South Florida Hosts Presidential Campaigns As COVID-19 Economic Recovery Continues
On this episode of the South Florida Roundup: the 2020 election, police review boards and coronavirus economic recovery efforts
The 2020 presidential election arrives in South Florida this week
On Tuesday, President Trump visited Jupiter to highlight his environmental record. He signed an executive order to extend and expand a ban on offshore oil drilling off Florida waters.
This week, a new poll showed Trump tailing former Vice President Joe Biden in Miami-Dade County. That poll finds that Trump does have a small lead over Biden among Latinos in Miami-Dade.
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Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris visited Miami on Thursday. She and her husband Doug Emhoff spoke in Miami Gardens and Aventura, respectively, hoping to court a broad swath of voters.
Anthony Man, politics reporter for the South Florida Sentinel, walked through the campaigns with host Tom Hudson on the Roundup.
Police review boards gain momentum in Broward, Miami-Dade counties
Nationwide protests over police violence continue and many demonstrators are calling on lawmakers to hold law enforcement officers more accountable.
Among the proposed actions is creating or strengthening police review boards. They could be tasked with making policy recommendations as well as investigating complaints against police officers.
WLRN’s Danny Rivero and Caitie Switalski joined the show to talk about the latest developments on these efforts.
Economic recovery efforts are underway in South Florida as the pandemic continues.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Broward and Miami-Dade counties are joining Palm Beach County and the rest of the state in phase two of reopening — starting this Monday.
One year ago, one in every 30 people who wanted a job couldn’t find one in South Florida. This summer, that had jumped to one out of every eight people.
South Florida has the second highest unemployment rate in the state — second only to the Orlando area. It’s evidence of just how vulnerable the local job market has been to the public health measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.
South Florida Roundup host Tom Hudson discussed COVID-19 and the local economy with Alí Bustamante, a research affiliate with Florida International University, who authors an annual report called the State of Working Florida. They were joined by William Luther, an economics professor at Florida Atlantic University.
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