Miami Book Fair International
3:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Tom Wolfe's Signature At Miami Book Fair Resembles A Tropical Storm

Tom Wolfe's flamboyant signature, circa 2012.
Jan Becker

Things are a little different when Tom Wolfe comes to the Book Fair. For example, the stand-by line in the back alley, where they take the people who think they can just walk in without securing a ticket first, fills up.  I know, because I ducked down that alley to have a private moment with my press pass. As soon as the Book Fair employees walked away, a shadowy man appeared and began to scalp tickets to the event. Think about that for a second--scalpers at a book fair. Who could have imagined?


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Hialeah Speedway
3:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hialeah Presents WLRN With Awards Of Merit

The Award of Merit given to WLRN special projects manager Adrienne Kennedy
Daniel Rivero WLRN

Earlier this month some of our WLRN staff got notification that the City of Hialeah wanted to issue a proclamation for our remarkable new documentary The Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory.

Some of us didn't quite know what was coming.

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Gay Rights
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Florida Elects Two Openly Gay State Lawmakers For The First Time

Two openly gay men won seats in the Florida House this election.
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On Election Day this year, Florida went from having zero openly gay lawmakers in the state Legislature to two.

David Richardson won a seat in the Florida House representing Miami Beach and Joe Saunders won a seat representing a part of Orlando. Both men are openly gay.

Up until last week, Florida was the biggest state in the U.S. to have never elected an openly gay person to office in their state legislature. 

Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, says that Florida was actually part of a national trend.

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Health Care Law
12:32 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Rick Scott Says He's Going To Work With Feds On Health Care

Gov. Scott says he will implement the Affordable Care Act in Florida.
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Gov. Rick Scott-- the man who spent his own money traveling the country in an effort to stop health care reform-- has announced he is actually going to work with the federal government to implement the health care reform law in Florida.

Since the 2010 health care law was passed, Florida officials and Scott have dragged their feet in implementing the health care law here. They have even turned away millions of dollars allocated through the law that would go to programs that help low-income women and children.

However, things have since changed.

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Ballot Measures
12:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

No One Knows Why Florida's Ballot Measures Failed

There are a lot of theories about why this year's ballot measures didn't pass-- but they are just theories.
Credit Christine DiMattei /WLRN

In this past election, only three of the 11 proposed changes to the Florida Constitution on this year's ballot actually passed.

The ballot measures covered issues like tax cuts, the Florida Supreme Court, abortion and public funding of religious groups.

There are a lot of theories as to why this happened: a historically long ballot might have fatigued people by the time they got to the ballot measures, the amendments themselves were lengthy and confusing, lines were too long and polling places were chaotic, etc.

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11:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

How Ghosts Of Legendary Miami Family Fire Poet's Imagination


Christine DiMattei interviews poet C.M. Clark.
 "This is a work of fiction," cautions the introduction to poet C.M. Clark's latest book, "Charles Deering Forecasts the Weather & Other Poems."

Whatever would Charles Deering say?
 If there's one person who can at least guess, it's Clark.   She was the very first Literary Artist-in-Residence for the Deering Estate, which stands alongside the Biltmore Hotel and Vizcaya as one of Miami-Dade's historical gems.   The estate was built in 1916 by Deering, a wealthy industrialist, and once housed one of the most extensive art collections in our region. 

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Voters Not Voting
10:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Why Many Registered Voters In Miami-Dade Didn’t Vote

Miami-Dade County had 33 percent of its registered voters not vote this past election.
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Florida voters waited almost a week to hear who won the presidential election in Florida. It wasn’t until Saturday, Nov. 10 that President Obama had been declared the winner.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, only 67 percent of registered voters in Miami-Dade County cast a ballot in this election. This includes people who waited in line at the polls, and people who voted via absentee ballot.

Statewide, this number hovers around 71 percent, which is the lowest turnout in the past three presidential elections.

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Cuban-American Vote
10:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Experts Don't Agree On Cuban American Vote

The Cuban vote in this election has become a topic of debate among researchers.
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Following this year's close presidential election here in Florida, there were reports that Obama had won the Cuban vote, or at least he had gotten a record share of it.

However, some political researchers and professors here in South Florida don't agree that this election represented a historic shift for South Florida's Cuban-Americans -- a population that has historically voted in favor of the GOP. 

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Self-Defense In Florida
9:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

'Stand Your Ground' Law Gets A Pass From State Task Force

George Zimmerman: Awaiting trial in Stand Your Ground case.
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Florida's Stand Your Ground Task Force, empanelled to review and recommend adjustments to the state's controversial self-defense policy, has concluded the law is pretty much OK as it is.

The seven-year-old law allows people who feel their lives are in danger to respond to the threat with deadly force, even if they don't choose to run for help or safety. It's most notable application was in Seminole County where Miami-Dade County teen Trayvon Martin was shot to death during an encounter with armed neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:52 am
Wed November 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West To File Lawsuit

Allen West and his wife, Elizabeth, greet supporters last year.
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Allen West says he plans to file a lawsuit to require a full recount in his bid to win the 18th District Congressional race.

Meanwhile, his opponent, Patrick Murphy, is in Washington, DC for orientation as a new member of Congress.  

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