TRENDING TOPIC FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22ND: Between the soccer stadium surprise and the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi hearing, it was a busy day in South Florida yesterday. We leave you with some highlights on these issues, as well as the latest news on the redistricting saga in Tallahassee.

SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES MLS STADIUM NEGOTIATIONS: As we anticipated, most media outlets discussed the possibility of the Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Board owning David Beckham’s MLS stadium in Miami (read morehere). Sandra Peebles from Univision was one of the journalists covering the latest information for “Noticias 23”. Peebles talked to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who initiated the conversation with Beckham’s representatives, and School Board Member Marta Perez.

Carvalho explained that M-DCPS has the opportunity to get something big in return. “We could be the owners of the stadium and the land. We will have the possibility of using the stadium for important School Board events like graduations and ball games.” The superintendent highlighted that “for many years we haven’t participated with a strong voice in these matters to represent the 350,000 students and 48,000 School Board employees.” Perez, who ultimately supported continuing the negotiations, was not completely convinced of the benefit to the School Board. She expressed her concern,  “if we don’t do this business the right way, we would be helping a private entity evade taxes.”


Gary Fineout ‏@fineout  Oct 22
ICYMI – @BillGalvano acknowledged last night that the assignment of random numbers to districts will require all senators to run

Matt Dixon ‏@Mdixon55  Oct 22
In redistricting fight, Senate Democrats hammer early numbering http://politi.co/1QYi5HB  via @politicofl

Mary Ellen Klas ‏@MaryEllenKlas  Oct 22
Losers in 2 @BillGalvano maps: Sens @AnitereFlores, Dwight Bullard and Miguel DiazdelaPortilla = 1 district http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/10/winners-and-losers-in-the-senate-district-lottery.html …

Peter Schorsch ‏@SaintPetersblog  Oct 22
Bill Galvano puts his thumb on redistricting scale for Joe Negron http://wp.me/pShRp-11jz  #FlaPol

HILLARY CLINTON’S BENGHAZI HEARING: On “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AMBernadette Pardo had Democratic Pollster Fernand Amandi and Helen Aguirre-Ferre discussing Clinton’s Benghazi hearing and its political effect.

Amandi focused on the Benghazi hearing being a stunt to hurt Hillary Clinton politically, explaining that “even Republican members of the committee have agreed that it is meant to hurt her chances of becoming president. The only person who can beat Hillary Clinton right now is herself. I don’t think the hearing and investigation will be a problem. As she has demonstrated through hundreds of debates, she has great intellectual ability and knowledge of how to answer this kind of questions and respond in that situation. She has been in environments like this one all her life and knows how to handle them.” Although Aguirre-Ferre agreed that Hillary Clinton is well prepared for these situations, she explained that “she (Hillary Clinton) has made mistakes in the past and everyone knows it can happen again with this new investigation.” She continued, “there are many unanswered questions. I know some see these hearings as a political attack, but I agree with the chairman of the committee that this investigation has to do with the deaths of four Americans and errors committed in international politics under her watch.”