The GOP presidential debate puts a spotlight on Wisconsin, one of the few remaining swing states
When Republican candidates for president gather for their first debate Wednesday in Milwaukee, the spotlight will not only be on them but also on Wisconsin’s role as one of a shrinking handful of genuine battleground states.
FEC moves toward potentially regulating AI deepfakes in campaign ads
The Federal Election Commission has begun a process to potentially regulate AI-generated deepfakes in political ads ahead of the 2024 election, a move advocates say would safeguard voters against a particularly insidious form of election disinformation.
FEC asked to investigate flower shop’s $500,000 contribution to super PAC backing Suarez’s 2024 bid
A government watchdog group is asking federal regulators to investigate a $500,000 contribution to a super PAC backing Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s presidential bid by a shop selling artificial flowers.
Francis Suarez, asked about China in 2024 campaign interview: ‘What’s a Uyghur?’
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s campaign interview with a conservative talk radio host hit a speedbump Tuesday when the 2024 Republican presidential candidate was asked about China and its government’s treatment of a minority group the program’s host later characterized as “ongoing genocide.”
Local 10 interview: Suarez talks presidential run, Gimenez feud, reported FBI probe
In a one-on-one interview with Local 10 News Monday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, fresh off announcing his entry in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries, talked about his campaign for the White House as well as recent local scrutiny over his outside dealings with a developer.
Suarez backs 15-week federal abortion ban, says he has 'credibility' on immigration conversation
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, the newest candidate in the Republican presidential field, is drawing some distinctions between himself and his rivals, suggesting that the six-week abortion ban signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is too severe and showing an openness to changing the country’s immigration system.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez files paperwork to launch presidential campaign, joining crowded GOP field
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez filed paperwork Wednesday to launch his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, jumping into the crowded race just a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump appeared in court on federal charges in the Magic City.
$1M mystery: Miami commissioners grill nonprofit before voting not to provide promised funds
In 2021, the city of Miami promised the nonprofit Circle of Brotherhood $1 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for a “Public Housing and Community Wellness Initiative,” but the nonprofit’s executives say the city never delivered.
Local Black leaders feel ‘disrespected’ after Miami commission removes every member of Virginia Key Beach Park Trust
With questions rising about the future of historic Virginia Key after Miami Mayor Francis Suarez refused to veto the city’s takeover of the board of trustees, many Black local leaders are now angered by the decision.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: January 9, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, host Michael Putney is joined by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, congressional candidate Jason Mariner, state Senator Jason Pizzo, state Rep. Tom Fabricio and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: October 17, 2021
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg speak to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, former prosecutor Gail Levine and congressional candidates Barbara Sharief, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Dale Holness.
Acevedo was making strides in police reform before ouster, advocates say
“We were treated like second-class citizens, and with this chief, it felt like a brand new start,” said Sgt. Stanley Jean-Poix, president of the Miami Community Police Benevolent Association, the city’s historically Black police association.
Mayor Suarez: Police Chief Acevedo has to go after ‘war with city’s elected leadership’
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who went to Houston to bring in Art Acevedo for a fresh perspective, said Tuesday that the police chief is too much of an outsider and he supports the city manager’s decision to remove him after just six months.
After Ball & Chain quarrels, chief alleges some commissioners issued arbitrary list to target businesses
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo is not the only one who has ever accused Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo of harassment. Bill Fuller, the co-founder and managing principal of Miami-based commercial real estate agency Barlington Group, and Carollo have had an ongoing feud for years.
Miami officials say outdoor venue, sanitation stations will help keep people safe during ‘Down With the Chains’ event
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo held a news conference Friday to announce new details regarding the Call for Freedom of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua event.
$22.5 million Miami Beach penthouse paid for entirely with cryptocurrency
Just weeks after a prominent real estate developer announced it would accept digital assets as payment, one of the most expensive penthouses in the Miami Beach neighborhood of Surfside has been sold, and paid for, in cryptocurrency. Yes, crypto.
Miami launches $14M rental assistance program for residents in need during pandemic
MIAMI – Miami launched the city’s emergency rental assistance program on Monday with $14 million of federal relief funds. The city announced the funding will be used to make direct payments to landlords on behalf of qualifying tenants. The office at 1300 SW 12 Ave.Coral Way at Coral Gate Park at 1415 SW 32 Ave. The Model City Service Center at 1000 NW 62 St.As of 9:30am this morning, our $14M Emergency Rental Assistance Program is OPEN to apply for up to a year’s worth of rental and utility assistance. Eligibility:✔️City of Miami Resident✔️Have experienced financial hardship due to Covid-19Apply Here:https://t.co/KfIQCW4x8V pic.twitter.com/yncIeruBz1 — Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) March 29, 2021Related stories
Miami mayor travels to Qatar for 3-day trade mission
MIAMI – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez hopes to lure investors to Miami during a three-day trade mission in Qatar, beginning Monday, his office confirmed in a news release. Suarez will be joined by other mayors from across the U.S. who are part of the United States Conference of Mayors – a non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Suarez is the second vice president of the organization. “This trip is part of an agreement that includes reciprocal delegation visits to both countries,” the news release stated. “The main objective for Mayor Suarez is to attract investments to Miami and to continue promoting Miami as a global destination for business and investment that will lead to smart growth, opportunity, and well-paying jobs for our residents.”According to the news release, the trip will have no cost for Miami taxpayers and the mayor will be conducting city business remotely.
Miami mayor says he’s ready if South Beach partiers come his way
MIAMI, Fla. – It was the start of another round of an 8 p.m. weekend curfew in Miami Beach’s entertainment district. “This particular area needs to be really battened down at night and we are going to continue to do that until it’s pretty clear we don’t have to,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said. There are other places, by the way, in the city and county to go to,” Gelber said. “We’re telling our residents who may be worried about the consequences of some of the decisions in Miami Beach that we are ready,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said. Ad“We want to warn those who are not in the city from the city who may have been on Miami Beach that the kind of behavior we have seen in Miami Beach is not going to be tolerated,” he said.
Miami on guard for spring break spillover partiers
MIAMI – With Miami Beach instituting an 8 p.m. curfew this weekend to control spring break crowds, Miami hotspots Wynwood and Brickell are expecting an influx of people looking to have a good time. A crew from Boston said they were looking forward to partying in the Brickell neighborhood. “Spring break vacation boozing, you know?” one said Friday afternoon. Loving the weather.”Residents of Brickell say they’re seeing more people come into the city and that it won’t be a surprise if more choose Miami over Miami Beach this weekend. Ad“We want to warn those who are not from the city, who maybe have been in Miami Beach, that the kind of behavior we’re seeing in Miami Beach is not going to be tolerated in the city of Miami,” Suarez said.
Miami aims to host World Cup final in 2026
MIAMI – Greater Miami is on a shortlist of cities still in the running to host World Cup matches in 2026 when the quadrennial soccer spectacle comes to the United States, Mexico and Canada. And Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says the final game of the international championship should be played in South Florida. AdThe World Cup was last held in the United States in 1994. AdSuarez was joined at Wednesday’s news conference at City Hall by Jorge Mas, owner of Inter Miami CF, and Christopher Corey, the City of Miami’s liaison for the World Cup bid, among others. “Miami is uniquely positioned to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and I am thrilled we are moving forward in the selection process,” she said in a recent statement.
Miami mayor sees promise in traffic-reducing tunnels from Elon Musk’s Boring Company
MIAMI – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez held a news conference Monday to discuss his tour last week of Las Vegas tunnels created by billionaire Elon Musk’s The Boring Company. Today I had the opportunity to visit @boringcompany tunnels in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/yA45hQbXa9 — Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) March 19, 2021Fort Lauderdale is also exploring the idea. READ MOREElon Musk’s team helps Miami mayor to dream about traffic-free cityAdTraffic tunnels in South Florida? Local leaders want them and experts say it’s possible logisticallyMiami mayor chats with Elon Musk about underground freeway idea
Houston police chief appointed top cop in Miami
MIAMI, Fla. – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo will become Miami’s next police chief, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez formally announced Monday. AdToday @Artnoriega5 + @FrancisSuarez + three Commissioners introduce @CityofMiami residents to its new Chief of Police: Houston Chief @ArtAcevedo - he may start in 4-8 weeks - Cuban-born and “first Hispanic to lead HPD”. “We appreciate his service to Houston, and wish him the best in Miami,” Houston Police Officer’s Union President Doug Griffith said in a statement a day earlier. Acevedo served more than four years as HPD chief, leading more than 5,200 police officers and 1,000 support staff. Acevedo wasn’t included in a list of candidates that the city sent to Local 10 in mid-February, which included five who work for the Miami Police Department: Armando Aguilar, Assistant Chief, Miami Police Department; DeShawn Beaufort, Chief Inspector, Philadelphia Police; Francisco Fernandez, Major, Miami Police Department; Cherise Gause, Assistant Chief, Miami Police Department; Jason Lando, Commander, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Manuel Morales, Assistant Chief, Miami Police Department; Ronald Lee Papier, Deputy Chief, Miami Police Department; and Raul Pintos, Deputy Chief, New York City Police Department.
Elon Musk’s team helps Miami mayor to dream about traffic-free city
Elon Musk knows how to dream big, and he may be helping Miami Mayor Francis Suarez to do the same. The 49-year-old billionaire tweeted in January that there is a solution to Miami traffic. On Thursday, Suarez met with representatives of Musk’s Boring Company at City Hall in Coconut Grove. Musk founded the infrastructure and tunnel construction services company in 2016 and unveiled its first underground tunnel in Los Angeles in 2018. Suarez plans to travel to Las Vegas from March 18-19 to get a closer look at the Boring Company’s tunnels.