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7:34 am
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: What Happens Next With The Affordable Care Act In Florida

Gov. Rick Scott does not support the Affordable Care Act
flgov.com

Florida is considering its options while refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Governor Rick Scott has been a harsh critic of the health care reform law. Under Scott’s administration, Florida lead the Supreme Court case against it.

But the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act and last week, Florida voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned the individual mandate. That leaves Scott in a tough spot for someone who would rather not implement the law.

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Jackson v Northwestern
6:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

SLIDESHOW: How The Soul Bowl Lost Its Mojo

Kenny Malone

Last Friday night, the Miami Northwestern Bulls defeated the Miami Jackson Generals 21-13 in one of Miami-Dade's most famous high school football rivalries. Known as the "Soul Bowl," the two historically black schools used to draw tens of thousands of spectators to the old Orange Bowl. But over the last decade or so, the rivalry has been losing steam.

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Miami Book Fair International
2:50 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Junot Díaz

Tweet us a story!
Sammy Mack WLRN

Here at WLRN, we get excited about book fairs the way some people get excited about Fourth of July parades or Christmas pageants.

So this week, as the Miami Book Fair International descends upon our region and makes South Florida the center of the literary universe, we’re doing something special.  We want you to help us tweet a story.

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The Art of Politics
1:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Postcards From America And Electile Dysfunction In South Florida

Hialeah, Florida. Nadia at Obama for America office on election night.
Susan Meiselas http://postcardsfromamerica.tumblr.com/

Us Floridians know what it's like to be in the political spotlight, and not in a positive way.

Nationwide we have become a laughingstock, with people from all over asking the obvious question: "Why can't you guys get your elections together?"  

That, however, is a question easier asked than answered.

The Tumblr blog called Postcards From America, which popped up this last week, tries to tackle the question indirectly. Featuring photos and commentaries from across the country, as well as photos from right here in South Florida, one can see a portrait of the individuals who this election has affected.  The mood of South Florida on and before election day is perfectly captured.

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Education
12:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Jeb Bush's Guy And Jeb Bush's Policies Are Voted Down In Indiana and Idaho

Opponents: Democrat Glenda Ritz is Indiana's new Superintendent of Public Instruction. She defeated Jeb Bush ally Tony Bennett, right.
Credit Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suffered long-distance electoral defeats in Indiana and Idaho on Tuesday.

In Indiana, the state's top education official -- a Bush ally and top lieutenant in his education foundation -- was defeated by a Democratic challenger. And, in Idaho, voters repealed three controversial education laws that bore the Bush seal of approval.

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Voting Rights
12:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Supreme Court To Reconsider Minority Protection In Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will take another look at a law protecting minority voting rights.
Credit Rick Stone

The Supreme Court says its going to review whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Section 5 requires that certain states and counties receive federal pre-clearance of laws that could potentially impact minority voting rights.

The Hill reports

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Final Count
11:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Count's Final, Obama Won, But Is It Over? Except For Jabs, Politics And Fixes...Maybe

Credit jsrcyclist flickr

Tuesday's election in Florida lasted until Saturday when the state was finally called for President Barack Obama. That's how long it took to sort through the mountains of absentee and other non-standard ballots.

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Cuban Politics
11:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Obama Got Record Share Votes From Miami Cubans

Obama got the biggest share of the Cuban vote that any Democratic presidential candidate has ever received.
Credit Wally Gobetz /Flickr

President Obama may have not technically won the Cuban vote -- but he did manage to score the biggest share of this historically Republican vote that any Democratic presidential candidate has ever gotten.

The Miami Herald reports,

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The Petraeus Affair
10:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Florida Connection To Petraeus Scandal: Tampa Woman Got Paula's 'Harassing Email'

Tampa's Jill Kelley: Why was Petraeus' mistress harassing her?
Credit AP

She's a doctor's wife, a Tampa socialite and the unofficial social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base. She has attended White House functions and has announced herself as "unofficial consul general to South Korea."

And according  to the latest stories, Jill Kelley, 37, considered Gen. David Petraeus a family friend and a sort of grandfather to her own children. There are published photos of Petraeus and his wife attending  Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Fest with Kelley and her husband.

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Veterans Day
10:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Voters Approve Veteran Tax Breaks In Time For Veterans Day

Voters approved two separate ballot measures aimed at giving military families tax breaks.
Credit Kate Gardiner /Flickr

Just before Veterans Day, the results of November's election provided some relief for veterans and their spouses in Florida.

Among the many measures up for vote on this year's long and complicated ballot, were two tax exemptions aimed at helping out military families. Those two measures were among three that actually passed last week. There were 11 ballot measures in total.

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Foreign Students
9:47 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The Top 5 Countries Florida's International College Students Come From

Florida ranks seventh in the country for the number of foreign college students.
Credit KAETIDH / FLICKR

 

Saudi Arabia and South Korea are among the top 5 leading places of origin for international college and university students in Florida.

That's according to the Institute for International Education, which released its Open Doors fact sheet today.

It reports that during the 2011-12 school year, 32,567 students from other countries enrolled for the first time in a Florida college or university. 

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News
7:49 am
Mon November 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Proposed Train Station Locations Revealed; The Monday After Miami's "Soul Bowl"

An environmental assessment report has revealed more details about the proposed passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando, including the preferred locations and layout for the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. 

The Florida representative designated to become the next House Speaker in 2014 lost his bid for reelection. It's been more than 20 years since a designated House Speaker lost an election. 

It was an incredibly close contest between Lake Mary Representative Chris Dorworth and Democratic challenger Mike Clelland, it required a re-count. 

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News
7:39 am
Mon November 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: GOP Leaders Signal A Move To Bipartisanship

Incoming Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) say they want Republicans and Democrats to work together. 

Weatherford says the people have spoken in re-electing President Obama.

"Anyone who wishes for him to not succeed at this point is betting against America and they're wishing against the success of America," Weatherford said. 

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Junot Díaz At The Book Fair
6:47 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Junot Díaz: Giant Monsters, Linguistics, And Five Years Of Freedom

Junot Díaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Credit Nina Subin

The latest book by  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories linked by recurring characters. Last month, it was nominated for a National Book Award. Less than two weeks later, Diaz won a coveted MacArthur "genius" grant (half-a-million dollars over five years). He also teaches writing at MIT.

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News
6:33 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: A Light At The End Of The Election

Don't Give Up Just Yet.
Credit Daturamar

For those of you who are keeping track of when the rest of the country might quit talking about Florida and its voting delays. It should be tomorrow afternoon - that's "should." That's according to the Department of State. But notice when Chris Cate the spokesman  speaks, he uses the "R" word.  

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