<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Miami Political News and South Florida Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:58:17 -0500 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:58:17 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Says He Can Predict Terrorism Via 'Feel']]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TrumpSC-AP_314879649945.jpg

Business deals aren’t the only thing Donald Trump says he’s good at executing. The Republican front-runner told South Carolina voters he can also predict foreign policy trends and events, NBC News reported.

"The other thing I predicted is terrorism," he told the crowd before elaborating on a longer story of a friend who told him the same. "A friend of mind called me and said 'Forget that, you're the first guy that really predicted terrorism.'"

Trump said his prediction of terrorism was documented in this 2000 book “The America We Deserve.”

He's also been touting his idea of bombing Iraqi oilfields and his stance on waterboarding.

He was joined in South Carolina by wife, Melania, and children, Ivanka, Tiffany and Baron.

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<![CDATA[Campaign Watchdogs: TV Ads Supporting Rubio Are Illegal]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:34:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_527388600115-Rubio.jpg

Campaign-finance watchdogs say an outside group promoting Republican Marco Rubio's presidential campaign is breaking the law. 

Conservative Solution Project, an independent group, is behind $85 million in TV ads supporting Rubio. Unlike a Super PAC, Conservative Solutions Project doesn't have to disclose its donors because it exists as a tax-exempt social welfare group under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. 

But watchdog groups like Campaign Legal Center argue that these ads are illegal because they are benefiting an individual presidential candidate instead of advancing the general social welfare of society.

The groups requested that the Justice Department launches an investigation into Conservative Solutions Project. And while Conservative Solution Project officials claim that they are "not about any one specific elected official or candidate," Rubio is the only 2016 presidential candidate featured in any of the organization's TV ads that have aired in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as on national cable.

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<![CDATA[NJ Residents Outraged by Trump's False Remark on 9/11 'Cheering']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:55:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_21212478014.jpg

Donald Trump's recent claim that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City when the twin towers came down on 9/11 is drawing the ire of Muslim residents there. 

Trump made the remarks in Alabama Saturday, saying, "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down." 

Hamed Elshanawany, president of the Hudson County Islamic Council in Jersey City, said it never happened. 

"If anybody has any proof this happened in the community, is right but no proof at all," he said. 

Trump also tweeted Monday a passage from a Washington Post article posted a few days after 9/11 about Jersey City police detaining people allegedly seen celebrating. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop disputed the account.

"There is no record of anything he said, so we would hope going forward he would be more responsible," he told NBC 4 New York. 

The state's biggest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, said it doesn't have any proof that happened.

Even when he was reminded that police said it didn't happen during an interview on ABC Sunday, Trump doubled down on his remarks. 

"It did happen, I saw it," he said. "It was on television. I saw it."

Egyptian-born teacher Nabil Youssef said, "It is insulting, it is hurtful and it makes us not feel like a real American."

Youssef said he ran to help victims on 9/11, donating blood to the Red Cross. 

Trump is sticking by his comments but that may energize Muslims, said Ahmed Shedeed of the Islamic Center of Jersey City.

"He'll get a lot of Muslims upset, a lot of Muslims now going to go out and vote," he said. 

NBC News' political blog First Read dissects more of the recent false statements made by Trump recently in a post titled: "Donald Trump, the post-truth 2016 candidate.

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<![CDATA[Trump Claims 'World's Greatest Memory']]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:42:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TrumpColumbus-AP_568871122955.jpg

Donald Trump isn’t backing down from comments he made about “thousands and thousands” of U.S. Muslims cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey, after the Twin Towers came down on 9/11, according to NBC News.

The Republican front-runner even told NBC News in a phone call that he has “the world’s greatest memory.” During the phone call, he offered reassurances that he had seen video of celebrations on television and “all over the internet.”

The comments come as a new poll shows Trump soaring in weekend polls, with a double-digit lead over rival, Ben Carson.

Trump took center stage in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, where he spoke to a crowd about rival Governor John Kasich and about his stance on national security.

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<![CDATA[Christie's 'Security Incident']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Christie+Airport.jpg

Presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was involved in a security incident on board a flight from San Francisco to Boston on Friday morning, according to a spokesperson for Christie's campaign.

Campaign staff confirmed that the presidential candidate was on a United Airlines flight when a passenger was removed before takeoff.

According to San Francisco police, the flight crew on board United Flight 1108 was alerted about a passenger taking cellphone photos of the crew. The crew asked the passenger to delete the photos, which he did, police said.

A second passenger saw a picture on the man's phone that showed a second cellphone, which appeared to be rigged with wires, according to police. The second passenger informed the flight crew of the photo, and the man with the cellphone was removed from the plane.

All passengers and luggage were re-screened, including the hand-wipe test for explosive residue, police said.

San Francisco police detained the passenger and ran a background check on him with the help of the FBI. According to police, the man has no criminal history.

All other passengers were allowed to board the flight, which took off around 1 p.m. The man who was held for questioning boarded another flight to Boston.

"United Airlines flight 1108 departed at 1:59 p.m. PST, just over five hours late, following a delay that resulted from a passenger not complying with crew member instructions," United Airlines said in a statement. "We will be reaching out to our customers individually to apologize."

A Christie spokesperson said the passenger did not interact with the governor or threaten him in any way. The governor had been in California for a fundraising event.

"Governor Christie, an aide and a member of his security detail were traveling on a United flight from San Fransisco to Boston this morning when a passenger was removed from the plane before takeoff at the request of United Airlines," Christie's campaign said in a statement Friday afternoon. "At no point did Governor Christie interact with this passenger nor did this passenger pose a verbal or physical threat to the Governor. Any other inquiries about this matter should be directed to United Airlines."

There is no word on why the passenger was removed.

Christie was expected to land in Boston later Friday night. He will be in New Hampshire for campaign events Saturday and Sunday. Click here to see our interactive tracker for candidates' visits to the Granite State.

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<![CDATA[GOP Candidates Pan Trump's Call for Muslim Database]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:32:49 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_102485184838.jpg

Republican presidential candidates swiftly condemned Donald Trump's call for requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a national database, drawing a sharp distinction Friday with the GOP front-runner.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Trump's proposal "abhorrent." Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Trump was trying to "divide people." And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticizing Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said that while he was a fan of the billionaire businessman, "I'm not a fan of government registries of American citizens."

"The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I've spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American," Cruz told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

The rebuke followed Trump's call Thursday for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the U.S. In a video posted on MSNBC.com, Trump was asked whether Muslims would be required to register. He replied, "They have to be."

On Friday, Trump said on Twitter that he didn't suggest creating such a database but instead was answering a question from a reporter about the idea. However, he did not disavow the prospect of a database on social media or at an event Friday morning.

Civil liberties experts said a database for Muslims would be unconstitutional on several counts, while the libertarian Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro said the idea also violates basic privacy and liberty rights.

Marci Hamilton, a Yeshiva University legal expert on religious liberty, said requiring Muslims to register appears to be a clear violation of the Constitution's protection of religious freedom.

"What the First Amendment does and what it should do is drive the government to use neutral criteria," Hamilton said. "You can use neutral criteria to identify terrorists. What it can't do is engage in one-religion bashing. That won't fly in any court."

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League in New York called Trump's proposal "deeply troubling and reminiscent of darker days in American history when others were singled out for scapegoating."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned as "Islamophobic" comments from both Trump and fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson, who on Thursday compared blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. to handling a rabid dog.

"If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson told in Alabama. "It doesn't mean you hate all dogs, but you're putting your intellect into motion."

Said CAIR's Robert McCaw said in a statement, "Donald Trump and Ben Carson are contributing to an already toxic environment that may be difficult to correct once their political ambitions have been satisfied."

In New Hampshire on Friday, Carson said the U.S. should have a database on "every foreigner who comes into this country," but he rejected the idea of tracking U.S. citizens based on their religion.

"One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same," he said. "If we're just going to pick out a particular group of people based on their religion, based on their race, based on some other thing, that's setting a pretty dangerous precedent."

The controversy followed the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, elevating fears of attacks in the U.S. and prompting calls for new restrictions on refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took to Twitter Friday and challenged all Republican candidates to disavow Trump's comments. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Trump's words "outrageous and bigoted."

"This is shocking rhetoric," Clinton wrote. "It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country."

Several did just that.

"You're talking about internment, you're talking about closing mosques, you're talking about registering people, and that's just wrong," Bush said Friday on CNBC.

A spokesman for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the candidate "does not support databases based on one's religion."

Kasich, the Ohio governor, said requiring people to register with the federal government because of their religion "strikes against all that we have believed in our nation's history." Kasich had faced criticism following the Paris shooting for saying he would set up an agency with a mandate to promote what he called "Judeo-Christian values" overseas to counter Islamist propaganda.

Trump spoke Thursday a few hours after the House passed legislation essentially barring Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has slotted the bill for possible Senate consideration, though it's unclear whether the chamber could get enough votes to override a veto by President Barack Obama, who opposes the measure.

The unified pushback against Trump was rare. Republicans have vacillated in their handling of other inflammatory comments from him, wary of alienating his supporters but also increasingly concerned that he's managed to maintain his grip on the GOP race deep into the fall.

The first reference to a database for Muslims came in Trump's interview with Yahoo News published Thursday in which the billionaire real estate mogul did not reject the idea of requiring Muslims to register in a database or giving them special identification cards noting their religion.

"We're going to have to look at a lot of things very closely," Trump told Yahoo News.

According to Yahoo, he also suggested he would consider warrantless searches, saying, "We're going to have to do things that we never did before."

Asked by reporters Thursday night to explain his Yahoo comments, Trump suggested his response had been misconstrued. "I never responded to that question," he said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Fires Back At Pro-Kasich Group ]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:55:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_21212478014.jpg

Donald Trump and John Kasich ended up in a Twitter fight Thursday after a super PAC backing the Ohio governor was launching an ad blitz against the billionaire Republican candidate, NBC News reported.

Pro-Kasich New Day for America PAC is planning to air radio, TV, mail and online ads in New Hampshire, where Trump has a wide lead.

The line of attack is one that hasn't yet been tried on Trump: Arguing he's inexperienced and unsuited for the demands of the White House. According to Politico, the group's first ad invokes the Paris attacks and ties Trump to President Obama, declaring, "On-the-job training for president does not work." The ads are sure to be hard-hitting since the man behind them, Fred Davis, is known for effective political spots.

Trump unleaded a dozen tweets dismissing Kasich because of his standing in the polls.

Trump’s general counsel also threatened to sue the Kasich campaign and New Day over the ads.

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<![CDATA[Senate Holds Hearing on Syrian Refugee Crisis]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:24:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/159977439.jpg

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are held a hearing Thursday on the impact ISIS is having on the homeland and refugee resettlement.

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<![CDATA[Trump Knocks Obama, Media]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:41:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+Worcester+111815.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rallied Wednesday in front of thousands of supporters and a small handful of protesters Wednesday in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Among his targets at the DCU Center were President Obama, the media, his Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2016 race, John Kerry, ISIS, undocumented immigrants and the protesters who interrupted him in three separate instances.

One man interrupted Trump while he spoke of how many Americans are unemployed, in poverty and on food stamps.

"It's amazing. I mentioned food stamps and that guy that's seriously overweight went crazy. He went crazy," Trump said after the person was removed. "That's an amazing sight."

Security was very tight at the event, as Trump now has Secret Service. After each outburst, those partaking were promptly and forcibly removed.      

But the great majority of those at the event were wildly enthusiastic supporters.

"I'll be honest with you, I'm petrified right now," said Nancie Zecco of neighboring Holden. "We need somebody like him in office."

One of the people removed from the event was shouting, "Trump's a racist!"

A Hispanic attendee said he disagrees with the accusation of racism and supports Trump on immigration.

"What they need to do is do things the right way," Roberto Rivera of Hartford, Connecticut, said. "Everyone wants to be here - best country in the world. But we need to do it legally."

Trump said that the media would overblow the small number of protesters in comparison to what he called more than 12,000 attendees.

"We had three little protests," he said. "And the press will say 'protests at Trump!'"

Additionally, the candidate insinuated that the media was responsible for glorifying those responsible for the terror attacks in Paris.

"The press plays right into their hands! The press is calling the leader of the pack in Paris a mastermind. So all these kids are sitting home, even in New York and in California and in Massachusetts - 'Ah, the mastermind,'" said Trump. "He's not a mastermind, he's a low-life. This is just a low-life guy."

Trump said members of ISIS are not smart, but are using the Internet as a recruitment tool effectively.

"We have to take back the Internet! There's so many things that we have to do. We have a president that doesn't have a clue," he said. "Obama has been a disaster."

The candidate criticized Obama and Kerry for the Iran deal, saying if he were negotiating, he would have done a better job.

As for his fellow presidential candidates, Trump notably took aim at Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders - even construing the latter's stance in favor of environmental reform as a lack of concern over terrorism.

"According to Bernie, the Paris attacks were caused by global warming," he stated.

With his own stance on ISIS, though, Trump easily drew applause.

"We gotta knock the [expletive] out of these people," he exclaimed.

Another ovation came when Trump said he'd put some focus on taking care of veterans.

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<![CDATA[Compare Presidential Candidates on the Issues]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:09:55 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/candidates-grid.jpg


New England Cable News reached out to each presidential campaign for its position on select issues. Candidate positions from official campaign websites were used for the campaigns that didn't respond; those cases have been indicated in the graphic. 

Note: Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and length. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Lays Out New Plan for Refugees, Including 'Safe Zone']]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 01:37:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TrumpKnoxville-AP_141770555656.jpg

Donald Trump laid out a new plan for Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

The Republican presidential candidate addressed a crowd of nearly 10,000 people at the Knoxville Convention Center, saying he would build a safe zone for refugees who, he said, want to go home after the crisis is over anyway.

"In Syria, take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price, okay? You take a big swatch and you don't destroy all of Europe."

Trump said the migrants would be happier because they won’t have to learn the languages where they would move and because they wouldn’t have to get used to new climates or weather patterns.

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<![CDATA[Alabama Gov. Seeks to Bar Refugees After French Attack]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 02:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Bentley-AP_644774718264.jpg

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared in a statement Sunday night he will not allow Syrian refugees to enter his state under Washington’s refugee assistance rules following the Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

"I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way," he said.

Bentley didn’t indicate how he planned to stop Syrian refugees from entering Alabama. One of the State Department’s refugee processing centers is in Mobile.

His statements come after Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the attacks wouldn’t change the country’s policy on relocating refugees from war-torn Syria.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also said his state will stop efforts to accept Syrian refugees.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Clarifies Remarks on Fight Against ISIS]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 03:58:40 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ClintonIowa-AP_156391297688.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the United States has to lead the global fight against ISIS, but can’t and shouldn’t do it alone, NBC News reported.

During a campaign stop on Sunday, she stressed the fight against “radical jihadism” is a top priority.

With former President Bill Clinton at her side, she clarified remarks she made during the second Democratic debate, in which she said “it cannot be an American fight” and that she didn’t think the U.S. had the “bulk of the responsibility.”

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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush: 'We Should Declare War' on ISIS]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Jeb-Bush-AP_986935916788.jpg

Two days after terrorists killed 129 people and wounded 352 others in a bloodbath in Paris, U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd "we should declare war" on ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the massacre.

"You destroy ISIS and then you build a coalition to replace this radical Islamic terrorist threat to our country and to Europe and to the region with something that is more peace-loving," Bush said on "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said ISIS "is not something you can contain."

"Each day that ISIS exists, it gains more energy and recruits around the world," he explained. "We should declare war and harness all the power that the United States can bring to bear — both diplomatic and military, of course — to be able to take out ISIS. We have the capabilities of doing this, we just haven't show the will."

When asked how he would like to see President Barack Obama respond to the attacks, Bush said the president should declare a no-fly zone over Syria, arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Iraq, "reengage" with Sunni leaders and "garner support" from the United States' European allies.

"Lead. That's what I want him to do. Lead," Bush said.

Multiple terrorists carried out coordinated attacks Friday at six locations in Paris, authorities said.

Assailants opened fire at multiple restaurants in the city's 10th and 11th arrondissements, while suicide bombers detonated explosive vests outside the national stadium, where a soccer match was underway. Others gunned down at least 89 people at a music venue where concert-goers had gathered to see a California-based rock band.

Paris' prosecutor said Saturday seven assailants died in the attacks, which French president Francois Hollande has called an "act of war" that warrants a "merciless response."

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<![CDATA[Decision 2016]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:13:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/646*120/decision_2016_header.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Fiorina: 'Anybody Can Write a Plan']]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fiorina+Defends+Lack+of+Tax+Plan.png

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina defended not having presented a detailed tax plan, saying that politicians put out comprehensive plans all the time for things that never end up happening.


“Show us what you’re gonna do. Why won’t you show us your work?” asked “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd.

Instead, Fiorina offers an "Answers" page on her website, allowing visitors to submit questions on various issues, which she answers through her appearances on the campaign trail. She explained that her remarks to voters hold her more accountable than a written plan.

"Anybody can write a plan,” she said.

<![CDATA[Rubio's Campaign Releases Credit Card Records]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 06:57:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/RubioAP_695476336270.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's campaign on Saturday released nearly two years of credit card records from the time the senator from Florida served in the state House of Representatives. 

The disclosure comes after attacks from rival Donald Trump and others, who have questioned how Rubio used a state Republican party credit card while he was a legislator in his home state, NBC News reported.

"For years I've heard about Marco and his credit cards," Donald Trump said recently. "And I'll be honest with you, I think that he's got a problem there."

Rubio sometimes used the card for personal expenses and paid them directly to American Express, according to his campaign, but some of those charges have been previously unreported.

The records released were from 2005 and 2006.

"Marco is running for president, and he understands that voters have a right to know not only where he would take our country, but also where he came from and what's in his past," said top campaign aide Todd Harris. "He is not afraid of that scrutiny because he has nothing to hide."

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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush Fundraiser Brian Ballard Defects Over Rubio Attacks]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:06:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BushRubio-AP_643032512216.jpg

Jeb Bush is losing support of one of Florida’s leading fundraisers, NBC News reported.

Brian Ballard told Politico he withdrew his support and made it public now to discourage Bush from attacking Rubio.

"The campaign has become negative, one that is about attacking and trying to bring down Marco Rubio. And that doesn't sit well - not only with me, but with anyone who knows the two," Ballard said to Politico. "Marco's a friend of mine. I didn't sign up for a campaign that was going to be negative and attack a bright star of the party's future. It doesn't make sense. I'm over it. And I'm done."

Both Bush and Rubio draw from a similar group of donors in Florida, who have supported both candidates over the years.

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<![CDATA[Teresa Sarnoff Concedes Miami Commission Election]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 23:32:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/110515+teresa+sarnoff.jpg

Teresa Sarnoff announced she's conceding in the race for the Miami City District 2.

Sarnoff, the wife of outgoing Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said Thursday that she's conceding to opponent Ken Russell.

"After much deliberation, I have made the decision to finish my campaign with a very positive message. I did not engage in negative campaigning and do not condone negative campaigning," Sarnoff said in a letter.

Sarnoff said she will not officially withdraw from the race and will instead throw her support behind Russell. Had she withdrawn, it would have opened the door for third-place finisher Grace Solares to challenge the election with a lawsuit.

The runoff is scheduled for Nov. 17.

<![CDATA[Pot, LGBT Protections, Airbnb: Key Results From Elections ]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 07:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/OhioMarijuanElectionsAP_565199101386.jpg

While many Americans may be focused on the 2016 presidential race — still 371 days away — plenty of other heated elections and issues were decided Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Kentucky voters elected Republican Matt Bevin as governor, giving the GOP "near total control of statehouses in the South," according to NBC News.

Bevin, who defeated Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, ran a campaign largely on the promise of cutting back on Medicaid expansion, The Associated Press reports.

"Nobody's losing anything," Bevin told NBC News in an interview Monday.

The former leader of Connecticut's largest city, who spent seven years in federal prison for corruption stemming from his last term, reclaimed Bridgeport's mayoral seat Tuesday in a stunning comeback bid.

"Tonight, we not only made history, but we defined a new course for this great city," Joe Ganim said upon declaring victory.

Democrats in Virginia also failed to take control of the Senate. Republicans have kept a 21-19 lead.

Meanwhile, voters in Houston rejected nondiscrimination protections to gay and transgender residents. The ordinance was passed by Houston’s City Council last year.

National gay rights groups have been fighting for equal protection measures, while some have been worried that the ordinance would allow men to use women’s public restrooms, the AP reported.

Democratic Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay, had called the restroom issue a scare tactic by opponents.

Voters in Ohio knocked out the proposal to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, with roughly 65 percent opposed to the measure.

Two Michigan Tea Party leaders, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, lost their bids to win back their seats. The two were forced from office over an affair and their subsequent cover-up scheme.

An emotional Gamrat told reporters that regardless of what voters heard or believed, "I worked really hard for them when I was there" in Lansing. "It was a tremendous honor to serve. ... My infidelity was wrong, but I don't think it warranted and merited the maligning of my character that I had on me and my family day after day in the news."

Voters in San Francisco voted against regulating and putting limits on short-term Airbnb rentals, the AP reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Shares Tweet With Photo of Bush and Swastika]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:20:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/183*120/trump+tweet+photo.jpg

Donald Trump posted a tweet Tuesday that showed a Nazi swastika next to a picture of rival Jeb Bush, before later deleting it. 

The tweet appeared to be quoting from — or a partial retweet — from a Trump supporter with a collage of anti-Bush imagery. The collection of photos also includes one featuring Bush in a sombrero next to a cactus, NBC News said.

A Trump spokesman told Business Insider Wednesday the GOP presidential candidate had not seen the image. 

"This was retweeted by Mr. Trump like hundreds of others," Hope Hicks said. "He did not see the accompanying image and the retweet has since been deleted."

In July, his campaign tweeted an image featuring Nazi uniforms.

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<![CDATA[American Voters Angry, Dissatisfied Ahead of Election: Poll ]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:22:58 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/capitol+hill+dc.jpg

Americans are angry and dissatisfied with politics and the nation’s direction, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Only 27 percent of Americans feel the country is headed in the right direction. Fifty-four percent of Americans are critical of the economy and the political system, NBC News reported.

The dissatisfaction carries over to both political parties and their 2016 candidates, NBC News reported.

The most unpopular political figures were Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, while the most popular were Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders. The poll showed Americans believe the economy is still the number one issue affecting the country.

Voters were split, 45 percent to 45 percent, over the party they want to control Congress after next year's elections.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Increases Her Lead Over Bernie Sanders]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:20:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Bernie-Sanders-Hillary-Clinton.jpg

Hillary Clinton is increasing her lead among Democrats over Bernie Sanders, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

In the new poll, 62 percent of Democrats chose Clinton as their top pick to win the party's presidential nomination. That’s compared to 31 percent who chose Sanders. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley received only three percent support.

But the poll also showed that Clinton still remains unpopular among the general electorate (40 percent positive/47 percent negative). And less than a third of Americans give her negative marks for “being honest and straightforward,” NBC News reported.

There is still a reluctance to put the Benghazi controversy to rest, with only 30 percent saying they’re satisfied that Clinton addressed the issue.