Following numerous complaints by Surfside residents against their elected officials, the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust will host a public meeting in town Wednesday night.
- The meeting will discuss topics including "exploitation of official position" and "putting public interest above personal interest," according to a flyer for the event.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez was arrested Tuesday over accusations he accepted $15,000 in exchange for creating legislation to benefit local property owners.
Driving the news: Martinez, who was booked into jail and released on bond, faces felony charges of unlawful compensation and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez is expected to face criminal charges Tuesday as part of an investigation by the State Attorney’s Office.
What's happening: Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and county inspector general Felix Jimenez said in a statement that they plan to announce charges against Martinez on Tuesday afternoon.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has chosen Karla Hernández-Mats, president of the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) union, as his running mate in his gubernatorial bid.
What they're saying: Crist called Hernández-Mats "caring, loving, empathic, compassionate," in his announcement Saturday at Hialeah Middle School, where Hernández-Mats taught for 10 years.
Just 19% of Miami-Dade's more than 1.5 million registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary elections.
- That's down slightly from 21% during the last midterm primaries in 2018, when roughly 1.4 million voters were registered in the county.
The ballots have been scanned, the "I Voted" stickers have been ripped off of our shirts, and the attention has shifted to November. These are some of the takeaways from Florida's primary election:
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist defeated Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the state's Democratic primary race for governor Tuesday.
Tuesday's election will set the stage for Florida's big-time races drawing national attention, from the governor to U.S. House and Senate seats, come November.
- It could also have an immediate impact on local policymakers. Nonpartisan races (commission, school board, judges) will be decided Tuesday if a candidate gets 50% of the vote. Otherwise, a runoff will be held in November.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is bringing his statewide "Education Agenda Tour," where he promotes candidates in nonpartisan school board races, to Doral on Sunday.
Driving the news: DeSantis is holding rallies to back candidates who agree with him on certain points, such as keeping "woke gender ideology out of schools" and rejecting "the use of critical race theory (CRT)."
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