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Influx of Puerto Ricans Presents Greater-than-Expected Fiscal Challenges for Florida

December 4, 2017 - 6:00am
Puerto Ricans at Miami Airport arrival center

Florida was preparing for an influx of some 100,000 Puerto Rican refugees after Hurricane Maria. But two months after the monster storm paralyzed virtually anything normal about life on the island, Puerto Rican arrivals in the Sunshine State have already exceeded 200,000 -- and the surge is continuing.

Regalado Name on the Wane in Miami Politics as Raquel Bows out of CD 27

November 28, 2017 - 8:00am
Raquel Regalado

The race for the seat being vacated by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s retirement has drawn a two-party crowd, but it's less by one now that Raquel Regalado has announced she is pulling herself out of contention. 

The Beauty of Rick Scott’s Big Final Budget

November 20, 2017 - 10:30am
Rick Scott

Rick Scott, two-time governor of Florida facing his term-limit year, has submitted his final state budget. And what a striking departure from his previous annual spending proposals it is. This time Scott is calling for a budget increase of $2.4 billion over 2017's. 

Trump Makes America Wait by Hiring Foreign Workers for His Private Club

November 10, 2017 - 11:45am

It's an annual rite in Palm Beach. President Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago opens for the winter season, and in preparation, there's the hiring of new staff.

John Morgan’s Minimum-Wage Hypocrisy

November 8, 2017 - 6:00am
John Morgan

There’s a chink in Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan’s reputation as Florida’s champion for the $15 minimum wage.

Miami Congressional Candidate: I Was 'Weinsteined' by a Fellow Democrat

October 31, 2017 - 12:15am
Rafael Velasquez and Kristen Rosen Gonzalez
Not to be outdone by the revelation of nonpartisan sex scandals in Tallahassee, along comes all-Democrat  sex allegations  in a 2018 race South Florida can call its own.

U.S. Marshals Can't Locate David Rivera ... as He Visits a Televised Florida Senate Caucus

October 26, 2017 - 3:00pm
David Rivera

You have to question when a law enforcement division has a hard time tracking down a visible politician. Beleaguered former state and U.S. Rep. David Rivera is sought by the U.S. Marshals Office, looking to serve him with papers in relation to a campaign finance lawsuit. Rivera, who claims ignorance to this attempt, managed to elude the officers -- though he couldn't have been hiding in plainer sight.

Gainesville Brewer to Richard Spencer: #lesshatemorebeer

October 18, 2017 - 8:15am
Richard Spencer

Not to be outdone by Gov. Rick Scott's State of Emergency declaration, a Gainesville brewery is doing its part to diffuse a potentially explosive atmosphere Thursday when Richard Spencer, America’s most noteworthy white supremacist, speaks on the campus of the University of Florida.

Wife of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT Worker Gives Unexpected Testimony

October 11, 2017 - 1:00pm
Imran Awan enters court Oct. 6, 2017

The legal complications concerning Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her staff continue to evolve, and as has been the norm, the unexpected continues to take place. The trouble surrounding her former IT aide -- Imran Awan, who is in custody -- has deepened as federal prosecutors brought his wife, Hina Alvi, back to the United States from her native Pakistan.

Florida's Political Class Holds Its Breath Awaiting Influx from Democrat-Heavy Puerto Rico

October 1, 2017 - 6:00am

The humanitarian crisis and relief efforts are in full swing in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. As the scope of the damage and the rebuilding of the island's infrastructure becomes more evident, one result of the disaster is the influx of residents from the island territory expected on the United States mainland, and in Florida in particular.

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