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2020 Democratic Presidential Debates, SunPass Toll Controversy, Female Art Empowerment

Lori Pratico
One of the paintings in the "Femme Empowered" exhibition at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

In a few weeks, Miami will play host to the first Democratic presidential debatesof the 2020 race. Ahead of the debates on June 26th and 27th, Miami Herald political reporter David Smiley spoke with Sundial to break down what the debates will cover and what the prospects for the Democratic candidates in Florida.

He also discussed a new Florida petition that would ban the sale of assault weapons for the 2020 ballot. It reached a significant milestone on the three year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.


The company Conduent, in charge of billing for the toll agency SunPass, is back on the road now that Florida will resume paying it for upgrades to the system. Conduent has incurred state fines now totaling $8.3 million on a $343 million contract, including $7.5 million in fines from Gov. Ron DeSantis since he took office. Noah Pransky of Florida Politics joined Sundial to discuss how Conduent will be paid for its work last year, despite its controversial service and what happened to an investigation that previous Gov. Rick Scott called for last year. 

Lori Pratico is the executive director of Girl Noticed, a community organization focused on uplifting women through the arts. Pratico is one of the two artists featured in an exhibit titled “Femme Empowered,” which aims to help hospital patients through art at the Dorothy Manguruan Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex. Pratico sat down with Sundial to talk about the exhibition, which is being facilitated by ArtServe and HolyCross Hospital where her photographs will be on display.