Greg Allen http://aspenpublicradio.org en The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/great-blue-hope-michelle-nunn-tries-improbable-ga Georgia has been considered safely red territory for more than a decade. But there's a new energy among Democrats in the state, where candidate Michelle Nunn represents the party's best chance of winning a Senate seat in years.<p>This is Nunn's first run for public office, but she's far from an unknown in a state where her father, Sam Nunn, is a Democratic icon who represented Georgia in the Senate for more than two decades.<p>Like her father, Nunn positions herself as a moderate Democrat, willing to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 22283 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga. Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/legal-battle-looms-over-florida-congressional-districts With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.<p>A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.<p>The question now is when.<p>Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Greg Allen 21843 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts Fate Of Decades-Old Cigar Factory Dangles By A Phrase http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/fate-decades-old-cigar-factory-dangles-phrase Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUSIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Tampa was once known as Cigar City. Today, there's just one cigar factory left. The J.C. Newman Company makes cigars in Tampa the way it has for more than 80 years on machines made in the 1930s. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Greg Allen 21602 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/miami-stores-enjoy-thriving-business-cuban-shoppers On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah, Fla., is just as close to Havana. And now, more than ever, Cubans are flocking to Hialeah to shop, taking advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions.<p>"There are more Cubans here than any place besides Cuba," says Serafin Blanco, who owns a discount clothing store there.<p>Through these shopping expeditions, Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs can buy goods their customers need and can't find in their country — legally skirting the 50-year-old trade embargo.<p>Some stores, like Blanco's, specialize in trade with Cuba. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Greg Allen 21221 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/goods-sold-cuban-shops-often-come-florida-stores Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Greg Allen 21190 at http://aspenpublicradio.org