11/08/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with marriage and family therapist Jude Bijou, author of ATTITUDE RECONSTRUCTION: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life. We’ll discuss how to deal with disappointment and anger in the workplace, and how to let off steam in a safe setting. Also, Linda Gassenheimer and “Florida Cuisine,” with Kris Wessel, whose new restaurant is Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel on South Beach.
Democrats in the Florida Legislature made some gains in Tuesday's election. They weren't enough to end Republican majorities in the House or Senate but they did reduce GOP strength by a measureable notch: Republicans no longer have the supermajorities required for total domination of one party by another.
Boca Raton Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs' victory over Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff of Hollywood was the critical win in the upper chamber.
Miami Dade County election workers are expecting to finish processing absentee ballots sometime today. Then, they'll be able to tell President Obama whether he also won Florida on election day.
The bags of thousands of ballots are the result of a series of voting snafus related to high turnout and restrictive voting rules that persuaded hordes of local voters to vote absentee rather than wait in line, possibly for hours, at their polling stations.
Carlos Almeida (left), a 19-year-old sushi chef, was the first in line ahead of the 120 to 130 voters outside his precinct in Doral. He rode his bike to the polls at 3:30 a.m. because he didn’t want to wait all day on a recovering broken leg.
Credit Courtesy of Ellen Elias and Raya Elias-Pushett
Raya Elias (right), 18, drove home from Gainesville, where she could have registered. “Do you really care what's happening in Gainesville or do you care more about where your parents are paying taxes and where your siblings still are and everything?"
Olga Marcucci (far left, purple shirt) became an American citizen about two years ago. "Coming from Venezuela, I am (happy). That's why I don't mind if I have to wait five hours or ten hours. I'll vote."
Alise Casteel, 19, was the last voter to walk out of the African American Research Library precinct. "I grew up around this neighborhood all my life so it’s actually cool to vote somewhere when you know people around here."
Tuesday may have been the second time Barack Obama won a presidential race, but Election Day was a day of many firsts here in South Florida.
We spoke to several first-time voters who were at the polls Tuesday. Some of the first-timers were young adults, finally old enough to vote in their first presidential election. Other voters were new American citizens.
Check out this slide show of first-time voter stories.