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February 09, 2014

Hillary Clinton's Univision ties met with virtual silence in media, 'pay-to-play' criticism from GOP


High in the polls with a dream candidate’s resume, Hillary Clinton's advantages in the 2016 presidential race are the stuff of near-constant media chatter these days.

Except for one topic: Univision.

The Spanish-language network, which broadcasts from Doral, has remarkably close ties with Clinton — from the way the media giant covers immigration to the financial backing of its top leader to a new initiative between the network and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Barely a peep from the press, though.

Last week, at an East Harlem event featuring Clinton, Univision touted a multi-year partnership with a foundation-led learning initiative for children five and younger. The success of the ‘Pequeños y Valiosos” (or “Young and Valuable”) partnership will take time to measure.

But it began paying immediate dividends for Clinton.

Clinton’s face is featured in five of seven slides on the Univision website promoting the partnership with the foundation’s “Too Small to Fail” initiative. Taking no press questions at the event, Clinton was featured in the type of feel-good classroom setting that politicians on the campaign trail crave.

“The reality is this is less about promoting education than it is political pay to play by the Democrats and Univision,” RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said in an email.

Full column here

Father of Jimmy Ryce awaits execution of son's murderer, with a broken heart



The years have not healed Don Ryce’s pain, only prolonged it.

It was 1995 when his son, a gap-toothed 9-year-old named Jimmy, was snatched from a Redland school bus stop, raped and killed.

As Ryce counts the last few days until Wednesday’s scheduled execution of his son’s murderer, his anger burns as hot as it did more than 18 years ago. And his sorrow has only been compounded by two more deaths he traces back to that first, monstrous act of a pedophile named Juan Carlos Chavez: the heart attack that killed his wife, Claudine, in 2009 — a “broken heart,” he says — and the suicide last year of his daughter, Jimmy’s half-sister, Martha.

“In both cases, Jimmy’s memory, I can tell you, was very much weighing on them at the time of their death,” Ryce said, talking about the tragedy during a 90-minute interview in his Vero Beach home. “So forgive me if I don’t shed many tears for Juan Carlos Chavez.” Story by Amy Driscoll here.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/08/3922682_a-father-waits-for-justice-in.html#storylink=cpy

Charlie Crist says Jeb would make a good president and disputes Romney's portrayal


Charlie Crist chatted about his new book with SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.’ Michael Smerconish, the other day and was asked about Jeb Bush for president:

SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish: “Would Jeb [Bush] make a good president?”

Former FL Governor Charlie Crist: “Yeah, I think he probably would. He made a great governor, in my humble opinion. He’s a good man…I don’t agree with him on everything…but when I saw him as Governor [of Florida] when I was Attorney General—and they’re elected separately in Florida—we had a lot of hurricanes, and Jeb Bush did a great job protecting our beautiful Florida during that [time].”

He also talked about his last-minute endorsement of John McCain in the 2008 Florida presidential primary and how it was depicted in the Netflix documentary "Mitt":

SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish: “Governor, have you watched the new movie on Netflix called ‘Mitt?’”

Former FL Governor Charlie Crist: “No.”

Smerconish: “Do you know what I am talking about?”

Crist: “I do…and I know where you’re going with this…”

Smerconish: “Good…because I don’t know if anyone has asked you to respond to this and I’d love to be the first.”

Crist: “You’re the first.”

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Six potential sites identified for Miami MLS stadium


David Beckham has jetted off. Rabid soccer fans have gone home. Paparazzi have trained their cameras elsewhere.

Now comes the real work for Beckham and his investors hoping to bring an expansion Major League Soccer franchise to Miami.

The sports venture hinges on building a new soccer stadium. And finding a home for one won’t be easy.

To replicate the MLS’ success in other cities, Beckham’s group wants 10 to 12 acres downtown near public transportation, to lure fans and save on parking costs. Oh, and bay views would be nice.

Few sites fit even some, much less all, of that criteria — especially if a deal has to be completed within the next six months or so, now that Beckham has exercised an option in his contract to purchase a new franchise for a discounted $25 million.

More here.