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Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald staff

A Miami Charter Review Committee has been looking into the idea that the city of Miami should have a strong mayor. Currently it is an executive mayor position, which makes it a mostly figurehead post. Commissioner Francis Suarez is leading the push to make the mayor of Miami more powerful and explains why the issue should be taken to the voters. Strong mayor is a system of government where the mayor has the administrative authority. The mayor, as we know, is an elected official. He's...

http://planzmiami.com/

There have been three deaths of cyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway in the past five years. The 2012 death of Allen Cohen, led to the creation of the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act , a law that puts larger penalties on motorists who hit cyclists. Enter architect Bernard Zyscovich, a regular cyclist on the causeway. A few years ago he came up with Plan Z, an ambitious proposal to make the causeway cyclist and pedestrian-friendly. He's updated his idea to Plan Z 2.0. and discuss with us the...

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

A recent poll shows presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck in Florida. As a result, one voter bloc will likely be key to winning the state – and, sinc e this is Florida, maybe the election. Last week’s Quinnipiac University survey shows presumptive Democratic candidate Clinton leading de facto Republican nominee Trump in Florida by just one percentage point – 43 to 42 . Both have solid constituencies here – and they split the state’s large independent vote....

Eraldo Peres / AP via Miami Herald

COMMENTARY Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, made a particularly sensible point when I talked to him during his visit to Miami this week. The recent normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, Almagro said, is good for the Western Hemisphere because it “has changed the logic of relations between Latin America and the United States.” By that Almagro didn’t mean the U.S. has surrendered to the Latin American left. To the contrary,...

Miami Herald

We recently spoke with Mayor Eugene Flinn of Palmetto Bay and Vice Mayor James McDonald of Pinecrest about the debate between new bus lines versus more rail. The county has a plan for $115 million to go toward a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the South Dade. Leaders, like Mayor Flinn, along with leaders from Homestead and three other municipalities, challenged Miami-Dade officials on that issue , and are pushing for rail instead. Eugene Flinn : I've sat and watched the...

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Death-Benefits Bill For First Responders

Apr 8, 2016
City of Coral Gables Facebook

Gov. Rick Scott signed a measure Friday that will help families of first responders who are enrolled in the Florida Retirement System and get killed in the line of duty. The death-benefits bill (SB 7012), a priority of Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was among 17 bills Scott signed into law. "When people give their lives in the service of our state, the least we can do is make sure we help provide for the families they leave behind," Gardiner said in a prepared statement. The law...

Federal Judge Closes Books On Florida Gay Marriage Ban

Mar 31, 2016
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More than a year after same-sex marriages began in Florida, a federal judge on Thursday issued a final judgment declaring that Florida's voter-approved prohibition against gay marriage is unconstitutional. In a harshly worded ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle rejected state officials' arguments that a final order in the Florida case was unnecessary due to a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that struck down state bans on same-sex marriages nationwide. Hinkle chastised...

Desmond Boylan / AP

President Obama's visit to Cuba this week drew criticism from Miami and praise from Cubans. Cubans in Havana watched President Obama speak directly to them on live television, knowing that Cuban president Raul Castro was in the same room listening on. " I want the Cuban people, especially the young people, to understand why I believe that you should look to the future with hope, not the false promise which insists that things are better than they really are, or the blind optimism that says...

Tom Hudson / WLRN

President Obama is going to Cuba this weekend. WLRN's Tom Hudson and Tim Padgett are there awaiting Obama's visit. What is the mood in Havana ahead of the historic trip? And they're looking at the changes that have occurred since the two nations started talking again. Donald Trump looks like the Republican nominee in this presidential election, while Florida's Senator Marco Rubio is back in the halls of the senate, now that’s he no longer running for president. But, what do we make of his...

Miami Herald

The 2016 Florida legislative session was a much more conciliatory affair -- compared to last year's session that ended early and went to extra sessions. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott signed the $82.3 billion budget. He stuck to his earlier announcement of 256-million-dollars in line-item vetoes. Why the governor announced so early what he was going to veto. Timing seems to be everything here. You'll notice that he released this decision on the day of the primary election...

Paul Sancya / AP via Miami Herald

From savior to suspended. Florida Senator Marco Rubio - whom Time Magazine just a few years ago hailed as the Republican Party's "savior" - suspended his presidential campaign last night after losing his home state’s primary in a devastating landslide to Donald Trump. The political post-mortems on Rubio have begun – and so have the questions about his future. “America’s in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami, and we should have seen this coming,” Rubio told supporters at the...

Late For Early Voting In Hollywood

Mar 15, 2016
Caitlin Granfield

When p eople entered the Hollywood Branch Library on Tuesday to vote in the presidential primary, they learned that they were two days too late. They said Broward’s online voter information page wasn’t clear and that they thought they could vote there through Tuesday. Nonetheless, people like Christian Bauman, a 29 year-old Hollywood resident, hoped he could squeeze in his vote elsewhere. He said he’s been a lifelong Democrat. “I want to vote for Bernie just to show that I believe in his...

The Florida Primary: Who Voted and Why

Mar 15, 2016
John Power / WLRN

South Florida voters shared their thoughts, voiced their opinions and told us which candidates they voted for in the Florida primary election. Listen to them talk about why. Edward Hannaway, v oted for Bernie Sanders "If the guy was a street sweeper I'd vote for him." Linda Lane, voted for Hillary Clinton "Probably everything that's opposite of what the Republicans stand for." Elise Marilles, voted...

Why Vote? (When You Could Be On Miami Beach)

Mar 15, 2016
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It was 85 degrees and breezy with a spotless sky on Miami Beach Tuesday afternoon—not exactly weather to make you roll up your towel and head for the polls. K’Teyah Dumoy, sprawled in the sand with family visiting from Canada, says she usually votes. But Tuesday? "It’s such a perfect day at the beach, so..." Why isn't Caleb Ballou inside filling out a ballot? "Umm...." He paused before answering the question. "Spring break! So, I really have no time to hit up the polls," Ballou says. Reminded...

Navy Veteran Favors Clinton Over Trump

Mar 15, 2016
Caitlin Granfield

Workers at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center said there was a steady flow of voters on Tuesday morning, but by noon just a trickle of people could be found there. Jarrett Edward Fulton, of Liberty City, came there to repair a van in the parking lot. A Navy veteran, and proud grandfather of 22, he recently voted for Hillary Clinton on his absentee ballot. He thinks the general election will come down to her and Donald Trump. He says the Republican debates were a turnoff. And he says, Trump...

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