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The raw truth about power and ambition in Florida.

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:30:00 -0400


Lacking key DOE guidance, Florida schools try to adopt statewide reforms in HB 7069

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:30:00 -0400

@ByKristenMClark Every year, new state laws hit the books that have to be implemented once they take effect. But House Bill 7069 isn’t your average new law. The sweeping, 274-page, $419 million measure that reforms Florida’s public K-12 schools spans...

Diaz de la Portilla loans himself $443K in special Miami Senate campaign

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:35:11 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, running against a far better-funded opponent, loaned himself $393,500 since June 9 to campaign for Senate District 40 ahead of Tuesday's special primary election, according to a campaign-finance report filed Friday. That...

Scaramucci has traveled to Cuba to scout investment opportunities

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:50:03 -0400

via @ngameztorres Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director has traveled to Cuba several times to explore the possibility of doing business on the island. Scaramucci, whose appointment on Monday led to the resignation of White House Press Secretary...

Trump wants more foreign workers for Mar-a-Lago

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:09:51 -0400

via @learyreports President Donald Trump’s Florida businesses are again in search of inexpensive foreign workers, raising questions during a week the White House has themed “Made in America.” U.S. Department of Labor records posted Thursday show Mar-a-Lago is seeking 35...

Rubio isn't backing new Dream Act for now

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:01:40 -0400

via @learyreports WASHINGTON – A bipartisan plan to protect Dreamers from deportation was released Thursday but lacks an influential supporter: Sen. Marco Rubio. “I’m not prepared to sign on to that legislation right now because I think there might be...

Gov. Scott vetoed a higher ed bill. Now he wants universities to spend their money wisely.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:28:52 -0400

@ByKristenMClark When Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a major higher education reform bill last month, it didn’t strip away millions of dollars for Florida’s public universities that was already approved separately in the state budget but linked to that proposed policy....

At key moment, Cuban-American lawmakers adopt Venezuela cause as their own

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:26:56 -0400

@patriciamazzei @alextdaugherty For months, Cuban-American lawmakers have deployed familiar rhetoric to warn Washington colleagues of a democracy under threat in Latin America, where people are deprived of food and the ballot box, and where economic collapse could empower Russia uncomfortably...

FPL nears legal settlement with Miami over Turkey Point transmission lines

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:46:16 -0400

@NewsbySmiley Florida Power and Light is on the verge of a legal settlement that would shake one of the biggest opponents of its planned Turkey Point nuclear power plant expansion. Under an agreement set to go before Miami Commissioners Thursday,...

Diaz de la Portilla loses Miami-Dade GOP seat before Senate primary

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:23:48 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei The Miami-Dade County Republican Party kicked state Senate candidate Alex Diaz de la Portilla from his party seat Thursday, five days before he competes in a special GOP primary Tuesday. Diaz de la Portilla lost his Republican Executive Committee...

Miami police rack up favorable opinions after high court decision on cuts to pay, pensions

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:07:17 -0400

@NewsbySmiley Miami officials ought to reinstate pre-recession salaries and pension benefits for their 1,300-member police force after improperly imposing cuts on employees seven years ago during a financial crisis, according to a state hearing officer. Joey Rix, wading once again...

Florida insiders: Republican will win Miami Senate race

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:39 -0400

via @adamsmithtimes Our latest Florida Insider Poll asked most of the smartest and most experienced politicos in Florida about the race to succeed former state Sen. Frank Artiles in Miami-area Florida Senate District 40. Among the more then 190* participants...

Sen. Bill Nelson blasts Interior Department nominee over offshore drilling stance

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:29:18 -0400

@alextdaugherty Sen. Bill Nelson sharply criticized Donald Trump's nominee for the number two position at the Interior Department on Thursday, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he plans to oppose David Bernhardt due to his noncommittal position...

Fracking or oil drilling in Florida? Most candidates for Miami SD 40 either oppose it -- or avoid answering

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:07:18 -0400

The future of natural gas fracking in Florida and the fate of offshore oil drilling off the coasts could one day come down to a vote in the Florida Senate. Judging by the answers to a questionnaire released Thursday by...

FLDOE releases guidance on 'Schools of Hope,' new school improvement rules

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:55:11 -0400

@ByKristenMClark Nine low-performing traditional public schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties can apply for extra funding this school year under the controversial new “Schools of Hope” program that lawmakers narrowly approved this spring. The Florida Department of Education released a...

The fate of Florida's Supreme Court could rest on a day of the week and the case of Thomas Tappy

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The future of the Florida Supreme Court could all come down to Monday or Tuesday. Gov. Rick Scott argued Wednesday in a late-afternoon response to a challenge by a group of left-leaning voting groups, that he alone has the power...

Why do Florida prisons deprive inmates of toilet paper?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0400

The four wings of Florida's Tomoka Correctional Institution’s E cell block is home to some of the prison’s most menacing inmates. They have arrived there because of administrative and disciplinary problems but, in addition to restricting them to confined, two-man...

Miami Beach commission candidate taking heat for involvement with World OutGames

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:59:48 -0400

@joeflech Miami Beach commission candidate Michael Góngora has had trouble remembering how long he served on the board of the ill-fated World OutGames Miami, an LGBTQ-themed sports and cultural event that canceled most of its athletic competitions at the last...

Regalado doubles down on sea-rise projects as cost estimates approach $1 billion

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:15:48 -0400

@NewsbySmiley Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado has released his final proposal to fund scores of pricey government projects through a new property tax, increasing his previous request by $25 million and doubling down on money for pumps, sea walls and other...

Rubio gets Capitol security detail

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:51:43 -0400

via @learyreports WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio was seen Wednesday with a security detail, though the reason is unknown. Rubio's office referred questions to the Capitol Police. A police spokeswoman said, "We do not comment on how we carry out...

Diaz de la Portilla debuts 1st TV ad, 6 days before Miami Senate election

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:00:06 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Alex Diaz de la Portilla began campaigning on television Wednesday, launching a Spanish-language ad that touts him as the reliable, experienced Republican in next week's special state Senate primary. "My trajectory speaks for itself," Diaz de la Portilla, a...