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Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Latinos will be a key swing vote in November’s presidential election. Today a new poll of who Florida Latinos like was released. - and the numbers don’t look good for Donald Trump. It’s no secret that Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has a big problem with Latino voters. Thanks largely to his harsh anti-immigration rhetoric, Trump has consistently polled well below 20 percent nationwide among Latinos. As low as 11 percent in one recent survey. But the Latino bloc Trump needs most...

Ariana Cubillos / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY Even after thugs broke into Anahís Montiel’s house, dragged her into the street, murdered her with machetes and threw her corpse into a nearby ravine, they still had time to return to her home and rob everything while her husband and six children were forced to watch it all. They had about eight hours, in fact, since local cops did nothing. This happened Monday night in Maracay , west of Caracas. But it’s the sort of atrocity that occurs most nights in Venezuela, where folks face...

Carolyn Kaster / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY (Updated July 29, 2016) On immigration, this month’s Republican and Democratic conventions were as different as pit bulls and collies.

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in town Tuesday night for a campaign fundraiser. Across the street was a reminder of why he’s so popular with his fans – but also why he’s so reviled by his foes. While Trump was inside the friendly confines of his Trump National Doral Miami resort, outside dozens of activists organized by United Families demonstrated against his tough immigration platform. They held a long paper “Wall of Shame” with cutouts of Trump to protest his call to...

Florida Division of Elections

Florida’s secretary of state has released a voter education toolkit for next month’s 2016 primary election. The guide has checklists for current and new voters to make sure citizens have everything they need when arriving at a polling location. This includes making sure you are properly registered with the political party of your choice, checking to be sure your signature is up to date and verifying that your address is correct. Additionally, it includes the official Division of Elections...

Spencer Parts

Republican U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio had been looking forward to his speech at the Republican National Convention for a long time. He just didn’t expect to be encouraging Republicans to vote for Donald J. Trump. Rubio had a brief moment in the sun after the Iowa caucus in February. He came in third, but his star seemed to be rising. A month and a half later, he conceded the primary in his home state of Florida to Trump. “We live in a Republic, and our voters...

Miami Herald.

As the Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, Ohio, a few Florida politicians are on hand to do more than just support the party, and Donald Trump. People like Gov. Rick Scott are also possibly building support for their next election. Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald is there and tells us how state politics are also playing a part in the Republican National Convention: Well, we have Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. They're both supposed to speak to the...

Spencer Parts

Hillary Clinton’s first Miami campaign office is in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. It’s a choice that says something about what her campaign is trying to do and about what the neighborhood looks like today. The converted warehouse that will be the new office is around the corner from the neighborhood's Northwest 2nd Avenue hub. When I got there an hour before speakers took to the stage to mark the opening it was already booming with the sounds of the preparations of volunteers and...

Eraldo Peres (left) and Molly Riley (right) / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY We’ve seen enough media comparisons of Donald Trump and Hugo Chávez to make us think they had the same father. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee and the late Venezuelan president are indeed nifty portraits of egomaniacal demagoguery. But if 2016 election pundits are looking to Latin America for ominously useful parallels, they might give the Donald-Hugo chatter a rest now and consider Hillary-Dilma . As in, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton...

Michal Kranz

Community members gathered at West Palm Beach City Hall on Thursday for a sit-in in support of two gun control bills in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Lois Frankel organized the event after participating in a sit-in last week on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The two bills Frankel is fighting for are what she calls “common sense” measures to reduce gun violence. One of the bills would bar terror suspects from obtaining firearms, and the other would close loopholes that allow...

Michal Kranz / WLRN

Activists have been calling for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to bring charges against two prison guards accused of torturing and killing schizophrenic inmate Darren Rainey at Dade Correctional Institution four years ago. The state attorney's office says an investigation is still on-going, citing a desire to be thorough. Activists say that the realities facing mentally ill people in Florida's prisons are due to a lack of funding and oversight. Advocate Amy McClellan...

Voters in a Central Palm Beach County will be choosing a new State House representative this year for the newly drawn, majority-Democratic District 87. It’s also a majority Latino district — so much so that the local Publix on Southern Boulevard has a Cuban coffee shop inside. Palm Beach County’s Hispanic population spiked by 78 percent between 2000 and 2010. Two years later, in 2012, the Florida House of Representatives created this new majority-Hispanic District 87. “But we do not have...

Rubio, Curbelo urge Congress To Fund Zika Fight Faster

Jun 3, 2016
Marco Rubio and Carlos Curbelo
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Coming off of a two-day trip to Honduras, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio joined forces with U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo at an event Friday to implore members of Congress to come to a speedy compromise on funding to fight Zika . Congress is set to negotiate on a proposed 1.1 billion dollar spending package to combat the virus. President Obama already put on the table a 1.9 billion dollar plan. Rubio shared his support for spending as much money as it takes, for as long as it takes, to stop...

Miami-Dade, 'Focus Of The Political Universe' In Senate Races

May 31, 2016
Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Florida State Senate

Miami-Dade County --- long the epicenter of Florida's bloodiest political battles - is hosting three key state Senate races whose outcomes could help reshape the chamber. The Senate seats are up for grabs for the first time since a fresh map went into effect this year, the result of a legal fight over the anti-gerrymandering "Fair Districts" standards approved by Florida voters in 2010. The new Senate boundaries have injected a competitive element into the three Miami-Dade races that, until...

Jason Parker/Flickr

The biggest game in sports is coming back to South Florida. The Miami Dolphins will host the Super Bowl in 2020, celebrating a century of the NFL. But is this Miami’s game - or is it South Florida's game? Should the branding leave out Broward County? Voters in Broward County will decide in November if they want to spend more money for transportation. It's one of several proposed tax increases in three counties. From higher taxes on booze to a general sales tax hike, where could the money go?...

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