A long ballot means long lines, so read the ballot before voting, vote early if you can, and consider some local races and issues we have followed.
The most important races: President and US Senate. Yes, to Hillary Clinton and Patrick Murphy. No, to Trump and Marco Rubio, who won only 15% of the GOP presidential primary vote in Florida.
Yes, to State Senate: Jose Javier Rodriguez, Phillip Brutus, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
No, to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
No, to retaining Florida Supreme Court justices who should never have approved utility-funded Amendment 1.
Don't forget: "Amendment 1 Blocks The Sun". Vote NO.
President: Hillary Clinton
U.S. Senate: Patrick Murphy
U.S. Representative in Congress
District 27: Scott Fuhrman
District 37: Jose Javier Rodriguez*
District 38: Phillip Brutus
District 39: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Heroic politicians stand up for what's right. Effective politicians get things done. Jose Javier Rodriguez does both.
4Bullsugar.org endorses Jose Javier Rodriguez for FL State Senate
When the Florida House passed legislation this year that experts called dangerous to Florida's water supply, only two representatives opposed it. Jose Javier Rodriguez was one of them. Now Rodriguez is running for Florida's Senate (District 37), where that same bill (SB 552) passed unanimously. Our government needs courage and leadership like his, and we enthusiastically endorse Jose Javier Rodriguez in this race.
Rodriguez has been consistent and principled in his support for clean water, unafraid to oppose done deals like this year's fracking bill (HB 191), which passed the House for the third year in a row. Last April, when the rock mining industry wanted to slash its payments against potential cleanup efforts, the Florida legislature obliged. Rodriguez was again one of few hold-outs, telling the Miami Herald, "I don’t see why a change is needed in a policy that could potentially protect our water supply."
This spring, Rodriguez' was one of the loudest and clearest voices on Turkey Point's lax oversight and poor safety record. "For years our state regulators have failed to take seriously the threat to our public safety, to our drinking water, and to our environment posed by FP&L’s actions at Turkey Point. Evidence revealed this week of radioactive material in Biscayne Bay is the last straw and I join those calling on the US EPA to step in and do what our state regulators have so far refused to do: protect the public."
Rodriguez was just as direct in calling out the state government's refusal to take real action on Everglades restoration, stating plainly what too few of his colleagues have the guts to say publicly: that Florida lawmakers defied voters by blatantly failing to implement Amendment 1 and begin meaningful work to fix Florida's broken plumbing. The biggest hurdle, Rodriguez said, was convincing the Republican-controlled Legislature to agree to buy land, a step that scientists have almost unanimously called the most important in the effort to solve South Florida's water crisis.
Rodriguez has been a steady advocate for transparent, scientific water management policies and was an early signer of the Now Or Neverglades Declaration.
Florida, and especially our waterways, deserve a champion. Rodriguez has demonstrated the will and ability to fight to secure our precious natural resources for future generations. Jose Javier Rodriguez has been heroic and effective in the Florida House, and he can be a powerful leader in the Senate. Bullsugar.org urges voters in the 37th District to elect Jose Javier Rodriguez.
District 114: Daisy J. Baez
District 118: Robert Asencio
Miami-Dade Mayor: Raquel Regalado
Group 34: Mark Blumstein
Group 52: Carol "Jodie" Breece
County Clerk of Court: Harvey Ruvin
District 1: Wilbert T. "Tee" Holloway
District 6: Modesto "Mo" Abety
Florida Justice of the Supreme Court
Retain in office: No, to all
District Court of Appeal: Yes, to all
No. 1: No
No. 2: Yes
No. 3: Yes
No. 5: Yes
Special purpose districts: No
Public records: Yes
Dade Heritage Trust: Yes
Runoff election: Yes
Civilian Investigative Panel: Yes
City charter lawsuits: Yes
Landscape architects: Yes
Lobbyist requirements: Yes
Trial board: No
Commissioner incapacity: Yes
Vice mayor: Yes
Commissioner removal: No
Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor
Vice Mayor election: Yes
Vice Mayor role: Yes
Council Vacancy: Yes