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Mark Foley / Florida House of Representatives

Upon winning the Florida governor’s race, Ron DeSantis had firmly established himself as an unyielding partisan who’s an ardent defender of President Donald Trump and a relentless prosecutor of his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum. 

But in the two weeks since Election Day, the 40-year-old former congressman has been tinkering with his brand. 

Caldwell Concedes Cabinet Race To Fried

Nov 19, 2018
Meredith Gettings / Florida House of Representatives

Republican Matt Caldwell pointed to a need for political “sanity” and a “peaceful transfer of power” Monday as he conceded the race for Florida agriculture commissioner to Fort Lauderdale lawyer Nikki Fried, the only Democrat to win statewide this year.

Caldwell, a real-estate appraiser from North Fort Myers who has served the past eight years in the Florida House, said in a statement that he still had questions about how ballots were handled in Palm Beach and Broward counties, where he had filed a lawsuit. But he didn’t want to use “legal loopholes to win an election.”

Courtesy of ACLU Florida

After 40 years of leading American Civil Liberties Union chapters in Michigan and Florida, Howard Simon is calling it quits.

He’ll remain in Florida, and plans to stay active, but will relocate from Miami to the Gulf Coast. The end of a long career with such a venerable organization might normally elicit polite plaudits from across the political spectrum. But that’s not necessarily true when it’s the ACLU.

Christian Colón / Miami Herald

Florida voters whose mail-in ballots were rejected because of signature problems had the chance to fix those ballots over the weekend.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner released a new affidavit form to cure vote-by-mail ballots with mismatched signatures.

The canvassing boards decided whether to accept both versions of the form only hours before the deadline.

Left: WLRN, Right: Ron DeSantis' Twitter

The men who are vying to be Florida's next governor cast votes for themselves Tuesday morning, with Republican Ron DeSantis near Jacksonville and Democrat Andrew Gillum in Tallahassee.

DeSantis, who represented a northwest Florida district in Congress before resigning his seat to focus on his gubernatorial campaign, went to the polls in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wife Casey early Tuesday morning.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Activist Emma González, who became famous after giving an impassioned speech in Fort Lauderdale days after the shooting at her Parkland high school in February, stood on the steps of Florida's old state Capitol building on Monday and urged people to vote.

"Gun violence is on the ballot," González said. "Our lives are in the hands of the people that we elect. Vote in every election like it's your last, because it very well could be."

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis told voters at a Jewish deli in Aventura on Tuesday he'd be a champion for Israel if elected governor.

Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis.
Miami Herald

Longtime Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich says the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis  is shaping up to be an echo of the 2016 presidential race.

Miami Herald

South Florida voters will need to do some homework before heading to the ballot box in the upcoming November general election. Some voters may have more than one page of items and races to vote on. That includes 12 amendment items to be considered for inclusion in the state constitution.

Some of those amendments are actually more than one item that had to be bundled together as to not have too many items on the ballot. A couple of those are being challenged in court.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Churches and local organizations met voters at their polling places on Sunday with food and music to celebrate the last day of in-person early voting before Florida's primary Election Day on Aug. 28.

The voting drives held on this day--the Sunday before Election Day-- have come to be known as "Souls to the Polls." It stems from a long-standing tradition in the black community to combat voting disenfranchisement by providing transportation to the polls.  

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Supporters waving campaign signs and a warm cup of Cuban coffee awaited Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam this afternoon at La Carreta Restaurant on Bird Road in Miami. 

"South Florida is an engine of our state," Putnam said. "Where would we be without the vibrant South Florida economy?"

Miami Activist Aids Nicaraguans Fleeing to Costa Rica

Aug 2, 2018
Courtesy of Dimitri Largaespada

Some Nicaraguans in Miami who have been organizing to aid those opposing President Daniel Ortega are now focusing their efforts on the country's neighbor, Costa Rica.

Claire Thornton / WLRN News

Fast food workers  attending a rally in Lauderhill Tuesday said their lives consist of nothing but work and paying bills. They're unable to go to school, they're worried about taking time off to go to the doctor and their homes often lack electricity.

But they're fighting to change that, starting at the local level.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

A woman who was separated from her two sons at the U.S. border paid $15,000 in bond to be released from detention. But the federal government did not make arrangements to send her from the West Coast to Florida, where her children were being held, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said after meeting the woman on Friday.

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