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Politics
11:57 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Florida Roundup: The Debate That Almost Wasn't

Gubernatorial candidates caused a nationwide stir when Rick Scott delayed their debate start due a fan Charlie Crist had at his podium.
Credit Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Governor Rick cott and former Governor Charlie Crist met for their second debate this week, but only after a delay over one candidate cooling down hot air.

Attorney General Pam Bondi wants the Florida Supreme Court to decide if same-sex couples can get married here.

And in college football, police and amateur athletes on campus are under scrutiny at Florida State.

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The Governor's Race
11:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

What Just Happened? #Fangate At The Scott-Crist Gubernatorial Debate

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is known for bringing a small fan to speaking engagements.
Credit Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It seemed like a joke at first. Sounding slightly perplexed, debate moderator Eliott Rodriguez of CBS Miami said, "We have been told that Gov. Scott will not be participating in this debate."

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Politics
6:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Why Education Is A Top Issue In The Governor's Race

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist are making education a top issue during the campaign.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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Governor's Race
8:38 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Chris Christie Doesn't Want You To Think Rick Scott Can Debate Charlie Crist And Win

GOVERNORS: Campaigning for Rick Scott, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Scott opponent Charlie Crist is probably the better debater.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday will meet his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, for the first of three October debates.

And Crist, of course, will mop the floor with Florida's Republican governor. Says who? Says Scott's new best friend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The chairman of the Republican Governors Association. That's who.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

Cindy Minnix waits for a bus in a flooded street on Oct. 18, 2012, in Miami Beach. A changing climate is making floods related to high tides more frequent, scientists say.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

A wave of high tides is expected to hit much of the East Coast this week. These special tides — king tides — occur a few times a year when the moon's orbit brings it close to the Earth.

But scientists say that lately, even normal tides throughout the year are pushing water higher up onto land. And that's causing headaches for people who live along coastlines.

As Bob Dylan might have put it, the tides, they are a changin'.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

How Campaign Finance Laws Make Florida Governor's Race Unique

Expect airwaves to be flooded with campaign ads in the final weeks leading up to Election Day.
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Florida’s campaign finance laws make for a unique governor’s race. In an analysis of television advertising through late September, the Rick Scott and Charlie Crist campaigns hadn’t spent much on TV advertising. Political parties and political action committees known as PACs have done most of the spending.

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Haiti
3:20 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Reporting On Duvalier: Diary Of A Dictator

Wedding day in Haiti for former President Jean-Claude Duvalier and Michele Bennett, May 27th, 1980.
Credit Miami Herald

There can come a time when reporters and photographers spend so much of their working lives immersed in covering one issue, one person or one country, that their relationship with the subject being covered becomes almost symbiotic.

Think of it as a detective who must know his or her suspect’s every thought and every move.

Where will they be today? What will they say today? Perhaps, more importantly, what can be confirmed today -- and what is the real reason behind the latest action?

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News
7:23 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

SCOTUS Won't Take Up Gay Marriage Appeals

Attorney General Pam Bondi was hoping for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Instead, justices refused to hear cases in 5 other states, leaving the appeals up to lower courts.
Credit Rick Scott/flickr

The Supreme Court’s refusal to consider gay marriage cases in five other states may soon impact Florida, now that a federal judge is being asked to clear the way for same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State.

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Politics
7:12 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Veterans Secretary Wants VA Whistleblowers

VA Secretary Bob McDonald (left) watches as paralyzed Navy Veteran Dwayne Scheuneman (right) demonstrates the Exoskeleton during the new leader's visit Wednesday at the James A. Haley VA Polytrauma Center.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 3:01 pm

Secret patient waiting lists, delayed medical care, retaliation against whistleblowers  are all reasons why trust in the VA hit an all-time low this spring especially on Capitol Hill.

The new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert “Bob” McDonald is trying to restore that trust. He’s started by visiting as many VA facilities as possible during his first 90 days in office.

McDonald toured several Florida VA facilities this week and he invited U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, to come along.

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Sunshine Economy
8:32 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Where Money In Florida's Gubernatorial Race Is Coming From

Credit University of Maryland Press / Flickr/Creative Commons

Close to $50 million has been spent buying airtime in Florida through the end of September by Florida's gubernatorial candidates and their political parties.

While some of the messages include bright pictures of Rick Scott and Charlie Crist touting their economic and education plans, most of the messaging features ominous sounding narration and dramatic music telling an audience what's wrong with the other guy. 

  According to the Center for Public Integrity at least half of the ad money spent in Florida has been spent on negative ads like these:

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Politics
7:02 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Judges Launch Campaign To Inform Voters On Judicial Election

Credit thefloridabar.org

Florida will choose to either keep or terminate 22 District Court of Appeal judges from their positions. Determining who should stay and who should go may seem like a daunting task if a voter doesn’t even know what to look for in a judge.

Anna Blackburne-Rigsby is a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in Washington, D.C., and president of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). The organization launched a campaign called the Informed Voters Project. They aim to enlighten voters on the role of a judge in the courts.

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Commentary
6:11 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Baby Doc Duvalier May Have Finally Helped Haiti – By Dying At The Right Time

Jean Claude Duvalier during an interview in Laboule, outside Port au Prince, Haiti, on April 16, 2011.
Credit Andres Martinez Casares / For the Miami Herald

Even for a fiend as monumentally corrupt as he was, the first words out of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s mouth upon his return to Haiti in 2011 were shamelessly dishonest.

“I came back to help my country,” Baby Doc said after ending 25 years in exile in France.

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News
4:37 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

A City Employee Throws An Illegal Party In A North Miami School Gym

Party goers purportedly dancing inside Cagni Gym posted on Instagram.
Credit I AM WIldlife / Instagram

 

Hundreds of college students flocked to a North Miami residential neighborhood to party at a gym normally used by elementary and middle school kids.

DJ Thunder, who was celebrating his birthday, tweeted to his followers that the indoor gym can easily fit 1,000 people, “so thats what we aimin for.”

College students from as far as Boca Raton streamed into Cagni Gym, 700 NE 137 St., for what some were calling “the all you can drink” party.

The much-anticipated bash with free liquor and a $15 to $20 cover charge was not authorized.

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The Florida Roundup
11:42 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Florida Roundup: Floridians Wait The Longest To Vote

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On The Florida Roundup, review of voting in the 2012 election finds Florida voters waited in line far longer than any other state by more than a half hour. Why? And what’s being done to address it?

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Clinton In Miami: Women Need More Workplace Protections

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a conference of women commercial real estate agents in Miami Beach that the U.S. needs better workplace laws to protect the ability of women to work and raise a family.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

The United States makes it difficult for women who want to work and raise families, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a women's commercial real estate association conference in Miami Beach.

Clinton says she’s been all over the world to talk about equity issues for working women working with her Clinton Global Initative, founded by her husband -- and former U.S. president -- Bill.

Clinton says the U.S. still has a long way to go to make sure women are paid and treated the same on the job as men.

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