✊🏿He walked it like he talked it

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✊🏿He walked it like he talked it

Our faces when the election results started rolling in.

Now he’s up against Republican candidate Ron DeSantis, who notched a pretty stunning victory of his own.

Just a few months ago, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam seemed like a shoe-in as the Republican gubernatorial candidate, but then President Trump endorsed DeSantis, and the race flipped pretty quickly. DeSantis captured more than 56 percent of the vote statewide.

Gillum vs DeSantis is going to give us an interesting couple months. Don’t worry, we’ll be here to help you through it.


Here are a few other things to know about last night if you want to sound smart making small talk today:

  • Donna Shalala, former Clinton administration official and UM president, won the Democratic primary for U.S. District 27 with 32 percent of the vote. (That’s Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat.) Shalala was the ultra establishment candidate in an election cycle when the anti-establishment candidates have been killing it.
  • TV personality Maria Elvira Salazar won the Republican nomination for congressional district 27 with 41 percent of the vote.
  • Michael Grieco won the Democratic primary for Florida House District 113 with 41 percent… less than a year after he had to drop out of the Miami Beach mayoral race and resign his commission seat after he got caught accepting illegal campaign donations.
  • Both Bruno Barreiro, the former Miami-Dade commissioner, and his cousin, Gus Barreiro, lost their races (Bruno for U.S. District 27, Gus for Miami-Dade County Commission District 8). Bruno’s wife, Zoraida, lost her race for his old commission seat this summer. Rough summer for the Barreiros.
  • Every incumbent county commissioner was re-elected.
  • A somewhat acceptable 21.14 percent of Miami-Dade County’s registered voters voted in the Aug. 28 election. But… that was the highest turnout in a primary election in 10 years. The 2016 primary came close, with 20.48% turnout. Statewide turnout was 27 percent.

You can find the rest of the results here.

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Leaky ship. Miami is adding more tech jobs than ever before, and producing more tech-degree graduates as well, but we still don’t have enough tech workers to fill all those jobs. Why? Because our salaries are too low to keep them around. (Miami Herald)

You missed the point. Back in 2015, the Miami-Dade County Commission decided that tickets were an adequate substitute for jail time for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. But oddly enough, pot arrests have been steadily going up since then – 5,255 have been sent to jail for that in the last three years. That’s a whole lot of taxpayer money spent on jail costs, police time spent on arrests, and attention given to a minor infraction when the county is dealing with scores of other problems. (Miami New Times)

You fancy huh. Food & Wine, one of the most important food industry mags out there, just declared Joe’s Stone Crab one of the 40 most important restaurants of the last 40 years for its influence on the crab and seafood industries. (Miami.com)

The doctor is in. South Florida is going to play a key role in a very important 100,000-person, five-year National Institutes of Health study. The goal is to make treatments and drugs more effective by tailoring them to a wider array of genetics, environments, and lifestyles. Our ethnic diversity makes South Florida a prime candidate for that, and 40,000 of the study participants will come from our region. (Miami Herald)

Things to do

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🎥 Friday: Catch the horror classic “Santa Sangre” (Wynwood)

🌭Sunday: Nom on BBQ (Wynwood)

🍗SOLD OUT: Thursday, Sept. 6: Take a food, drink, and music tour through Overtown (Overtown)

🍞Tuesday, Sept. 11: Talk community engagement with FIU at Tostada Tuesday (Doral)


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🕺Play a few games of Disco Frisbee on the beach (Miami Beach)

🎸Attend a Battle of the Bands focused on climate change and jobs (Allapattah)

🍝Enjoy some all you can eat pasta at Siamo (Miami Springs)

🎥Learn all about how 360 video technology is being used in video and movies (Downtown)


🎵Catch Chloe x Halle in concert at The Ground (Downtown)

🎸Watch bands take their last shot at making the III Points stage (Downtown)

😀Attend an emoji art show (Little Haiti)

🌯Head down to Virginia Key and eat at all the food trucks (Key Biscayne)


🎷Catch Jazz at MOCA featuring Elsten Torres (North Miami)

💃Dance all weekend at the Ball and Chain music festival – through Sunday (Little Havana)

📖 Relive the Obama years with first oral history of his administration (Coral Gables)

🍿Do the Time Warp at a screening of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Design District)

🎸Check out an underground rock showcase at Las Rosas (Allapattah)

🎤Get real at Acoustics & Poets (South Miami)

👑See Jay and Bey take the stage at Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens)


🎨Tour Little Haiti with local artist Serge Toussaint (Little Haiti)

🥐 Check out the Grove’s newest bakery at their grand opening (Coconut Grove)

🎵 Catch some live music on Miracle Mile (Coral Gables)

😂 Sign up for an improv bootcamp (Downtown)


🌊Celebrate the end of summer with kiddie pools and water slides (Model City)

🎸 Celebrate Churchill’s 39th anniversary (Little Haiti)

🍖Get a head start on Labor Day with a BBQ at the Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)

🎶Jam to soca, dancehall and more at the Afrobeats day party (Downtown)

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