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

TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH:  As we anticipated, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big yesterday. It looks like Clinton will seal the deal for the Democratic nomination, while Trump keeps winning by huge margins, shattering the never-Trump movement and hopes for the recent alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich. We leave you with some Twitter reactions and highlights from yesterday’s primaries.


TRENDING #TUITS – TRUMP WINS FIVE STATES; CLINTON WINS FOUR 

ABC News ‏@ABC  April 26
Moving closer to Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton vows to “unify our party.”http://abcn.ws/1QzqY89 

MSNBC ‏@MSNBC  April 26
.@realDonaldTrump slams rival @HillaryClinton after sweeping all five Northeast primaries: http://on.msnbc.com/1QyQ8DU 

Marc Caputo ‏@MarcACaputo  April 26
Winning begets winning. If this trajectory & polls hold, Trump likely hits 1,238+ delegates after California votes. No contested convention

Anderson Cooper 360° ‏@AC360  April 26
Donald Trump: “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5% of the vote.” #SuperTuesday

NYT Politics ‏@nytpolitics  April 26
Chris Christie’s wife seems to roll her eyes as Donald Trump mocks Hillary Clinton http://nyti.ms/241COoz 

Annie Karni ‏@anniekarni  April 26
Clinton ’08 vets feel for Bernie: “It’s one of the toughest jobs in politics when you have to argue against math.”


MIAMI CONGRESS MEMBERS VISIT GUANTANAMO: Congressman Carlos Curbelo talked about his recent trip to Guantanamo Bay on “Pedaleando con Bernie” with Bernadette Pardo on Radio Mambi 710AM.

Curbelo focused on his recent visit to Guantanamo, along with fellow South Florida Congress members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, and with Congressmen Ted Yoho of Gainesville and George Holding of North Carolina (read more here). “We went there to inspect the U.S. naval base that has been there since 1903 and that is strategically important for us. The naval base is now preparing to assist with the possibility of a major exodus in the Caribbean.” When asked if they foresee a massive exodus, Curbelo responded, “they are not necessarily convinced this will occur, but there are certain factors that led them to see it as a definite possibility.” As an example, the congressman talked about the thousands of Cubans that have left the island trying to come to the United States and also coming from different parts of South and Central America. “The base has requested resources so they can help up to 18 thousand immigrants, not just from Cuba, but Haiti as well.” Pardo mentioned that many leaders in Central America have blamed this exodus on the bill that is currently in the House that would reform the Cuban Adjustment Act. Curbelo commented, “first what we need to highlight to leaders of Central American countries is that the Castro regime is what makes Cubans want to leave the island. If Cuba had a government that respected Human Rights, and gave the people hope and opportunity, Cubans wouldn’t be leaving their country. In part, our policy contributes to that because it allows certain abuses. What we want to do is limit the abuses related to the Cuban Adjustment Act, specifically with the assistance program for refugees. Many Cubans receive these benefits and they are not political refugees. This is a huge problem. There are other immigrants that come to the United States legally and have to wait over five years to get any public assistance. This is what we want to modify. We think that it would help alleviate this crisis and stop the abuse.” Curbelo concluded saying that the bill is getting more and more support in the House, and he believes that it would be put up to a vote within the next two months.


COMMISSIONER BOVO ON TRANSPORTATION: Roberto Rodriguez-Tejera and Ricardo Brown discussed transportation with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo on their show “Roberto y Ricardo” on Actualidad 1020 AM.

Rodriguez-Tejera started the interview asking Commissioner Bovo why he voted in favor of the SMART (Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit) plan if he was against it. Bovo explained, “voting against it was not going to resolve anything honestly. I have advocated for a plan that would include the six rail lines. These rail lines are part of a project that has been promised to the voters for 15 years, which was the People’s Transportation Plan, as we are missing a connection from east to west and north to south. This plan is not a bad plan, we should follow it.” Bovo continued, “my biggest issue with this is that we have created plans and have conducted studies, we have done it all, but we haven’t actually accomplished anything. It is nice to have all of this research, but the reality is that transportation plans in Miami-Dade County have become a political nightmare.” The commissioner explained that different elected officials have not been on the same page as to which project is more important, because “each one of them claims the one in their district is the most important one. If we consider that, and how political it has become, we don’t move forward. What I have said before is that we need to do one, whichever one it may be, so that people see that we are serious about resolving the problem.” Bovo mentioned “this is not a problem that happen overnight. This has been getting worse over the past 20 years. It was easier to depend on highways when there were only one million residents, but now there are over 2.5 million people living in the county. This is a problem that is in front of us now, and the projects are focused on having people leave their vehicles at home and have the alternative of using public transportation.” Bovo highlighted that for this to happen the public transportation service must be reliable and close enough to major areas that people don’t have to walk very far to get to their destination. He concluded, “our work is to get things done. If people don’t see any movement with at least one railway, they will recall the half-cent and we will lose part of our funding.”