Politics

David Rivera
5:25 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera Charged In Ethics Probe

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami on Feb. 24, 2011.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., was charged Wednesday by Florida authorities with alleged ethics violations while he was in the state Legislature, perhaps imperiling his bid for re-election to the House in an already tight contest.

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Congressman David Rivera
3:39 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Rivera Slammed With 11 Ethics Charges

David Rivera: He insists ethics charged filed Wednesday will be dismissed.
Credit candidate web site

The Florida Ethics Commission has accused Miami Republican Congressman David Rivera of 11 separate violations, including misuse of campaign funds, falsifying disclosure forms and accepting corporate money he should have known was intended to influence his votes.

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Earned Sick Pay
3:28 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Why A Law Requiring Earned Sick Pay In Miami-Dade Might Be Possible

Miami activists want county commissioners to pass an ordinance requiring earned paid sick time.
Doug Geisler /Flickr

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Housing Crisis
10:56 am
Wed October 24, 2012

ProPublica: State Lawmakers Are Holding Up $300 Million Meant to Help Homeowners

Florida's is sitting on $300 million meant to help homeowners.
401(K) 2012 /Flickr

ProPublica reports that $300 million awarded to Florida through a settlement over bad mortgages and foreclosures remains untouched. 

That money is meant to help homeowners in Florida that were hurt by the state's housing crisis.

Millions of dollars were given to individuals and state governments by big banks accused of wrongful foreclosures and other mortgage servicing abuses.

Florida got the biggest sum of money-- besides California-- because the state was wracked by the housing crisis.

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Obama's Florida Prospects
9:33 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Campaign Polls: Why It Looks Like Obama Might Lose Florida

Loyal But Small: Obama support in South Florida is enough to carry the three counties but not to deliver the state.
Credit Tyjamo-old on flickr

Support for President Obama has declined so radically in South Florida that it will cost him the state on election day.

That's what Tony Man at the Sun Sentinel reported over the weekend after taking a look at modeling and projections prepared by Moody's Analytics. Moody's predicted Obama would win the Democratic strongholds of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties but by margins too small to leverage the rest of the state.

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Health Policy
7:04 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Meningitis From Tainted Drugs Puts Patients, Doctors In Quandary

Matthew Spencer receives intravenous infusions of a potent antifungal drug at home twice a day for an indefinite period to treat a suspected case of fungal infection linked to a contaminated steroid drug that came from New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.
Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 10:58 am

Two weeks after Matthew Spencer got a spinal injection for his chronic back pain, he felt "not quite right." Nothing too specific: worsening headache, nausea.

Then he saw a TV report on a recall of contaminated steroid medication used for back pain.

"I thought, well, I don't know if I had that medicine or not, but maybe I'd better go check it out," Spencer says.

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Absentee Ballots
4:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Absentee Ballots On The Rise As Fraud Issue Remains

Absentee ballot requests are up in the state-- but fraud is not less likely.
Morten Wulff/ Flickr

Democrats are celebrating an interesting milestone this week: the one millionth request for an absentee ballot by a registered Democrat.

Since absentee ballots became available to anyone in Florida several years ago, the use of voting by mail has been dominated by Republicans.

While the GOP is still doing better than Democrats with absentee ballots, Democrats are giving them a run for their money.

According to Bloomberg,

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

What Jewish Voters Had To Say At Presidential Debate Last Night

Norma Kraut and Ron Schacht, of Boca Raton, are split. She's voting for Gov. Mitt Romney, he's going for President Barack Obama.
Deborah Acosta WLRN / The Miami Herald

The third and final presidential debate took place last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney sparred over various foreign policy issues, but seemed to agree on one thing: their allegiance to Israel. 

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Politics
2:19 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

What Obama And Romney Didn't Say At The Foreign Policy Debate

Congressman Ted Deutch (D) Boca Raton believes President Obama got his point across on Latin America, even if he didn't bring it up at all during Monday night's debate
Credit http://teddeutch.house.gov/
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: What wasn't said at Monday night's debate
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman talks with Miami Herald world editor John Yearwood about the glaring omissions from Monday night's foreign policy debate in Boca Raton

The elephants not in the room at Monday night's final presidential debate at Lynn University?

Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers. 

President Obama and Mitt Romney barely touched on our own hemisphere, sticking mostly to the Middle East and China in a debate that may be most remembered here for what wasn't discussed.

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Voting Fraud
1:36 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Florida Officials Investigate Fake Voter Eligibility Letters

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:58 pm

It's a sign that Election Day is getting closer: increasing reports of efforts to intimidate or mislead voters. Florida officials say they're now investigating fake letters that have been sent to voters in at least 20 counties questioning their citizenship and eligibility to vote.

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Presidential Debate
6:54 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands with audience members following the third presidential debate Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:10 am

In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.

That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. The domestic economy received at least as much attention and verbiage as Iran, Libya or China.

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Voting Rights
6:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

For Florida Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold

Former felon Vikki Hankins has been fighting for civil rights for convicts for years. After applying to have her own civil rights restored in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Hankins was recently informed that she will not be eligible to apply again until 2017.
Michael Ciaglo News21

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:21 pm

Vikki Hankins wants nothing more in the world than to have her civil rights restored. Hankins, 43, lost the right to vote — and many others — when she went to a federal prison for selling cocaine in December 1990. She spent almost two decades behind bars for her crime.

Today, Hankins is an author and an undergrad who dreams of going to law school. She got out of prison four years ago and quickly applied to have her rights — like voting, serving on a jury and becoming a lawyer — restored.

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Presidential Debate
7:16 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:14 am

  • Listen To The Debate
  • Listen To NPR's Analysis Of The Debate

Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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Politics
7:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

NEWSCAST: The Show Is About To Go On

A Memorable Night For Lynn University.
Lynn University

Lynn University is getting ready for her close up. The third and final debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney is just a couple of hours away. The Boca Raton school that very few had even heard of is also on the national stage. 

The Florida Roundup
5:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

How Obama and Romney Differ On U.S. Relations With Cuba And Haiti

The Florida Roundup, live from Lynn University.
Deb Acosta

There's one more presidential debate left, and it takes place in the most crucial swing state of them all.  Host Phil Latzman along with panel of journalists, politicians and an academic discuss U.S. foreign policy and domestic issues important to Florida voters.  

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