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🤳This is why the campaigns are blowing up your phone

This party pup was one of the cutest at our dog costume contest last weekend on Lincoln Road.
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After breaking down all the key amendments, referenda, judicial races, and cabinet positions for the past week 😓, we’re taking a look at the folks that will rep SoFlo up in Washington, D.C.

There are four congressional seats on the Miami-Dade County  ballot, but we’re focusing on the three competitive races. Republican incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo faces a strong challenge from Democratic candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in District 26, while Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart,  faces the same from Mary Barzee Flores in District 25.

And as we did in our August voter guide we’ve got info on the candidates for the District 27 race. The primaries narrowed the race down to independent candidate Mayra Joli and the two front-runners in the race: Democrat Donna Shalala and Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

Not sure which seat you’re voting for? Check your customized sample ballot here.

Based on the questions you had about this election, plus factoring in some hot topics, we sent questionnaires to the candidates asking them about the following issues: the environment, criminal justice reform, gun control, the economy, healthcare, Puerto Rico, and immigration (Shout out to readers Vanessa Haim and Marianna Yerak, and others who submitted questions anonymously. We’re answering your questions today):

Unfortunately, we didn’t receive responses from Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Carlos Curbelo, Maria Elvira Salazar or Mario Diaz-Balart, so we’ve linked to information on them and to their campaign websites. We’ll update their profiles if the candidates respond before Election Day.

Tomorrow we’ll be sharing our questionnaires from the U.S. Senate and governor candidates. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our voter guide here.

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Apparently, Sara Escalante, CEO of Rita & Coco, let the well dressed dogs out. Rita & Coco, which started in January of 2018, creates social impact through fashion. But this fashion is not just for us humans. You can now twin with your beloved pet by purchasing Rita & Coco matching scarves and bandanas.

Rita & Coco’s mission: By treating yourself and your pet, you will feel more connected to your loved one and help less fortunate animals find their forever home. They are striving to raise awareness, funds, and visibility for the homeless animal crisis and a percentage of their proceeds are donated to shelters. Rita & Coco also incorporates the animals of the shelters they are partnering with into their marketing campaign to help increase their chances of being adopted (cue tears and Sarah McLachlan music now 😭).

Sara was part of a recent cohort of The Idea Center’s Impact Miami, a Business Model Validation Lab geared toward local entrepreneurs in the early stages of their business who are tackling social & environmental change. For those who have an idea, but need a little push in the right direction, you can sign up for the next cohort of The Idea Center’s Impact Miami, applications are due by Oct. 28. You can apply right here!



Last-minute lawsuit. Although early voting is already underway, there’s another lawsuit out there attempting to block City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s strong mayor initiative. Voters are set to decide whether the mayor will become the city’s top administrator, handling things like the budget, overseeing employees, and hiring for top positions like police chief, and this isn’t the first legal attempt to block it (many are concerned it gives the mayor way too much power). The latest challenge focuses on the fact that because the mayor is currently mostly just a figurehead, he’s not required to hold public meetings with commissioners. But, if he becomes a strong mayor, he’ll have a lot of decision-making power, and the referenda doesn’t update those laws about public meetings, which means big things could happen in secret. (Miami Herald)

Paper trail. In the days after the FIU bridge collapse, Gov. Rick Scott described it as an “FIU project” and said that the state’s role was fairly limited.and His administration also defended a transportation department official who missed a voicemail indicating cracks in the structure, stating that the employee was out on assignment. But records, including emails and the employee’s calendar, show that he was in the office on the day the voicemail was delivered. They also show that an engineer noted problems in the bridge design years before construction even started. (NBC 6, Miami Herald)

Just gonna leave that on read. If your phone’s been blowing up with texts from random campaigns and social organizations, you’re not alone. Unfortunately,  there’s no real way to stop it, and it doesn’t technically violate any laws. Automated bulk messaging to random numbers is against FCC rules, but campaigns and other organizations can send individual texts by finding numbers through public records. But hey, at least election day’s only two weeks away. (Sun Sentinel)

Another place to do it for the ‘Gram. If you didn’t get enough Instagram material under the Umbrella Sky in Coral Gables this summer, a new opportunity is on the way. The Artechouse art and tech museum is opening next month in Miami Beach, after taking a spin  iterations in Washington, D.C. and New Mexico. Unlike some other museums, this one encourages plenty of photography and interaction with the work. Get those angles ready. (Miami New Times)



We don’t usually do a ton of horse race political news. But the election coming up on Nov. 6 is kind of a big deal, so from now until then, we’re going to have a special election section in your daily newsletter. Wonk out, friends.

  • ICYMI Sunday, Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis squared off in the first debate between the governor candidates. The hour-long debate was light on policy talk and was mostly a trade off of one-liners and attacks between the candidates including plenty of talk about race and DeSantis’ biggest supporter, President Donald Trump. (Politico, Tampa Bay Times)
  • But if you’re interested in some policy talk, check out this helpful rundown on where the candidates stand on criminal justice, an area where they’ve got some big time differences. (The Florida Times-Union)

Things to do


🧘Today through Sunday, Nov. 11: Check out the Cushion Crawl challenge (it’s like a Pub Crawl, but for 21 days of mindfulness) (Multiple Locations)

🗣️Today: Tell your Miami story at the Wynwood Yard (Wynwood)

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🗳️Break down your ballot (The Roads or Allapattah)

📚Get the download on the 2018 Miami Book Fair (Coral Gables)


🗳️Break down your ballot (Kendall)

🎞️Catch “Beetlejuice” on the big screen (Brickell)

👻Hunt for paranormals at Deering Estate (Cutler Bay)

🎶Catch some of Cuba’s hottest emerging musical talent, ft. Danay Suaréz (Downtown)

☕Head to Wonderland with a tea party at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

🌕Meditate on the beach under the full moon (South Beach)

🥁Dance like no one is watching at the Full Moon Drum Circle (North Beach)


🎶Hanson (yes, that Hanson) performs with a live orchestra (South Beach)

🗳️Learn more about Amendment 4, which would restore felons’ voting rights (Overtown)

💊Learn all about Miami’s early medical pioneers (Brickell)

👻Go to a haunted ballet – through Sunday (Coconut Grove)

🌱Help keep Vizcaya flowery and green (Coconut Grove)

📚Answer Miami’s “deep, existential questions” at a communal storytelling event (Allapattah)


👻CANCELED: Get spooked at “Trail of Terrors” (Pinecrest)

🎶Catch the Tal Cohen Jazz Ensemble on the MOCA Plaza (North Miami)

🌕Explore the night sky (Homestead)

👠Get weird at a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show (Design District)

🇨🇺Celebrate Little Havana at Viernes Culturales (Little Havana)

😂Catch an “authentically queer and authentically funny” improv show (Little Haiti)

📱View a pop-up exhibit of Trump’s most notorious tweets – through Sunday (South Beach)


🍜Dine on tasty ramen from Temple Street Eatery (Wynwood)

🍺Bar crawl through Brickell (Brickell)

🧘Get lit at blacklight aerial yoga (Upper East Side)

🎶Browse thousands of records with Terrestrial Funk (Wynwood)

🗳️Make voting a party at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (Little Haiti)

🎧Catch DJ Stretch Armstrong at the Anderson (Upper East Side)

🎶Groove with Locos Por Juana at Veza Sur (Wynwood)

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.


The Miami Foundation’s #MyMiamiStory open conversations get going tomorrow and are an awesome way to #livelikeyoulivehere by learning from a variety of locals all over the city. Head here for a map and list of where the conversations are going down. And if you check one out be sure to take some pics and tag @thenewtropic on Insta.

– The New Tropic

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