Miami Herald : Politics (31)

Should ID of a murder witness be secret? Legislators consider making it Florida law

A plan to give murder witnesses more protection in Florida barely squeaked through its first Senate committee Tuesday, two weeks after House members gave an identical measure unanimous initial approval. … Click to Continue

In major Tallahassee reversal, mandatory sentences called a waste of taxpayer money

Cynthia Powell is serving a 25-year sentence for selling 35 pills for $300 in 2002. Her incarceration at Homestead Correctional Institution costs taxpayers an average of $18,064 per year — … Click to Continue

Miami Republicans worry about Trump deportations: 'You're going to catch a lot of good people'

Two Miami Republicans in Congress questioned on Tuesday the Trump administration's new policy exposing to deportation nearly all immigrants illegally in the country. U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen … Click to Continue

'You are not the enemy of the American people,' congresswoman tells media

No reporter asked Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Tuesday morning about President Donald Trump's tweet last week blasting the news media as the enemy of the American people.' But … Click to Continue

House hands Rick Scott resounding defeat on jobs programs, tourism

Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature. Over the last two weeks he has toured the state, recorded campaign-style automated phone calls and penned a sharply worded … Click to Continue

New Trump deportation rules allow far more expulsions

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released a set of documents translating President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security into policy, bringing a major shift in … Click to Continue

Trump denounces anti-Semitism in newly forceful condemnation

President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise … Click to Continue

South African court rules against ICC withdrawal

A South African court has ruled that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was unconstitutional. A judge in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday instructed … Click to Continue

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. The forces' … Click to Continue

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he … Click to Continue

Disabled teen rages, pounds on cell door and confounds Florida juvenile justice

Inside his cell at the Broward County juvenile jail, Keishan Ross squalls. They are deep, primal, piercing screams, and they are unrelenting. And he pounds on a door. His voice … Click to Continue

What are Florida senators doing while Rick Scott, House Republicans feud? Nothing.

Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over job creation programs. On Monday, Scott released a statement that accused House … Click to Continue

McMaster, new NSA, known as intellectual warrior not afraid to challenge authority

Looking for a National Security adviser, President Donald Trump turned on Monday to a career U.S. Army officer with a history as both a warrior known for battlefield heroics and … Click to Continue

Fact-checking President Donald Trump's speech in Florida

President Donald Trump celebrated his administration's early achievements at a campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Florida, while declaring the media fake news.' I'm here because I want to be among … Click to Continue

Fearing Trump, commission drops Miami-Dade's 'sanctuary' protections

Miami-Dade formally abandoned its status Friday as a sanctuary' for unauthorized immigrants, backing Mayor Carlos Gimenez's recent decision to mollify President Donald Trump by detaining jailed inmates sought for deportation … Click to Continue

Florida House, Senate play different hands in approach to gambling legislation

A new House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the state's pari-mutuel facilities, putting the House at odds with a gambling … Click to Continue

Residents urge county to restore 'sanctuary' stance, citing Miami-Dade's immigrant identity

One after another, the people who crammed the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers Friday delivered an extended, impassioned and often eloquent defense of immigration, imploring their elected leaders to defend South … Click to Continue

Want to carry a concealed gun? You might need to pass a mental health test first.

Individuals who want a state-issued permit to carry a concealed gun in Florida would first have to pass a mental health evaluation under a new proposal from a Miami-Dade County … Click to Continue

Trump's labor pick is FIU law dean and a former Miami U.S. attorney

When the Justice Department named R. Alexander Acosta the new U.S. attorney in South Florida in 2005, he was largely an unknown to federal prosecutors in Miami. Many viewed him … Click to Continue

Behind closed doors, House Speaker rallies GOP members to keep fighting Gov. Rick Scott

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who vowed a new era of transparency,' called a private caucus of Republicans representatives and urged them to stand strong' in the face of opposition to … Click to Continue

Donald Trump looms over 'sanctuary' showdown vote in Miami-Dade

President Donald Trump's crackdown on communities offering sanctuary' from immigration enforcement faces its first big test Friday when the Miami-Dade County Commission convenes to decide whether local jails should continue … Click to Continue

Court rejects Florida's 'Docs vs. Glocks' law

A controversial Florida law that restricted doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership violates medical professionals' constitutional right to free speech, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The opinion striking … Click to Continue

Florida women who marched against Trump try to figure out what comes next

Three weeks after they wore pink knitted hats, waved homemade protest signs and marched in Washington and in Miami, the women determined to keep confronting President Donald Trump filed into … Click to Continue

Behind closed doors, House Speaker rallies GOP members to keep fighting Gov. Rick Scott

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, summoned his fellow Republicans to a private event at an upscale bar and restaurant in Tallahassee Wednesday night, and nearly all of them showed … Click to Continue

Trump calls for release of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader

President Donald Trump met unexpectedly Wednesday night at the White House with the wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, and called for his release. The president tweeted a … Click to Continue

State's role in approving additional hospital beds could end this year

When someone wants to build a new hospital or nursing home in Florida or add beds in an existing facility, the state must agree that the community in question has … Click to Continue

Marlins owner Loria is being considered for U.S. ambassador to France, report says

When he's not running his baseball team, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria typically spends part of his summers visiting Europe in search of art. Loria could be spending a lot more … Click to Continue

Possible fix for testing turmoil would move assessment exams to end of school year

In just a couple of weeks, Florida K-12 schools will begin the annual grueling three-month stretch of administering mandatory statewide student assessments. But next year, those tests might not happen … Click to Continue

A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House

Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump's White House is beset by a crush of crises. Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed … Click to Continue

Andrew Puzder, bruised by GOP doubts, is out as Trump's labor secretary nominee

Puzder was set to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for his long-delayed confirmation hearing to lead the Labor Department. He had faced weeks of questions about his nomination amid a delayed review of his vast personal wealth, details of a rancorous divorce ...

The Latest: Indonesia wants access to woman in Korean death

The Latest on the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at a Malaysian airport : 4:35 p.m. Indonesia's Foreign Ministry … Click to Continue