Florida's Newest Congressman Confused Two Non-White U.S. Officials for Indian Officials

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Curt Clawson is Florida's newest congressman. In fact, it's his one-month anniversary on the job after winning the seat vacated by Trey "Cocaine Congressman" Radel.

He positioned himself heavily in the campaign as an "outsider," and, well, yesterday he certainly proved that he's clueless to the inner workings and decorum of Congress.

During a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where two high-ranking State Department officials were testifying, Clawson apparently just assumed they were officials representing the Indian government, even though it's quite uncommon for officials from foreign countries to testify before Congress, according to Foreign Policy.

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Miami Beach May Remove Arthur Godfrey's Name From 41st Street

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In the late 1940s and '50s there was no bigger American media star than Arthur Godfrey, who had become known and loved for his intimate, folksy radio news personality and went on to host programs like the wildly popular daily CBS variety show Arthur Godfrey Time.

Beginning in 1953 Godfrey broadcast the show from a glitzy Bal Harbour hotel, the Kenilworth, and also became a part owner of the hotel several years later. His star power brought business and tourism to burgeoning Miami Beach; for his contribution 41st Street was co-named Arthur Godfrey Road, probably as early as the 1960s, according to local historian Paul George.

Now, more than four decades later, a Miami Beach commissioner wants to remove the designation, arguing the Godfrey name no longer provides any benefit.

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Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Could Sink Charlie Crist's Campaign Hopes, Poll Finds

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Who the hell is Adrian Wyllie? Well, he's a military vet, an IT consultant and the host of a libertarian radio talk show in Pinellas County. He also might just be Charlie Crist's worst nightmare.

That's because Wyllie is running for Florida governor on the Libertarian ticket and a new poll out this morning finds that throwing the radio host into the race turns a clear-cut Crist lead into a chaotic, impossible-to-call contest.

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John Oliver Tears Into Rick Scott for Private Prison Stance

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Daily Show alum John Oliver's new HBO show Last Week Tonight is only on its 11th episode, but obviously a comedy program poking fun at politics and the news can only go so long until it features a few Rick Scott jokes.

On Sunday's episode, Oliver dug into America's prison fetish, and particularly went hard on private prisons run by the Geo Group. Scott, of course, has been pushing for prison privatization in Florida and just happened to be holding a fundraiser at Geo Group president George Zoley's home last night.

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Could Miami Get a Chinese Consulate? Probably Not, Despite the County Commission's Efforts

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One morning in the summer of 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics were set to kick off, Juan Zapata, then a republican Florida state representative, found himself having breakfast with Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to the United States. The breakfast delegation was talking business, and someone floated the idea of a Chinese consulate in Miami as a strategic link for the PRC's booming Latin American commercial interests.

Zapata, the longtime president of a Coral Gables investment company, saw a chance for local economic growth and instantly loved the idea. So did the ambassador. "He thought it would be a natural fit," Zapata tells Riptide.

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Charlie Crist Chooses Miami's Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as Running Mate

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Charlie Crist hasn't even won the Democratic primary yet, but he's already picked his general election running mate. Crist tapped Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Miami businesswoman who has made a few unsuccessful runs at office before and now is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats and vice chair of the state party.

With opponent Rick Scott tapping Carlos López-Cantera as his Lieutenant Governor earlier this year, that means both Scott and Crist will be running with Hispanic politicians from Miami on the ballot.

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Clueless Rick Scott Campaign Compares LeBron James to Charlie Crist

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When LeBron James announced he's heading back to Cleveland, most high-profile Floridians responded with understanding and gratitude for what he accomplished here. Gov. Rick Scott, of all people, was one of the lone exceptions.

In a cheap attack that's as insulting to Floridians' intelligence as it is completely idiotic, his campaign responded to the news by churning out an email and some tweets comparing LeBron James to Charlie Crist.

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David Rivera Suspends Congressional Campaign, Will Run For State House Instead

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What interesting timing. Just hours after LeBron James announced he was heading back home to Cleveland, allegedly crooked politician David Rivera had an announcement of his own. Rivera suspended his quixotic campaign to regain his seat in the U.S. House that he lost two years ago amidst scandal, and announced he'll instead run for a Florida state House seat in 2016.

That is if he isn't behind bars by then.

See also: Ringer Candidate Justin Lamar Sternad Sentenced to 7 Months

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Florida GOP "Made a Mockery" of Fair Redistricting Amendments, Judge Rules

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Trouble in Tallahassee.
"Gerrymandering" is a big, strange word, but in Florida it describes a simple enough problem: The state's legislative districts are so artificially drawn that one of the nation's most purple electorates has a lockstep Republican state house that will never face a serious challenge. Four years ago, voters backed change. More than 60 percent, in fact, passed the two "Fair Districts" amendments, which demanded that districts not be politically drawn.

Take a wild guess how that played out when legislators drew up a new voting map. Actually, just take it from Florida Judge Terry P. Lewis, who threw out the maps last night and blistered the state GOP for "making a mockery" of the voters demands.

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Ringer Candidate Justin Lamar Sternad Sentenced to 7 Months

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David Rivera is a free man and running for his old congressional seat that he lost to Democrat Joe Garcia in the last election cycle.

Justin Lamar Sternad, the man many suspect Rivera used as a ringer in the Democratic primary against Garcia, will spend the next seven months behind bars on campaign violation charges.

See also: Justin Lamar Sternad Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate with David Rivera Investigation

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