Politics

On The Campaign Trail
11:18 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Promises Big Tax Cuts

Gov. Scott had support from The Guayabera Lady owner Berta Bravo, who praised his backing of small businesses.
Credit Diego Saldaña-Rojas / WLRN

Cuban music, pastelitos and guayaberas greeted Governor Rick Scott in Miami.

Scott spoke to a crowd of supporters and press at The Guayabera Lady, a store dedicated to selling the traditional Cuban garments.

The governor addressed and thanked his supporters in a combination of English and Spanish.

He noted the accomplishments of the county's school system, spoke about his upbringing, and then went against his adversary Charlie Crist. Scott said under Crist, Florida lost 832,000 jobs, saw reduced education funding and had its taxes raised by $2.2 billion.

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Latin America Report
7:08 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Does Escaping El Salvador's Abortion Law Nightmare Mean Flying To Miami?

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Cristina Quintanilla’s tragic story now includes a sad epilogue.

Quintanilla was 18 when she suffered a miscarriage at her home in rural El Salvador. But when she awoke on an operating table that night in 2004, she didn’t see doctors. She saw cops.

Someone on the hospital staff had accused Quintanilla of inducing an abortion. And abortion under any circumstance is a felony in El Salvador.

“They arrested me while I was in surgery,” says Quintanilla, now 28. “I was handcuffed to the bed. They didn’t care how badly I was hemorrhaging or how terrified I was.”

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Governor's Race
1:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Abortion Rights? Crist Says "I Get It" And Snags Planned Parenthood Endorsement

THEIR GUY: Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist collects the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood PAC. To Crist's right, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo and running mate Annette Taddeo.
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On Saturday morning at 9:30 -- as most of the city was waking up -- Charlie Crist was collecting the endorsement of Planned Parenthood's political action committee. To an audience consisting mostly of her own staff and volunteers, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo delivered the priority message.

"Gov. Rick Scott has waged an unrelenting assault on women since his election in 2010," Tamayo told the group, most of them in pink Planned Parenthood PAC T-shirts.

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Commentary
12:16 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Time To Stop The Crying Game In Venezuela – And Start The Waiting Game

An unidentified Venezuelan woman rails against the socialist government on the Caracas metro this year.
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  A YouTube video has become a tear-jerker hit among opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government.

An unidentified young woman stands up in a Caracas metro car and screams at fellow passengers. Wearing a T-shirt that says, “He who rests loses,” she rails for a good five minutes at the authoritarian shambles Venezuela has become under the Bolivarian Revolution the late Hugo Chávez began 15 years ago.

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Education
1:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Florida Democrats At Odds Over Standardized Tests

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Teacher unions everywhere are mad.

Educators say after 12 years of implementing standardized tests nationwide those assessments are proving impediments to teachers. If they don't get the reforms they’re demanding they say the president should oust his secretary of education, Arne Duncan.

South Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings understands the anger directed towards Washington bureaucrats who, he says, play a limited role in what happens in Florida schools.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Why A North Miami Voting Precinct Draws Many Volunteers And Fights

Campaign volunteers in North Miami on Election Day Aug. 26, 2014
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The primary election in Miami-Dade County was, for the most part, unremarkable. Voter turn-out was low, and there weren’t many contentious races

But at one North Miami precinct, every election is drama-filled.

Dozens of campaign volunteers lined the sidewalks around the Sunkist Grove Community Center on Northwest 125 Street and 13 Avenue.

They shouted at voters in English and Creole from bullhorns. They sprinted after unsuspecting drivers to shove fliers  into their car windows.  And they aggressively argued with one another over whose candidate will win.

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2014 Florida Primary Results
12:05 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Here's How South Florida Voted In The 2014 Primary Election

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November's election will be a race between two candidates with Florida gubernatorial experience: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

Miami-Dade and Broward were among the last counties to finish counting votes statewide. Among the items on the Dade ballot, locals decided to approve of SkyRise Miami and two long-standing school board members were re-elected.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Another North Miami Candidate Puts Jesus Christ On Campaign Fliers

North Miami mayoral candidate Jean Rodrigue Marcellus declares "Victory in the blood of Jesus" on a flier being handed out to voters on election day.

In the quest for votes, candidates often vie for high profile endorsements.

In North Miami, the city has a history of mayoral candidates seeking and receiving endorsements from the son of the most high: Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday, campaign workers for North Miami mayoral candidate Jean Marcellus handed out fliers  to voters with his picture and the word "Jesus" in bold blue print. The flier also had a declaration in French: "Victory in the blood of Jesus."

Marcellus was not immediately available for comment.

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The Florida Roundup
9:12 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Teens Charged With Trespassing On Ray Allen's Property

Ray Allen's lawyer criticized the Coral Gables police for treating the trespassing as a mere 'prank.'
Credit Miami Herald File

A Coral Gables woman found seven strangers standing in her bedroom in the middle of the night. After she screams, they run. The police do not arrest them. 

Some question the government's response after a group of Hispanic teenagers snuck into the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen.

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Opinion
8:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Saving El Salvador: Why The Vatican Needs To Make Archbishop Romero A Saint

Archbishop Oscar Romero's image on the wall of a home in El Salvador.
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In the 1980s, it was hard to find a scarier place than El Salvador. Crushing poverty and right-wing death squads. Civil war and left-wing guerrillas.

The flashlight in that darkness was Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero.

In his last Christmas Eve homily, Romero urged El Salvador’s reactionary oligarchs to find the infant Jesus on the nation’s streets – among the hundreds of thousands of children “who go to bed with nothing to eat, who sleep covered by newspapers in doorways.”

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

If Re-Elected, Gov. Scott Pledges To Put More Funding In Education

Gov. Rick Scott pledged Thursday a jump in state per-student spending if elected again.
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

Scott's proposal calls for $7,176 for each student in Florida -- a $232 increase over the current school year and a $50 increase over the record high from 2007-08.

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Redistricting
7:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

After Hearing Arguments, Judge To Rule On New Congressional Map

The judge will decide soon if he will accept the newly redrawn map.
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  Plaintiffs say newly drawn congressional districts still favor Republicans and discourage black representation in Central Florida.

But the defense argued Wednesday before a judge the new districts follow his order and asked for his approval. 

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis had ruled the districts unlawfully favor Republicans and ordered the Legislature to redraw them. 

David King is a Central Florida attorney for the League of Women Voters and other groups suing over the districts. He rejects the argument the new districts protect black representation.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Miami-Dade School Board Member Curbelo For Congress

File photo of Carlos Curbelo, candidate for U.S. Congress for District 26. He says he wants to be a congressman his district could be proud of.
Credit C.M. Guerrero / el Nuevo Herald

Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo got a big endorsement for his run for Congress on Monday: former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Dressed in a white shirt and tie over jeans and shiny loafers, Romney says Curbelo is what the founding fathers had in mind: a man of his community with a deep understanding of how the economy creates jobs.

  He was there just to endorse Curbelo and not to talk about whether or not he’ll run for president again.

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Latin America Report
6:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Cuba Debate: Can Capitalist Rookies Thrive In A Communist Revolution?

Visiting Cuban entrepreneurs speak at Miami Dade College this month.
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When you’ve spent your entire life on a communist island where staples like eggs and chicken are rationed, lunch in Miami can be overwhelming.

Ask Sandra Aldama, a Cuban mother and former special education teacher who made her first visit to the United States this month. Settling into a downtown Italian restaurant as waiters whizzed by with plates of fettuccine alfredo and veal parmesan, Aldama was almost certainly reminded of what the average Cuban can’t get at home.

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North Miami
3:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

North Miami Mayor Requests Review Of Employee Background Checks

North Miami Acting Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime wants the city to review background and reference checks on employees hired in the past two years.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

North Miami Acting  Mayor Philippe Bien-Aime believes the city may have disregarded its own hiring procedures for city employees.

He points to the recent arrest of the city’s former purchasing director MarcAnthony Tulloch as an example.

Tulloch previously worked for the city of Sunny Isles Beach. Apparently,  Sunny Isles Beach was investigating him for the misuse of a city credit card.

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