TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH: Democrats debated yesterday in South Florida and tonight it will be the Republicans turn. We will bring you reactions to both debates tomorrow.
GOP FLORIDA PRIMARY: On “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM, Bernadette Pardo discussed the race for the Republican nomination with Miami Herald Journalist Patricia Mazzei, while Jose Alfonso Almora spoke with Journalist Soledad Cedro on “A esta hora con Almora” on WQBA 1140AM.
Both interviews focused on Senator Marco Rubio‘s candidacy and his chances in Florida, as well as the importance of Rubio winning his home state. They both agreed that if Rubio loses in Florida, he is out of the presidential race. Mazzei stated, “Rubio’s campaign should be worried about the fact that he has been losing in states that have voted these past few weeks, and voters are seeing this in the news and may think, ‘why am I going to vote for a losing candidate?’ That is the delicate situation candidates have to go through.” Regarding Rubio’s support in South Florida, Mazzei said, “I have spoken to many people who have participated in early voting and he has a lot of support in Miami. Rubio is aware that the only place where he can take points away from Trump is here in Florida.” When asked what she thought about Governor Jeb Bush’s lack of endorsement, Mazzei responded, “I imagine that for Rubio it would never be too late to get Bush’s endorsement. However, I don’t know that it would make a difference.” Mazzei explained why Bush’s campaign was unsure on whether they should endorse anyone after he had conceded, and how it could be considered as losing twice if Rubio was unable to secure Florida.
Despite Rubio being Cuban-American, Cedro and Mazzei also highlighted that not all Hispanics are supporting Rubio. Almora mentioned Rubio’s win in Puerto Rico last week, and asked if that was a good indicator on how Puerto Ricans in Florida would vote. Cedro stated, “he won 74 percent of the vote in Puerto Rico, and I do think that is a strong indicator for him here in Florida. There is a large concentration of Puerto Ricans in Central Florida and it would be great for Rubio to have their support.” Regarding Governor Rick Scott‘s endorsement, she said, “there are a lot of rumors surrounding Scott’s endorsement. There was talk that he supported Donald Trump, and there was also the possibility of Scott being Trump’s pick for Vice President should he win the nomination, but these are rumors. In terms of getting his endorsement, I don’t think Rubio needs it and it would be better if he got the support from Jeb Bush rather than Rick Scott.”
COMMISSIONER BOVO ON THE ISSUES: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo was on “Noticias del Mediodia” with Yoly Cuello on Caracol 1260AM, talking about county matters.
Commissioner Bovo discussed the approval of body cameras for police officers in Miami-Dade. “This is a topic that we have been talking about for a very long time. The county and the police have studied the best format, our ability to do it, and the best way to implement this system. In certain parts of our county, there has been tension between police officers and the community. I think these cameras will bring transparency and improve this relationship.” He explained that the commissioners unanimously approved earlier this week, a 5-year contract for these cameras, as well as the system to keep the recordings.” Regarding the police union’s position on this topic, Bovo stated, “logically the union wants to protect its members. I think that with training, it will be easier for them to accept it. The cameras are only facing forward, so they didn’t want everything that was recorded admitted into evidence. When investigating a case we will also take into account the officer’s testimony, as well as witness testimony. I believe that once the cameras are on, both the officers and public will be held accountable.”
The commissioner also addressed the discovery of a leak of radioactive isotopes into Biscayne Bay. “This is something that concerns us. It is important to state that right now, there is no danger because during the testing that the county conducted, they were able to find the issue and alert us before things turned bad.” He continued, ”we are working with Florida Power and Light (FPL) to find long term solutions, so we can make sure this doesn’t turn into a problem. We are already working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and FPL.” Bovo mentioned that Commissioner Rebeca Sosa “is leading the charge in the commission, dealing with the administration and representatives of different environmental groups to resolve the issue.”
ELECTIONS IN MIAMI-DADE: Yoly Cuello also spoke with Miami-Dade’s deputy supervisor of elections, Carolina Lopez on Caracol 1260AM, about the upcoming primary election and early voting in the county.
Lopez highlighted early voting numbers, and their expectations as we get closer to March 15. “People have really responded to early voting. We have had 140,000 people vote through absentee ballot, and we hope to continue getting more in this last few days.” Lopez mentioned that during the 2008 election, which she compared to this year’s, they had less voters around this time, and that she is projecting a higher turnout this year. Lopez explained who is eligible to vote during the primary, “it is very important for everyone to know that Florida has closed primaries. This means that only registered republicans or democrats are able to vote for their party’s candidate. There is an exception for voters who live in Miami, Miami Beach and Surfside, because there are ballot questions in those municipalities that the residents can vote on.” Regarding the election on March 15, Lopez said, “we are prepared and we expect to start producing results for early voting as early as 7:15 p.m. We are asking people to not wait until the last minute to vote. Vote early, remember to place your ballots in the mail, or go to the polls early the day of the election.”