10/25/16 State Roundup
With polls suggesting she's pulling ahead of Donald Trump in Florida, Hillary Clinton traveled to South Florida on Tuesday and delivered her strongest pitch yet for U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy while urging voters not to grow over-confident.
"It's going to be a close election," she said at Broward College's Coconut Creek campus. "Don't get complacent, because we've got to turn people out."...
10/21/16 State Roundup
A marijuana-legalization group has sued the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, saying a statewide amendment on medical marijuana was omitted from some voters' absentee ballots.
Norm Kent, acting on behalf of NORML of Florida, filed the lawsuit in Broward circuit court Thursday seeking an emergency hearing.
There is "immiment danger that a significant portion of the voting public in Broward County, Florida, will be deprived of the opportunity to fully participate in the 2016 general election," the lawsuit says....
A marijuana-legalization group has sued the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, saying a statewide amendment on medical marijuana was omitted from some voters’ absentee ballots.
Norm Kent, acting on behalf of NORML of Florida, filed the lawsuit in Broward circuit courtat 4:48 p.m. Thursday seeking an emergency hearing....
10/13/16 State Roundup
WEST PALM BEACH — Seething over accusation after accusation that he groped, kissed and ogled at women without their consent, Donald Trump forcefully denied Thursday that he's preyed on anyone and dismissed the mounting allegations against him as a conspiracy conceived by the political establishment, rival Hillary Clinton and the news media.
"These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false," he said at a feverish West Palm Beach rally. "These claims are all fabricated, they're pure fiction, and they're outright lies. These events never, ever happened, and the people that said them meekly, fully understand."...
10/11/16 State Roundup
Hillary Clinton brought Al Gore to Miami on Tuesday to underscore her message that she will fight climate change — unlike Donald Trump, who has said he's "not a big believer."
"We cannot risk putting a climate denier in the White House," she declared.
Clinton mentioned increased damage from last week's Hurricane Matthew due to higher sea levels. But it was former Vice President Gore, ever the academic, climate-change science evangelist, who scored the Miami disaster trifecta. He tied global warming to Matthew — "from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours, that's extremely unusual" — and to the faster spread of the Zika virus....
Republican Miami billionaire Mike Fernandez will host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton Oct. 23.
Fernandez had planned to host a fundraiser this past weekend with Bill Clinton but he canceled it due to Hurricane Matthew. The fundraiser will be a small event and include Republican donors, said a person with knowledge about the event.
"Donald Trump is neither representative of our values nor qualified to lead the nation," Fernandez wrote in an op-ed in the Miami Herald in August....
The Saturday fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at Mike Fernandez’s home with former President Bill Clinton has been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.
Fernandez, a Miami billionaire, has called Donald Trump an “abysmally unfit candidate” who “has unleashed racist and violent acts.” Fernandez has said he will donate over $2 million to help Clinton’s campaign with Latino outreach and voter registration in Florida....
Think that the Broward Emergency Operations Center would be the coolest, most comfortable building to await the storm? Think again.
At about 7 a.m., the air conditioning chiller went out in the center in Plantation. It took the contractors a couple of hours to get to the center.
A lizard was found in a chiller but Broward Mayor Marty Kiar would not pin the blame with certainty on the animal....
09/30/16 State Roundup
Hillary Clinton stumped in Broward County for the first time in nearly a year Friday, as Florida polls showed her barely edging Donald Trump and as fearful Democrats openly worried about the status of her campaign, particularly when it comes to reaching black voters.
But Clinton appeared to still be savoring her successful debate performance against Trump.
"Did any of you see the debate Monday night?" she said soon after taking the stage at the packed Coral Springs Gymnasium....
PolitiFact Florida: Pro-Democrat PAC overshoots attack on Marco Rubio's positions on Social Security, Medicare09/18/16 State Roundup
Two Democratic groups say Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wants to cut Social Security and Medicare — programs that millions of Florida seniors rely on each year.
"Marco Rubio wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare because he said they're bankrupting our country. But that's what politicians say when the insurance industry bankrolls their campaigns," says the narrator in a TV ad by the Senate Majority PAC and AFSCME People....
Says Patrick Murphy "never worked as a CPA" and was "never a small-business owner."
National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sept. 7 in a TV ad
In a TV ad getting plenty of air time locally, the NRSC says it's fact-checking U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's resume.
Did Murphy distort his work experience?
Murphy did work as a CPA. But he first held a lesser title and then worked as a CPA for less than a year....
A TV attack ad portrays U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy as a "fabulously phony failure."
Murphy, D-Jupiter, is taking on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate battles in the nation.
"Patrick Murphy was named one of America's least effective congressmen," states the ad by American Future Fund.
The fund is a political nonprofit organization that does not have to disclose donors and has spent millions of dollars this year largely attacking Democrats....
Former President Bill Clinton met with clergy in Broward County and then headlined two fundraisers on behalf of Hillary Clinton in Miami Beach Wednesday.
Clinton met with clergy at the Miramar Cultural Center. Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam,the son of Jamaican immigrants, has been a surrogate for the Clinton campaign with Caribbean and African-American voters in Florida and campaigned for her during the primary in South Carolina....
Donald Trump will open a campaign office in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, the first South Florida office for the Republican during the general election.
His campaign is expected to open 25 offices across Florida within the next week, including seven in Broward and Miami-Dade, said Healy Baumgardner, a Trump campaign spokeswoman in Florida.
No further details such as the address of the Fort Lauderdale office or the locations of the Miami-Dade offices were immediately available....
Tim Canova refused to go quietly into the night as he sat by the bar of Kasa Champet in Pembroke Pines after all precincts finally reported around 11:30 p.m.
"I will concede Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a corporate stooge,"' Canova said.
As for working with Wasserman Schultz in the future, well, don't bet on it.
"She's never asked for my help," Canova said. "She's never given me the time of day. She's never given the time of day to her constituents as far as I'm concerned."...