Politics

Mortgage Settlement
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Floridians Get More Money For Mortgage Assistance

Attorney General Pam Bondi announces $60 million from a national mortgage settlement is now available for additional assistance to Floridians.
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An additional $60 million in assistance from a national mortgage settlement is now available to Floridians who lost their homes due to unfair foreclosure practices.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced how the money will be used.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Drinks For All, And For More Hours, In Oakland Park

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Yesterday was a big day for bars and restaurants in Oakland Park. After a unanimous commission vote last week, the city lifted its law prohibiting the sale of alcohol between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday mornings.

Oakland Park is the latest in a string of cities (including Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Deerfield Beach) to repeal their so called "blue laws.”

Hooligans Rule!

You can make an argument that Oakland Park’s blue law repeal started with a group of English hooligans who wanted to watch their European soccer matches.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Is Florida Driving Us Crazy?

Florida is one of only 11 states that don't have a ban on texting while driving.
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On the Florida Roundup: From immigration reform to gay rights, we’ll discuss how the president’s inauguration speech resonated here.  

The Dolphins win the first battle in their fight for public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium, with the Miami-Dade County Commission agreeing to ask the state for an increase in the hotel tax.  But Florida state lawmakers might not be receptive.

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Session 2013
9:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Florida Mental Illness Programs Leave Most Patients Untreated, House Panel Hears

DEEPENING CRISIS: Florida lawmakers are hearing that too little money is appropriated for mental illness programs and too much of that is misspent.
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Florida's system for the mentally ill is an underfunded shambles that leaves most people untreated and settles for locking up many of the rest.

Officials and experts told a House committee in Tallahassee on Thursday that system funding levels, in real terms, are below what they were in the 1980s and that the crisis is "deepening."

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Politics
4:04 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Marketplace In Miami: An Economic Roundtable On Miami's Biggest Challenges

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Is Miami the city of the future? What economic challenges does it face going forward? Jeremy Hobson hosts a roundtable discussion with Paola Iuspa-Abbott, a reporter with the Daily Business Review, Andrea Heuson, a professor of finance at the University of Miami, and Dan Grech, formerly of Marketplace and now the news director at WLRN Miami Herald News.

One of the questions Marketplace asked: What is the biggest economic problem in South Florida right now? 

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Florida's Future
9:15 am
Thu January 24, 2013

'Seven50' Summit Will Plan The Half-Century For New Mega-Region: SouthEAST Florida

Movers, shakers, thinkers and doers from the seven counties of Southeast Florida are meeting today in downtown Miami to forge a 50-year trajectory for the region's economy, culture and quality of life.

The Seven50 summit is a recognition that the old Dade-Broward-Palm Beach "South Florida" has swelled out of its borders to become a seven-county mega-region with six million residents and a desperate need for shrewd and unified planning.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Bill Would Give Ethics Commission More Power With Expansive Overhaul

A bill, which would give the Ethics Commission more power to collect fines and strengthen conflict-of-interest laws, unanimously passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
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A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that supporters called the most expansive overhaul in decades of the rules elected officials must follow, even as the measure obscured what could be a battle with the House over campaign finance laws.

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Session 2013
8:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Senate Gambling Committee Sets Glacier Pace For New Casino Legislation

PATIENCE: The Florida Senate serves notice it may be a year and a half before it even starts thinking about gambling legislation.
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Florida's gambling future won’t be settled  in the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature -- and maybe not even in the one after that.

The divide between competing stakeholder visions remains very wide. And, at a hearing before the Florida Senate Gaming Committee on Tuesday, chairman Garrett Richter, R-Naples, said it could be 18 months before the work on developing legislation even begins.

"I want to do something deliberative and thoughtful," Richter told reporters after the meeting.

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Sun Life Stadium
6:35 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Dolphins Say NFL May Help Rebuild Sun Life Stadium But Public Funds Must Come First

SUN LIFE 2.0: Rendering of one aspect of the stadium remodel: modular seating for a Super Bowl.
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As Miami-Dade commissioners sit down to talk about the public's role for the first time today, the National Football League is offering its support to help Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pay for improvements to Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins have been reluctant to talk about the idea but are hinting that the NFL's contribution is contingent upon public help first. The Miami Herald reports today the amount is unclear, but could be in the tens of millions of dollars.

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American Dream
2:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Marketplace In Miami: The New American Dream, A Broward Immigrant’s Story

Nathalie Nahas Cortas in her home in Broward County, Florida.
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Nathalie Nahas Cortas has a master’s degree in international business, is fluent in several different languages and has had years of work experience. An employer’s dream, right?

“Once they know they have to work with you a little more on paperwork, they don’t want to deal with it. Why not have an American do the same thing you do without me working on your paperwork?”

And all that paperwork is required because Cortas is an immigrant.

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Florida Gun Control
12:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Why Is Gun Control Anathema In Tallahassee?

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As New York and other states strengthen their gun control laws in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the chances of that happening in Florida appear dim.

"Remember, this a Republican-controlled Legislature, and they are very much about trying to honor yhe Constitution and the Second Amendment," says our Tallahassee reporter, Gina Jordan.

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Marketplace In Miami
11:59 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Marketplace in Miami: Mayor Tomás Regalado, Miami, and the American Dream

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado surrounded by members of the community and other officials speaks to the media about gun violence on January 14, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
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Miami is a city made up of people from all walks of life. No one knows that better than Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

"Miami is one of the most diverse cities in the world," says the mayor. "Sixty-some percent of people living in Miami were born outside the United States."

Regalado is one of them. Born in Cuba, he came to the United States at age 14. After a distinguished career as a journalist , Regalado was elected mayor in 2009.

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Roe V. Wade
8:32 am
Tue January 22, 2013

'Roe V. Wade' Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

While the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision of Jan. 22, 1973, is usually considered the start of the abortion debate, the move to relax state abortion laws began with medical and law professionals in the 1960s. Here, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and doctors from Johns Hopkins University and the Harvard Divinity School announce the International Conference on Abortion on Aug. 9, 1967.
Bob Daugherty AP

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 3:57 pm

Jan. 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

But the conventional wisdom that the court's 7-2 decision marked the beginning of a contentious battle that still rages today is not the case, according to those on both sides of the dispute.

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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.
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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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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

AUDIO: Cuban-Born Minister Encourages Tolerance At Inaugural Benediction

Thousands of people wait to attend Monday's inauguration ceremony, where Rev. Luis León delivered the benediction.
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In his inaugural benediction, Cuban-born Rev. Luis León spoke to all Americans, disregarding lines of race, economic standing and sexuality.

"We pray that you will bless us with your continued presence, because without it, hatred and arrogance will infect our hearts," he said before hundreds of thousands of people Monday. "But with your blessing, we know that we can break down the walls that separate us."

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