Florida

FL-16: Margaret Good (D)
House Watch
FL-16: Margaret Good (D)
2020-11-03 05:48:27
by TWN Staff

About Good:  As a state representative, Good has built a reputation as a legislator who reaches across the aisle to find solutions to help Floridians. Her mother is a retired nurse and her father, a fourth generation Floridian, was an... Read More

FL-16 Vern Buchanan (R)
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FL-16 Vern Buchanan (R)
2020-11-03 04:34:18
by TWN Staff

About Buchanan:  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is co-chair of the bipartisan 29-member Florida congressional delegation and currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, international trade, health care, welfare, Social Security and Medicare.... Read More

FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar (R)
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FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar (R)
2020-11-01 05:04:03
by TWN Staff

About Salazar: Maria Elvira Salazar was born in Miami’s Little Havana to Cuban parents. While being raised in Miami and Puerto Rico, Salazar listened as her parents told stories of the oppressive communist regime from which they escaped. Becoming American... Read More

FL-27: Donna Shalala (D)
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FL-27: Donna Shalala (D)
2020-11-01 04:30:57
by TWN Staff

About Shalala: Donna E. Shalala has spent her entire life fighting to improve the lives of others. A lifelong Democrat, she has advocated tirelessly for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education and schools and a... Read More

FL-19: Byron Donalds (R)
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FL-19: Byron Donalds (R)
2020-11-01 04:20:26
by TWN Staff

About Donalds:  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Byron Donalds is the product of a single-parent household. Throughout his life, his mother made every sacrifice possible in order to give him the best opportunity at the American Dream. That... Read More

FL-18: Pam Keith (D)
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FL-18: Pam Keith (D)
2020-11-01 04:09:31
by TWN Staff

About Keith: Pam Keith is the Democratic Nominee for Florida’s 18th Congressional District, winning the 2020 primary with 80% of the vote—a record for this district.  Keith is the daughter of a U.S. diplomat and former U.S. ambassador. She was... Read More

FL-18: Brian Mast (R)
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FL-18: Brian Mast (R)
2020-11-01 03:31:01
by TWN Staff

About Mast: After graduating from South Christian High School in 1999, Brian Mast followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Army. There, he enjoyed service for over 12 years. During his service,he had the honor of serving... Read More

FL-03: Kat Cammack (R)
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FL-03: Kat Cammack (R)
2020-11-01 03:13:13
by TWN Staff

About Cammack:  Kat Cammack is a small business owner who grew up on a cattle ranch, a third-generation sandblaster, an alumnus of the United States Naval War College, and the longtime former deputy chief of staff and campaign manager to... Read More

FL-15: Alan Cohn (D)
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FL-15: Alan Cohn (D)
2020-10-30 20:46:43
by TWN Staff

About Cohn: Alan Cohn is an investigative journalist and has been for three decades. His stories include a three-year investigation, where he uncovered a defense contractor installing defective parts on Black Hawk Helicopters, a South Florida Water Management System facility... Read More

FL-15: Scott Franklin (R)
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FL-15: Scott Franklin (R)
2020-10-30 20:45:40
by TWN Staff

About Franklin: Scott Franklin was a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy. During his 26-year career – 14 years on active duty and 12 years in the reserves – Franklin flew jets from the decks of 13 aircraft carriers. He... Read More

FL-26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
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FL-26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)
2020-10-30 20:39:22
by TWN Staff

About Mucarsel-Powell: Mucarsel-Powell started working the early-morning shift at a doughnut shop starting when she was 15 years old. But even while she worked her way through high school, her mom never let a job get in the way of... Read More

FL-26: Carlos Gimenez (R)
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FL-26: Carlos Gimenez (R)
2020-10-30 20:38:06
by TWN Staff

About Gimenez: Born in Cuba in 1954, Gimenez immigrated to the United States with his family following the Cuban Revolution in 1960. His family settled in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood and Gimenez has been a Miami-Dade resident ever since. Mayor... Read More

Biden and Trump Go on the Attack in Florida, a Must-Win State for the President
2020 Elections
Biden and Trump Go on the Attack in Florida, a Must-Win State for the President

TAMPA, Fla. — The presidential candidates unleashed a frenzy of last-minute campaigning Thursday in Florida, a must-win state for President Donald Trump, whose packed rallies have become their own political liability amid surging coronavirus cases. Both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden headed to the... Read More

Florida is The Ultimate Latino Melting Pot, and These Voters Could Decide the Election
2020 Elections
Florida is The Ultimate Latino Melting Pot, and These Voters Could Decide the Election

MIAMI — Karem Yepez proudly displayed her Latinos for Trump sign in the windshield as the car inched along a busy stretch of road as part of a caravan. Her driver, Alfredo Zapata, was not happy about her love for President Donald Trump; he called... Read More

Florida Voters Get Up Before Dawn — And Wait — to Vote Early
State News
Florida Voters Get Up Before Dawn — And Wait — to Vote Early

MIAMI -- A soggy South Florida day didn't dampen voter enthusiasm Monday as people arrived at voting centers before dawn -- in some cases lining up around the block -- to take advantage of the start of early voting in Florida. From Miami to St. Petersburg, people... Read More

Will Rejected Mail-In Ballots be Florida's Hanging Chads of Election 2020?
2020 Elections
Will Rejected Mail-In Ballots be Florida's Hanging Chads of Election 2020?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If Florida faces another uncomfortably close presidential election on Nov. 3, rejected vote-by-mail ballots could spell trouble. The unprecedented spike in demand for mail-in ballots spawned by the coronavirus has led to a subsequent surge in the number of ballots that... Read More

Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk
In The States
Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk

MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South... Read More

Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’
2020 Elections
Trump, Back on Trail, Declares Himself Immune to COVID: ‘I’ll Kiss Everyone in That Audience’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump burst back onto the campaign trail Monday night, delivering an energetic and combative hourlong speech in Central Florida meant to demonstrate his recovery from COVID-19 and resuscitate his faltering reelection campaign. Trump portrayed his illness... Read More

Biden Moves Ahead of Trump in Poll of Miami-Dade’s Hispanic Voters
Political News
Biden Moves Ahead of Trump in Poll of Miami-Dade’s Hispanic Voters

MIAMI — Cuban-American voters continue to favor President Donald Trump over Joe Biden in Miami-Dade County, but more are moving toward the Democratic nominee, boosting Biden’s chances of winning battleground Florida, according to a poll by Bendixen & Amandi International... Read More

Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive
Climate
Healthy Corals in Biscayne Bay Surprised Scientists. They May Help Reefs Survive

MIAMI — During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals. There were no signs of... Read More

Michael Bloomberg Commits $4 Million to Biden’s Ground Game in Florida
Political News
Michael Bloomberg Commits $4 Million to Biden’s Ground Game in Florida

MIAMI — Joe Biden’s ground game in Florida is getting a jolt from billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg told the Miami Herald on Monday that he’s giving $4 million to get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of the Democratic presidential nominee in the... Read More

Bloomberg Makes Initial Ad Buy in Florida
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Makes Initial Ad Buy in Florida

WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg is starting to put his money where his mouth is. Aides to the Democratic billionaire said Thursday that Bloomberg will spend $5.4 million on a weeklong TV ad campaign in Florida, part of his pledge to... Read More

Democrats Detail Hispanic Voter Data as Biden Meets Florida Puerto Ricans
2020 Elections
Democrats Detail Hispanic Voter Data as Biden Meets Florida Puerto Ricans

MIAMI — If you’re Hispanic and living in the U.S., chances are good that Joe Biden’s campaign knows a lot about you — including your family roots. Ahead of Biden’s first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee —... Read More

Bloomberg Says He’ll Spend $100 Million to Help Biden Beat Trump in Florida
State News
Bloomberg Says He’ll Spend $100 Million to Help Biden Beat Trump in Florida

MIAMI — Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor whose self-funded presidential bid fell short this year, says he’ll spend $100 million over the next seven weeks to help Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden win Florida. Bloomberg’s financial commitment... Read More

Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States
Education
Black History Instruction Gets New Emphasis in Many States

Through his high school years in Orlando in the 1990s, Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy never heard a word about a massacre seven decades earlier that took place on Election Day just 15 minutes away in Ocoee. Only later did... Read More

Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
State News
Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
2020-08-25 19:13:23
by Sara Wilkerson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge struck down a state order Monday that required "brick and mortar” schools in the state to be open five-days-a-week by the end of the month. Judge Charles Dodson of the Leon County Circuit Court... Read More

Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.
2020 Elections
Florida Modeled a Smooth Mail Election. Yes, Florida.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The votes were swiftly counted, winners were declared, and by about 10 o'clock that night most of the results of Tuesday's primary election — one with large numbers of mailed votes — were known in Florida.... Read More

A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries
Elections
A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by ethics investigations the eighth incumbent House member to be defeated in party primaries this year. Tuesday's contests were shaped by... Read More

Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?
Voting
Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a case that could have major ramifications ahead of the November election, a panel of federal judges in Atlanta questioned lawyers Tuesday about Florida’s decision to require felons to pay off all court fees and fines... Read More

A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading
Agriculture
A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading

MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues... Read More

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