Politics

Americas
8:07 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Miami Versus Pinochet: As Chile Holds An Election, It Recalls Justice in Florida

Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship killed or "disappeared" roughly 3,000 Chileans.
Credit Center for Justice and Accountability

Chile’s northern Atacama Desert is arguably the driest place on Earth. In some parts of it, rainfall has never even been recorded.

Which means, if you’re a mass murderer, it’s also a fairly dumb place to bury your victims.

Read more
Politics
10:26 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Florida Taxes Would Determine The True Cost Of Medical Marijuana

Credit Vlado / Flickr CC

A Financial Impact Estimating Conference report concluded Monday that the cost of medical marijuana in Florida could not be determined due to uncertainty regarding taxation of the plant.

Although the Department of Health estimates the annual cost for Florida would be roughly $1 million, the FIEC report would be more-accurate if marijuana sales taxes were clear.

"The extent to which medical marijuana would be tax-exempt is unclear without legislative or state administrative action," the report said.

Read more
Criminal Justice
5:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Florida Considers Reopening Correctional Facilities

Credit Kate Ter Haar/Fickr

Florida might soon reopen several prisons, a year after closing them after the state projected a growing inmate population. Gov. Rick Scott announced the closing of prisons across the state as good news, saying it saved the state money.

But next year, the Department of Corrections wants the legislature to reopen nine facilities from Miami to the panhandle. That will include two prisons, five work camps and two reentry centers.

Read more
Americas
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Battling For Brazilians: Broward Challenges Dade For Latin American Tourists

Fort Lauderdale Beach is gaining more Latin American visitors, who previously beelined for Miami's oceans.
Credit Eric Barton

In the 1980s, after the bolívar crashed and Venezuelans suddenly couldn’t fly to Miami every weekend, a gaita band recorded a sardonic song whose chorus lamented, "Qué triste domingo sin Miami Beach."

How sad Sunday is without Miami Beach.

Read more
Opinion: Kelley's Korner
11:02 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Bad Move, Mr. Crist

Kelley Mitchell thinks former Gov. Charlie Crist made a press faux-pas with his Friday announcement.
Credit Mike Cohen / Flickr/Creative Commons

The first time I met Charlie Crist, he was the state Attorney General. It was at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news conference in their then-new digs along the Dolphin Expressway near Florida's Turnpike.

I'm fairly certain it was one of those Joint Agency Task Force announcements that had something to do with Identity Theft (Hint: "We're against it.")

So am I, by the way. It can be debilitating.

Read more
Politics
7:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Former Gov. Crist Enters Florida's Gubernatorial Race

Credit rawstory.com

Former Gov. Charlie Crist made it official Friday: He will run for his old job again in 2014, setting up a potential battle with Republican Gov. Rick Scott for the state's highest office.

Crist, who is set to announce his candidacy Monday morning at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, quietly filed his paperwork Friday with state election officials. The move allows him to begin raising money immediately. He becomes an instant front-runner in a Democratic primary that also includes former state Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich of Weston.

Read more
Public Policy
5:22 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Florida Food Stamps Receive Cuts

With possible further cuts to food stamps, Florida food insecurity is a concern.

Cuts to food stamps for over 3.5 million Floridians went into effect Friday, Nov. 1. And more could be coming through the pipeline soon.

Increases in food stamps, which are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), were approved as part of the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost to the economy. And those increases have run out.

For a family of four, the cuts translate to $36 per month or a total loss of $396 per year. Cuts to benefits in Florida are the third largest.

Read more
The Florida Roundup
11:31 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Is There A Humane Way To Execute?

Miami killer Thomas Knight, one of Florida’s longest-serving prisoners on Death Row, will be executed Dec. 3.

Though the legality of the death penalty is settled, the way that we do it is not. Several Florida death row inmates have filed suit to challenge the state’s use of a drug mix they say won’t prevent excruciating pain during the execution.

Read more
Elections
7:22 am
Fri November 1, 2013

New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

Credit Public Citizen / Flickr

With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.

Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.

Read more
Second Amendment
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

From Kendall To West Palm Beach, Bearing Arms Is More Than Just A Right

Stone Hart's Gun Club in Kendall hosts gun enthusiasts for events such as Bowling Pin Night and Ladies night, among others, each month.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

Gary Brill is a member of both the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Practical Shooting Association. He's been shooting for almost 30 years, taking part in local competitions, buying his own targets and even making his own bullets at home. You could say he is a firearms fanatic.

"The old saying, 'If you ask how many guns someone has, it’s between more than one and not enough.' So I have more than one and not enough," he says. "A lot of different types: handguns, pistols, semi-automatic, rifles, shotguns."

Read more
Economics
5:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Gov. Scott's Top Business Recruiter Gets A Pay Hike

Governor Rick Scott speaks to board members with Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private economic development agency on Oct. 31.
Credit Rachel Morello

The outlook was largely positive as Governor Rick Scott, government officials and business leaders gathered in Coral Gables to discuss progress in boosting Florida’s economy.

The Oct. 31 gathering coincided with a board meeting of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development agency.

Gov. Scott opened the discussion by praising both the public and private sectors for contributing to recent signs of economic recovery. He cited an increased focus on education and the addition of 365,000 private sector jobs since he took office.

Read more
Politics
3:11 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Legislative Leaders Join Attorney General In Fight Against Medical Marijuana

The Office of National Drug Control Policy says 20 states and Washington, DC have passed laws allowing medical marijuana since 1996.
Credit Eric Broder Van Dyke/flickr

Legislative leaders are joining the fight against an effort to get a medical marijuana proposal on the ballot next year.

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, say they will file a brief with the Florida Supreme Court opposing the initiative.

Gaetz sent a memo to the Florida Senate saying he doesn’t think the proposal meets legal requirements.

Read more
Law
11:51 am
Thu October 31, 2013

City of Miami Seeks 'Tough Love' Approach To Homelessness

The City of Miami is requesting changes to a landmark court case that protects the rights of homeless people.
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr user Jim Fischer

UPDATE 11:15 a.m. Oct. 31: In the latest development of the City of Miami's request to revisit the Pottinger case, Federal Judge Federico Moreno has officially called for an evidentiary hearing.  This means both sides will present data and witnesses who will attest to whether the landscape for the homeless in Miami has, in fact, changed. The judge has the ability to reopen the original settlement if the change is significant enough.

Read more
Politics
5:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Who's Saving Miami-Dade Libraries? These Guys

Library staffers and supporters urged Miami-Dade County commissioners to fund the libraries at a September budget hearing.
Credit MARICE COHN BAND / Miami Herald Staff

A special task force charged with figuring out how to fund and run Miami-Dade County’s libraries officially started work Oct. 30.

Even though a grassroots campaign to save county libraries from massive funding cuts prevailed this September, county commissioners exhausted their reserve fund in the process.

That means the county’s library budget faces a projected $21-million short fall next year.

Read more
Education
3:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Miami-Dade Teachers To Vote On Contract, Raises

Teachers and police officers in Miami recently protest Gov. Rick Scott's budget cuts.
Credit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Thousands of Miami-Dade teachers will cast ballots Oct. 30 in a ratification vote on a tentative contract agreement hashed out this month between district negotiators and the United Teachers of Dade.

Read more

Pages