Politics

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.
Credit Alison McKellar / Flickr

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.
Credit Florida House of Representatives / floridaredistricting.org

  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.
Credit Miami Herald

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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Politics
4:19 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Florida Lobbying Firms Collect Millions During Second Quarter

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With industries ranging from casinos to taxicabs looking to influence the Legislature, new reports offer a glimpse of the millions of dollars in fees that lobbying firms collected during the second quarter of the year.

The reports, due before a Thursday night deadline, show that at least four lobbying firms collected $1 million or more in fees from April 1 to June 30 --- a period that included the second half of the 60-day legislative session.

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Latin America Report
12:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Canal Quarrel: How PortMiami's Future Is Tied To Tiny Panama

Epic Endeavor: Building the Panama Canal's wider locks.
Credit Panama Canal Authority

The original version of this report was published on May 13 2014.

PortMiami has finally opened its new, billion-dollar tunnel. It’s the jewel of a $2 billion port makeover, which includes a major dredging project and skyscraper-size loading cranes for sending a lot more auto parts to Brazil and getting a lot more handbags from China.

But the long-term success of that effort may depend to a large extent on whether a quarrel gets solved a thousand miles to the south. In Panama.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Study: Florida Among The Worst States For Gerrymandering

Florida ranks as one of the worst states for gerrymandering.

  Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. 

Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.

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Politics
9:33 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

House Speaker: We'll "Get It Right" On Redistricting

The special session will continue until August 15th. It may end earlier if lawmakers approve a new congressional map.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

The Florida Legislature met for less than 15 minutes on the first day of the special session on redistricting. Lawmakers are back in Tallahassee after a circuit judge tossed out the map they drew two years ago of Florida’s 27 congressional districts.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Mosquitoes In Miami: Is It Safe To Spray?

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Miami-Dade's Mosquito Control operation is the oldest in Florida. Operations manager Chalmers Vasquez says it started in 1935.

"There are two reasons that Florida became a state," says Vasquez. "Mosquito control and air conditioning."

The concept of mosquito control is two-fold: Spray to protect from diseases spread by mosquitoes like dengue fever, and now chikungunya, and to make a bug-infested swampland actually livable for people.

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Opinion
6:12 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

As Central Americans Flee Their Countries, Their Leaders Take Refuge In Hypocrisy

Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez (left) talks with U.S. Marine General John Kelly during his Southcom visit on Wednesday.
Credit U.S. Southern Command

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández dropped by the U.S. Southern Command in Miami this week to talk about security in Central America. Or the utter lack of security in Central America. Honduras has the highest murder rate on Earth, and things are almost as deadly in neighboring Guatemala and El Salvador.

That’s why the Southcom visit was a nifty photo op for Hernández – who'd like the world to believe that he’s having to wage a war with vicious narco-gangs solely because Americans have an insatiable appetite for drugs.

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