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3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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Politics
11:26 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Tells Political Donors He’s Running For President

Marco Rubio celebrates clinching his U.S. senate on election night at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on November 2010.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who rocketed from the obscure West Miami City Commission to the U.S. Senate, told top political donors Monday that he’s running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a campaign he intends to officially launch at 6 p.m. at downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower.

In a conference call with benefactors Monday morning, Rubio cast the election as a choice between the past and the future, one of the fundraisers told the Miami Herald.

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Politics
6:47 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio's Defense Spending; Patrick Murphy's Health Care Votes

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 11:08 pm

Our military budget is back in the news.

Even with the U.S. combat role in Iraq and Afghanistan officially over, potential presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a reversal of a shrinking defense budget.

Earlier this month, Rubio moved to raise the Pentagon’s budget - despite the end to two wars. In a speech on the Senate floor, he said the defense budget already has gone down too much.

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Politics
6:46 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Florida Senate Seeks To Ban Powdered Booze

Powdered rum and cosmopolitans are among the adult beverages the Florida State Legislature is considering banning

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:50 pm

Spirits aren't high on the future of powdered alcohol being mixed in Florida.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Monday unanimously supported a measure (SB 998) that would prohibit the sale and possession of powdered alcohol throughout the state.

The effort to ban powdered alcohol comes shortly after the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of a powdered alcohol called Palcohol by the privately held company Lipsmark LLC.

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Politics
6:36 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Circuit Court Ruling Puts Former Miami Lakes Mayor Back In Office

Michael Pizzi after he was found not guilty in August 2014.
Credit the Miami Herald

Former Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi was reinstated to his old position Tuesday.

Pizzi was arrested in August 2013 on bribery charges and found not guilty last August. Since then he’s been trying to get back his seat as mayor.

Current mayor Wayne Slaton won’t budge. This has led to a circuit court judge ruling that Pizzi be reinstated.

A shakeup like this has the ability to affect the town government’s morale.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Get Boost in Florida

Jeb Bush

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:33 am

With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.

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News
9:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Legislation To Ensure Pay Equity For Miami-Dade Women In The Works

Credit 401(K) 2012/Flickr

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is currently drafting legislation to ensure pay equity for women in the county. It’s a CEDAW ordinance -- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t ratified the convention.

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News
12:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Local Pension Overhaul Ready For Full Senate Vote

Lawmakers are working on legislation to bolster underfunded local pension plans for police and firefighters. Senate staffers say about 350 local government plans around Florida would be impacted.
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An effort to overhaul police and firefighter pensions is ready for consideration by the full Senate.

The bill, SB 172, changes the way state insurance premium tax revenues are used to fund local pension plans. It essentially enables local governments to use the money as they wish.

The bill is sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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Health Care
9:05 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Health Plan for Legal Immigrant Kids Stalled

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:23 pm

A bill that would extend low-cost KidCare health insurance to roughly 25,000 children of legal immigrants has gotten further in the Florida Senate than ever before, but remains stalled in the House.

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Criminal Law
8:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Supreme Court Extends Federal Ruling About Juvenile Sentencing

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The Florida Supreme Court has reached a groundbreaking decision about inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for crimes they committed while they were still kids.

The decision makes 2012's Miller v. Alabama apply retroactively. It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled mandatory life sentences without the opportunity for release were cruel and unusual.

For the past three years, 201 Florida inmates have been in a kind of limbo. They're inmates who were sentenced to life in prison without parole as juveniles before the Miller ruling.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida's Transgender Bathroom Bill Clears Its Second Hurdle

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:11 am

  Florida could become the first state to criminalize using the wrong bathroom. The Single Sex Bathroom Bill has cleared its second committee in the Florida House.

Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston spoke with Health Reporter Abe Aboraya.

CRESTON: I understand that the transgender community has rallied against this bill. The bill applies to everyone, but the transgender community are the ones caught in the middle since a man who has become a woman could be penalized for walking into a ladies room.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Fact-Checking Jeb Bush on Email Records

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:26 pm

As attention centers on Hillary Clinton’s email records, one left-leaning political action committee is reminding folks about a communication flap from another potential presidential candidate -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush famously used his personal email address during his eight years as governor, and he recently posted them online. But the American Bridge 21st Centry PAC says Bush handpicked which emails to disclose.

According to Josh Gillin with PolitiFact Florida, the PAC's claim is Mostly True. 

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Environment
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Amendment 1 Spending Plan Lands Mixed Reviews

Algae clouds part of Rock Springs near Apopka, Fla.
Robin Sussingham WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 2:33 pm

Florida's natural springs would get $50 million, the Kissimmee River is in line for $30 million, and a wastewater plan for the Florida Keys is up for $25 million, under a newly released House proposal that would help carry out a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Lawmaker Tells Story of Using Gun to Prevent Rape

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 11:03 am

When State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda went to college, she brought a gun with her. She didn't think she'd need it.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Former Senator: Not Much Government In The Florida Sunshine

Paula Dockery is a Republican who served 16 years in the Florida Legislature. She is now a syndicated columnist.
Credit Tom Hagerty/flickr

This is Government in the Sunshine Week, a week celebrating the importance of open government and freedom of information.

The recent firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is an example of government leaders making decisions out of the public purview – violating the spirit of Sunshine Week and Florida’s Sunshine Law.

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