Town Hall on Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Veteran Tallahassee Lobbyist Says His Profession Gets A Bad Rap

Carl Adams, co-founder of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, says that the biggest priority for state lawmakers should be "to re-establish the public perception of the process as fair, transparent and responsible."

The job of lobbyists is to improve the image of their clients.  But lobbyists themselves could use some PR.

Carl Adams, who was a Tallahassee lobbyist for 35 years and founded the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, thinks that the system - campaign finance laws and the prohibition on private deliberation - is flawed, not the people.   

We asked Adams why his profession is so maligned. 

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Sweet Taste Of Latin America
11:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

How Chocolate Is Sweetening Ecuador's Economy

Santiago Peralta of Ecuador's Pacari Chocolate brings his sweet treats into the WLRN-Miami Herald Studios.
Credit WLRN Staff

There's a chocolatier in Quito, Ecuador, who is trying to sweeten the economic history of South America.

Santiago Peralta was tired of watching his country's prized cacao beans being shipped around the world so others could create prize-winning chocolate.

He was also weary of the low wages that simply exporting raw goods produced in his country.

So he had an idea. Start his own chocolate-making company and send ready-made Ecuadorian chocolate bars around the world instead.

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Florida Politics
11:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

As National Proxy, Florida's A State To Watch

WATCHING FLORIDA: Why? Because our personalities, trends and demographics so closely follow the country's.

Florida has always been a state to watch, if only as a guilty pleasure or perhaps in self-defense. But some major political stars are aligning and the pundits are beginning to agree, Florida will really be a State To Watch from now at least through the 2016 election.

The personalities-of-the moment are here. The game-changing demographics are here. And the Florida stage is set for epic -- and deeply symbolic -- political confrontations.

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Governor's Race
10:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Candidacies On Hold As Democrats Wonder: What Will Alex Sink Do? Or Charlie Crist?

AWAITING ALEX SINK'S DECISION: Nan Rich, Dan Gelber, Jack Seiler, Manny Diaz and Buddy Dyer.

Former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink now has what she desperately needed in 2012 when she ran for governor against Rick Scott and lost: name recognition.

And that may be why a handful of the state's top Democrats are waiting to see what Sink will do in 2014 before they decide to become candidates for governor. Sink didn't run an impressive campaign but she didn't lose by much and the thinking is that a little more name recognition might have made the difference.

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Community Contributor
8:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Miami Marathon: A First-Person Account From A Morning Hater

More than 18,000 people gathered in downtown Miami this year for the marathon.
Credit Mara Patterson

As someone who does not fit the description of a morning person, there are few things that entice me to get out of bed before the sun rises on a weekend. But at 6:15 a.m. on Feb.

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Measuring Success
7:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott's 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' Agenda Coming Under Fire

Last week, watchdog group Integrity Florida released a report that concluded questionable bonuses, conflicts of interest and a 'pay to play' mentality was hampering the efforts of Enterprise Florida, Florida's public-private job development agency. The increased scrutiny of what the state pays to lure companies to Florida come as lawmakers start to lay the foundation for the coming year's budget, against a backdrop of the governor's request for more spending on economic development.
Credit Integrity Florida

  Gov. Rick Scott's aggressive economic development effort got more legislative pushback Tuesday as budget committees in both chambers questioned the direction, expense and oversight of the governor's "jobs, jobs, jobs" agenda.

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Feature Film
3:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Charlie Carlson Makes Movie

Photo by: Tracy Robinson

Florida’s Master of the Weird, Charlie Carlson busy on the set of ‘ASHLEY’S SHADOW” a film based on his novel by the same name.  The movie is set in 1934 and centers around the real-life unsolved murder of Ethel Allen, a nineteen-year-old local who was found brutally murdered on the shores of the nearby Indian River.

Latin America
3:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Will A New Secretary Of State Put A New Focus On Latin America And The Caribbean?

Jose W. Fernandez, assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.
Credit U. S. State Dept.

Wednesdays on WLRN, we discuss issues related to Latin American and the Caribbean. Today: how a transition at the top of the U. S.  State Dept. might be felt in the hemisphere.

Some have said the Obama Administration has ignored that part of the world as it tried to put out other fires in the President's first term.

Now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been succeeded by John Kerry, might things be different?

Phil Latzman spoke with assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Jose Fernandez about the possibilities.

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Miami Marlins
1:13 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Marlins Open With Loss; But Only On Field

Marlins Park Miami FL, Opening Night April 4th, 2012
Credit Phil Latzman

Marlins open with loss; but only on field. 

The Marlins lost the first regular season opener in their Miami new ballpark last night, falling to the World Series champion St Louis stadium last night by a score of 4 to 1.

WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Phil Latzman was there, as were many of the major players OFF the field that made the new stadium a reality.

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Miami Marlins
12:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Marlins Open With Loss; But Only On Field

Marlins Park Miami FL, Opening Night April 4th, 2012
Credit Phil Latzman

The Marlins lost the first regular season opener in their Miami new ballpark last night, falling to the World Series champion St Louis stadium last night by a score of 4 to 1.

WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Phil Latzman was there, as were many of the major players OFF the field that made the new stadium a reality.

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