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Trailblazing Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, has been repping South Florida’s District 27 for almost 30 years, so it was a big deal when she announced last year that she wouldn’t run again in 2018.
Democrats began announcing their plans to run pretty much immediately, and there are now EIGHT of them in the race for the Democratic candidacy. The party is pretty sure it can turn the district blue this year – Hillary Clinton won by almost 20 percentage points in 2016 and there aren’t any strong Republican candidates stepping up.
It’s very TBD who will win the Democratic primary in August, and the Republican Party could still find a strong candidate. But one thing is for sure: having a new person in Ileana’s seat, especially if they’re a Democrat, is gonna mean big changes for SoFlo politics.
In yesterday’s newsletter, we provided the wrong link for that Bloomberg story on how sea level rise and hurricane threats are already beginning to affect the South Florida real estate market. Here is the correct link! Sorry about that.
Hot in herre. A cold front may be headed our way, but 2017 tied with 2015 for the hottest year on record in Miami-Dade, with an average monthly temp of 79.2 degrees. Ayy. (Miami Herald)
Let it snow. Out-of-the-box local theater company Miami New Drama is bringing the iconic Miami documentary Cocaine Cowboys to the stage. We can’t wait to see the results of a collab between Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann and Billy Corben (who you should def follow on Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already). (Miami New Times)
#NewYearNewMe. For everyone who vowed to eat more fruits and veggies in 2018, here is a list of the best cold-pressed juice bars in Miami. (Eater)
So that happened. Miami’s first real estate transaction in Bitcoin went down late last year. Ivan “Paychecks” Pacheco, the co-founder of the cryptocurrency website Bits to Freedom, paid 17.741 Bitcoin for his Upper East Side apartment. That’s about $275,000. (The Real Deal)
Silver lining. Although numbers are up nationally, the number of people killed by Miami-Dade County law enforcement was down in 2017 for the third year in a row. Fifteen people were killed last year, down from 18 in 2016 and 21 in 2015. Experts say it has a lot to do with better police training and tactics, plus public awareness about not escalating confrontations with police. (Miami Herald)
Sweet talkin’. President Trump really, really wants Gov. Rick Scott to run against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate in 2018 (Scott has hit his term limit for governor). Trump was spotted wooing the governor over the holiday break. (POLITICO)
Pay bump. Florida raised the state minimum wage from $8.10 an hour to $8.25 for 2018, the largest increase since 2012. That’s because back in 2004, Florida voters approved an amendment requiring that the state adjust the minimum wage every year based on the federal consumer price index. (Miami Herald)
🎷 1/3: Jazz at the Yard with Magela Herrara (Wynwood)
💻 1/4: Wyncode Pitch Day (Allapattah) *location change
👨💻 1/4: PAMM Free Community Night: Tech Takeover (Downtown)
🌃 1/5: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)
⚡ 1/5: Laser Fridays at Frost Science (Downtown)
🙏 1/6: YogaRefresh2018 (South Beach)
☕ 1/7: “Call Me by Your Name” Queer Brunch (North Beach)
🛶 1/7: Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour (Coral Gables)
🗣️ 1/9: The MOTH: Miami StorySLAM (Downtown)
🌱 1/10: Project: One Meal, Five Vegan Ecosystems (Wynwood)
Don’t forget to get the two sweaters you own out of storage tonight.