The finger-pointing and mudslinging almost is over. There is an end to the negative ads. Floridians will choose their next governor and it's safe to say that man already has served as governor. And he has served as a Republican.
This Congress is the least active in the nation’s history. In the past two years, the body has passed only 181 bills that were signed into law by the president. Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, doesn’t rate it very highly.
“This is an embarrassing and miserable Congress, really one of the worst I've ever seen,” he says.
Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 11:49 am
It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.
President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.
In this election, voters in the Keys will cast some ballots that are unusual even for South Florida. They'll decide who leads the county's war on mosquitoes.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board meets once a month with one primary mission: "To make sure that there is no disease spread in the Florida Keys by mosquitoes," said Stephen Smith, the board's chairman.
Amendment One is officially known as the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. Environmental preservation under the amendment would be funded for the next 20 years by 33 percent of the revenue from a real estate transaction fee known as a doc stamp.
The #VestOrVote campaign features a billboard of a child wearing a bulletproof vest. The ad says the "Dream Vest" can be purchased by calling a toll-free number or visiting DreamDefenders.org. The vest isn't really for sale. Callers and web visitors are given more information about the Dream Defenders.
A group challenging a Broward County ballot design they say is confusing has settled a lawsuit with the county’s Supervisor of Elections.
Now, Broward County voters will receive a bright yellow card when they go to cast their votes. The card reminds voters they have a choice on four separate ballot questions on the second page of the ballot, not three.
Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:16 am
Gov. Rick Scott defended his decision to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-affected countries, saying Monday it's "the right thing to do" to protect Floridians.
Appearing beside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a campaign event in Wellington, Scott said his executive order would ensure that the state wards off an outbreak and goes beyond actions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"I want to make sure that ... we don't do what CDC did — they got behind," he said. "We're not going to get behind. We're going to be prepared."
By Brandon Larrabee of The News Service of Florida
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:33 am
He seemed more at ease here, speaking to a crowd of about 100 to 150 supporters, than he does in major speeches or even press conferences in Tallahassee. Gov. Rick Scott --- light blue shirt sleeves rolled up --- implored people to vote, early if possible.
"I tell people all the time, this election is not about Charlie Crist or Rick Scott," he said Tuesday. "It's about you. What do you want? Do you want more jobs, or do you want less jobs?"
Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 3:50 pm
A craft brewery on the Treasure Coast is fighting Florida's growler ban in federal court. The owners, along with a national legal group, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Fort Pierce.
To encourage early voting among South Floridians, “Souls to the Polls” held a gospel concert and rally Sunday at South Dade Regional Library in Cutler Bay.
The event didn’t just happen in Miami-Dade. Faith in Florida leaders hosted the rally in Tallahassee, Belle Glade, Lauderhill and Daytona Beach. “Souls to the Polls” urged black and Latino voters to vote early.
Same-sex couples should continue to be prevented from getting married in Florida until a legal battle plays out about the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban, Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a federal-court filing Friday.
This past summer I wrote an article about Panama’s ultra-corrupt judicial system. It looked at the case of a dead man whose will had left tens of millions of dollars to poor children – and how the Panamanian Supreme Court made the highly suspicious decision to nullify that will and hand the money instead to rich adults.
Miami city commissioners are trying to figure out a citywide anti-poverty plan and how they would fund the program.
Two months ago, at the urging of Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the city set aside $1.2 million into a poverty trust during its budget process. Hardemon represents the most impoverished district in the city which includes Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti.
On Friday morning, Hardemon, Commisioners Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff and about a dozen city staff members took part in a roundtable discussion about an anti-poverty strategy.