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@NewsbySmiley It's January. Which means Florida's Democratic gubernatorial candidates really want to visit balmy South Florida. Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham is in Doral today serving up draughts at M.I.A. Beer Company during on of her campaign's "work days" -- a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Philip Levine continues to spend early and to go hard after Hispanic voters as he runs for the Democratic nomination for Florida's governor. On Friday, the ex-Miami Beach mayor's political committee, All About Florida, released another Spanish-language commercial, this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley and @DavidJNeal For the second time since South Florida’s high-speed commuter line began carrying passengers less than a week ago, a Brightline train has struck and killed someone, raising concerns about pedestrian safety and leading a U.S. senator to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley In a continuation of an early election-season ad blitz, Philip Levine released a new commercial Wednesday and announced he is pushing his campaign's winter ad buy to $2 million. Levine, a former Miami Beach mayor and Democrat running for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Hundreds of women gathered Tuesday afternoon in Washington D.C. for a White House event highlighting the accomplishments of women under the administration of President Donald Trump, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Casey DeSantis, the wife of Republican... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Ever since Frank Artiles was forced to resign his Florida Senate seat last year, leaders of the state’s upper chamber have been looking over their shoulders, worried that their former colleague was out for revenge. Jeff Clemens, the incoming... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley On the first stop of a statewide bus tour promoting his gubernatorial campaign, former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine hammered the state and federal government's response to Hurricane Maria Tuesday from inside the home of a prominent Puerto Rican... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Naked Politics
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Via @AdamSmithTimes Blasting Gov. Rick Scott for secrecy, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham today wrote a $1,200 personal check for records into recent nursing home deaths that she said should have been released voluntarily and much sooner. "This isn't about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley In the hotly contested race to replace the retiring Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress, running a winning campaign is easily going to cost millions of dollars. That's millions, with an "S." More than a half-dozen viable candidates reported six-figure fundraising... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Florida Sen. José Javier Rodríguez will sport some fancy footwear when the 2018 legislative session begins Tuesday in Tallahassee. Rodríguez, a Miami Democrat, announced Monday on Twitter that he'll wear shin-high Bogs rain boots all session in order to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Hoping to get his gubernatorial bid on a roll, former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine is launching a statewide bus tour next week that will take him out of South Florida and into voters’ homes in his rivals’ backyards.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham blasted Gov. Rick Scott Thursday and accused his administration of hiding documents she requested related to a dozen hurricane-related deaths at a Hollywood nursing home. His administration’s response: We have the documents and will turn... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded several Justice Department policies that gave states and deep-pocketed investors the comfort to create and invest in legal marijuana markets. His action left thousands of cannabis patients in Florida and around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is taking heat from immigration activists over his decision to support a stop-gap measure to continue funding the federal government through mid-January despite the lack of a solution to protect scores of young undocumented immigrants... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Naked Politics
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Via @learyreports President Trump, flying to Palm Beach, just gave a big backing to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis for governor. "Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley A Miami Beach commissioner and congressional candidate tried earlier this year to dissuade the city’s police chief from going after a campaign donor accused of walking around his condo tower with a rifle and hacking fire alarms apart with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley One month after rejecting Miami Congressman Carlos Curbelo's request to join their ranks, two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are now endorsing his opponent. The Debbie Mucarsel-Powell campaign announced Thursday that Rep. Pete Aguilar, the caucus' whip, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo must turn over cellphone bills and credit card statements to a vanquished political foe ahead of a trial set for early next month to decide whether the controversial politician should be expelled from public office,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley A Miami judge presiding over a federal elections lawsuit against ex-congressman David Rivera has agreed to remove himself from the case after Rivera said he feared he wouldn't get an impartial hearing unless the case were transferred to a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Former Miami Congressman David Rivera wants a judge who once suggested in court that he act like a man removed from a federal lawsuit alleging that Rivera secretly funded a straw candidate to run against his Democratic nemesis five... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley The days of wincing while driving through a Miami intersection on a yellow light will soon be over after city commissioners agreed Thursday to end their red light camera program early next year. By a unanimous vote, Miami commissioners... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley The federal government should reinstate special deportation protections for more than 300,000 Haitians and Central Americans living in the U.S. and extend those same privileges to Venezuelans, Miami's mayor and city commissioners said Thursday. By a unanimous vote, city... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@ChabeliH The wave of opposition to sexual harassment — at least in the workplace — is crashing over Miami Beach. The tourism town, where the majority of Miami-Dade’s estimated 11,500 housekeepers and other hotel workers are employed, may soon be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Naked Politics
@NewsbySmiley Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is keeping a bilingual advertising push going over the holidays as he runs for the 2018 Democratic nomination to become Florida's next governor. His political committee, All About Florida, announced Wednesday that it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Naked Politics
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@NewsbySmiley Last year, long before he became a congressional candidate running in a Democratic primary, Ken Russell attended a Miami fundraiser for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. But he says he didn’t give the conservative Republican a dime. At the time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Naked Politics