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@NewsbySmiley States and Cuba, a congressional candidate and state lawmaker elected to represent Little Havana is visiting, well, Havana. David Richardson is in Cuba Monday on a two-day “listening tour” described as a mission to “better connect with a large... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Naked Politics
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Via @JoeFlech Miami commissioners will not be voting on a final plan for a Major League Soccer stadium complex on Melreese golf course. It might be easy to think that's what is happening at Miami City Hall on Thursday, given... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine sent a letter to Rick Scott Friday urging Florida's current governor to issue a state of emergency in order to quickly deal with toxic algae blooms spreading over Lake Okeechobee and seeping down the Caloosahatchee River.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Naked Politics
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It’s just after 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and someone wearing a red polo shirt embroidered with the words “Senator Daphne Campbell” answers the doorbell at a pink house in North Miami Beach. She cracks open the door, spies... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Naked Politics
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In his quest to beat three millionaires and a billionaire in the Democratic primary for Florida's governor, Andrew Gillum now has two billionaires behind him. Late Thursday, Tom Steyer's NextGen America announced that it's endorsing Gillum and plunging $1 million... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
This article has been updated to include a statement from NBC6 Matt Haggman, a Democrat running for Congress in Miami, ripped NBC's Miami affiliate Thursday after he says they refused to run a campaign commercial because it includes 10 seconds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The incoming speaker of the Florida House has announced that he's endorsing Ron DeSantis for Florida governor, giving the Palm Coast congressman the backing of one of the three most powerful men in Tallahassee. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, cited DeSantis'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The campaign for Florida Senator Annette Taddeo released a poll Wednesday that suggests the Democratic incumbent enjoys a substantial advantage over Republican attorney Marili Cancio as they begin their campaigns. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling just as Cancio... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Naked Politics
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As her opponents picked at her time on corporate boards, Donna Shalala received a second extension this month allowing her to delay the disclosure of her personal finances with the U.S. House of Representatives. Shalala's disclosure, originally due May 15,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Naked Politics
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After months of laying low, former Miami congressman David Rivera has been on a Tweet-storm this week in which he's attacked his enemies, including Benjamin Greenberg, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. "Acting US [Attorney] Ben Greenberg... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Donna Shalala has been attacked by her opponents in the press, at debates and on TV for months now in a brutal Democratic primary to win a high-profile Miami congressional race, but a new internal poll suggests she’s still the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Four of the five Democrats running for Florida governor say they plan to attend a rally Saturday outside a child migrant shelter in Homestead. Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Philip Levine have all announced plans to attend. Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Lying, cheating and charming, spying and scamming his way through the world with a warm smile on his face and a gun tucked in his back pocket, Henry Greenberg — or whatever his name is; he uses at least four... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Naked Politics
With furor building over the Trump administration's decision to separate families caught crossing into U.S. borders outside regulated checkpoints, a Miami congressional candidate is going on air with a pledge to work to abolish the country's Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Amid speculation that he'll spend tens of millions of his own dollars in order to get elected, real estate tycoon Jeff Greene announced Tuesday that he's dropping $2.9 million this week to air two commercials statewide as he seeks the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine says he'll place his assets in a blind trust if he's elected governor of Florida, a decision intended to enable the $133 million man to govern without conflicts under state law by handing control of his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Shortly after voters made him mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine gave his campaign strategist a garish poster with the strategist's comically smiling face mounted atop the rippled body of warrior Spartan King Leonidas. Standing before a bloody battlefield, political... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Jeff Greene says everybody wants to know the same thing now that he's officially running for Florida governor: How much of his own money will the billionaire spend on his campaign? A more interesting question might ask how much he's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The Republican Party finally has its candidate to run for Florida’s 40th Senate District, and it’s not Frank Artiles. Marili Cancio, an attorney and Miami Dade College Trustee, filed Tuesday to run a campaign against Annette Taddeo. " I think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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A new poll commissioned by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam leading U.S Rep. Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination for governor. Putnam is ahead of DeSantis by 17 points (32 to 15) according... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Via @doug_hanks Zoraida Barreiro didn't have to look far for the top donor in her campaign to succeed her husband, Bruno Barreiro, on the Miami-Dade County Commission. His congressional campaign recently donated nearly $100,000 to her county effort. The $95,000... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Getting hammered left and right by his opponents, Philip Levine raised his arms by his sides and played the role of the wrestling heel. "Boy, it's sure fun to be the frontrunner," he said, as boos rained down. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Via @SContorno of the Tampa Bay Times For more than a year, the state of Florida failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits, potentially allowing drug addicts or people with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Donna Shalala and Matt Haggman are opening field offices Saturday as they runs for Congress. Shalala is setting up shop in Coral Gables, and Haggman in Miami. Here's the press releases: Miami, FL – The Donna Shalala for Congress campaign... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Via @MoniqueOMadan The mayor of Homestead submitted a resignation letter Thursday, effective Jan. 7, 2019, after announcing he will enter the race for Florida agriculture commissioner. Jeff Porter, who has served as mayor since 2013, also served as a councilman... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Naked Politics