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@NewsbySmiley and @DavidOvalle305 As the "Me Too" movement gained steam across the nation last fall, Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez went public with her own harrowing tale: that a political ally, Rafael Velasquez, had pulled out his penis... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley With shootings in Liberty Square suddenly gaining political attention, outgoing Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is visiting Liberty City Monday. Corcoran, a possible Republican candidate for governor, is expected to stop by the city of Miami police substation near... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Miami-Dade Republicans are holding their 70th annual Lincoln Day Dinner April 20, with Sen. Tim Scott the headlining speaker. Scott, R-SC, was one of the key players in crafting and passing $1.5 trillion in tax cuts late last year.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley On the night state Sen. Daphne Campbell celebrated her 60th birthday, friends and associates regaled her with dancers, dinner and a double-tiered cake and flowers at the Miami Shores Country Club. At the end of the evening, she was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Philip Levine's lead in the Florida gubernatorial Democratic primary is growing, according to a poll commissioned by the former Miami Beach mayor's political consultant and released Thursday morning. Little more than four months away from the election, Levine leads... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley The Democratic challenger looking to unseat Miami Congressman Carlos Curbelo in one of the most-watched U.S. House campaigns of the mid-term elections pulled in a half-million dollars during the first quarter of the year. The Debbie Mucarsel-Powell campaign announced... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Naked Politics
@AlextDaugherty and @NewsbySmiley Bill Nelson’s word carries weight in Florida. The state’s longest-serving elected official, a man who has spent decades building connections with law enforcement agencies and lawmakers from both parties, is a go-to source for information during big... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Only hours before Gov. Rick Scott made his plans to run for the U.S. Senate official, the Bill Nelson reelection campaign sent out a warning to their supporters — and a request. Polls show the race to November extremely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Donna Shalala has been campaigning to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress for less than a month and already she’s raised more than $1 million, her campaign announced Thursday. Her first-quarter total — an eye-popping number even for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley As a self-styled watchdog politician on public-works projects, Deede Weithorn touted an education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during her tenure on the Miami Beach commission. When she was first elected in 2007, she called herself an “MIT-trained... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Miami Congressman Carlos Curbelo says it's time for Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to step down. Pruitt has been under a cloud of scandal following reports that he received cheap rent on a Washington... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham rolled out her first gubernatorial campaign ad Tuesday, contrasting herself with President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is an embarrassment. Donald Trump is an example of a bully,” Graham says in the ad. Graham's campaign says... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association have announced dates for hour-long debates between the Democratic and Republican nominees to win the November election for Florida governor and U.S. Senate. The organizations will host the events at Broward College... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Javier Manjarres, the political consultant behind the conservative Shark Tank blog, is running for Congress against Parkland-area Rep. Ted Deutch. Manjarres, whose interest in running against Deutch has been known for months, announced his candidacy Tuesday morning. In a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Monday that she has introduced a bill requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition. Just as with firearms, federal law currently bans criminals, domestic abusers and people with mental illnesses from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Two Democrats running in a crowded primary race to replace Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are laying out details of their personal lives in hopes of resonating with voters. State Rep. David Richardson on Tuesday released a campaign commercial that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Florida Governor Rick Scott said Sunday as the 2018 legislative session wound down that he's going to "think about my future" over the next couple of weeks -- a comment widely viewed as an allusion to a potential challenge... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Yet another poll has found that a ban on the sale of assault weapons -- something a majority of Florida lawmakers are unwilling to consider -- is supported by most Floridians. Nearly 70 percent of people in the state... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Taking a page from the book of "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver, Philip Levine is hoping to send a message to President Donald Trump by running a campaign commercial critical of the president on FOX News in Washington... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Update: White's office has agreed to open a fourth early voting location at the West Flagler Branch Library for the May 1 special election. Despite mounting political pressure and threats of legal action, Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Christina White says... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley and @doug_hanks Commuters frustrated with Miami-Dade’s traffic woes and the diversion of money intended to pay for new mass transit routes may have a hero or a goat soon in their state government, depending on how things play out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley A newly created political committee has unleashed a barrage of attacks on a Democrat running for a Miami-area state House seat, slamming him as a lobbyist for casinos and sex shops. Javier Fernandez, the minority party's candidate to hold... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Notorious political operative and agent provocateur Roger Stone plans to meet with House Speaker Richard Corcoran — a sit-down sure to stoke intrigue about Corcoran’s possible run for governor and speculation about whether Stone will be involved. Stone, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Attorney and former Miami-Dade prosecutor Jason Pizzo launched his campaign for a northeast Miami state Senate seat Wednesday, setting up a rematch with Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-North Miami Beach. Pizzo ran against Campbell in the Democratic primary for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley A new poll shows Florida's gubernatorial races have tightened ahead of the August primaries. While former congresswoman Gwen Graham and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam remain the respective frontrunners in their parties, a Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy poll released Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Naked Politics