Tuesday, August 14, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Reince Priebus was a force at Miami law school; Florida gains among best states for business; Black Friday gift ideas for outdoors lovers; and Donald Trump's angry weekend tweets

With the 1996 election approaching, the editors of Res Ipsa Loquitur, the University of Miami Law School newspaper, conducted a completely informal, wholly unscientific poll of fellow students about their favorite candidate for president. Bill Clinton topped Bob Dole "in a landslide," the biweekly paper reported on Sept. 26, 1996. But more interesting, in hindsight, were two other contenders who appeared further down the list: Hillary Clinton, then first lady, drew 3 percent support, putting her in sixth place — right behind the 4 percent garnered by the fifth-place candidate, a "relative unknown" by the name of Reince Priebus. He was, at the time, a second-year UM law student.

FLORIDA SCORES BIG GAINS IN FORBES' 'BEST STATES FOR BUSINESS' LIST BUT STILL DOES NOT CRACK TOP 10

Forbes' recently released its 11th annual "Best States for Business" list, which finds that Florida climbed more spots in the rankings than any other state, rising eight places to No. 12 from No. 20. We knew Florida was on the upswing, Robert Trigaux writes, but this leap shows how much momentum is driving the Sunshine State over many of its peers.

BLACK FRIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR OUTDOORS LOVERS

For true outdoors lovers, Black Friday might mean getting up before dawn to launch a boat, hike a trail or hunt for prey. It certainly doesn't mean battling crowds or standing in lines to save money on holiday presents. But Friday does mark the unofficial start of Christmas season, and outdoors enthusiasts need gifts, too, right? In an effort to make shopping a little easier, and to give you more time outdoors instead of in a mall or big box store, here are some cool gift ideas,/a> we found at local shops or online.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WHY DONALD TRUMP HAD ANGRY TWEETS FOR 'SNL' AND 'HAMILTON' — AND ALEC BALDWIN RESPONDS

If you took a break from social media over the weekend, you might have missed two of Donald Trump's latest Twitter targets: the Broadway musical Hamilton and NBC's Saturday Night Live.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE'S LEADERSHIP FOR 2016-18 INCLUDES MAJOR MIAMI-DADE INFLUENCE

For the next two years and potentially beyond, lawmakers representing Miami-Dade County are poised to wield extreme influence in the Florida Legislature — the likes of which they haven't had in a decade or more. At least seven Miami-Dade legislators — and potentially a few more yet to be announced — will hold powerful leadership positions from now through 2018 under incoming Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes.

DONALD TRUMP TO SPEND THANKSGIVING IN PALM BEACH

Donald Trump is planning to spend Thanksgiving, as is his tradition, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The FAA placed flight restrictions around the resort from Tuesday through Friday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL PROJECTIONS

Louisville is a consensus pick by Matt Baker and Joey Knight for the Outback Bowl in Tampa, but they differ on who its opponent will be. Check out their picks and other predictions for who will fill out the college football bowl slate.

KANYE WEST CANCELS TOUR, INCLUDING DEC. 6 CONCERT AT ORLANDO'S AMWAY CENTER

It's been a rough couple of nights for Kanye West. On Saturday, he went on a bizarre rant in Sacramento, cutting his concert short after only a handful of songs, firing shots at Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, among others. Then he canceled a concert that was scheduled for Monday in Los Angeles. Now, according to Pitchfork and E! News, West has canceled the remaining dates on his Saint Pablo Tour, which included a Dec. 6 date at the Amway Center in Orlando. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

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