Representative Ted Deutch, US House, FL-22

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Saturday October 20th, we sat down for a chilled tequila with US Congressman Ted Deutch at General Provision in Fort Lauderdale.

Congressman Deutch is a Democrat who represents Florida’s Florida's 22nd District which includes portions of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, and Parkland.

He is the Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee and a Member of the Foreign Affairs & Judiciary committees. He’s seeking reelection to his 5th term in office.

Just a reminder that early voting has started in most counties in Florida. For more info on times and polling locations, you can check your local supervisor of elections website. Also, there are many great voter guides out there, and we’ll link to a few in the show notes.

You can check out this WMN Miami Voter Guide as well as The New Tropic's Voter Guide

Rerelease: Andrew Gillum, Candidate for Governor of Florida

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This is a rerelease of our conversation with Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum.

On Saturday, April 28th we shared gin & tonic at Villain Theater in Miami and talked about topics including Mayor Gillum’s professional career, his policy vision for the state, and his first experience of political engagement—trying to get Nacho Cheese Doritos in his school’s vending machine.

On this episode we cited a few data points that we are linking to here in the show notes:

Jason Pizzo, Florida Senate, District 38

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On Saturday August 12th, we sat down for an Old Fashioned with Jason Pizzo, a candidate running for Florida State Senate in District 38. He is running in a primary on August 28th against incumbent and serial liar Daphne Campbell.

We talked about Jason’s time spent working as a prosecutor issues important to him including climate change, criminal justice reform, and more.

Cindy Polo, Democratic Candidate, Florida House, District 103

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On Saturday August 4th, we sat down for a beer with Cindy Polo, a candidate running for Florida State House in District 103. She is running in a primary on August 28th. 

We talked about Cindy's time working as communications professional, her inspiration for running for office, and issues important to her including gun control, mine blasting, education, and more. 

Julian Santos, Democratic Candidate, Florida Senate, District 36

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On Saturday July 28th, we sat down for a White Russian with Julian Santos, a candidate running for Florida State Senate in District 36. He is running in a primary on August 28th against Coral Gables firefighter David Perez.

We talked about Julian’s time spent working as a financial regulator and issues important to him including healthcare, education, the environment, and more.

Demetries Grimes: Democratic Candidate, US House, FL-26

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On Saturday July 14th, we sat down for an extra dirty vodka martini with Commander Demetries Grimes, a candidate running for US House of Representatives in FL-26. He's running in the Democratic primary on August 28th against Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. 

We talked about Commander Grime's international upbringing, his long career in military service, why he thinks he's the best candidate to represent District 26, and more.

Kubs Lalchandani: Democratic Candidate, FL House, District 113

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On Saturday July 21st, we sat down for a whiskey smash with Kubs Lalchandani, a candidate running for Florida State House in District 113. He has two challengers in the Democratic primary, Deedee Weithorn and Michael Greico. 

We talked about Kubs's journey to being a private practice attorney Miami, his views on a number of policy issues, racist attacks by one of his primary opponents, and more.

Randall Woodfin: Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

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On Saturday May 19th, we sat down for a beer with Randall Woodfin at Villain Theater in Miami.

Randall is the 30th mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, and a rising star within the Alabama and national Democratic parties.

We talked with Randall about his vision for neighborhood revitalization in Birmingham, some of the key challenges facing his city and cities more generally, the state of the Democratic Party in Alabama, and much more.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell: Democratic Candidate, US House, FL-26

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On Saturday June 16th, we sat down for a whisky and coke with Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at Villain Theater in Miami.

Debbie is seeking the Democratic nomination for US House District 26. She’s running in a primary on August 28th.

We talked with Debbie about topics including immigration, healthcare, her experience with gun violence, why she's running, and much more.

Joshua Simmons: Candidate, Coral Springs City Commission, Seat 4

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On Saturday April 5th, we sat down for a whisky ginger with Josh Simmons at Villain Theater in Miami.

Josh is a candidate for Coral Springs City Commission. Coral Springs is a mid-sized residential city in northwest Broward that borders Parkland.

We talk about topics including Josh being recognized by the national organization Run for Something, a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Coral Springs, and how his community has been affected by the shooting in Parkland.

Andrew Gillum: Mayor of Tallahassee & Democratic Candidate for Governor of Florida

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On Saturday, April 28th we shared gin & tonic with Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee and a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to be the next governor of Florida.

The Democratic primary is on August 28th.

The show was recorded live at Villain Theater.

We covered topics including Mayor Gillum’s professional career, his policy vision for the state, and his first experience of political engagement—trying to get nacho cheese Doritos in his school’s vending machine.

On this episode we cited a few data points that we are linking to here in the show notes:

Eileen Higgins: Candidate, Miami-Dade County Commission, District 5

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On Saturday, April 21st we shared a margarita with Eileen Higgins, candidate for Miami-Dade County Commission in District 5. (District 5 Map) in a special election on May 22nd.

The show was recorded live at Gramps.

We covered topics including Eileen’s professional career, her civic engagement including her work on breaking the school to prison pipeline through civil citations, and why she’s running for Miami Dade County Commission.

Steven Machat: Democratic Candidate, US House, District 26

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On Saturday, April 14th we sat down with Steven Machat, Democratic candidate for US House of Representatives in District 26.

The show was recorded live at the Bar at 1306.

We covered topics including Steven's career as a record producer and music industry lawyer and  his policy vision on a range of issues affecting South Florida and the nation. Oh yeah, there was a Swedish TV crew filming us for a documentary they are making about Steven's son who tragically passed way two years ago.

Javier Fernandez: Democratic Candidate, FL House, District 114

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On Saturday, April 7th we shared an old fashioned with Javier Fernandez, Democratic candidate for Florida House of Representatives in District 114.

The show was recorded live at Villain Theater.

We covered topics including portions of Javier's career working for the City of Miami and his career as a land use attorney, his policy vision on education and affordable housing, and where he goes for the best old fashioned in South Florida.

José Javier Rodríguez: Florida State Senator & Democratic Candidate, US House, FL-27

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On Saturday, February 17th, State Senator and Congressional candidate José Javier Rodriguez sat down with co-hosts Juan Cuba and Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27.

We talk about José's personal story, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and legislative responses, climate change, inequality, healthcare, and more.

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing political candidates and incumbents across Florida and beyond, including all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congressional District 27.

Michael Hepburn: Democratic Candidate, US House, FL-27

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On Monday, February 12th, Congressional candidate Michael Hepburn sat down co-hosts Juan Cuba and Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27.

We talk about education, economic justice, Medicare for All, the Brand New Congress movement, Michael's personal story, and more.

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing political candidates and incumbents across Florida and beyond, including all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congressional District 27. 

David Richardson: Florida State House Member & Democratic Candidate, US House, FL-27

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On Saturday, February 10th, Congressional candidate State Representative David Richardson sat down with co-hosts Juan Cuba and Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27.

We talk prison and criminal justice reform, restoring--and defining-- the American Dream, fighting discrimination against LGBTQ and other marginalized communities, impeaching Trump and more.

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing political candidates and incumbents across Florida and beyond, including all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congressional District 27. 

Matt Haggman: Democratic Candidate, US House, FL-27

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On Tuesday, February 6th, Congressional candidate Matt Haggman sat down with co-hosts Juan Cuba and Matt Mawhinney for a discussion about his values, his vision, and why he thinks he's the best candidate in District 27.

We talk healthcare, the promise and perils of technology, regulating Wall Street, impeaching Trump and more.

As part of Drinks with Politicians, Juan and Matt are interviewing political candidates and incumbents across Florida and beyond, including all the Democratic candidates vying to replace Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congressional District 27.