Politics

Deirdra Funcheon
Sep 7, 2022 - News

Miami-Dade Ethics Commission to host meeting in Surfside after complaints

Surfside mayor Shlomo Danzinger in a blue suit and red tie.
Surfside Mayor Shlomo Danzinger during the one-year commemoration of the collapse of Champlain Towers South on June 24. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

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.
Martin Vassolo
Aug 31, 2022 - News

Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez arrested in corruption probe

Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez
Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

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.

Martin Vassolo
Aug 30, 2022 - News

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez to face criminal charges

Joe Martinez surrounded by other Miami-Dade commissioners and county officials at a press conference on July 28, 2006.
Joe Martinez surrounded by other Miami-Dade commissioners and county officials at a news conference in 2006. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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.

Deirdra Funcheon
Aug 29, 2022 - News

Charlie Crist taps Miami teacher union president as running mate

Charlie Crist holds Karla Hernandez-Mats' hand in the air.
Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist with his running mate, Karla Hernández-Mats. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

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.

Martin Vassolo
Aug 25, 2022 - Politics

Miami-Dade primary election voter turnout sees slight drop since 2018

Data: Miami-Dade County Elections Department; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

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.

Florida primary results: Governor's race, Miami-Dade School Board and more

Illustration of a row of voting booths casting long shadows, the side of the booth reads "VOTE" with a checkmark as the V.
Illustration: Victoria Ellis/Axios

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.

From Miami to Washington: The races to watch in Florida's primary

Illustration of a red and blue check mark in the center of an outline of the shape of Florida.
Illustration: Victoria Ellis/Axios

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.
Deirdra Funcheon
Aug 17, 2022 - News

DeSantis tours Florida to boost school board candidates

A close-up of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, smiling
Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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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