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Florida lawmakers incensed that Trump disaster plan doesn't include citrus relief

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:50:05 -0500

@alextdaugherty Last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam came to Washington with a simple message: include disaster relief funding for Florida citrus industry. The state's congressional delegation and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio also made...



Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:22:10 -0500

via @HowardCohen Sen. Al Franken canceled his Sunday appearance at Miami Book Fair amid allegations over sexual misconduct. The call to Book Fair officials came Friday afternoon, said Juan Mendieta, director of communications for Miami Dade College, host site of...



Miami Democrat cites Trump’s silence after soldier’s death in run for Congress

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:14:58 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Marvin Dunn, a former college psychology professor and longtime chronicler of Miami’s African-American history, is running for Congress as a Democrat, motivated by his growing anger at President Donald Trump. “I don’t recognize this new America that Trump has...



Carlos Curbelo's district now rated as "toss up" after tax bill passes the House

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:41:18 -0500

@alextdaugherty Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo represents the most pro-Hillary Clinton district in the country currently held by a Republican running for reelection in 2018, and he could be in trouble if Democrats make nationwide gains next year. On Friday, the...



Bittel resigns

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:51:18 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Stephen Bittel’s rocky tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman ended in disgrace Friday after he resigned following accusations from women that he leered at them, made suggestive comments and created an unprofessional work environment. “When my personal situation becomes...



Democrats call on Bittel to resign over accusations from women

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:29:34 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei All four major Democratic candidates for Florida governor called on the chairman of the state party, Stephen Bittel, to resign Friday after Bittel apologized over accusations he created an uncomfortable work environment for women, the latest case of sexual...



Senate hires special master as second investigation into Latvala harassment claims gets underway

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:24:01 -0500

The Senate's decision to outsource its investigation of sexual harassment claims against Sen. Jack Latvala got moving on the second track on Friday as the Senate's hired special master started interviewing witnesses. The special master, retired First District Court of...



Should Hispanic caucus have snubbed Curbelo? Miami Democrat endorsed by group won't say

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:36:43 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, the only Miami Democrat backed so far by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus ahead of the 2018 election, won't say whether the group should have allowed Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo into its ranks, chalking up...



Diaz-Balart, Nelson meet with Trump administration on TPS for Haitians

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:08:06 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Two members of Florida's congressional delegation met with President Donald Trump's Homeland Security chief Thursday ahead of a looming deadline over whether to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart...



Miami Republicans vote in favor of Trump-supported tax overhaul

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:56:58 -0500

@alextdaugherty All three Miami Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Thursday in favor of a $1.5 trillion plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code, though one of them called the legislation a “monstrosity” and left the door open to...



Senate signs up GrayRobinson firm for help with Latvala probe

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:35:04 -0500

Finding himself and the Florida Senate in immediate need of legal help, Senate President Joe Negron enlisted the GrayRobinson law firm to help guide him through the investigation of Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater. Negron signed the Orlando-based firm to...



Hispanic caucus tells Cuban American he can't join the club — he’s too Republican

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:23:35 -0500

@alextdaugherty The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, made up strictly of Democrats, rejected Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s bid to join its ranks Thursday, saying some members are concerned about his stance on immigration. The caucus, currently made up of 30 members...



The early race for Florida governor: Levine goes up on TV

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:12:55 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Philip Levine will hit TV airwaves beginning Thursday to tout his young 2018 candidacy for Florida governor. The 30-second spot, titled "Lead," features snippets of the speech Levine gave in Miami two weeks ago launching his campaign. "It's time,"...



Al Franken, accused of groping set to fundraise for Bill Nelson, speak at Miami Book Fair

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:02:52 -0500

via @learyreports Sen. Al Franken, who on Thursday faced allegations of groping and kissing a woman without her consent, is set to appear at a fundraiser Saturday for Sen. Bill Nelson, and at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday. We've...



Brazile tells Miami crowd why she torched her own party in tell-all book

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:59:51 -0500

via @glenngarvin Debbie Wasserman Schultz spent too much money, took too little responsibility and made fundraising deals that were unethical even if they were legal during her troubled reign over the Democratic National Committee, Wasserman Schultz’s successor, Donna Brazile, said...



Florida's new mobile app for car tags -- and what it will cost you

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:37:34 -0500

Florida is offering a new mobile app for car and vessel registration renewals, giving motorists the opportunity to complete tag transactions on their smartphones or tablets. You can avoid standing in line at your local tax collector’s office or tag...



The danger with misreading Florida's number of Puerto Rican arrivals since Hurricane Maria

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:28:16 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei The number of Puerto Ricans who have arrived in Florida since Hurricane Maria hit the island Sept. 20 is large. But it's probably not as large as the figure being mentioned in news articles, opinion columns and social-media posts....



Emily's List backs Barzee Flores in Democratic race to replace Ros-Lehtinen

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:58:09 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Miami Democrat Mary Barzee Flores won the endorsement Thursday of Emily's List, which backs progressive, pro-abortion rights female candidates. Barzee Flores, a former state judge, is one of two women seeking to replace Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is...



Martin County agrees to pay $12 million for shielding and destroying public records

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:36:16 -0500

@MaryEllenKlas Circumventing Florida's public records law, and destroying public documents, has cost Martin County commissioners more than $12 million -- and the toll keeps rising. The commission on Tuesday agreed to a $12 million payout to Lake Point, a rock...



Florida Turnpike chief is advising N.J.'s new Democratic governor

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:28:09 -0500

The executive director of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, is advising the newly-elected Democratic governor of New Jersey on transportation issues. Gutierrez-Scaccetti is listed among 145 transition team members for Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, who was elected last week to succeed...