Politics

Rights Restoration
6:10 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Voting Rights Groups Want Constitutional Amendment To Make Voting Easier For Felons

It's estimated that more than 1.5 million Floridians can't vote because of their criminal pasts.
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Politics
7:43 am
Wed February 18, 2015

U.S. And Cuba Will Hold Second Round Of Normalization Talks In Washington

A Cuban and U.S. flag wave from the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga where a U.S. Congressional delegation is staying in Havana, Cuba, on Monday.
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Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 2:56 am

The United States and Cuba will hold a second round of talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations in Washington, next week.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki made the announcement during her daily press conference on Tuesday.

Reuters reports:

"The sides held historic negotiations in Havana last month and the next round is seen by U.S. officials as critical to fleshing out details on re-establishing ties.

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Politics
7:42 am
Wed February 18, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Jeb and Hispanics; Alcee Hastings and Bears

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:05 pm

Jeb Bush is being touted in some quarters as the answer to the Republican Party's looming demographic problems. As their base in the white community shrinks in proportion to other ethnic groups, Bush's secret weapon could be his own  household: he has a Mexican wife and a son who identifies himself as Hispanic. Plus, Jeb speaks Spanish - fluently.

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Politics
7:39 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Reaction To Circuit Court Block On Obama Immigration Action

South Florida immigration groups gathered in Little Havana to protest against the Texas judge's decision to block President Obama's Executive Action.
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A Texas Circuit Court Judge ruled against President Obama's executive action on immigration Monday night. This puts on hold immigration programs DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents) and the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

South Florida immigration groups aren't taking this decision lying down.

On Tuesday, several groups gathered to protest the judge's decision. DAPA and the DACA expansion have been put on hold,  but some undocumented Floridians are still optimistic. 

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Politics
7:14 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:12 am

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Politics
5:08 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Jeb Bush Email Release Includes Addresses And Social Security Numbers

Jeb Bush released thousands of email records from his days as Florida governor as he plans a run for president.
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is considering a run for the White House. So he released 250,000 emails this week from his time as governor.

But Bush’s desire to be transparent may cause trouble for some of his former constituents.

Social security numbers have turned up in some of the newly released documents. Bush told reporters in Tallahassee the state was supposed to cover up such personal information.

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City Government
4:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Mayor's Re-Election Sign Of A Storm Passed?

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was re-elected to his post for a third term.
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Fort Lauderdale will not be getting a new mayor this year. Two-term incumbent Jack Seiler has won his third, and final, three-year term in office.

His landslide victory, with 71 percent of the vote, may mean a media storm has passed for Seiler.

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PolitiFact
10:41 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's Immigration Stance

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:37 am

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house.

And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration.

Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now.

One of those Democrats is the Democratic National Committee Chair -- Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Budget
11:11 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Obama's Budget Sparks Debate Among Florida Lawmakers

An undated photo of President Obama. Florida lawmakers in the House and Senate have some issues with the president's latest budget.
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Budgets are said to embody values, and President Barack Obama’s budget surely shows his legislative values. The $3.9 trillion budget would levy new taxes on the wealthiest Americans to pay for things to help low and middle income families, like free community college.

That’s not sitting well with Republicans in the region. South Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo says it’s a political document.

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Politics
1:25 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Florida Roundup: 6 Questions About U.S.-Cuba Policy Changes

Will diplomatic changes lead to a democratization on the island? Will the Cuban Adjustment Act be affected by the new policy? Panelists discuss these questions during the Florida Roundup.
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Despite the president's diplomatic-restoration plans with Cuba moving through three days of Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, discussions continue among South Floridians about parts of the policy. Whether changes to policy will influence change on the communist island is still up in the air. 

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Politics
5:00 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

New Cuba Policy Faces Attacks On Capitol Hill But Still Moving Ahead

Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks at a House Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on human rights transgressions in Cuba.
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Today concluded three days of U.S. congressional hearings on President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic relations with communist Cuba. The administration faced tough skepticism – at times some outright hostility – but the new policy came out largely unscathed.

Senate and House committee members from both parties questioned President Obama’s efforts to normalize Cuba relations. Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson the policy change “will not be effective” in democratizing Cuba.

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Politics
10:53 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Continues

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:01 pm

Florida is getting closer to allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

But first, rules for how to grow the non-euphoric strain of the drug have to be hashed out — and that’s what a committee will be discussing over the next two days in Tallahassee.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced

Men play chess at the Maximo Gomez Domino park in Little Havana in Miami, where political opinions are shifting.
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Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:07 pm

With news that the United States will work toward re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing the embargo, there is already talk about the reaction in the Cuban-American community.

In political terms, this is a major voting bloc in the hugely important swing state of Florida.

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Cuba
2:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Cuban Relatives Bring Differing Views To The Dinner Table

Chris Alvarez's entryway displays framed copies of essential American documents.
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Polls have shown most Cuban exiles who fled the island in the '60s and '70s oppose lifting the embargo and don't believe rekindling diplomatic relationships is a smart, or permissible, political move.

But professor Jorge Duany, head of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, says it's different for younger Cuban-Americans.

"In many cases," he says, "they're willing to try a different way to relate to Cuba."

Chris Alvarez, 31, and Arianna Mendez, 22, are dating. They each relate differently to the island of their ancestors.

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Politics
7:36 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Bill Allowing Sex Abuse Victims To Secretly Record Attackers Advancing In House

Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami) filed the proposed committee bill allowing sex abuse victims to secretly record their attackers in his capacity as the chair of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 6:31 pm

A measure allowing sexual abuse victims to use secret recordings of their attackers as evidence in court is moving forward in the Florida House. The proposed committee bill gained initial approval in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday.

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