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March

The war in Iraq and terrorism are more important issues to Cuban Americans in Miami-Dade than Cuba and Fidel Castro, according to a new poll released Thursday that skews to Cuban Americans 60 and older and paints a more nuanced picture of the exile community.

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About a third of Cuban-Americans would support an American military invasion of Cuba and an additional third support tightening the embargo in order to bring democracy to the island, but the majority rate other issues, such as the economy, as bigger concerns, a recent poll unveiled at Florida International University has found. Further, 15% stated that they were looking from some new option to bring freedom and democracy to Cuba.

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A new study released today shows that Broward County and South Florida experienced a three-year “explosive” housing boom between 2002-2005 that has created a “severe housing supply and demand imbalance.” Further, the study says that with a 6 percent growth in per capita income during the last three years, it’s unlikely that Broward’s economic growth alone will offset the higher cost of homes, which have jumped in price by 65 percent in only two years.

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"In the study, prepared by the Florida International University Metropolitan Center, the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit laid out the problems, using the metric that considers housing costs a burden when they top 30 percent of a household's income"

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June

A majority of registered voters in Miami-Dade County support a so-called strong mayor form of government that could appear on the ballot this year, according to a poll released Monday by a Florida International University think tank.

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Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center, an urban think tank, released a poll today showing that a majority (62%) of Miami-Dade County registered voters support creating a Strong Mayor form of government. A Strong Mayor government would place more administrative responsibility on the County Mayor, Carlos Alvarez.

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La creación en el gobierno de Miami-Dade de una figura de alcalde fuerte que lleve las riendas de la administración es sólidamente favorecida por los votantes, según una nueva encuesta realizada esta semana por el Centro Metropolitano de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU).

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Dotado de un carisma político difícil de igualar, el gobernador Jeb Bush ha ejercido un dominio del voto hispano en los últimos ocho años tan indiscutible como excepcional.

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The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) in conjunction with Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center will host a symposium entitled New Dimensions of Latino Participation on June 7th, 2006 from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001).

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July

WFOR, News at 11

WFOR, News at 11

August

WRGB, CBS 6 News

WRGB, CBS 6 News

CBS, The Early Show

CBS, The Early Show

October

Two pressing circumstances — the debate within the U.S. Congress on comprehensive immigration reform and the spring rallies that drew millions in major American cities — framed the discussion when the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) convened a symposium on “New Dimensions of Latino Participation,” in Washington D.C., June 7, 2006. Those convened included a United States senator, academics from various institutions, political consultants, and leaders from an array of Latino

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November

Results of the Greater Miami Chamber’s Workforce Housing Survey will be released. Dario Moreno, director of FIU’s Metropolitan Center will present the results; followed by a panel discussion focusing on “Housing Your Workforce: Business Solutions and Best Practices.”

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December

The FIU Metropolitan Center will open a Data Center, where experts will be able to obtain that latest statistical information about specific projects that Metropolitan Center has conducted. The compiled data sets will be made available in a timely fashion so that it may be used by governmental, non-profit, and private entities.

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