politics

Congressional Primary
9:26 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Kristin Jacobs Loses Congressional Primary

Environmentalist Kristin Jacobs says her outfit tonight represents the ocean and the earth.
Sarah Gonzalez WLRN-Miami Herald

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs lost last night in the Congressional primary. 

She was hoping to become the Democratic nominee for District 22, which covers Broward and Palm Beach counties. The seat was  left vacant when Republican Rep. Allen West changed districts.

During her concession speech, Jacobs thanked the crowd of about 50 for believing in her. 

"I'm so blessed to have been a part of it," Jacobs said. "I think it was the most wonderful thing I've ever tried to do, and I'm sad about not winning but energized by the future."

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Miami-Dade Mayoral Election
9:07 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Gimenez Wins Another Term As Miami-Dade Mayor

Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

Tuesday’s race for Miami-Dade County Mayor ended on odd terms.

Even though Mayor Carlos Gimenez won by a significant margin, his challenger refused to concede.

Mayor Gimenez’s campaign spent hours at the Doubletree hotel near the airport waiting for his opponent to throw in the towel-- but that never happened.

Gimenez was leading in his reelection race by almost 25 percentage points all night and it was looking like the election was going to be called early for Gimenez, but challenger Joe Martinez told his supporters at the 94th Aerosquadron "this ain't over."

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Politics
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Elections in Palm Beach County: The “Butterfly Ballot” Effect

Flickr/bkusler

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.

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State Integrity Investigation
7:46 am
Mon March 19, 2012

State Integrity Investigation Day 1: Florida Politics Gets A 'C-'

Florida Sen. Chris Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale, debates Senate Bill 146.
Credit Photo courtesy of senatorchrissmith.com
  • Reporter Kenny Malone explains the findings of the State Integrity Investigation to host Phil Latzman.

This story originally appeared in The Miami Herald on March 19, 2012.

The first time Florida Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, ran for office, he was just three years out of law school - a 28-year-old who still believed in the power of his lucky navy blue suit. As Smith puts it, he was a "nobody" from Broward County.

And yet, "these people would just show up" as he campaigned around the district. They were lobbyists. "[They'd] pat me on the back and say, 'Hey, I want to support you, ' and then give me a bunch of checks and say: 'Now remember me.' "

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Session 2012
4:03 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

How Bad Things Happen To Good Bills

Sisterhood's Marcia Olivo at S. B. 1440's high water mark, a committee vote in favor
Credit Rick Stone

TALLAHASSEE-- At the midpoint of the legislative session,  an organization of domestic violence opponents  drove hopefully to the state capital  from Miami for the first committee hearing on a bill they were supporting.  The legislation would allow domestic violence victims who are being stalked at work to quit their jobs and still qualify for unemployment.

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Prison Privatization
2:24 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

How Florida Prison Reform Could Impact Small Town Jobs

In Monticello, jobs are on the line.
Rick Stone

MONTICELLO, Fl. -- Late in the 1980s, crime was rising, prisons were filling up and Florida needed new places to build prisons. But a grim penitentiary full of criminals was a gift that few counties wanted back then.  

Jefferson County, just east of Tallahassee, was different. Then, as now, under populated and desperately poor, it saw an opportunity and it did something unusual. 

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Prison Privatization
2:15 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Republican Dissenters Kill Prison Privatization

Privatization would have cost thousands of jobs
mstephens7 on flickr

State senators decided by two votes last night to kill a massive privatization program designed to reduce state prison costs by seven percent a year.  Nine Republicans joined the Democratic minority to kill the bill, which had divided the Senate and called into question the leadership of Senate President Mike Haridopolos.

The privatization scheme called for turning 28 southern Florida institutions over to private contractors, eliminating thousands of jobs and reducing the state prison budget by an estimated seven percent.

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Students With Disabilities
12:00 am
Wed December 14, 2011

No Choice: Florida Charter Schools Failing To Serve Students With Disabilities

Tres Whitlock, 17, has been trying to enroll in a Hillsborough County charter school, but has yet to enroll because of concerns about the therapy and services he needs.

Tres Whitlock is stuck in a public school where he feels ignored. He wants out.

The 17-year-old would-be video game designer researched his options online and found his perfect match – Pivot Charter School.

“It’s computer-based and I think I will do better,” he says.

But when Whitlock tried to enroll in the school he found a series of barriers in his way.

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Haiti Earthquake
12:52 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

A Journalist Turns His Mic On Haiti's Grievances

One of the aftereffects of the earthquake in Haiti is that local journalists have found new freedom. Many are now airing the kinds of political commentary and criticism that used to invite violence and censure– even death.

The shift comes across loud and clear on Haiti’s airwaves, where most people get their news.

Jennifer Maloney brings us the story of Haitian radio host and reporter Makenson Remy, known to listeners as “Four-by-Four” because of his rugged brand of go-anywhere reporting.

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