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The raw truth about power and ambition in Florida.



Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:05:44 -0500

 



Miami teachers union protests Trump education secretary pick

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:05:44 -0500

via @KyraGurney Dozens of Miami-Dade teachers joined more than 200 other teacher unions across the country Thursday in protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. Close to 100 teachers and activists gathered outside Miami Jackson Senior High School...



Obama's inaugural poet to debut new poem on Trump inauguration day

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:59:44 -0500

via @Carlos_Frias Richard Blanco assigned himself a writing prompt. During the most divisive stretch of the presidential campaign, about six weeks before Election Day, the Miami-raised poet asked himself a simple question. What if he, the immigrant son of Cuban...



Miami's Helen Aguirre Ferré gets White House post

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:32:55 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Miamian Helen Aguirre Ferré, who took a rather thankless job during the presidential campaign as a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, won a post Thursday in incoming President Donald Trump's White House. Aguirre Ferré will be a special...



Time is running out to apply to the Constitutional Revision Commission

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:28:24 -0500

Friday is the last day to apply to be a member of what may be one of the most influential groups assembled in Florida in two decades — the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission. The unique panel has the power to...



Report: Rick Scott is helping Trump craft Obamacare replacement

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:51:08 -0500

@MichaelAuslen Gov. Rick Scott, a former hospital executive, is lending his friend President-elect Donald Trump a hand in dismantling the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, he said he's working closely with Congressman Tom Price, Trump's pick to run the Department...



Court overturns three death sentences, including cop killer's

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:04:34 -0500

@MichaelAuslen The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned death sentences for three men, including a convicted cop killer. Lancelot Uriley Armstrong was convicted of killing John Greeney, a Broward County sheriff's deputy and Air Force veteran, during a 1990 armed...



After Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, a look at how Florida lags behind on mental health funding

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:09:21 -0500

@amysherman1 The suspect in the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport told the FBI in Alaska in November that he was hearing voices. Anchorage police confiscated Esteban Santiago’s handgun and took him for a mental health evaluation. Police...



Gov. Rick Scott's Sunshine Ball in Washington

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:25:37 -0500

via @learyreports WASHINGTON - Hundreds of guests packed Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Wednesday for Gov. Rick Scott's Florida Sunshine Ball, which featured a Beach Boys performance and kicked off a days long celebration for incoming President Donald Trump. "When Florida...



Trump inauguration draws South Florida attendees from outside politics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:13:02 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Tickets in hand for Friday’s main event — and for three nights of celebratory balls — Rachel Sapoznik packed her fur coat and boarded a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Washington on Wednesday, prepared to bundle up to...



Florida members of Congress ask Trump to save federal hospital funding

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:32:08 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Seven Florida members of Congress from both political parties want incoming President Donald Trump's administration to renew -- and perhaps grow -- federal hospital funding for the state. Florida's Low Income Pool, which helps pay for a hospital safety...



Obama: Wet foot, dry foot 'was a carryover of an old way of thinking'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:40 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei At his final White House news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama made his first remarks about ending the special immigration policy for Cubans last week. Here is his answer in full, to a question about why he did away...



Florida Gov. Rick Scott won't say if he's looking for potential Pam Bondi replacement

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:01:09 -0500

via @learyreports WASHINGTON - If Attorney General Pam Bondi is preparing to take a job in the Trump administration, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday gave not an inch in acknowledging the task of appointing a replacement. "She's been a good...



Trump spoke to widower of slain Orlando police officer

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:43:25 -0500

via @adamsmithtimes Donald Trump had met Orlando Police Sgt. Debra Clayton while in Florida and was horrified to hear she had been shot and killed Monday while trying to track down suspected murderer Markeith Loyd, Attorney General Pam Bondi told...



University of Miami grad bids farewell to working 'dream job' in Obama White House

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:47:59 -0500

via @learyreports WASHINGTON - The University of Miami was buzzing over hosting the first presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry and for one undergrad, it was a career defining moment. Kaelan Richards started out as an undeclared...



Trump tweets he wrote inaugural address at Mar-a-Lago, 'the Winter White House'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:40:25 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday. #Inauguration pic.twitter.com/S701FdTCQu — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017 Read our story about how Palm Beach has grown to love the...



NRA wants to block sheriffs from opposing its Capitol agenda

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:52:46 -0500

For years, National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer has clashed with Florida sheriffs on gun issues. But what truly rankles Hammer is the spectacle of sheriffs traveling to Tallahassee at taxpayer expense, armed and in full uniform, to battle elements...



Florida GOP wants to pay reelected chairman big bucks

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:48:44 -0500

via @adamsmithtimes To the victor go the spoils. Shortly after overwhelmingly re-electing state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, the party's board members this weekend voted behind closed doors to reward him financially as well....



Supreme Court rejects teachers' union attempt to challenge voucher program

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:14:39 -0500

@MaryEllenKlas Florida's teachers union struck out Wednesday in its latest effort to dismantle Florida's tax credit scholarship program as the Florida Supreme Court rejectedits appeal for legal standing to challenge the voucher-like program that finances students from low-performing schools to...



Palm Beach learns to love Trump, once a scorned outsider

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:34:35 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei The genteel people of Palm Beach, home to the old-money fortunes of captains-of-industry scions, once ridiculed even their wealthy Kennedy neighbors — with their Irish Catholicism, Hollywood paparazzi and family scandals — as contemptible nouveau riche. Then came Donald...



Fort Lauderdale airport security meeting raises questions, but no answers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:03:53 -0500

@amysherman1 The mass shooting at the airport in Broward County has raised several questions about security, but government officials who met Tuesday said it will take time to reach conclusions about any long-term changes related to firearms in airports, paying...