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Via @scontorno and @mahoneysthename Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum had never met before Sunday night’s Florida governor debate. It was not the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Rather, it was a nationally televised brawl between the two candidates... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Naked Politics
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Ahead of his first debate with Democrat Andrew Gillum Sunday, GOP governor nominee Ron DeSantis had some strong words — for CNN. DeSantis’ campaign went off on the network for releasing a “misleading” poll hours before the 8 p.m. event... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
Via @SamanthaJGross A mere 16 days before the midterm election, the two candidates looking to replace Adam Putnam as Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services traveled to Miami Sunday morning for their first and only televised debate. Republican candidate Rep.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
w/ @ElizabethRKoh and @LMower3 Wearing plastic orange chaps over his blue slacks and a matching helmet, Andrew Gillum bent over a live oak felled onto a nearly empty street and sliced through branches with a chain saw. The mayor of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
(Note: The above video contains offensive language.) Via @MartinDVassolo While Republican lawmakers took turns denouncing the actions of conservative protesters who heckled House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi outside a campaign event in Coral Gables, the chairman of the Republican Party... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
Via @AlexTDaugherty Carlos Curbelo and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell aren’t holding back. Curbelo, a Republican congressman seeking to keep a Miami-to-Key West seat for a third term, and his Democratic opponent Mucarsel-Powell had their only English language debate Sunday on WPLG Local... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
Thank you @enriquesantos for having me on the program y por invitarme a cantar Guantanamera! pic.twitter.com/cwKat7Hqen — Donna E. Shalala (@DonnaShalala) October 17, 2018 This actually happened today. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
Via @FabiolSantiago During her videotaped interview with the Miami Herald’s Editorial Board, in which members of the newsroom like me participated, I asked Republican congressional candidate Maria Elvira Salazar about her position on President Donald Trump’s Cuba policy. Salazar said... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
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Donna Shalala has a conundrum. In her bid to flip a Miami congressional seat once thought an easy pickup for Democrats, she’s struggling with Hispanic voters. But to woo a majority of the district, she must venture onto Spanish-language television... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Naked Politics
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Former University of Miami president Donna Shalala is a long way from silencing the haters, but her campaign has a new poll that should ease doubts that she can win a congressional seat the Democratic party can ill afford to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Naked Politics
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In Miami, about as far removed as you can get from the unofficial no-politicking zone in the hurricane-ravaged Panhandle without leaving Florida, the campaigns of Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum are back in the trenches. Lies. Socialism. Hypocrisy. Anti-Semitism: It’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Naked Politics
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In a decision that further raises the stakes of Florida’s gubernatorial election, the state supreme court has ordered that the job of replacing three of its justices belongs not to lame-duck Gov. Rick Scott but to his successor, whomever that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Via @doug_hanks In Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gelber is campaigning for a referendum to approve an 800-room, city-owned hotel that Turnberry partner Jackie Soffer wants to build under a deal that not only bars gambling but prohibits the operator from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The battle for Jewish voters in the race for Florida governor escalated another notch Sunday when the Jewish outreach chairman for GOP nominee Ron DeSantis’ suggested his Democratic opponent might veto security funding for Jewish day schools. While introducing DeSantis... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Convinced the best way to change Florida’s politics is to change the system by which its politicians are chosen, former GOP mega-donor Mike Fernandez says he’ll join the push to allow millions of independent voters to participate in the state’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Miami Commissioner Ken Russell’s got a brand new bag … of campaign cash. This summer, months after aborting his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress, Russell moved $100,000 from his congressional campaign committee into a state-registered PAC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Hurricane Michael has come and gone in Florida, but the campaign ad wars that began a week ago as the monster storm formed in the Caribbean rage on. One day after Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign demanded that TV stations across... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Via @kyragurney Earlier this year, Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez resigned in order to run for Congress. Now that Rosen Gonzalez is out of the race, however, some residents are asking city officials to put the commissioner back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Prominent political booster Mike Fernandez has cut the biggest check yet from his pro-immigration political committee — to himself. Fernandez, a former GOP mega-donor who left the party following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, deposited $5 million six months ago into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Naked Politics
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The Andrew Gillum campaign says it has sent a cease-and-desist letter to television stations running a Republican Party of Florida commercial that labels the Democratic gubernatorial candidate “corrupt” and attempts to directly tie him to an ongoing FBI investigation. Calling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Naked Politics
Before Hurricane Michael’s 155-mile-per-hour winds blasted the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon and eventually knocked out the power to thousands of households, scores of voters watching TV for news of the approaching hurricane were also presented with dark and stormy ads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Naked Politics
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A CBS Miami news anchor has apologized after referring to a congressional candidate and former journalist as a "postalita" and suggesting that she left the industry to run for Congress at least in part because her English wasn't "up to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Andrew Gillum doesn’t quite recall why police were on his grandmother’s stoop the night he promised himself that he would never give them a reason to come looking for him. But he does remember the knock on the door. It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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w/ @ElizabethRKoh A hellish October surprise is looming off Florida’s Gulf Coast, threatening to upend some of the country’s most important mid-term political races with hurricane-force winds. Less than a month from election day, Tropical Storm Michael is forecast to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Speaking with the tone of a rabbi giving a sermon, Andrew Gillum stood at the lectern of a Century Village Jewish Center Sunday in Pembroke Pines and decreed that, despite what’s been said about him on the campaign trail, his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Naked Politics