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Florida nursing home tragedy NOT a who-done-it

Florida nursing home tragedy NOT a who-done-it

The worst loss of human life in Florida in the wake of Irma didn’t happen on one of low-lying towns on the lower Florida Keys where the eye of the storm first made landfall with full force. The worst human tragedy took place days after the hurricane, in a nursing home in Hollywood, just a few miles north of the border between Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Governor Rick Scott enabled Irma’s fury through climate denialism

Governor Rick Scott enabled Irma’s fury through climate denialism

Florida Gov. Rick Scott did not cause Irma, but he enabled the Frankenstorm. Scott met with Carbonmongers Charles and David Koch soon after being elected, and all of a sudden Florida’s environmental laws began being gutted. Now he will want you to give him $150 billion to rebuild his state, from your tax dollars.

More than Bob Menendez goes on trial this week

More than Bob Menendez goes on trial this week

There’s more to the Menendez trial than a high ranking Democratic senator charged with corruption. A conviction could lead to his ouster from the Senate. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would then be charged with replacing him until the 2018 elections giving senate Republicans one more vote to play with.

The made for Miami fairy tale of Marco the good vs. Cabello the bad

The made for Miami fairy tale of Marco the good vs. Cabello the bad

It’s hard to comprehend how people still believe Marco Rubio, or swallow the manufactured PR stunts that the press fall for that paint a picture of the U.S. senator from West Miami as the hero of some tall tale. Over the years Miami has been ransacked by scoundrels who use stories — like the one being woven by Little Marco — in order to divert our attention from the real culprits who pilfer from our city.

Next year’s Florida vote is crucial in the climate change battle

Next year’s Florida vote is crucial in the climate change battle

In Miami, the hottest July on record [signals] that climate change is marching on Florida. Yet, state voters have twice elected a governor, Rick Scott, and may replace him with a man, Adam Putnam, who are willing to sacrifice science and fact on the altar of political expediency.

David Rivera’s in trouble again; Feds to the rescue

David Rivera’s in trouble again; Feds to the rescue

The FEC is seeking $486,000 in civil penalties against David Rivera. The FEC’s civil case is the latest indication that Miami federal prosecutors don’t intend to criminally charge Rivera — even though U.S. District Judge Robert Scola took the extraordinary step of forcing the Feds to name Rivera as the target of their investigation back in 2014.

Crony capitalism in Florida—and beyond

Crony capitalism in Florida—and beyond

Privatization has gone wild in Florida. Governing the state basically has been turned over to business. The clearest proof is that this year Florida will contract out to business more than $60 billion of the $83 billion it will spend. And “you don’t have to go far to track that back to a lobbyist who had a client.”

Rubio, Diaz-Balart and Curbelo: Faustian enablers of ‘Anything but Obamacare’

Rubio, Diaz-Balart and Curbelo: Faustian enablers of ‘Anything but Obamacare’

The three Cuban American members of Congress from south Florida have made a deal with the devil to get rid of Obamacare in favor of a bill that the Congressional Budget Office has determined will leave 22 million Americans without health insurance. More than 600,000 of them from right here in the Miami area.

Obama’s Cuba opening more popular in Florida than Trump’s new measures

Obama’s Cuba opening more popular in Florida than Trump’s new measures

President Trump visited Miami last week and committed to much of the same old nonsense that has been uttered time and again over the past almost 60 years. A poll conducted right after the Trump speech shows that Barack Obama’s opening with the island nation is more popular in Florida than Trump’s hardline Cold War rhetoric.

Trump does Miami

Trump does Miami

The majority of Cubans in Miami no longer support a hardline policy toward Cuba, which is probably why Trump didn’t reinstate the whole Cuba package of the Bush years. But, as long as the Diaz-Balarts of this city and their ilk continue to bellow from seats of power, Miami will still be a zoo.

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