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Politics And Transportation
10:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

What A State's Politics Says About Its Traffic Death Rate

Research shows that states that voted for Obama in this election have fewer fatal car accidents.
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A non-profit investigative news site found an interesting link between whom a state voted for in this election and the rate of traffic deaths there.

According to FairWarning, a state that voted for President Obama in this past election (a blue state) is likely to have fewer deathly traffic accidents compared with  a state that went for Mitt Romney in November (a red state).

The news outlet also reports that there is really no concrete explanation as to why there is this red state-blue state divide when it comes to traffic deaths.

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112th Congress
9:45 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Election Day Cost Washington A Dog, Some Quirks And, Sadly, Allen West

Leaving DC: Allen West and a bichon frisé.

The shrieks of horror and howls of grief are dying away on Capitol Hill as defeated representatives and senators accept their fates and pack for the long ride home to find real jobs.

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Sick Pay
3:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Miami-Dade Commission Kills Sick Pay Plan

Miami Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordans earned sick pay proposal dies on its first reading
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Even though activists were sure earned sick pay would be an easy fight in Miami-Dade, a proposal that required employers to give earned sick pay to all workers died on first reading in a county commission meeting Tuesday.

The Miami Herald's Patricia Mazzei tweeted the vote count:

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The Florida Roundup
2:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Marlins Trade Away Top Players - And Fans' Trust

With the Marlins purge, does Miami have a bit of buyer's remorse over the mostly publicly-funded stadium?
Credit ItsL_E

The Marlins latest fire sale is official: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approved the trade of 5 of the team’s top players.  

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Immigration
11:30 am
Tue November 20, 2012

What The GOP Version Of The Dream Act Looks Like, So Far

Marco Rubio leaks some details about the GOP's immigration plans.
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, gave reporters some details about what the GOP version of the Dream Act might look like recently.

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Foreclosure Crisis
9:30 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Mortgage Companies Give Florida $3.6 Billion For Bad Deals

Mortgage servicers have handed over $3.6 billion to homeowners in Florida hurt by bad practices.
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Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that five of the country's biggest mortgage companies are forking over $3.6 billion dollars for "foreclosure abuses and unacceptable mortgage servicing practices," which spurred the state's foreclosure crisis.

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District 18 Recount
7:04 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Allen West Drops Recount Fight, Concedes Race To Democrat Patrick Murphy

The Winner: District 18 Democrat Patrick Murphy

Congressman Allen West has given up. According to an early post from Politico, the one-term Tea Party favorite from South Florida has acknowledged there's no way he can overcome Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy's 1,904-vote victory margin in District 18, which spreads over St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Rubio Dodges Question On Earth's Age

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in Iowa on Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 7:25 pm

According to scientists, the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Most of the people who vote in presidential primaries aren't scientists, however.

Indeed, a Gallup poll this year reported that 46 percent of Americans (58 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of independents) held a nonscientific belief in creationism, the religious-based view that humans were divinely created within the past 10,000 years.

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Broward GOP
3:01 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Broward GOP Chairman Bows Out

The GOP in South Florida loses another leader.
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Richard DeNapoli, the Chairman of the Broward Republican Party, has announced he will not run for a second term.

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

'47 Percent' Video Maker Worried More About Romney Ties To Asian Sweatshops

Miami New Times scored an interview with Anne Onymous, the reputed maker of the 47 percent video that so catastrophically damaged the Mitt Romney presidential campaign.

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District 18 Recount
10:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

West Considers His Options As Clock Runs Out On St. Lucie County Recount

Still No Concession: Allen West wants hearings on the recount.
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Republican Congressmen Allen West is still refusing to concede the election to his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, after an attempted recount by the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board this weekend.

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Marco Rubio
9:30 am
Mon November 19, 2012

2016, Here They Come: Rubio Uses Iowa Trip To Launch Himself And The GOP Revamp

Rubio In Iowa: Only 38 months until caucus time.
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U. S. Senator Marco Rubio spent the weekend in Iowa where he starred at the 66th birthday party of Republican governor Terry  Branstad and, as many believe, soft-launched a GOP 2.0 presidential campaign.

As Politico reports this morning, the Republicans are losing no time putting GOP 1.0 in their rear-view mirror.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Why State Government Contracts Sometimes Go To Out-Of-State Companies

Gov. Rick Scott is Chairman of the Enterprise Florida board. His first term in office has been focused on growing jobs in Florida, but another government contract recently went to an out-of-state firm.
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Statewide media consultant Ron Sachs went on a Facebook rant after Florida companies were skipped over for a local government contract in Tallahassee.

“The Tallahassee Airport leadership outsourced - without competitive bidding - a web development contract for about $23-thousand to an Atlanta-based company.”

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Republicans And Hispanics
7:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Republicans Seek Jeb Bush To Repair Breech With Hispanics In Florida And Elsewhere

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 11:16 am

Paging Jeb Bush.

Your party needs you.

In the aftermath of Tuesday's election losses, Republicans have been scrambling to formulate a fix for what went wrong.

A big part of that calculation involves repairing relations with Hispanics, the fast-growing electoral power base that rejected Republican Mitt Romney's "self deportation" immigration solution and voted for President Obama in numbers that exceeded 70 percent.

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Politics And Economics
3:25 am
Mon November 19, 2012

In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Higher Taxes Vs. Closing Loopholes

President Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to reporters at the White House on Friday during a meeting to discuss the fiscal cliff.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:38 am

The White House and Congress continue to work on a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff and cuts deficits in the long run. One of the biggest hurdles is President Obama's proposal to raise tax rates for the wealthy.

Republicans think a better course would be to raise revenue by closing loopholes and limiting deductions for high-income people. The question is, could that method raise enough money.

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