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The raw truth about power and ambition in Florida.

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:02:10 -0400


South Florida a focus of Obama human-trafficking initiative

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:02:10 -0400

@jamesmartinrose Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a White House meeting Monday of a high-level task force set up by President Barack Obama in 2012 to combat forced labor and prostitution. Federal law enforcement agencies have initiated more than 6,000...

Dispatches from the start of early voting in Miami-Dade and Broward

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:43:16 -0400

via @dchangmiami @HowardCohen @MoniqueOMadan Early voting kicked off in South Florida on Monday with voters eager to cast ballots and encountering short to moderate lines, with only a few first-day glitches that turned what would have been a quick trip...

'Con artists for Trump': Kaine bashes Rubio in Miami

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:31:17 -0400

@CresoniaHsieh @PatriciaMazzei Tim Kaine, usually tasked with pillorying Donald Trump, zeroed in Monday on a different Republican target on the Florida ballot: Marco Rubio. Kaine used a Miami campaign stop on the first day of early voting to cast Rubio...

Adam Putnam reaffirms his support for Trump over Clinton

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:24:33 -0400

@JeremySWallace The choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is not even in question for Adam Putnam, the Republican many expect to be a leading contender for governor in 2018. Putnam, the state’s elected agriculture commissioner, told reporters on Monday...

Everglades Foundation launches bus tour to gather 'an army of supporters' for its land-buy initiative

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:25 -0400

Can the Florida Everglades become a political weapon? The Everglades Foundation, a non-profit that is banned from campaigning, hopes to find out this week as it launches a 12-day bus tour to drum up public support for its No. 1...

Voting early in Miami-Dade or Broward? Here's a primer

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:17:06 -0400

via @ndahlberg In this contentious election season, you may have thought this moment would never arrive: Early voting opens Monday across South Florida. For those who remember the arduous early voting lines during the 2012 presidential election, here’s one comforting...

Clinton keeps campaigning for Florida black vote with new TV ad

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:14:19 -0400

via @learyreports Hillary Clinton's push for the black vote continues with a new TV ad set in a barbershop. "The ad will air nationally with higher concentrations in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina," the campaign said. --ALEX LEARY, Tampa...

Broward finds no more ballots missing marijuana question

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:11:48 -0400

@amysherman1 As the counting of ballots started in Broward on Monday, election officials and backers of the statewide amendment had verified no additional ballots were missing the medical marijuana question. Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes allowed reporters and United...

Tim Kaine coming to Sarasota, Tallahassee on Friday

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:29:03 -0400

@ByKristenMClark As part of a swing through Florida this week as in-person early voting begins, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine plans to hold public events in both Sarasota and Tallahassee on Friday afternoon. During the campaign stops, Kaine will...

Pro-Murphy super PAC launches ad targeting Murphy's current constituents

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:57:22 -0400

@ByKristenMClark Boosted by a recent influx of cash of an unknown amount and origin, an independent super PAC that supports Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is launching a TV ad that will air in Murphy's backyard between now and...

Miami Beach mayor's got a bus for fellow mayors to campaign for Clinton

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:53:20 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Here's Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine's latest contribution to the Hillary Clinton campaign: a bus. Decked in Clinton's blue and white colors, the bus reads, "Mayors for Hillary." Underneath that, it says, "Clinton 'Souls to the Polls' Train." The...

Trump on employees scouting deals in Cuba: 'They had some meetings'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:30:02 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Pressed on his business dealings in Cuba, Donald Trump acknowledged in a Miami interview Sunday that several of his top executives traveled to the island for company purposes. "They had some meetings," Trump told Jim DeFede, an investigative reporter...

Obama endorses Joe Garcia for Congress

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:20:02 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei President Barack Obama endorsed Democrat Joe Garcia for Congress in Florida's competitive 26th district, Garcia's campaign announced in a statement Monday. "Over the last eight years, we've made tremendous strides towards making our nation safer, stronger, and fairer, but...

Clinton super PAC targets Rubio with web video

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:11:37 -0400

via @adamsmithtimes The pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Correct the Record has a new online video targeting Marco Rubio, and highlighting his support for Donald Trump. Correct the Record has similar spots on Republican senators running in the battleground states of...

Democrats' mailer contrasts Murphy, Rubio on abortion

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:10:38 -0400

@ByKristenMClark A new direct-mail piece paid for by the Florida Democratic Party seeks to drive home to voters where the state's U.S. Senate candidates stand on abortion. Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy -- along with Democratic groups supporting him --...

Trump wants First Amendment weakened so people who sue 'have a good chance of winning'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:09:38 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Donald Trump offered a little more detail in a Sunday interview taped in Miami about how he'd like to weaken U.S. laws protecting the free press. Trump told Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 that libel laws should look...

In Florida, Clinton camp touts effort to get out the vote

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:41:58 -0400

via @adamsmithtimes As early, in-person voting starts today in most Florida counties, Hillary Clinton's Florida campaign is touting its get-out-the-vote effort that includes 90,000 volunteers, 82 field offices, celebs , bus tours, "Souls to the polls,' block parties and caravanas,...

Early voting begins Monday across most of Florida

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:30:00 -0400

Welcome to Week 3 of Florida's five-week voting cycle. Fifty of the state's 67 counties will open early voting centers on Monday as the pace of political activity intensifies across the state. This is the first presidential election since the...

Surge of post-Hurricane Matthew voters breaks 100,000 mark

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:15:00 -0400

A lot of people in Florida apparently agree with U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, who said that no right is more precious than the right to vote. More than 108,000 people registered to vote from Oct. 11-18, the extra week...

In Miami, Bill Clinton tries to explain the presidential race

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Four years later, Bill Clinton, now 70, is a little hoarser, a little skinnier and a little mellower. But he’s still, as President Barack Obama put it in 2012, explaining stuff. Sunday in South Florida, making three announced stops...