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💰What to do if your SunPass balance looks funky

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When U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced that she’d be stepping down from her seat, opening it up for the first time since 1989, it felt like everyone declared their candidacy because seats like these don’t open up that often. A lot of folks have dropped out, but we still have nine Republican candidates and five Democrats. Whoa.

District 27 covers much of Downtown Miami and Miami Beach and while Ros-Lehtinen is Republican who was easily re-elected every term, Democrats think they can turn the seat blue in 2018. There are other local congressional primary races going down on Aug. 28,  but this one is particularly contentious and has plenty of candidates, so we chose to focus on this one.

Congressmen and congresswomen are responsible for representing their constituents in Washington, voting on everything from the national budget to sanctions on foreign governments to immigration reform to health insurance.

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. That included gun control, climate change and the environment, criminal justice, and immigration.

Still to come in our voter guide: the gubernatorial primaries and local judicial candidates.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

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🍎Want to stand with Miami-Dade’s teachers? Join L.E.A.D. Nation and several community and political partners at their Red for Education teacher rally on Aug. 19 to demand more resources for our schools and teachers.

🚇Got an idea for getting around the 305? Join the City of Tomorrow Challenge tonight or head to this design thinking workshop on Aug. 15 to help you develop your own idea for transforming mobility in the 305. Then submit your idea to the City of Tomorrow Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 to implement it!

💰Need help getting your small business off the ground? Miami Bayside Foundation’s small business training is kicking off again on Oct. 9. You can register for the free 10-session workshop for women and minorities through Sept. 9.

Got an opportunity, workshop, scholarship, grant, etc. you want other curious locals to know about? Hit us up at [email protected] to have it listed here.


It’s not just in your head. Even if you haven’t passed through a toll booth in awhile, you might’ve noticed a dip in your SunPass account or gotten a notice that you’re low on funds. It’s because the company, and its contractor Conduent, are still catching up on clearing transactions from when the system was down back in June. If you’re frustrated, our sister site Pulptown shared some tips on dealing with SunPass problems. (Miami Herald)

Unbelievable. New photos show that the before the FIU pedestrian bridge collapsed in March, there were four large cracks (including one that was more than three inches deep) in the bridge’s span. The cracks were in the precise section of the span that engineers think failed and ultimately caused the bridge to collapse, killing six people. (Miami Herald)

A man of many talents. Founding and overseeing the Miami Cancer Institute is an impressive enough feat, but Dr. Michael Zinner actually mastered another craft outside of medicine – cooking a great meal. Zinner studied under master chefs at the acclaimed New York restaurant Le Bernardin, moved up the ranks in a few weeks, and eventually mastered a recipe for a delicious lobster risotto. (Indulge)

Behind the scenes. When Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho decided to stay in Miami instead of leaving to become chancellor of New York City schools, he said it was about not letting down the children of SoFlo. But newly released text messages show that money might have also been a motivation. Just days before Carvalho made his decision, New York’s deputy mayor revealed that the school system wouldn’t be able to match about $24,000 in extra benefits that Carvalho gets here in Miami. It’s unclear if that’s what actually changed Carvalho’s mind, but in the texts he said he was “caught totally off guard.” (Miami Herald)

Flag on the play. One portion of the gun reform legislation that passed in the most recent Florida session was a “red flag” law that gave police and judges more power to report a person who posed a threat and to temporarily seize that person’s guns. The Miami New Times took at look at more than 100 cases of gun seizure in Broward County and found that in the majority of cases, guns were taken away for exactly the kind of reasons you would want that to happen: the owner had a mental health issue or a history of domestic violence. But gun-rights activists and some elected officials still want to eliminate it in the next legislative session. (Miami New Times)

Things to do


🍳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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🎵Join Shenzi for their Miami debut (Midtown)

🗳️Get to know your judicial candidates (Downtown)

🚉 Reimagine mobility in Miami-Dade (Cutler Bay)


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

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


✊ Help elect progressive women to office (Wynwood)
💸 Talk cryptocurrency with Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen (Overtown)

🚉 Talk about how to transform mobility in Miami (Downtown)


🔫 Talk gun control and mobilizing for change (South Beach)

🎬 Catch a series of flicks from Miami Short Film Festival (Wynwood)


🤣 LOL with Florida’s funniest female (Cutler Bay)

🥁 Celebrate Afro-Cuban dance – through Saturday (Downtown)

🎸 Catch some of the 305’s best up and coming bands (Homestead)

🐢 Squeal over a sea turtle hatchling release (Key Biscayne)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


Be safe out there if you drive on the 836. The new, kinda scary Diverging Diamond traffic pattern starts today at 57th and 27th Avenues. Watch this video to see if it actually helps you figure it out.

Good luck out there, folks.

– The New Tropic


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