Elaine Chen

Elaine is senior producer of news and public affairs at WLRN-Miami Herald News, where she works on building audience engagement around the issues we cover and produces The Florida Roundup, a Friday news show.  Elaine moved from New York City, where she was a lawyer for the city government.  She put aside the legal briefs and discovery requests to be back in public radio.  Before WLRN, Elaine worked as a producer for public affairs shows at WNYC and WYPR.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The State Of Florida's Union: Thirsty Marco Rubio And Spanish As A Second Language

Although Doral's City Council unanimously rejected the largely symbolic proposal to officially make Spanish its second language, Spanish is often a necessity for living in South Florida.
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On the Florida Roundup, we take a look at the week in news in our region and state:

  • As President Obama addressed the Congress and the nation, how is the state of Florida’s union?  From voting and gun rights to climate change, we take a look at what resonated here from the President’s speech.
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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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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

How The Dolphins Stadium Won State GOP Votes

A bill that would allow public money to help fund renovation for the Sun Life stadium unanimously passed a state Senate committee.
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On the Florida Roundup: The Dolphins jump the first hurdles in their quest for public money to upgrade Sun Life Stadium.  

Rising tides on your street - how sea level rise could cost our region millions

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Town Hall on Session 2013
10:25 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Ask Us Anything: Archive Of Our Online Chat With Citizens Property Insurance

Despite the absence of any major hurricane for the past several years, property insurance rates have risen in Florida.
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The price of property insurance in Florida keeps going up --  such that some homeowners are getting second mortgages or dropping coverage all together.  The state created Citizens Property Insurance to be the insurer of last resort for Florida homeowners. But plans to shrink Citizens by loaning money to private insurance companies and allegations of corporate misconduct have sparked outcries by some state officials and the public alike. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Why An FBI Investigation Probably Won't Stop Immigration Reform

GOP opposition to immigration reform has been tempered by their loss of the Latino vote in the 2012 election.
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On the Florida Roundup: New immigration reform proposals are put on the table in Washington. How could a path to citizenship be traveled in immigrant-rich South Florida?   Plus we get the latest update on the FBI raid of a West Palm Beach eye doctor with connections with U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a sponsor of a bipartisan immigration reform plan.

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Public Insight Network
10:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Do You Know Who Your State Legislators Are?

Redistricting last year may have had a role in making it more difficult for PIN members to name their state legislators. Above, a map showing pre-redistricting Senate district boundaries (in red) and current Senate district boundaries (in black).

The state Legislature, perhaps more than Congress, passes laws that have a direct impact on the day-to-day life of a Floridian: how much you pay in sales tax, how much time you have to vote, how you obtain a gun.

Tallahassee is in our lives every day. It's only 480 miles away. And yet, for many in South Florida, it might as well be on another continent. 

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Public Insight Network
11:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers

39 states - including libertarian-leaning New Hampshire - ban texting while driving. Florida isn't one of them.
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Florida is one of only 11 states that does not prohibit texting while driving.  Though state legislators have already introduced 3 texting ban bills for the upcoming session, similar bills have failed in the past several years. 

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The Art Of Politics
11:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Limericks Inspired By Florida's Muddy Politics

Can you explain a state policy in a limerick?
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Politics can be quite the poetic muse - especially statehouse politics, it turns out.

We recently challenged members of the Public Insight Network to write about politics in the Sunshine State - in a limerick.* 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Is Florida Driving Us Crazy?

Florida is one of only 11 states that don't have a ban on texting while driving.
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On the Florida Roundup: From immigration reform to gay rights, we’ll discuss how the president’s inauguration speech resonated here.  

The Dolphins win the first battle in their fight for public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium, with the Miami-Dade County Commission agreeing to ask the state for an increase in the hotel tax.  But Florida state lawmakers might not be receptive.

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Public Insight Network
4:18 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Should Public Money Fund Sun Life Stadium Upgrades?

Some supporters of the Dolphins' plan say that others, like the University of Miami Hurricanes, will benefit from an improved stadium.
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Marlins are no help for Dolphins.  The proposal by the Miami Dolphins to fund approximately $400 million in stadium renovations through county hotel taxes and state general funds is not getting a warm reception.  And it’s probably not because of reports by economists showing that events like the Super Bowl don’t contribute significantly to the host communities

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Miami Dolphins Fishing For A Stadium Renovation

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says Miami is unlikely to get the 2016 Super Bowl unless the Sun Life stadium is updated.
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On the Florida Roundup: The Miami Dolphins ask the public to go halfsies with them in a $400 million proposition to improve the Sun Life Stadium. But is hosting a Super Bowl really worth it? A skeptical public might be tougher to persuade after the Marlins ballpark deal.  

We take your calls on whether public money fund the stadium facelift.  

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Town Hall on Session 2013
2:17 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Online Chat On Jan. 22, 4pm: Who Runs Tallahassee?

In our first online discussion for the Town Hall project, we take a behind-the-scenes look at how laws are made in Tallahassee.
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To kickstart our Town Hall project, we start with the question: Who runs Tallahassee?  

Our guests are: The Miami Herald's Tallahassee bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas and Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, an ethics watchdog group, which proposes the unconventional idea we can make the government more accountable if we get rid of limits on state campaign donations

Join us on this site on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 4pm or tweet us at #FL2013.  To read more about the Town Hall project, click here.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Anniversary Of The Earthquake In Haiti And Spotlight On Poet Richard Blanco

Above is a neighborhood in Haiti before the earthquake. One caller, Henryka of Coral Gables, who has worked in Haiti for the past 4 years, says the focus should not be on reconstructing what was there, but building something better.
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On The Florida Roundup:  Saturday marks the third anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.  How has it affected us in South Florida, home to the nation’s largest Haitian diaspora?   We take your calls on what you have seen in Haiti and what responsibility we have to this country less than 700 miles away.   Why has development been so slow after so many promises?

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Town Hall on Session 2013
6:42 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Happening Tonight: Help Us Make Tallahassee Accountable At Session 2013 Town Hall

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Tallahassee may be hundreds of miles away, but WLRN and The Miami Herald will bring it to you. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

How The Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Impact South Florida And Broward vs. Lauderdale

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On the Florida Roundup: 2013 begins with the fiscal cliff averted, despite U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s vote against the agreement.   We find out whether Florida's fragile economy can "hang on" when many decisions have been kicked down the road.  

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