Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist told the Miami Herald editorial board that he wants a special session to try and convince lawmakers to expand state-run health care coverage for low-income residents.
The Florida Legislature will convene a special session Thursday in Tallahassee. It runs until noon August 15 or until lawmakers approve a new map of Florida’s congressional districts.
Voting rights groups claimed the boundaries, redrawn in 2012 as part of the once-a-decade redistricting process, violated the state’s Fair Districts constitutional amendments, which were approved by voters in 2010.
Jorge Quijano has one of the coolest office views in the Americas: the Pacific port entrance to the Panama Canal. The panoramic vista seems to help Quijano, who heads the Panama Canal Authority, see the bigger picture.
On the one hand, Quijano understands why Panama has run the canal much more effectively than the United States did.
Former state senator Nan Rich is challenging former governor Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary later this month for the chance to challenge Gov. Rick Scott later this year.
But polls show Rich has a tall hill to climb to become the face of the Democratic Party in this year's election. The most recent Quinnipiac University poll shows more than 80 percent of respondents don't know enough about Rich.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) spent the whole year trying to convince fellow House Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform.
By going to many Republicans one by one, Diaz-Balart says he had solidified the votes to pass immigration reform for the first time since Ronald Regan was president.
He had found a simple solution that gained GOP support: Apply current paths to citizenship to every immigrant already in the country – but putting those who entered illegally at the back of the line instead of the front.
Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.
Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent.
"I think it’s interesting how people perceive our friendship," says Mohamed, or Moe for short. "People see us and the first thing that comes to mind is, 'A Palestinian and an Israeli together? What? I must be in the "Twilight Zone".' ”
Two years after the hit-and-run accident that killed cyclist Aaron Cohen was killed, the Florida Legislature passed a bill with tougher penalties for drivers who flee the scene.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act in Key Biscayne on Wednesday, with Cohen’s family in attendance.
“This happened a year and a half ago and the Legislature reacted,” says Gov. Scott. “They’ve increased the penalties so hopefully this won’t happen to somebody again. You can’t imagine how this would change somebody’s life.”
A recent study found black women are underrepresented at all levels of politics — federal, state and local government.
Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics and Higher Heights for America, a national nonprofit that seeks to elevate the voice of black women in politics, conducted the study. The group argues black women face distinct challenges when running for political office and are more like to be discouraged from running than their white counterparts or black men.
Panama today is best known for its economic boom, and rightly so. But unfortunately, poverty and piracy remain as much a part of the country's image as the Panama Canal.
According to the World Bank, half of Panama’s children are poor. A fifth of them are malnourished. Those underfed kids cram Panama charity centers like Nutre Hogar. On a recent visit there I saw the devastating effects of child malnutrition, including brain damage.
“We don’t only feed them,” one Nutre Hogar staff member told me. “We spend a lot of time repairing their motor skills.”