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–State officials informed Miami-Dade County leaders late Wednesday that the bacteria that causes red tide has been discovered in the waters off Haulover Beach.
-As a result, Haulover and all other beaches north of the Haulover inlet have been closed until further notice.
-Miami may get more bad news today: samples taken from other beaches like South Beach and Crandon Park will be released later today.
-Red tide can kill fish and other marine life and can be dangerous to humans.
We are taking this proactive step to ensure our residents and visitors are not affected as we collect samples in other areas for state testing. We will continue to seek guidance from the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and take precautionary measures as needed. https://t.co/ZasZwQbPqP
— Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) October 4, 2018
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Remember When Richard Shelby Was A Democrat And Voted Against Reagan’s Pro-Life Supreme Court Nominee?
Politics is a funny thing.
And it only gets funnier when you have broaden your scope and look at it with a wide historical context.
Alabama’s senior Senator Richard Shelby is not a big fan of President Barack Obama. No big shock there. His voting record was recently ranked as the third most conservative in the whole of the Senate.
As a consequence, Shelby has vowed to “adamantly oppose” any Supreme Court nominee that Obama offers up to the Senate for confirmation to replace Conservative icon Antonin Scalia.
“This great loss brings on a great responsibility for the United States Senate,” Shelby said in a press release on the matter. “Justice Scalia’s replacement should be considered carefully and thoughtfully because it is vital to our nation’s future that we confirm a justice who will continue his legacy.”
But Shelby has not always followed his own advice.
Back in 1987, Shelby was a vocal opponent of Judge Robert Bork‘s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Bork was a favorite of President Ronald Reagan and was seen as a conservative firebrand who would help keep the court firmly leaning to the right.
But at the time Shelby was a Democrat (and would be until he ditched the Dems for the GOP in 1994) and had little patience for Bork, a man who could have helped Scalia take the court in an even more Originalist direction.
“Overall, he [Bork] will have a divisive influence in this country, he will polarize this country and I think that’s not good for my state or the nation,” Shelby said in a C-SPAN call in show in October of 1987. “That’s why I’m going to vote against him.”
Then Sen. Ted Kennedy was a leading opponent of Bork, and he famously argued against the jurist in a way that made him sound like a right-wing nut. Kennedy gave a well-remembered invective against Bork on the floor of the Senate after Reagan announced his nomination:
“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens.”
Bork’s nomination was eventually defeated in the Senate 42 votes to 58.
“It’s all politics,” Shelby said on C-SPAN in 1987. “People say that nomination to the Supreme Court is apolitical. It’s not apolitical. It is part of the political process. It always has been, always will be.”
While some things change, other things stay the same.
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The group that represents sororities at Florida International University has decided to blacklist a fraternity at FIU due to the discovery of an explosive email that allegedly contained a series of inappropriate screenshots from a group chat between members of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
The FIU Panhellenic Council made the claims in a letter released Friday.
The letter, which was first reported by HerCampus claims that a “disgusting and obscene email” containing screenshots of a group chat from members of FIU’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was sent on September 28, to FIU administrators and Greek life leaders.
From Her Campus:
“The email contained over 20 attachments of a Tau Kappa Epsilon group chat in which members shared images of nude women, mocked a deceased member of the Panhellenic community, sent photos of hazing, messages about sexual assault, pedophilia and drug distribution.”
Tau Kappa Epsilon is the second oldest fraternity on the FIU campus and boasts over 90 active members.
In response to the allegations made in the email, five of the seven Panhellenic Council sororities decided to blacklist TKE.
They say that they will not interact with TKE in any way through the end of Fall 2018.
“Although we normally encourage members to become involved in philanthropy, we will not allow for members of TKE to assume roles in our philanthropic programming, to congregate at such events, nor will they be allowed to attend in TKE paraphernalia”, The letter from the Panhellenic Council said. “Our organizations refuse to support any event hosted by the chapter.”
Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu and Sigma Kappa all signed the letter.
FIU did not respond to RISE NEWS when asked for comment, however the official university Facebook page did comment on the HerCampus story.
“FIU is aware of the images described in the story and has no tolerance for this type of behavior,” the official FIU Facebook page wrote in the comments of the HerCampus article. “We are unable to comment further pending the conclusion of an investigation.”
RISE NEWS also has reached out to the leadership of the Panhellenic Council. We will update this story with additional information.
UPDATE: Tau Kappa Epsilon has responded to our request for comment:
“Tau Kappa Epsilon and our Sigma-Alpha chapter at FIU are fully cooperating with university officials on their investigation.”
READ: The full letter sent from the FIU Panhellenic Council regarding their blacklisting of Tau Kappa Epsilon
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By James Kardys
Let’s face it. Donald Trump is a very unpopular guy.
However, what about the remaining 21% of Republicans who would not vote for Trump or Clinton? Would they vote at all? Some, if not many, will not.
Others, however, are contemplating third party options.
The same logic applies to the 31% of Bernie Sanders supporters who may or will not cote for Clinton, and the 20% who would vote for Trump.
Perhaps the most frequently discussed of those options is that of voting for the Libertarian Party, whose online search results have reportedly surged since Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican primary on May 3.
On Sunday, the Libertarian Party nominated former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson for President, and former Governor of Massachusetts William Weld as his running mate.
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In an era where it seems that the Republican and Democratic parties are the only political parties around, and where dissatisfaction with them is near historical highs, it seems only fitting that additional options be shown to and discussed with the general public. Therefore, this article will be dedicated to doing so with the Libertarian Party.
Like all political parties, the Libertarian party determines its platform at its national convention. The result of this convention (aside from the nominees) are as follows:
-The Libertarian Party places emphasis over individual sovereignty over all else. It criticizes both the Democratic and Republican parties as being too regulating and authoritarian. It demands that the government not deny the right life, liberty, and property for the sake of itself or others.
-Under this philosophy, the following policy positions are advocated:
1. Individuals should be able do whatever they want to their bodies (appeals to liberals).
2. The government should not control the internet of mass media (appeals to elements of both sides).
3. The government should not spy on everybody (appeals to elements of both sides).
4. The government should not classify anybody by sexual preference (appeals to liberals).
5. The government should not regulate abortion (appeals to liberals).
6. Criminal laws should be limited to those involving person-to-person interaction (appeals to liberals).
7. The government should not regulate guns (appeals to conservatives).
8. The government should not interfere in property ownership (appeals to conservatives).
9. The government should not interfere in pollution regulation, for it is less trustworthy and effective than innovative civilians who seek to do the same (appeals to conservatives).
10. The government should not interfere with the energy market (appeals to conservatives).
11. The government should not rely on income taxes to produce a balanced budget, which should be mandatory (appeals to conservatives).
12. The government should not interfere in non-fraudulent banking practices (appeals to conservatives).
13. The government should not interfere in the free market (appeals to conservatives).
14. The government should not interfere in worker-employer relations (appeals to conservatives).
15. The government should not interfere in education, which should be determined by parents (appeals to conservatives).
16. The health care market should serve as any other market that operates across state lines, and not be subjected to government intervention (appeals to conservatives).
17. Social Security should be replaced with private retirement planning (appeals to conservatives).
18. Military service should be limited to voluntary defense of the country’s territory (appeals to elements of both sides)
19. Internal security should not trump individual liberty (appeals to elements of both sides).
20. All foreign aid should be ended (appeals to elements of both sides, but mostly to paleoconservatives).
21. Trade and immigration should not be restricted unless there is a threat to national security (appeals to elements of both sides, but mostly to liberals).
22. The government should not interfere in private practices of discrimination (appeals to conservatives).
23. The government should not try to rig electoral systems to create a party system with a limited number of parties (appeals to elements of both sides).
24. The people have the inherent right to self-determination (appeals to conservatives).
At the end of the day, this party is very socially liberal but very fiscally conservative.
This unique platform has the potential to either attract or repulse people on both sides of the political spectrum.
If the party wants a chance of growing to substantial polling numbers, it may have to target single issue voters.
Given that single-issue voters appear to be significant in numbers, as indicated by Gallup polls on the level of priority voters have on issues such as abortion and gun control, perhaps that may be all it needs to do, especially if it succeeds in attracting protest votes from disillusioned Republicans and Democrats.
Do you wish this party good luck in its quest? Feel free to comment and share your opinion below!
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