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US Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla),left, responds to questions from moderator from ABC News anchor and correspondent, Tom Llamas during a debate against Democrat challenger Jose Garcia at their alma mater Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami on Thursday, October 13, 2016. (Pool photo by David Santiago, Miami Herald)

Belen Jesuit alumni Curbelo, Garcia debate at alma mater for congressional seat

A raucous Thursday night congressional debate focused on deep policy differences included a striking note of similarity: both candidates and the moderator were alumni of the venue, Belen Jesuit Preparatory in southwest Miami. Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, class of 1998, and Democratic challenger Joe Garcia, class of 1982, went head-to-head at the Belen Roca Theater about issues facing the nation ...

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The village of Pinecrest. (Image via Wikicommons)

Pinecrest mayoral candidate unopposed, four run for two council seats

The village of Pinecrest has produced a diverse group of candidates, both in age and occupation, this election season. Former Councilman Joe Corradino is running unopposed for mayor. He is an urban planner with his own planning and engineering firm. Current Mayor Cindy Lerner has reached the end of her second term and, according to the village charter, cannot run ...

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A rendering of a proposed makeover of the Shops of Sunset Place. Approval for such projects would be impacted by a measure on South Miami's Nov. 8 ballot. (Image via Miami Herald)

South Miami: New City Hall and rule changes for development projects on ballot

South Miami is asking voters to consider four measures on the Nov. 8 ballot, including an advisory vote on building a new City Hall and new voting rules for affordable housing and downtown development projects. The first measure deals with updates to South Miami’s charter. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said several parts need to be changed to stay in ...

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Eduardo Alia (left) and Oscar Herrera (right) campaign against the Colombian president's peace accord with the FARC in front of the Colombian consulate in Coral Cables. (Photo by: Leslie Ovalle)

Colombian diaspora votes on FARC peace deal

Colombians rejected their president’s peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in a referendum Sunday, leaving the nation and the world in great uncertainty about the future. Peace talks between the nation’s president Juan Manuel Santos and the 52-year-old rebel group began in August of 2012 and were carried out largely in Cuba, one of the FARC’s ...

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A Haitian flag at a parade. (Image via Wikicommons)

North Miami urges Obama Administration to stop deportation of Haitians

North Miami’s mayor held a news conference Wednesday morning urging the Obama administration to reconsider its recent policy change calling for the deportation of Haitian migrants arriving in the United States. “You cannot target a particular ethnic group and decide that you are not going to let them in when thousands of other ethnic people from other countries are arriving to ...

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Dwight Bullard, Florida state senator for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. (Photo by Cassandra Cabral, South Florida News Service)

Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti holds debate-watch party

Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti, usually known for featuring local bands, held its first 2016 presidential debate watch party, organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Those in attendance included Dwight Bullard, the current Florida state senator for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, who is running for reelection against Frank Artiles and Dr. Mario Gimenez. “I agree with Senator [Bernie] Sanders in ...

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Allison McCormick (l), Rosemary Thornton and Violette de Ayala are candidates for the Key Biscayne Village Council. (Images via Miami Herald)

Key Biscayne Village Council candidates (continued)

A total of six candidates are running for three open seats on the Key Biscayne Village Council. Below are the profiles of the remaining three candidates. Violette de Ayala Violette de Ayala, 44, grew up in Miami but had long dreamed of the city south of the Rickenbacker Causeway. “I was always obsessed with that island,” she said. During high ...

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Brett Moss (l), Kathleen Petros and Ignacio Segurloa are three of six candidates vying for seats on the Key Biscayne Village Council. (Images via Miami Herald)

Key Biscayne candidates make their case

A half-dozen Key Biscayne residents, motivated by issues from sea-level rise to high school choice, are seeking three open Village Council seats. The candidates include: Violette de Ayala, the founder of FemCity; Allison McCormick, a former teacher; Brett Moss, the principal architect of Moss & Architecture Design Group; Katie Petros, a law office administrator; Ignacio J. Segurola, an attorney; and ...

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Image via Wikicommons)

South Florida reacts to the presidential debate [Archive]

As the world watches the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, political operatives from the left, right and third parties will be giving their takes in real time. The political team of the South Florida News Service will also be providing Tweets from around South Florida — at debate watch parties and in front of their televisions. ...

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Ana Rivas Logan (Photo via Miami Herald)

Rivas Logan resumes campaigning after being ‘riled up’ over personal attacks

Democrat Ana Rivas Logan, a candidate for Florida state Senate, resumed her campaign shortly beforeTuesday’s Election Day after she said personal attacks against her “riled her up.” The former Republican state representative has spent most of the past week talking to Democratic voters at precincts across Southwest Miami-Dade County, once again asking them to vote for her, she said Tuesday. “I started engaging ...

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