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12:16 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Time To Stop The Crying Game In Venezuela – And Start The Waiting Game

An unidentified Venezuelan woman rails against the socialist government on the Caracas metro this year.
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  A YouTube video has become a tear-jerker hit among opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government.

An unidentified young woman stands up in a Caracas metro car and screams at fellow passengers. Wearing a T-shirt that says, “He who rests loses,” she rails for a good five minutes at the authoritarian shambles Venezuela has become under the Bolivarian Revolution the late Hugo Chávez began 15 years ago.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Why A North Miami Voting Precinct Draws Many Volunteers And Fights

Campaign volunteers in North Miami on Election Day Aug. 26, 2014
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The primary election in Miami-Dade County was, for the most part, unremarkable. Voter turn-out was low, and there weren’t many contentious races

But at one North Miami precinct, every election is drama-filled.

Dozens of campaign volunteers lined the sidewalks around the Sunkist Grove Community Center on Northwest 125 Street and 13 Avenue.

They shouted at voters in English and Creole from bullhorns. They sprinted after unsuspecting drivers to shove fliers  into their car windows.  And they aggressively argued with one another over whose candidate will win.

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2014 Florida Primary Results
12:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Here's How South Florida Voted In The 2014 Primary Election

Credit Flickr / Alan Alfaro

November's election will be a race between two candidates with Florida gubernatorial experience: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

Miami-Dade and Broward were among the last counties to finish counting votes statewide. Among the items on the Dade ballot, locals decided to approve of SkyRise Miami and two long-standing school board members were re-elected.

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Marijuana
9:57 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Moms Want More Options For Sick Kids

The CannaMoms want more options that Charlotte's Web doesn't cover.
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  A group of Florida mothers is rallying to legalize marijuana -- for their kids. 

They call themselves the CannaMoms, and they share their experiences at conventions and in front of legislative committees. They want to spread the word that Charlotte’s Web is limited in what it can do.

Jacel Delgadillo witnesses her 3-year-old son, Bruno, sometimes having up to 300 seizures a day. He has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

If Re-Elected, Gov. Scott Pledges To Put More Funding In Education

Gov. Rick Scott pledged Thursday a jump in state per-student spending if elected again.
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

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StateImpact Florida
2:33 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Poll Finds Support For Common Core Declining Among Republicans And Teachers

The annual Education Next poll finds support for Common Core is declining among Republicans and teachers. But the poll found people generally support the idea of common education standards.
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Public support for Common Core math and language arts standards dropped in the past year, and less than half of teachers now say they support the standards, according to an annual back-to-school poll Education Next.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Florida Lobbying Firms Collect Millions During Second Quarter

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With industries ranging from casinos to taxicabs looking to influence the Legislature, new reports offer a glimpse of the millions of dollars in fees that lobbying firms collected during the second quarter of the year.

The reports, due before a Thursday night deadline, show that at least four lobbying firms collected $1 million or more in fees from April 1 to June 30 --- a period that included the second half of the 60-day legislative session.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Study: Florida Among The Worst States For Gerrymandering

Florida ranks as one of the worst states for gerrymandering.

  Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. 

Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.

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Politics
9:33 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

House Speaker: We'll "Get It Right" On Redistricting

The special session will continue until August 15th. It may end earlier if lawmakers approve a new congressional map.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The Florida Legislature met for less than 15 minutes on the first day of the special session on redistricting. Lawmakers are back in Tallahassee after a circuit judge tossed out the map they drew two years ago of Florida’s 27 congressional districts.

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Opinion
6:12 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

As Central Americans Flee Their Countries, Their Leaders Take Refuge In Hypocrisy

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez (left) talks with U.S. Marine General John Kelly during his Southcom visit on Wednesday.
Credit U.S. Southern Command

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández dropped by the U.S. Southern Command in Miami this week to talk about security in Central America. Or the utter lack of security in Central America. Honduras has the highest murder rate on Earth, and things are almost as deadly in neighboring Guatemala and El Salvador.

That’s why the Southcom visit was a nifty photo op for Hernández – who'd like the world to believe that he’s having to wage a war with vicious narco-gangs solely because Americans have an insatiable appetite for drugs.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

"We Lurch": Activist Bob Moses On The Current Fight For Voting Rights

Civil Right activist and educator Bob Moses. Moses says the federal government should do more to ensure Americans' right to vote.
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Monday is the first day of early voting for this year’s primary elections.

In Florida, voting -- early or otherwise -- has been disputed in various ways over past decade.

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Governor's Race
5:53 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Crist Would Push Lawmakers To Expand Health Care Coverage

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist told the Miami Herald editorial board that he wants a special session to try and convince lawmakers to expand state-run health care coverage for low-income residents.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist says if he’s elected, he wants a special session to expand a state-run health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

Crist says Florida could cover an additional one million people by expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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News
2:39 am
Wed August 6, 2014

A Look Back At All South Florida Counties Ruling Against Gay-Marriage Ban

The case of plaintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones was the first to get a favorable ruling against Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

A Palm Beach County court's Tuesday ruling is the latest to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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North Miami
12:01 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

North Miami Official Suspended After Arrest

MarcAnthony Tulloch
Credit Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department

North Miami suspended its purchasing manager without pay on Friday, after the city's police chief confirmed he was recently arrested. 

Court records show MarcAnthony Tulloch was arrested by Sunny Isles Beach police on July 24 for third-degree grand theft and official misconduct.

According to North Miami City Manager Aleem Ghany, the felony charges stem from Tulloch's time as purchasing manager at  the City of Sunny Isles Beach.

A spokesperson for Sunny Isles Beach was not immediately available for comment.

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News
1:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Miami-Dade Absentee Ballots Mailed Out

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More than 187,000 Miami-Dade County residents are expected to receive their absentee ballots for the Aug. 26 primary election.

The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is reminding voters not to allow just anyone to fill out their ballots.

"Do not allow anyone to mark your ballot unless you are unable to do so because of blindness, disability or failure to read or write," the agency wrote in a press release.

The department also warns voters not to give their absentee ballots to anyone other than a specified designee.

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