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Jose Suarez

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Whether We Are a Swing Vote or NBA Champs, Miami Local Elections Do Matter

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 2:59 PM

Florida's status as a swing state means that every four years or so the world starts caring about every little political issue in Florida. However, there are some shenanigans that definitely deserve our attention, like when our Governor's agencies tell a 91 year-old decorated World War II veteran...

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While JPMorgan Chase Loses Its Lunch, Some Janitors in Their Building Can Barely Pay for Theirs

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Last week, JPMorgan Chase, one of those "too big to fail" banks, proved that it wasn't too big to fail at its risky investments as long as the American people keep them afloat. In a May 10 press conference, the bank's CEO, the dashing and suave Jamie Dimon, admitted that...

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Politicians Are Making Florida Good for Business But Bad for Floridians

(15) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 3:56 PM

When Rick Scott became Florida's governor, he proclaimed that the sunshine state was "open for business!" What he didn't say was that the doors were closed to Florida's hard-working families. Since that time, Scott and our other politicians have been busy pushing policies that are good for business...

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If Corporations Are Persons, Then They Should Be Better People on Tax Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Last year, with the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court informed us that not only are corporations people, but they are entitled to the same rights as people. In that particular case, the decision was made based on the right to free speech. Or at least the right to give...

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Will Carnival Cruiselines' CEO Micky Arison Become Miami's Warren Buffet or Ebenezer Scrooge?

(4) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Tax season is finally upon us, and yesterday we spoke the truth to one of the corporate powers that is sinking Miami's economy, Carnival Cruise Lines. After weeks of letting the community know about Carnival's dreadful practices, we decided to accompany concerned shareholders to Carnival's annual shareholders meeting at the...

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A Cuban-American's Appeal: Keep Martin Luther King's Dream Alive

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 6:02 PM

Today, April 4, marks the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. That he was one of the country's most influential visionary leaders of the last century is beyond doubt. As a Cuban-American that calls Miami home, I didn't often think of Dr. King and all his accomplishments.

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Jackson Hospital Executives Should Start "Right-Sizing" Their Own Pay

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 3:16 PM

How many of us have heard a company executive say that they have to make "difficult" cuts and changes in order to stay afloat? Funny how none of the executives are ever really included in the cuts. When they are let go, they get "golden parachutes."


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Wells Fargo Parties Hard on 160th Birthday... While Kicking Americans Out of Their Homes

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 3:58 PM

When I heard that this past Monday marked Wells Fargo's 160th birthday and that activists decided to "celebrate" (read: protest the hell out of Wells Fargo) in various parts of the country, I was not surprised -- in fact, I was glad.

What better way to "celebrate"...

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Florida Legislators Hard at Work for Big Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 10:15 AM

It seems that these days most of us think our politicians really don't do much. Sure, there are fancy dinners and expensive per plate fundraisers, but that's about it. But if you look at the Florida Legislature, that's far from the truth. Oh, they were busy... but busy for whom?...

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Miami Politicians Should Stop Being Stupid About the Marlins' Stadium

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 10:23 AM

The Miami Marlins President David Samson has caught a lot of flak for calling Miami politicians stupid. In his now infamous comments made before the Beacon Council, he dropped a bunch of gems. Among other things, saying that Miami politicians were "not the intellectual cream of the crop."...

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Marco Rubio: A Sinking Meteorite, Not a "Rising Star"

(25) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but during this political cycle, our state continues to face economic heartbreak. And at the center of this heartbreak is Florida's very own Junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio -- the boyish darling of the Republican Party who has been no sweetheart to the vast...

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Banks Take It Easy, While Miami Struggles Against Foreclosures

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 5:22 PM

They got off easy, again.

They are the big banks, which recently agreed to pay $25 billion to the victims of foreclosure abuse and to help current homeowners who are "underwater" on their mortgages.

Yes, $25 billion might sound quite impressive, and it certainly impressed U.S. Attorney...

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Miami Isn't Miserable, But the People Who "Run" It Are

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 2:26 PM

Last week, Forbes, the magazine that loves listing the richest people in the world, decided to list Miami as the most miserable city in the country. Miami is used to being at the top of all the wrong lists: the most dangerous, the poorest, the worst drivers. So...

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Politicians Should Stop Sipping Cortaditos and Wake up and Smell the Real Miami

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 7:00 AM

This past weekend, Mitt Romney did what every politician does when they campaign in South Florida, take advantage of our Cuban American hospitality and give us empty rhetoric in return. Sometimes, it is stopping by Versailles and drinking a cortadito; other times, it is eating an empanada, while telling us...

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