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Last shelter used for Hurricane Irma evacuees closes

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The last shelter used for Hurricane Irma evacuees has closed in Miami-Dade County.

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Raquel Regalado announces bid to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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Add Raquel Regalado to the list of politicos vying to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress. Regalado, a former Miami-Dade school board member, announced Tuesday she was running to replace Ros-Lehtinen in Florida’s 27th Congressional District. The Miami Herald reported she is the second big-name Republican to enter the race, after Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro. Republican Maria Peiro has also filed to run, and the Herald reported Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has considered running for the spot. Regalado is a…

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Online poll shows majority of Floridians support sanctuary cities

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An online poll of 600 Florida residents conducted by Florida Atlantic University shows that by a 52-36 percent margin, Floridians do not want the Trump administration to cut off funding to sanctuary cities. And a plurality – 46-38 percent – don’t want the U.S. Justice Dept. to take any legal action against sanctuary cities. However, the same poll also shows that only a slight majority (fifty-five percent) have ever heard of the term ‘sanctuary city,’ before being polled to opine on it. Sanctuary cities are…

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Rick Kriseman declares St. Petersburg a ‘sanctuary from harmful immigration laws’

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Although St. Petersburg isn’t officially classified as a sanctuary city, Mayor Rick Kriseman all but declared that’s exactly what his town is on Saturday. And if the Trump administration wants to deny the city federal funds because of that stance, the mayor’s response is essentially, ‘We’ll see you in court.’ “While our county sheriff’s office is ultimately responsible for notifying the federal government about individuals who are here illegally, I have no hesitation in declaring St. Petersburg a sanctuary from harmful…

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MLS Commissioner’s deadline on Miami stadium could be good news for Bill Edwards, Rowdies

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Bill Edwards’ effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to St. Petersburg may have received a major boost from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Last week, the Miami Herald reported that Garber put a time limit on the prospective MLS stadium in Miami set up by superstar soccer player David Beckham. “There is a deadline on the Miami deal,” Garber told reporters in Toronto. And if Beckham fails to meet that as-yet-unspecified deadline, MLS owners may have to turn to…

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Down-ballot races throughout Florida provided some interesting results as well

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With so many high-profile races going on in Florida, other contests were on the ballot, but under the radar. Florida Politics pointed out 10 of those down-ballot races to watch with backgrounds on each. While not as momentous as Donald Trump winning Florida, these races were interesting in their own right. Miami-Dade County Mayor Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez went from a confident incumbent to someone battling to keep his job. He and many others thought he could win another term on Aug. 30. In the end,…

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More than just the presidency: 10 down ballot races to watch on Election Day

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Presidential races get all the attention, but it’s the folks down ballot that make the real decisions. In the Sunshine State, there’s no shortage of high intensity — and sometimes high drama — battles for office. And we aren’t talking about the races for state House and Senate. There have been allegations of election fraud in a mayor’s race, dirty tricks in a superintendent battle, and fights over genetically modified mosquitoes. Here are 10 down ballot races and referendums we think you…

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