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Buoyed by support from women and older voters, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a comfortable lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary in Florida, a new poll shows. The Quinnipiac University poll, released Friday morning, found that Clinton leads Sanders by a margin of 59 percent to 33 percent among likely Florida Democratic voters. The new numbers come less than three weeks before Florida's March 15 presidential primaries. "This has been a...

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A climate change litmus test has been circulating around Tallahassee. The man behind the test wants to get lawmakers and other state leaders on the record about their feelings regarding climate change and the risk to Florida. Bart Bibler is tallying the results and posting them at Tallahassee350.org , an affiliate of a larger environmental group. "A stable climate is considered to be about 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide, and globally we've now crossed 400 and we're climbing," Bibler...

Poll: Trump Stumps Rubio In Home State

Feb 25, 2016
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Three weeks away from the Florida primary, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is outstripping U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio among Republican voters in Rubio's home state, according to a new poll released Thursday. The New York real-estate mogul holds a commanding 44-28 percent lead over Rubio among likely GOP primary voters, the Quinnipiac University poll found. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in third with 12 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 7 percent and physician Ben Carson...

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South Carolina was supposed to be an opportunity to turn things around in the Jeb Bush campaign. Actually, it's probably more accurate to say that the Palmetto State was a last ditch effort to keep things alive. Th ere was a Politico report last week that said Bush staffers were already calling about other jobs. This was before Saturday's decision. When did this campaign really come to an end? I think it became clear towards the last few days of the South Carolina primary that things were not...

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The Internet allows savvy consumers to comparison shop for big ticket items. Those items may soon include medical procedures. The Florida House is ready to consider a bill ( HB 1175 ) that would enable consumers to see what hospitals around the state charge for similar surgeries and courses of treatment. Under the bill, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration would oversee a database that contains cost information from hospitals, surgical centers and insurance companies. But Rep....

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This week, the White House announced President Obama and the First Lady will visit Cuba. The trip will include meetings with a Castro as well as with Cuban entrepreneurs. The decision for a presidential trip to Cuba comes with all the historic overtones that have accompanied the changing relationship between America and Cuba since late 2014 when the president announced a new strategy of engagement. It also came with the familiar criticism of the efforts. We discuss the history and controversy...

Bush Engages New Hampshire Voters On Drug Addiction Issue

Feb 10, 2016
Miami Herald

BEDFORD, N.H – Drug abuse was a central topic among voter s as the presidential candidates campaigned in New Hampshire in preparation for the state’s primary Tuesday, the first primary election in the nation . The heroin epidemic and the crisis of addi c tion were a pressing issue for all candidates during the ir primary campaigns. “In November , my cousin came into the emergency room where I work, and he didn’t make it. So my question is, as the next president how will you handle this...

Rubio's Take On Social Security And Medicare

Feb 9, 2016
Amika Osumi

The first in the nation New Hampshire primary is Tuesday. During this week’s home stretch, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gave roughly the same remarks at all his events. However, at his rally in Derry, New Hampshire Rubio cracked a joke about his home state to bring up an issue. “You might not know this, this is not well known,” he said. “In Florida there are a lot of people on Social Security and Medicare.” The crowd laughed at his reference to his home state. He said his mother is one of the...

Jeb's Last Call To Voters

Feb 9, 2016
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Voting is under way in New Hampshire in the first in the nation presidential primary. And candidates are still doing everything they can to get these highly valued votes. Monday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush held his last Town Hall event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His final pitch started out by embracing the Bush dynasty. “Look, I'm a Bush. I'm proud of it. Let's get this out of the way real quick,” he said. “ I love my brother. I just love him and adore him. For...

MOLLY RILEY (Rubio), CHARLES KRUPA (Bush) / Miami Herald

Tuesday is the New Hampshire primary. Among Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a significant lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On the other side, Donald Trump holds a double-digit lead, followed by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. W hat do New Hampshire voters want and consider their top issues? How different are they from Florida voters or Iowa voters? Patricia Mazzei , political reporter for the Miami Herald, has been following the Rubio and Jeb Bush campaigns. Well it's been...

FL Legislature Could Pave Way For High School Free Agency

Feb 1, 2016

High school athletics in Florida could be in for seismic changes as legislation dealing with the Florida High School Athletic Association is rapidly moving through the House and Senate.

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This week, a group of 15 South Florida mayors, from West Palm Beach south to Cutler Bay signed a letter sent to Senator Rubio calling on him to "acknowledge the reality and urgency of climate change." The mayors want Senator Rubio to address a federal plan regarding climate change and, specifically, the threat of rising sea level in South Florida. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is not a climate change denier. During his run for the Republican presidential nomination, when asked about climate...

After changing the GOP debate terms with CNBC and demanding a $5 million charity donation from CNN, presidential candidate Donald Trump’s threats to boycott news network events came to head this week. The Republican frontrunner decided not to participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate, after the network chose to keep anchor Megyn Kelly on the moderating stage, against Trump’s wishes. The debate will be the final televised gathering of candidates before the Iowa caucuses on Monday, and it could...

Failed Project Lands Trump In Florida Appeals Court

Jan 25, 2016
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While Donald Trump banks on his brand to boost him into the White House, a Florida appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in lawsuits accusing the Republican presidential front runner of misrepresenting his role in a failed beachfront project in Fort Lauderdale. The 4th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in two lawsuits related to what was pitched as a swanky, Trump-branded hotel/condominium. Investors have battled in court for years to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars...

Amid an ongoing tug-of-war over tax cuts and spending, Florida legislators learned Tuesday that they are going to have less money to spend in the coming year than they were planning on.

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