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About the AuthorRich Robinson is the CEO and publisher of Rise News. He is also a journalist and a native of Miami. Robinson graduated from the University of Alabama and can be followed on Twitter @RichRobMiami.
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Florida State Senator Frank Artiles will resign Friday according to a report in the Miami Herald.
Artiles has come under fire over the last three days due to his racist and sexist tirade that made national headlines.
Initially Artiles seemed prepared to fight and stay in office.
“If every time a senator made a mistake or someone made a mistake that they were going to resign, we’d have half the Senate gone for whatever reason,” Artiles said to media on Wednesday.
Apparently that has changed now that supporters of his started to pull away from him.
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Alabama’s junior Senator Jeff Sessions continues to be the gift that just keeps giving.
According to the Weekly Standard, Sessions actually defended his boy Donald Trump after that embarrassing “grab them by the pussy” tape from 2005 was released.
While, he admitted that the language was wrong, he did not consider the actions Trump described to be sexual assault.
Here is the play-by-play according to the Weekly Standard interview:
SESSIONS: This was very improper language, and he’s acknowledged that.
TWS: But beyond the language, would you characterize the behavior described in that
as sexual assault if that behavior actually took place?
SESSIONS: I don’t characterize that as sexual assault. I think that’s a stretch. I don’t know what he meant—
TWS: So if you grab a woman by the genitals, that’s not sexual assault?
SESSIONS: I don’t know. It’s not clear that he—how that would occur.
What the hell is he talking about?
Does he really believe that grabbing women in the private area is not a sexual assault?
And just for the record, Sessions is a former prosecutor.
In a written statement sent to AL.com Monday night, Sessions said that his comments in the Weekly Standard were mischaracterized.
“My hesitation was based solely on confusion of the contents of the 2005 tape and the hypothetical posed by the reporter, which was asked in a chaotic post-debate environment,” Sessions said in the statement. “I regret that it resulted in an inaccurate article that misrepresented my views.”
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By Camila Saenz
RISE NEWS Fellow
Senator Marco Rubio once again set foot on Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus Wednesday, but this time he is looking for some serious help from the students he once taught.
Rubio is a born and raised Miamian with a family background not uncommon to the 54,000 students who attend FIU.
Rubio also previously taught a Florida Politics class on Monday’s and Fridays even after he was elected to the US Senate.
And according to the college professor tracker, Rate My Professor, students enjoyed his class at the university and seemed to like him.
“Probably the most amazing professor I have ever had,” one reviewer wrote on Rate My Professor. “Not to mention that he is a sitting U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate. Would definitely take him again.”
Rubio’s political history runs deep in the southern end of Miami-Dade County. He was a long serving member of the Florida House of Representatives (where he eventually rose to be speaker of the body) and was a city councilman in West Miami starting when the future Presidential candidate was in his mid-twenties.
But not everyone is fond of Rubio these days.
“The people of Florida can’t stand him. He couldn’t get elected dog catcher,” Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said recently. “There will be a lot of advertising. It’s the only thing that might save him. But I doubt it.”
The question many students at FIU find themselves asking is whether or not Rubio will win the Florida primary, and whether they should continue to support him.
“I feel since he is born and raised in Florida he has a connection with the people of Florida,” FIU student Frank Mercado. “Age does not determine how well of a president a person will be, Rubio though young can still be a good choice.”
On Wednesday, a large crowd of students waited to catch a glimpse of Rubio walk through the doors of the Graham Center Ballrooms where he participated in a town hall hosted by MSNBC.
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“Rubio has made a large impact on the republican campaign in this election cycle,” A student attending the town hall said after the event. “He is the strongest candidate out of the final four, however, he lacks years and experience.”
According to RealClear Politics, Trump is currently ahead in the polls by more than 15 points in Florida.
The Florida primary will decide which candidate will receive an additional 99 delegates; it can either give Trump a tighter grip on the GOP nomination or help Rubio stay competitive.
If Rubio loses Florida, he is expected by some to drop out of the contest.
“Donald Trump makes the Republican Party look bad and Ted Cruz does not do a much better job,” Nicolas Zapata, a registered Democrat and FIU student said. “Rubio is the best choice out of the Republicans.
Florida votes on March 15th.
For more information on voting for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary in Florida visit http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/.
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