.

The big question this morning: what happens next for Venezuela and its allies?

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Hugo Chavez Is Dead
7:35 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Hugo Chavez Is Dead: Here's What You Should Know

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, left, speaks with National Guard Cpl. Juan Rodriguez in Maracay, Venezuela, Sunday, April, 14, 2002.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is dead, says the country's Vice President Nicolas Maduro.  Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday.

You can find the latest updates on what this means for Venezuela--and how South Floridians are taking the news--right here.

And be sure to check back; We'll be updating this post regularly.

Chavez Is Dead
7:31 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Venezuelan Team's Request For A Moment Of Silence For Hugo Chavez Turned Down

The Venezuelan flag, to the left of the American flag, flew at half staff for about 10 minutes in the outfield of Roger Dean Stadium. Team Venezuela's request for a moment of silence was denied.
Credit Manny Navarro / Miami Herald

Venezuela's national baseball team was warming up ahead of Tuesday evening's exhibition game against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., when news arrived that President Hugo Chavez had died.

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Hugo Chavez And Weston
6:33 am
Wed March 6, 2013

'Weston-zuela' Welcomes News Hugo Chavez Is Dead

Cafe Canela owner Ramon Peraza waves a Venezuelan flag during a news report on the death of Hugo Chavez.
Credit C. DiMattei

It was busier than usual inside Café Canela last night, but owner Ramon Peraza repeatedly came out from behind the counter to give new arrivals a hug or a handshake. All of them were jubilant.

But Peraza struggles to describe his emotions.

“I feel that my heart is very, very happy and quiet, quiet. We are waiting for this for many years,” says Peraza

When Peraza says the word “quiet,” he makes a soothing gesture over his chest. 

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Citizens Property Insurance
12:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Citizens Property Insurance Could Require Two On Board To Hail From South Florida

Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, filed a bill in the Florida Senate Friday that would add a consumer advocate to Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s board of directors. It would also require that two of the members hail from South Florida.
Credit Keerati / freedigitalphotos.net

There are seven faces behind Florida’s largest home insurer. But there could be eight. Or nine.

And two might have to be South Florida cardholders.

According to the News Service of Florida,

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

State CFO Objects Scott's Proposal to Expand Medicaid

Credit Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee / freedigitalphotos.netChief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Florida cannot financially handle Gov. Rick Scott's Feb. 20 proposal to expand Medicaid. 'Floridians deserve better than a plan to double down on a system awash in fraud, that raises costs on everyone, burdens small businesses and yanks the rug out from under doctors,' he stated in his weekly newsletter posted online Friday.Edit | Remove

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

On Last Day For Fundraising, Lawmakers Wine And Dine In Tallahassee

Andrew's Grill is the place to be for Capitol movers and shakers at lunch time.
Credit LaCrai Mitchell/WLRN

Let the last ditch fundraisers commence.

They’ve been going on for weeks now, but they're in high gear today.

This is the last day lawmakers can raise money before the Florida Legislature convenes for the regular session.

Session typically begins on the first Tuesday in March, and it means a 60-day moratorium on legislative fundraising. 

So the Monday before opening day is rife with wining and dining in downtown Tallahassee. Most of the "receptions" take place within a few blocks of the Capitol.

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