Rush Limbaugh Claims Jeb Bush Wants to Turn All of America Into Miami

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Rush Limbaugh
Jeb Bush's fledgling not-quite-campaign has a lot of problems, not the least of which is that conservative radio talk show hosts don't particularly like the guy. That includes the king blowhard himself, Rush Limbaugh.

The grandaddy of conservative talk took to the airwaves on Wednesday to claim, in great horror, that a Jeb Bush presidency would result in all of America being turned into Miami. If you're suspecting that's a stealth argument to stir up anti-Hispanic fears amongst his listeners, well, you're probably right.

See also: Jeb Bush Has 99 Problems: No Really, Here They Are

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Jeb Bush Has 99 Problems: Seriously, Here They Are

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Parental advisory suggested, but Barbara Bush is totally OK with it now.
In many ways, Jeb Bush is sitting pretty. He's the only major 2016 candidate who has publicly announced he's actively exploring a presidential run and is busy hauling in cash for his Right to Rise PAC. He's sitting atop many national polls of GOP contenders, and the media has anointed him the early fundraising leader.

The main flaw of all this Jeb-for-president talk, however, is that the bored national political media has little else to do besides jabber and write about Jeb Bush. In the two months since he announced he's exploring a run, countless ink has been spilled on Bush's political, personal, and business past and analyzing any campaign pitfalls that may come his way. On one hand, it's good for Jeb to get all of this out of the way early. On the other hand, it provides a convenient playbook for any of his would-be rivals on how to attack him.

How much scrutiny has Bush already faced? It didn't take us long to round up 99 problems already written about Bush's potential path to the White House.

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Rick Scott Gave President Obama a Marlins Cap, but What Does It Mean?

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What does this gift mean?
Apparently we are to assume that all minor instances of basic human interaction between Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama are of the utmost importance. So what to make of the fact that this afternoon Scott was on hand to greet Obama before his appearance at Florida International University and gifted him a cap with the insignia of the Miami Marlins professional baseball team?

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Obama Is in Town Today: Here's How He'll Affect Traffic

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The president is a busier man than you'll ever be.
President Barack Obama will visit the main campus of Florida International University this afternoon to speak at a town hall meeting about immigration. He'll sit down with TV news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, and the event will air on Telemundo at 7 p.m. and on MSNBC at 8 p.m. Exciting stuff.

Of course, we all know presidential visits come with an inconvenient side effect: traffic delays. The president's motorcade does not travel lightly or inconspicuously.

Here's how local roadways might be affected.

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Ex-Rep. Joe Garcia Quits Politics, Joins Miami Beach Bank Instead

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Joe Garcia on the campaign trail in Homestead last fall
Joe Garcia, the Cuban American former Democratic congressman who lost in November to newcomer Carlos Curbelo, is not running for office again. Instead he's joining a bank.

Today QueensFort Capital, a Miami-based bank that specializes in large capital foreign investment, announced Garcia was coming on board as senior vice president.

"I have been in the private sector on many different occasions, just like I have been in the public sector," Garcia tells New Times. "This is an opportunity that I was very excited about."

See also: Congressman Joe Garcia Fights for His Political Life

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Bill to Legalize Recreational Pot Use Filed by Miami State Senator

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Marijuana out in nature.
Some Republicans in the state legislature may be ready to legalize medical marijuana (though only if it's the nonsmokable stuff), but at least one Democrat wants all weed legalized.

Sen. Dwight Bullard, a Democrat representing Cutler Bay and current chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, introduced SB 1176 yesterday. The bill would effectively legalize marijuana, even for recreational use, in Florida.

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Bill Seeks to End Heterosexual Discrimination in Florida

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What else do you expect from a state that isn't sure if gay sex meets the legal definition of sex and let beastiality remain technically legal until 2011?

It's been technically illegal in Florida since the late 1800s for unrelated and unmarried man and woman to cohabitate. In fact, it's considered "lewd and lascivious behavior," and is punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor. Of course, no one has been prosecuted under the law in some time, but Florida politicians haven't scrubbed it from the books. Well, Democratic state Senator Eleanor Sobel is finally trying to change that.

Previous attempts to repeal the law have failed, but now that gay marriage is legal in the state, perhaps the only way for Sobel and supporters to get the attention of Florida's Republican majority is to present it as a clear case of discrimination against heterosexuals.

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Former Mayoral Candidate Busted For Running Campaign Through PayPal

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And it seemed he ran his campaign like a candle in the wind.
Back in 2013, Jeffrey A. Benjamin came in second place to Tomas Regalado in Miami's mayoral race with 10 percent of the vote. You may remember that as the year when Regalado's only real competition, Francis Suarez, abruptly dropped out of the race, leaving Regalado practically unchallenged.

Still, Benjamin was a registered candidate and was held accountable to all campaign rules and regulations. Except he never read those rules. He found reading them a "pain in the butt."

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Florida Bill Would Allow Liquor Sales Inside Grocery Stores, Drug Stores, Walmarts

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This could be a common sight inside your local Walmart soon.
Want to pick up a bag of baby carrots, a carton of Hefty bags, and a fifth of vodka all in one quick trip?

Well, lawmakers are currently debating whether to allow grocery and drug stores to sell hard liquor alongside other wares.

See also: Beer Growlers May Finally Be Legalized in Florida Next Year

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Glory Boy Marco Rubio Has Missed More Votes Than Any Other Senator

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Marco Rubio during one of his many extracurricular speaking engagements in 2013.
Marco Rubio swept into the Senate with more hype than any politician since, well, Barack Obama. The then-Tea Party wunderkind promised he wouldn't let the hype go to his head and would concentrate on the job he was elected to do.

So much for that. Turns out, of every single serving U.S. senator, Marco Rubio has missed the most votes.

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