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TALKING ABOUT TALLY

The Aug. 28 ballot is a big one, and today we’re taking a look at a few key races for the folks hoping to represent SoFlo in Tallahassee.

While there are a bunch of other state house and senate races on the ballot, only a handful of them are truly competitive. We chose three of them – all of them Democratic primaries – to dig in on.

In both Florida House Districts 108 and 113, whoever wins the Democratic primary is likely to coast to a win in the general election – they’re both very blue districts (although the District 108 race features a Libertarian challenger Riquet Caballero and District 113 includes Republican Jonathan Parker).

Meanwhile, Senate District 38 has no Republicans running, period, so whoever wins on Aug. 28 will be the next representative (and because there are no Republican challengers, anyone living in District 38 gets to vote in the primary, not just Democrats).

Instead of a formal questionnaire we checked in on the candidates’ positions on a few key issues based on questions we received from you, our readers.

Thanks to Olga Cormier, Kathy Hersh, Kelsi Stine-Rowe, Alissa Farina, Jemar Souza, Chris Caines, Anne Hemingway Feuer, and several others for your questions and comments.

We’ll continue adding to our Aug. 28 voter guide as we head into early voting on Monday.

Next up: the U.S. Congress District 27 primaries and the gubernatorial candidates. Still to come: the judicial candidates.

We’re already published profiles on the school board and the county commission candidates, and we’ve also already broken down the referenda for Miami and Miami Beach residents.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Exhale. We may be heading into peak hurricane season, but NOAA says you can chill a bit – the chances of a major hurricane happening this year have gone way down. Why? The Atlantic is cooler than they expected, wind patterns are weird, and the Pacific is warmer than they thought it would be. (Miami Herald)

Gridlock ahead. The South Florida Regional Planning Council just gave a thumbs down to both the American Dream Miami mega mall and the southwest extension of the 836 expressway – both of which recently got initial approval from the Miami-Dade County Commission. The council’s criticism is mostly symbolic because it has no real authority, but it comes just after Sen. Marco Rubio urged the federal government not to approve the expressway extension, so things are looking a little touch and go for the expressway, at least. (Miami Herald)

We knew this was coming. Biscayne Park police recently admitted to framing several black residents for crimes they didn’t commit in an effort to up the department’s case clearance rate. They were caught and indicted, and now one of the teens who was framed is suing the cops who did the framing, plus the police department as a whole. (Miami New Times)

A Republican in donkey’s clothing? The Miami-Dade Democratic Party doesn’t usually take sides in primary races, but the letter they sent this week to Florida Sen. Daphne Campbell, who is running for re-election in District 38, sure makes it sound like they’re ready to ditch her. A mailer went out earlier this week that lists Campbell alongside a bunch of Republican candidates, and the Democratic Party wants to know what’s up with that – and whether Campbell had anything to do it. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Campbell called the cops on a Miami Herald reporter who was asking her questions. The police didn’t agree with Campbell that asking questions – as one does when they’re a reporter – constituted “threatening behavior.” (Miami Herald, Twitter)

Fact check, please? U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says that Russian hackers are already in some of Florida’s election offices. State and local election officials are scratching their heads, because they say they’ve seen no proof of that. When federal officials were asked about it, they pointed to reports that Russians infiltrated our voting systems in 2016, but when pressed on Nelson’s 2018 claims, they basically said “hard pass.” 🤷(Buzzfeed News)

Home run. Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, who have basically made a career out of putting Miami’s absurdities on the big screen in phenomenal documentaries like “Cocaine Cowboys,” have reached a new level of cinematic domination: their latest doc will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Screwball” is about the steroid scandal that sidelined then-Yankees player Alex Rodriguez and led to the most drug-related suspensions in pro sports history. (Instagram, Miami New Times)

Not so sweet now. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis shook up some traditional political alliances in the Sunshine State this week when he took a big swing at U.S. Sugar, a regular GOP donor. Why’d he throw them under the bus? Because the sugar industry (aka Big Sugar) has played a key role in the algae crisis that’s wrecking our waterways right now, and they’re a major donor to his opponent, Adam Putnam. The blue-green algae in the St. Lucie River is currently 10 times the level that is considered too hazardous to touch. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who reps part of South Florida, took big chunks of cash from U.S. Sugar just a month and a half ago, when algae had already started spreading across the surface of Lake O. (Politico, TC Palm, Miami New Times)

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EVENTS

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🗣️ Today: The maker of “Random Acts of Flyness” comes to Art Africa for a night of film shorts (Overtown)

🎉Tomorrow: Check out a pop-up day party for artists, social entrepreneurs, and civic engagement (Wynwood)

🍳Wednesday: Learn how to cook some summer favorites with Julie Frans (Wynwood)

🕉 Saturday, Aug. 25: Do a yoga scavenger hunt with Athleta on Lincoln Road – corrected date  (Miami Beach)

🎶Aug. 7 to Aug 16: Get refreshed at Jackson Hall’s happy hour  (Allapattah)

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AROUND TOWN

TODAY
🎸Celebrate the ‘80s with The Ordinary Boys (Upper East Side)

🎷Catch Melton Mustafa at the Historic Hampton House (Brownsville)

🎙️Speakfridays takes over the Yard (Wynwood)

🎸Jam with Locos por Juana (Brickell)

🍷Drink wine and help clean up Wynwood (Wynwood)

 

TOMORROW
🚮Help clean up the Miami Marine Stadium (Key Biscayne)

🌿Catch Secret Garden’s return to the Wynwood Art Walk (Wynwood)

💥Celebrate one year of comics with Multiverse – through Sunday (Tamiami)

🚬 Learn how to roll cigars from the pros (Downtown)

🛥️ Explore the lighthouses of Biscayne Bay (Cutler Bay)

📺 Hear from the folks who brought local TV series Grown to life (Downtown)

 

SUNDAY
🎞️ Catch a Soviet-era double feature (South Beach)

🚴 Explore the history of The Roads by bike (Brickell)

🌆 Take a walking tour of the Art Deco District (South Beach)

🎞️ Catch a screening of My Fair Lady (Coral Gables)

 

MONDAY
🎵Join Shenzi for their Miami debut (Midtown)

🗳️Get to know your judicial candidates (Downtown)

🚉 Reimagine mobility in Miami-Dade (Cutler Bay)

 

TUESDAY
🥖 Learn Zak the Baker’s secret ingredients for success (Wynwood)

🐘 Get to know the Republican candidate Bruno Barreiro and Ron DeSantis (Little Havana)

 

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THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK.

But if you’re looking for something to do tonight, this eating and drinking itinerary for a night out in Wynwood is a pretty solid option.

– The New Tropic

 


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