politics

The Sunshine Economy
12:48 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Tomato Trade War

Tony DiMare is vice president of DiMare Companies, one of the largest growers of tomatoes in Florida.
Credit Tony DiMare

The juicy red tomato has been the target of an international trade war since the mid-1990s. It pits U.S. tomato growers, including DiMare Company of South Florida, against growers in Mexico.  

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Agriculture

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StateImpact Florida
5:34 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

State Board Picks Pam Stewart As Education Commissioner

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:44 am

New Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

New Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

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Immigration
5:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Florida College Presidents To Congress: Pass Immigration Reform

Credit Florida Immigrant Coalition

Florida college and university presidents are calling on Congress to pass immigration reform this year, saying it would be better for the state's economy if foreign students could stay after graduation, instead of being forced to take their diplomas and leave.

The "brain drain" of U.S.-educated foreign students is worrying economic and education leaders who say the students soon become competitors.

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Americas
2:54 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Brazilian Leader Postpones State Visit Over Spying Concerns

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attends the first working meeting of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 7:16 pm

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday that she would not travel to the United States for a state visit on Oct. 23.

It is the first concrete diplomatic consequence of the revelations made by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed widespread spying by the U.S. government on foreigners.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

A Scott, Bush Split On State Board Of Education

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 1:37 pm

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StateImpact Florida
8:08 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What's In The Florida Department of Education's Budget Request

The Florida Department of Education's requested budget would increase per-student funding and money for technology.

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 12:05 pm

The Florida Department of Education's requested budget would increase per-student funding and money for technology.

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Americas
4:18 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Capriles Delivers Message To Supporters In Miami

Henrique Capriles Radonsky waves to supporters gathered at the James L. Knight Center following a speech in which he urged Venezuelans living in the United States to continue working for a Democratic change in Venezuela.
Credit JOSE A. IGLESIAS / El Nuevo Herald Staff

Former Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles — who has been criticized by certain segments of the opposition that would like to see him take a more radical position against Nicolás Maduro’s regime — came out Sunday to convince nearly 5,000 people at a Miami convention hall that he knows exactly what he’s doing.

Capriles, who ran against the late Hugo Chávez in an election in October and then did it again versus Maduro in April, said he feels that change will come soon to his country and called on Venezuelans to continue supporting him and join the fight.

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Health Care
10:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

More Companies Steering Retirees To Private Health-Insurance Exchanges

Private health insurance exchanges have existed for several years but are separate from the public health insurance marketplace being created by the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands of retirees covered by company health insurance plans will soon see their benefits shifted toward private health-insurance exchanges.

IBM and Time Warner announced the change last week. They’ll provide retirees money to buy Medicare Advantage or supplemental Medigap policies instead, part of a push by businesses to move away from the increasingly costly group-coverage model.

American Airlines may follow. Its parent company, AMR Corp., is seeking approval to make the change from a federal bankruptcy court judge.

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StateImpact Florida
8:01 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Florida Had Second-Largest 2013 Education Funding Increase, Study Says

Florida had the second-largest increase in education spending this year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 1:17 pm

Florida had the second-largest increase in education spending this year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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Environment
4:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Legislators Approve $2.8M Quck Fix For South Florida Waterways

Credit wikipedia.org

A short-term benefit package will flow toward South Florida following approval Thursday of the plan to improve the health of waterways harmed by releases from Lake Okeechobee.

The $2.77 million allocation approved by the Legislative Budget Commission is to improve pump stations, reducing the flow of polluted waters that have negatively affected the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.  The money will also go to a build a channel to aid the flow of water from the Florida Everglades across the barrier of the Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Florida Defends Land Sales; Sites In The Keys Removed From List

Credit Randy Grau / myfwc.com

Numerous parcels within the Florida Keys have been removed from the list of state-owned properties under consideration for a massive sale to help fund future land-conservation efforts.

The announcement Thursday from the state Department of Environmental Protection came as Susan Grandin, director of the Division of State Lands, defended the overall proposal to sell targeted acres of conservation lands to raise money for the purchase of more critical sites.

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The Florida Roundup
9:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Is Florida Back To Work Yet?

Florida's economy is recovering, and Governor Rick Scott says "conservative pro-growth policies" are the reason.
Credit Flickr

Touting his job-creation record, Governor Rick Scott says it’s time to cut taxes. But with questions about both the state's unemployment rate and education spending being lower than before the Great Recession, Democrats say the Governor’s priorities are off. 

In Miami-Dade, an active social media campaign and vocal supporters at town halls have saved public libraries from budget cuts - for now - after the county commission decided to raid its reserves. So was Mayor Carlos Gimenez wrong to declare that the "age of libraries was probably ending?"  

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Diplomacy
6:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Highlights From Miami's 1st Annual UK-US Penalty Kick Shootout

WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Kenny Malone shoots a penalty kick against U.K. goalkeeper Shane McKendrick.
Credit British Consulate General in Miami

America, it is with a heavy heart I must confess that I let you down last month. On August 29 at Miami-Dade’s Tropical Park, after nine grueling rounds, I lost a penalty kick shootout to the British Consul General in Miami by a score of 7-6.

Kevin McGurgan challenged me to a “five penalty shoot out” over Twitter in early August, apparently in response to a soccer-related story I had written.

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People
3:42 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Ignash To Move Into Top Universities Post

Jan Ignash
Credit flbog.edu

Described as a "seasoned academic leader,'' longtime higher-education official Jan Ignash was named Thursday as interim chancellor of Florida's state university system.

The system's Board of Governors approved the appointment with little discussion, as Chancellor Frank Brogan prepares to leave his post Sept. 30 to begin a similar job in Pennsylvania. 

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Politics
11:38 am
Thu September 12, 2013

After Questions, Gov. Rick Scott Cancels $25,000 Alligator Hunt Fundraiser

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Credit STEPHEN M. DOWELL / MCT

Gov. Rick Scott decided that using live alligators as fundraising bait wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Without explanation, Scott’s re-election campaign on Tuesday abruptly called off a planned “private gator hunt” in New Smyrna Beach on Oct. 18 for donors willing to pay $25,000 a head. The invitations said: “Space is limited.”

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