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3:20 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Venezuela's Truly Indictable Offense? President Maduro's Governance

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government indicted opposition leader María Corina Machado this week for allegedly plotting to assassinate him.

But the thing to remember about Machado is that she isn't exactly the most competent anti-government operative.

She’s best known for blunders like leading the 2005 opposition boycott of parliamentary elections. That essentially gifted the National Assembly to Venezuela’s ruling and radical socialist revolution, turning it into a rubber stamp for then-President Hugo Chávez.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Satanic Temple's Display At Florida Capitol Gets Approved

The Satanic Temple plans this display for the first floor of the Florida Capitol. The group's application for the same display last year was denied.
Credit News Service of Florida

We told you the Satanic Temple was preparing to file a lawsuit this week against the state of Florida. Now, those plans have been dropped because the temple is being allowed to put up a holiday display inside the Capitol. 

The display depicts an angel falling into a pit of fire. It’s scheduled to go up on December 22. It includes a banner with the words "Happy holidays from the Satanic Temple.”

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Cuba
8:23 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Alan Gross Marks Five Years In Cuban Prison, Family Warns He's "Wasting Away"

Alan Gross, left, with his wife and daughters at their Maryland home before his 2009 arrest in Cuba.
Credit Gross family

Today marks five years since U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross was jailed in Cuba on controversial spying charges. Gross's wife is warning he may not survive another year -- and says the family is “at the end.”

Gross, 65, is serving a 15-year sentence for bringing what Cuban officials called illegal communications equipment into the communist island. Gross was more likely arrested as retaliation for the U.S. 2001 conviction of five Cuban spies. Three are still in U.S. prisons, and the Cuban government wants them freed as a condition for freeing Gross.

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Politics
12:32 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Business Coalition Seeks Anti-Discrimination Policy For LGBT Community

Key Largo Rep. Holly Raschein debates during a Florida House session last April.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

A bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation is back in Tallahassee.

Florida law prohibits discrimination based on everything from race to religion. But the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community doesn't have that protection.

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act would change that, banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Mexico Crisis
12:58 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

What's A Good Way To Overhaul Immigration? Overhaul Mexico

Pres. Obama addressing the nation on his executive order on immigration and in an undated photo of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Credit Day Donaldson and Edgar Alberto Domínguez Cataño / Flickr

Coincidence or communiqué?

When President Obama issued his executive order on immigration last week, including his decision to halt the deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants, some of his foes noted the date: Nov. 20.

Nov. 20 commemorates the start of the Mexican Revolution 104 years ago. So Americans for Legal Immigration PAC wondered if the president purposely chose that day as a way of “comparing his new immigration orders to the violent Mexican revolution and civil war.”

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Latino Voters
9:49 am
Tue November 25, 2014

How Barack Obama Took Latinos For Granted – And How It Cost Charlie Crist

A Spanish-language election-day sticker: "I voted."
Credit Elle Cayabyab Gitlin / Flickr

So you’re a Florida Democrat. You’re looking for a silver lining to the humiliating Sunshine Shellacking your party took in Tuesday’s midterm elections. 

There really isn't one. But there may be a pewter lining: Your gubernatorial candidate, Charlie Crist, lost to the Republican incumbent, Governor Rick Scott, by only a percentage point. What's more, Crist might have won if not for a dumb political move by President Obama that alienated Latino voters.

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Immigration
12:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

President Obama's Executive Action Leaves Many Disappointed

About 50 people attended a watch party in downtown Miami held by the Florida Immigrant Coalition for President Barack Obama's announcement of his deportation relief executive actions on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

At 19 years old, Jose Machado has already been living without his mother for several years. She was deported back to Nicaragua, where he was born, for driving without a license.

“The state was not aware that we were here without any parents. They were not aware about our living conditions. So I presented myself to the authorities, the process began, and I ended up in a Jewish foster home,” Machado said.

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Politics
7:50 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Fact-Checking the Popularity of Amendment Two

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 2:36 pm

In the midterm elections earlier this month in Florida, the constitutional amendment to allow for the distribution of medical marijuana needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Amendment Two received 57.6 percent.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

For Immigrants, Obama's Executive Order May Fall Short

Bishop Leo Frade of the Episcopal Diocese of South East Florida was among the immigration advocates urging President Onbama to 'go big' with his executive order.
Credit Rick Stone

President Obama on Thursday will outline the executive order he plans to issue to protect thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation.  That news broke in Miami as immigrants and their advocates were beginning a rally at a church near downtown Miami. They were planing to tell the president to "go big" with his executive power.

But that may not happen.

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Politics
8:49 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obama Prepares To Test Presidential Power With Immigration

Activists rally for President Obama to use executive powers to act on immigration. Critics say the president would be going too far.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:43 am

The White House says President Obama will act "relatively soon," on immigration, granting temporary legal status to a large number of immigrants who are in this country illegally. Obama is acting after the Republican-controlled House refused to take up a bipartisan Senate bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

The decision to use executive powers to do what Congress would not has some critics complaining that Obama is going too far. Not so long ago, he was making that argument himself.

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Democratic Party
6:26 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Florida Democrats Form Task Force To Analyze Disappointing Election

Allison Tant is midway through a four-year term as head of the Florida Democratic Party.
Credit Florida Democratic Party

Allison Tant sent a pained letter to the Democratic Party faithful after last week’s election that saw Democrats lose more seats than they gained statewide and around the country.

“While last night's results weren’t what we’d hoped for, I want you to hear directly from me: we will never stop fighting for the people of Florida,” Tant wrote.

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Politics
11:53 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Gov. Scott Back And No Medical Marijuana

Gov. Rick Scott in an undated photo.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

  The negative political ads are over. Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election. How did that spell victory for Republicans, including Carlos Curbelo’s victory to the U.S. House?

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Marijuana Backers Plot New Strategy

Jon Morgan

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:46 am

Supporters of medical marijuana may have lost their fight at the ballot box, but they're promising to take it back to the statehouse.

A day after Amendment 2 narrowly failed in Florida, the chairman and chief financier of the initiative said Wednesday that if lawmakers didn't successfully pursue the issue, it would be back before voters in 2016.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

4 More Years: Which Scott will Florida See?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:16 am

Florida's election left two questions: Which Rick Scott will govern over the next four years and who can Democrats turn to in a statewide election after failing with a former Republican?

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Outspent Democrats Stinging from Loss

Dan Gelber

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 2:17 pm

Democrats are stinging from Tuesday’s mid-term election results – starting with Charlie Crist’s 1 percent loss to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott.

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