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South Florida Hosts Presidential Campaigns As COVID-19 Economic Recovery Continues

Lynne Sladky
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South Florida restaurants have reopened indoor dining rooms to begin to recover losses after an initial shutdown in March.

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.

2020 Election Stops By South Florida

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.

Miami-Dade County is set to reinstitute a police review panel and Broward County commissioners discussed a similar proposal Thursday.

WLRN’s Danny Rivero and Caitie Switalski joined the show to talk about the latest developments on these efforts.

On More Police Accountability

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.

Covid Economics

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Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.
In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN. He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.