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ANOTHA ONE.

We made it through the Aug. 28 election and all the campaign mailers, but there’s still one more to go, and this one is the big one: the midterms.

There are plenty of intense races to keep an eye out for, plus a whole slew of constitutional amendments that could bring some big changes to the Sunshine State. That means it’s even more important to cut through the noise and the mudslinging and get the real download on the candidates.

That’s where we come in.

We want to make sure we’re helping you, our readers, separate fact from fiction and understand your choices as Nov. 6 approaches.

So as we prep our voter guide, we want to know: what questions do you have about the Nov. 6 election and the candidates?

It could be anything from understanding what, if anything, a governor can do on immigration policy to what that Miami Beach bond is all about to what’s actually happening with the FBI investigation clouding Andrew Gillum’s campaign.

Got a question? Submit it here.

Here are some examples of potential questions (most importantly, there’s no such thing as a dumb one):

  • Why has socialism become a focal point of the governor’s race?
  • Do I have to be registered with a political party to vote in this election?
  • Why are issues that seem totally unrelated wrapped together in a single constitutional amendment?
  • What impact can a lieutenant governor even have?

Here’s some of what you may find on your ballot, depending on where you live in Miami-Dade:

  • Governor
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Congressional Representative
  • Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Attorney General
  • State Senator
  • Local referenda on the InterMiami soccer stadium
  • State constitutional amendments, such as Amendment 4, which would restore felons’ right to vote after they’ve served their time

You can find a full sample ballot here.

We’ll share those questions back out next week and keep you posted on which ones make it into the voter guide. Stay tuned for the full guide in mid-October, as early voting begins.

And BTW, if you’re not registered to vote, or want to update your information, the deadline is Oct. 9. You can find the details on how to register here.


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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 305

Womp womp. City of Miami’s long had pretty affordable parking rates, and pretty lax enforcement of actually paying those fees. But those glory days are numbered. The city is planning to hike parking rates, and put more parking enforcement officers on the streets. TBD exactly how much fees will go up, but in-demand neighborhoods like Brickell and Wynwood will see a bigger increase than quieter neighborhoods. (Miami Herald)

But yea, let’s extend the highway. Traffic in Miami-Dade is so epically bad that the county commission is considering setting up telecommuting centers across the county so people can work closer to home and spend less time in gridlock. Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution last week directing the mayor’s office to look into how many people could actually become telecommuters and to identify potential sites. (Miami New Times)

WTF. Here’s a fun fact: Back in June, as hurricane season was just getting underway, the Department of Homeland Security took $10 million out of FEMA’s budget and put it in ICE’s budget to pay for detentions and deportations. The news of the decision broke Wednesday, as Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas, underscoring just how important FEMA is, especially this time of year. (NYT)

Mr. Brightside. We’re all pretty devastated that the Wynwood Yard is closing in a few months, but local urban planning blogger Shaan Patel found a silver lining: Founder Della Heiman’s super successful use of a Temporary Use Permit to open the Wynwood Yard was a “winning test case” that will make it easier for others in the city to pitch their own radical ideas for using unusual spaces in the future. Editor’s note: The Wynwood Yard is a New Tropic partner. (Miami Grid)

Do the math. If you’re still skirting the law and renting your Miami Beach pad out on Airbnb, listen up: it’s about to get a whole lot more expensive if you get caught. Mayor Dan Gelber has proposed a $1,000 fine for a first offense, $3,000 for a second, and misdemeanor criminal charges for a third. This proposal is way more chill than the original, which would have made it a misdemeanor charge on first strike, but still – you might wanna do the math before you take in your next guest. Each day you operate without a license is considered a new offense. (Miami New Times)

Change of tune? Gov. Rick Scott has been slammed for his decisions as governor that contributed to Florida’s bicoastal algae crisis. But Ron DeSantis, the Republican running for governor, is singing a different tune. He came out swinging against the sugar industry during the primary campaign, and now he’s released his environmental platform, which is all about Everglades restoration and studying what caused the toxic red tide on the Gulf Coast. Unclear if he will allow the state government to begin acknowledging climate change as a real thing, tho. (POLITICO)

Quick trip to Westeros. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is back on Sept. 22 for all you superfans. Composer Ramin Djawadi and his company will perform songs from all seven seasons of the show, and the visuals promise to be just as epic as the show itself. Minus the flying dragons. (Miami New Times)

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EVENTS

OUR PARTNER EVENTS

🍦Saturday: Indulge in some sweet treats at The Yard (Wynwood)

🎥Friday, Sept. 21: Head to Ethiopia with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🌱Friday, Sept. 21: Talk food sustainability and dine courtesy of Hungry Harvest (Allapattah)

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

🤓Geek out at Nerd Nite (Wynwood)

🗣️ Weigh in on the City of Miami budget (Coconut Grove)

🎧Catch DJ and producer Rusko at The Ground (Downtown)

🎥Watch a screening of Arthur Jafa’s film “Dreams are Colder than Death” (Design District)

🍴Get your nom on at Virginia Key’s food truck night (Key Biscayne)

 

TOMORROW

🎥 Watch films all over town during the annual Brazilian Film Festival – through Sept. 23 (Multiple locations)

😂 Get your laugh on at Wild’N Out Live (Downtown)

🎷Catch some jazz at the Hampton House (Brownsville)

🏳️‍🌈 See Miami’s finest drag performers (Little Haiti)

🤘Rock out to a Led Zeppelin tribute (Cutler Bay)

📗 Hear local poet Dana DeGreff (Coral Gables)

 

SATURDAY

🗣️Learn the latest about U.S. immigration policy (Wynwood)

🏃Drink good beer and run a 5K (West Miami-Dade)

🚮Join International Coastal Cleanup Day (Multiple locations)

🍴Dine on summer BBQ and jackfruit at this dinner party (Little Haiti)

🎶Catch Sting and Shaggy at the Fillmore (Miami Beach)

🎙️Jam to some of the best in R&B at the Best Life Festival (Wynwood)

🍺Join in on a ‘90s-themed bar crawl (Brickell)

 

SUNDAY

📚 Make your own book using origami techniques (South Beach)

🛍️ Shop, get your nom on, and jam at the Miami Flea (Downtown)

🖼️ Check out the Institute of Contemporary Art with your fam (Design District)

👯Try out “ecstatic dance” and have some brunch  (Upper East Side)

🍻 Enjoy brunch and good brews at Concrete Beach (Wynwood)

🇲🇽Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Sweet Liberty (South Beach)

 

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.

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

But ICYMI, this week is “National Drive Electric Week,” and if you’ve been curious about what it might be like to go fuel-free, tonight’s your night. Venture Cafe attendees will have the chance to give a test drive to a whole bunch of EVs, including a Tesla.

– The New Tropic