New figures show incomes in the South Florida region have dropped, and Florida's unemployment figure of 8.8% remains unchanged. Has Governor Rick Scott's economic policy made any difference? Meanwhile, Mitt Romney looks to recover from gaffes about the 47% made at a Boca Raton fundraiser. Both he and Barack Obama spoke at Univision forums in Miami to appeal to Hispanic voters. Plus: after testimony by victims' families, will a state task force recommend changes to the Stand Your Ground law?
Monroe County, and four other Florida counties, have begun early voting for the August 14th primary. All five are protected by the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This means that any new voting law there must be cleared by the federal government.
Last year, state lawmakers passed a law reducing the number of early voting days.
“Until this year, the state has refrained from implementing those changes statewide until it had pre-clearance to do so in the five covered counties,” explains Michael Masinter, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University.
09/12/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the decades old question of marijuana decriminalization with journalist and author Doug Fine. Proponents of loosening laws governing cannabis point to economics: the sale value of legal and illegally grown pot is greater than revenues from corn and wheat. The cost of policing, prosecuting and incarceration of violators is staggering. Doug Fine has written, Too High To Fail: Cannabis And The New Green Revolution.
Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim Wyss on Venezuela, Colombia and the Summer Games
Forget the US election.
There may be an even more important presidential vote taking place in Venezuela this fall.
Miami Herald South America bureau chief Jim Wyss updates WLRN's Phil Latzman on Hugo Chavez's fight to keep his job against upstart opponent Henrique Capriles. Also discussed: political strife in Colombia and Latin American countries tasting rare Olympic glory during the Summer Games in London.
Throughout every election cycle, it’s fair to say that there’s more nail-biting in Palm Beach County than in any voting district in the country. For nearly 12 years, a reputation for botched elections has clung to the county like a hanging chad.