The Art Of Politics: How The Arsht Center Got Ready For The Democratic Presidential Debates
Miami is at the epicenter of U.S. politics this week. Zoom in closer, and it's the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The Democratic presidential debates are there Wednesday and Thursday.
Miami City Commission Wants To End 'One Way Cultural Exchange' By Banning Cuban Performances
In a move to end a "one way cultural exchange" with Cuba , the Miami city commission unanimously passed a resolution last Thursday asking Congress to allow states and local governments to ban contracting with Cuban artists and performers who do business with or are funded by the Cuban government. The commission seeks legislation that would prevent Cuban artists from performing in city-owned venues as a reciprocal response to Cuba’s policy of prohibiting American artists or Cuban expatriate artists from performing on the island. “Freedom of expression applies to all, not just to some,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Until that right is restored for all Cubans, and not just a few select artists, we must not allow this practice to continue.” The mayor and fellow Cuban-American commissioners Manolo Reyes and Joe Carollo stated that they sponsored the resolution to denounce the lack of democracy on the island. The consensus of the commission is that the city must cease allowing Cuban
Florida Lawmakers Are Heading to Israel With Solar Power, Tech And Agriculture In Mind
Governor Ron DeSantis leaves for Israel this weekend with a delegation of at least a hundred different lawmakers, lobbyists and business leaders. DeSantis' trip will include a visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Florida cabinet meeting next Wednesday. But many of the details regarding the trip remain unclear, including the itinerary and whether the cabinet meeting will be streamed for the public. The Governor’s visit also comes at a complicated time in the region. Next month, the Trump administration plans to roll out a multi-faceted plan for peace between Israel and Palestine at a conference in Bahrain . However, the Palestinian government has already said they don’t plan on attending the U.S.-led talks. Ilene Prusher is a professor of journalism at Florida Atlantic University and a freelance journalist for Time Magazine , who spent much of her career covering Israel and the Middle East. Ana Ceballos is a reporter with the News Service of Florida. They joined
Monroe County Leaders Bring Lionfish, Rum Punch And Affordable Housing Concerns To State Legislature
Hundreds of people enjoyed food, drinks and music from the Florida Keys at the state Capitol on Tuesday evening, the culmination of an annual lobbying trip that Monroe County elected officials and business owners use to share local priorities with state lawmakers. City mayors, school board members, community college administrators and restauranteurs told legislators throughout the day about their biggest concern: affordable housing. "It's paradise, and people want to live in paradise, so the price of houses are just going up and up and up," said Islamorada vice mayor Mike Forster, "which is really squeezing out the middle and lower class." Forster is also the owner of the restaurant Mangrove Mike's. He served up local rum punch at the event — 50 gallons of it. Every year, he said, the event attendees drink it all.
Close Trump Ally Joe Gruters Now Leads the Florida Republican Party
Republican State Senator Joe Gruters, representing Florida's 23rd District, is the new President of the Florida Republican Party. Gruters won handidly during the annual GOP conference in Orlando last Saturday, defeating Charlotte County Republican Bob Starr. Gruters spent more than a decade as the Chairman of the Sarasota Republican Party. He was also a 2016 electoral college member for the Republican Party and was the co-chairman of President Trump's campaign in Florida. During his election ceremony last Saturday, Gruters pledged the party would focus on getting the president re-elected in 2020. Gruters spoke with WLRN's Luis Hernandez about the campaign strategies for the upcoming election and provided perspective on the ongoing partial federal shutdown. GRUTERS: Well 2019 is just all preparation, to make sure that we're ready to do battle and to make sure that we hold on to Florida for President Trump. There's no path to victory if we don't win Florida. This is basically ground zero