Bill Nelson
3:34 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Bill Nelson: I Am Still 'Petrified' Of Florida's New Voting Law

Bill Nelson says he is still concerned about Florida's voting law.
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This year's presidential election is getting closer and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., still doesn't feel too good about the state's new voting law.

He stopped by the Miami Herald today to talk about his debate against his opponent, Connie Mack, last night. He talked about immigration and the Space Coast, among other things, but he also voiced how he feels about Florida's new voting law.

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Arts
2:29 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

South Florida Actor Tackles 30 Characters in One Play

Actor Tom Wahl in Zoetic Stage's "I Am My Own Wife" at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Justin Namon

After actor Tom Wahl first read the script for “I Am My Own Wife,” he had to lie down.

“It was a little overwhelming,” Wahl says.  “But from the first page, I was just blown away by the story.”

Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the life of Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite, who survived first the Nazis and then the Communists -- as a woman.

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Topical Currents
1:30 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining: Baking Out Loud

BAKING OUT LOUD: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors
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10/18/12 -   Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, special wine correspondent Fred Tasker, and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview executive pastry chef  Hedy Goldsmith, of Miami’s “Michael’s Genuine.”  She’s written BAKING OUT LOUD.

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Who Runs the Presidential Debates?

No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates by George Farah
www.sevenstories.com

10/18/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with George Farah, author of No Debate:  How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.”  The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private corporation formed by both major parties, which implements debate contracts.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer, with executive pastry chef  Hedy Goldsmith, of Miami’s “Michael’s Genuine.”  She’s written BAKING OUT LOUD.

George Farah on DemocracyNow.org: 

Politics
12:55 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

A Romney-Ryan Rally At A New Deal Relic

FDR Built That: Daytona Beach's Bandshell
Joe Shlabotnik on flickr

When Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan rally in Daytona Beach Friday night -- and somebody should tell them this right away -- they'll be worshipping at a temple of deficit spending, Keynesian economics and executive power unconstrained.

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Dispatches
11:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Dispatch: The Server And The Cat

Patti Wilde and her bar mate Larry
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During the previous debate, our Dispatches from the Swing State team met an interesting character in a Key West pub -- a local server named Patti Wilde who is originally from Cincinnati and is something of a local celebrity.

Or, as she explains it, "I mean, I used to be. I've been here 30 years so they go, 'oh, Cincinnati Patti's here.' But now they don't do that anymore. They go, 'Larry!'"

"Larry" is Patti Wilde's cat -- a very large cat that sits calmly on the bar stool wherever she goes.

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Political Fundraising
11:26 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Host Of Romney's '47-Percent' Fundraiser Is Set To Host Paul Ryan

A host of one of Romney's controversial fundraising dinners is going to host another event in Boca Raton for the campaign.
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Boca Raton's Marc Leder, who is best known for hosting a dinner earlier this year in which presidential candidate Mitt Romney said 47 percent of people will vote for Obama because they are "dependent upon government," is going to hold yet another event this Friday at a country club in Boca Raton.

This fundraiser, however, will feature Romney's Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan.

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35,000 Have Cast Ballots in Miami Dade
9:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

500,000 Floridians Have Already Voted

Absentee ballots are pouring in across Florida.
Vaguely Artistic Flickr/Creative Commons

Election Day is less than three weeks away, but half a million votes are already in in Florida.

The Miami Herald reports the heaviest voting is taking place in Miami Dade, Tampa Bay and along the I-4 corridor.

About 500,000 Floridians have already cast absentee ballots, and 1.8 million more have requested these ballots be mailed to them.

Heavy interest in the presidential race is believed to be behind the rush to vote so soon.

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Sunshine Skyway Suicides
9:09 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Whole Story Behind The Sunshine Skyway Suicides Story

Jumping from this hight - you don't break the surface, the surface breaks you.
Rich Halten

Every day, thousands of people use the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to cross Tampa Bay. Hundreds of people also use the bridge to end their lives.

Hanns Jones is one of the people who jumped off the bridge for that reason.

But Jones survived.

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Senate Debate
8:56 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Showdown At Nova: Bill Nelson, Connie Mack Mix It Up In First And Only Senate Debate

Mack, left, and Nelson debated at Nova Southeastern University
Credit candidate web sites

Fact checkers were up all night after Wednesday's Senate debate between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger, U. S. Connie Mack. Facts and truth were relative things, many agreed, during the one and only chance Florida voters will have to see the candidates debate.

Mack is enjoying a bounceback after trailing in the polls for several weeks and the debate at Nova  Southeastern University was animated with a few excursions into testy.

Topics included Cuba, foreign policy, health care and the candidates' respective records. 

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