WAKING UP TO THE OTHER HALF
OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S POLITICAL CONVERSATION

TRENDING TOPIC FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 12TH: The first Democratic debate will take place tonight and, even thought most of the media’s attention has been focused on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Joe Biden, Spanish-language radio couldn’t escape finding ways to talk about Donald Trump. We will provide you with analysis and commentary on the debate tomorrow.


CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE: Congressman Carlos Curbelo was on “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM, discussing with Bernadette Pardo the Speaker’s race in the House of Representatives and other topics.

Regarding a new House Speaker, Congressman Curbelo explained that despite his announcement, John Boehner has to stay in his current position until they elect his replacement and it could take weeks. “Although he (Boehner) is very conservative, he understands that the only way this government moves forward and our democracy works is by reaching agreements with the minority and the White House. I would like Bohner to stay until we can solve all these complicated issues.” When Pardo asked about Congressman Paul Ryan, Curbelo said, “if I had to bet, I would say he is not going to run for this position. Mainly because he doesn’t want to be away from his family, he has three young children. He is also chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is a position he really wanted.”

Congressman Curbelo also talked about transportation, “it has been years since Congress funded a long-term transportation bill for state governments to work on major projects. With that proposal, states and counties will be able to start working on significant, long-term projects and not only focus on maintaining what they have, which is what they have been doing in the last few years due to lack of support from the federal government.”

Cuberlo concluded by telling Pardo that today he was doing an important announcement in response to the current situation in Venezuela,  “Congressman Alan Grayson, Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and I want to give immigration relief to Venezuelans who have been unable to return to their homeland after fleeing first the Chavez and now Maduro dictatorship.”


TRENDING #TUITS – DEMOCRATIC DEBATE  

D Wasserman Schultz ‏@DWStweets  Oct 12
Everything you need to know to watch the first #DemDebate TOMORROW on @CNN:http://cnn.it/1RChXy9  Can’t wait to cheer on our candidates!

Fox News ‏@FoxNews  Oct 12
.@realDonaldTrump on #DemDebate: “I think it’s not going to be a very exciting debate.”

The Democrats ‏@TheDemocrats  Oct 12
We’re so excited for the #DemDebate that we almost forgot to wish a happy Canadian Thanksgiving to @tedcruz

Patricia Mazzei ‏@PatriciaMazzei  Oct 12
Without Donald Trump, a subdued (but still interesting) presidential debate for Democrats http://hrld.us/1VOMheQ 

Greta Van Susteren ‏@greta  Oct 12
.@marcorubio: I doubt I’ll be watching the #DemDebate – I’ll watch some clips -OTR #greta @FoxNews


MAYOR GIMENEZ DISCUSSES TRANSPORTATION: This past SundayYoly Cuello interviewed Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on her weekly radio show “Cara a Cara” on Caracol 1260AM.

“We have more cars in the streets now, our population has been growing and this area was not built with public transportation in mind.” Mayor Gimenez explained that because cars are not going anywhere, “we also have to find solutions to ease traffic, which is why why are focusing on revamping the traffic-light system on the main commuter routes in Miami-Dade.” Regarding public transportation, Gimenez stated, “we are looking for alternatives to solve this issue now, we have many ideas and we should also recognize that the private sector must be part of the solutions of the future.” When asked about an example  Mayor Gimenez said, “I anticipate the new systems would be bus rapid transit and light rail. We will make transportation more efficient and will find the less expensive way to achieve connectivity. As well as ensure the quality of service for our residents.”