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Last Build Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:22:05 -0400


What Hurricane Maria taught me about Puerto Ricans

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:22:05 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei SAN JUAN -- After Hurricane Maria took their roof, water and electricity — but spared their chickens — Ana De Jesús and Santiago Quiñones packed a few basics and moved across the street into their windowless beachside kiosk. The...

FEMA has money to spend in Puerto Rico, but Congress will need to act soon

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:56:11 -0400

@alextdaugherty Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico less than a week ago, but the Federal Emergency Management Administration has more relief funding available than it did after Hurricane Harvey. After Harvey hit the Houston area, Congress passed a $15.25...

Scott mobilizes 400 Guard troops to clear storm debris in Keys

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:23:23 -0400

As mountains of storm debris pile up in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is calling in reinforcements by mobilizing National Guard troops to clear away trash in hard-hit Monroe County in the Keys. Scott said 400 Guard troops and 40 trucks...

Have ideas for how to fix Florida after the storm? CRC extends the deadline

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:04:47 -0400

If you have any ideas about the future of Florida after the storm, you now have until Oct. 6 to prepare your pitch to the Constitution Revision Commission. The powerful panel meets every 20 years and has the authority to...

Open Miami-Dade House, Senate seats will be decided in Tuesday special election

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:23:20 -0400

@ByKristenMClark In a special election on Tuesday, voters in southwest Miami-Dade County will determine the successors for two seats in the state Legislature that opened up after a Miami Republican senator was forced to resign last spring when he made...

Deadline to run for Miami mayor passes with little opposition for Francis Suarez

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:05:26 -0400

@NewsbySmiley Stop the car, Francis Suarez told his police escort. They needed to go back. Wayne Tillman eased the brakes on the black Ford Expedition and threw the SUV into reverse, slowly heading the wrong way past fallen trees shrouded...

'Friends of NRA' charity fundraiser featured judges as table sponsors

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:04:53 -0400

via @stevebousquet Two judges who serve on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal were table sponsors at a recent “Friends of NRA” charity fundraiser and were both listed by the title “Judge” in the event’s program, under the heading of...

Gov. Scott deleted voicemails from Broward nursing home where elderly died

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:52:28 -0400

via @ceostroff Voicemails left on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s cellphone by employees of the Hollywood nursing home where 11 died in the post-Hurricane Irma heat have been deleted, according to the governor’s office. Scott gave out his number to nursing...

AHCA halts heavy redactions on nursing home reports -- but creates another transparency hurdle

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:03:35 -0400

Florida regulators decided Friday they will abandon the use of software that allowed them to heavily redact key words from nursing home inspection reports posted online, choosing instead to link to the more complete reports available on a federal site....

Trump wants to eliminate the federal program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:22:17 -0400

@alextdaugherty The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane-relief money is on the Trump administration’s chopping block. In May, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Block Grant...

Annette Taddeo nabs late campaign endorsement from Joe Biden

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:37:40 -0400

@ByKristenMClark Just how important is a win next week for Florida Democrats in the competitive special election for a state Senate seat in Miami-Dade County? Important enough that former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a campaign call for Annette Taddeo...

Civil liberties group offers Election Protection hotline to help Miami-Dade voters

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:43:25 -0400

@ByKristenMClark Worried that poor and minority voters might be disenfranchised because of the impacts of Hurricane Irma, a national civil liberties group is promoting its Election Protection hotline in advance of Tuesday's special elections for open House and Senate seats...

Marco Rubio and Tim Tebow team up in the Florida Keys

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:22:24 -0400

@alextdaugherty Sen. Marco Rubio and former University of Florida quarterback turned New York Mets minor league baseball player Tim Tebow will distribute food (and likely some autographs) to Hurricane Irma victims in Big Pine Key this morning. The duo will...

In Miami, House Speaker Ryan says more FEMA money coming in October

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:11:40 -0400

@NewsbySmiley Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Wednesday, after a tour of the damage inflicted across hundreds of miles by Hurricane Irma, that Congress would once again replenish strained disaster recovery coffers in order to help Floridians bounce back from...

When elders are in peril, whom do you call — 911 or Rick Scott’s cell?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:15:00 -0400

@MaryEllenKlas @MarbinMiller @DChangMiami Twelve hours after Irma blasted through South Florida, conditions at Larkin Community Hospital in Hollywood were miserable. The Broward psychiatric hospital was at full capacity with adults and adolescents who were mentally ill; the air conditioning wasn’t...

Former Miami fire chief taking senior post with Miami-Dade as deputy mayor exits

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:26:30 -0400

@doug_hanks Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is losing a top deputy to a lobbying job with Royal Caribbean, and is replacing him with a fellow former Miami fire chief. Russell Benford, a long-serving deputy mayor under Gimenez, is leaving county government...

Rubio appears likely to support last-ditch Obamacare repeal effort

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:58:50 -0400

@alextdaugherty Marco Rubio indicated tentative support for the latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Senate, eight weeks after the Republican-controlled Senate failed to act on the party’s signature campaign promise. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy,...

Rubio, Nelson urge Trump administration to help Puerto Rico

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:51:02 -0400

@alextdaugherty Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson are continuing their push for federal help after Hurricanes Maria and Irma severely damaged the Caribbean, including the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The pair sent two...

Haunted by nursing home horror, task force joins rush to make sure it isn’t repeated

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:48:32 -0400

via @ceostroff In a crowded North Miami Beach City Hall chamber, elected officials, first responders and healthcare workers gathered to establish a task force to better regulate senior facilities, in the wake of eight deaths in Hollywood. The task force,...

Governor releases state's own timeline as death toll at Broward nursing home climbs to 9

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:05:00 -0400

@MarbinMiller and @MaryEllenKlas Four days after the owners of a Hollywood nursing home released a detailed time line casting blame for the deaths of nine elders on Florida health administrators and a local utility, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration issued a...