9:13 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

How Mitt Romney Dealt With The Hurricane In The Room

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
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Today was an important day for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, his first day back from the Hurricane Sandy campaign hiatus.

Romney spent the day in a state uniquely associated with hurricanes (Florida) and made his second stop at a university nicknamed "The Hurricanes" (the University of Miami).

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6:54 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

NEWSCAST: Romney Holds Rally At UM

Mitt Romney visited the University of Miami Wednesday. On Sunday, President Obama is set to campaign in Fort Lauderdale.
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Mitt Romney spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters Wednesday afternoon at the University of Miami.

He was joined by Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Congressman Connie Mack. Mack is running for the US Senate seat held by Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

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6:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Palm Beach County Dogged By Ballot Printing Problems

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State election officials say they're keeping an eye on Palm Beach County's operations, after a second printing mishap involving absentee ballots.

The first blunder involved 27,000 absentee ballots with a header missing above the judicial races.  The ballots can't be read by Palm Beach County's vote tabulation machines, so election office workers are copying out those forms by hand onto new ballots.

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Fries With That
4:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Burger King Plans Home Delivery In Miami

This Won't Be Necessary: Burger King will soon offer home delivery in South Florida as it already does in Turkey.
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If you're lucky enough to live within a 10-minute drive of a Burger King, your life is about to get even sweeter.

BK is rolling out a home delivery program. It starts this week with six urban restaurants in Miami and will expand gradually to about three dozen other stores in Miami-Dade and Broward counties by the end of the year.

Elaine Walker of the Miami Herald wrote about the BK Delivers program and its ground rules:

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “plain English” To Rob You Blind

10/31/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with investigative reporter David Cay Johnston.  His latest book is, THE FINE PRINT:  How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind.  Johnston show how big corporations work with government to relax rules, rewrite regulations, and enforce only the one which benefit them.  Insurance companies regularly delay victim disability payments . . . hoping the recipient won’t be around to collect. 

David Cay Johnston on public media's Democracy Now!

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The 2012 Ballot
12:01 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Why Lawmakers Made Voters Wait In Line

The Wait: Long early voting lines are the partly the result of an end-run around the Florida Supreme Court by the Legislature.
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It's a compressed early voting period in Florida this year and that's one reason the lines at the polling places are so long.

But it's not the only reason.

Eleven constitutional amendments are on the ballot and each is printed in its entirety. In previous elections, voters would have to deal only with a concise 75-word summary of each proposed amendment, each rigorously vetted by the Florida Supreme Court for clarity.

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Broward Mental Health
11:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Politics Of Mental Health Services In Broward

A shareholder for Concordia gave $125, 000 to Gov. Rick Scott's political action committee while DCF considered Broward Behavioral's bid for a contract.
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Dan Christensen of reported last week on some of the interesting characters that were (sort of) part of a privatization deal between the Department of Children and Families and a company in Broward.

DCF put out a bid several months ago to privatize the management of mental health and substance abuse services in Broward County.

A non-profit group called Broward Behavioral Health Coalition eventually won the $45 million deal from DCF.

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Law Enforcement
10:30 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Supreme Court To Determine Accuracy Of Police Dog Noses In Florida Drug Case

Infallible? One of the two Florida cases before the Supreme Court will test popular beliefs about dog noses.
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Florida is back on the nation's legal map today with two cases before the U. S. Supreme Court, both of them involving police dogs whose well-trained noses led to now-controversial drug arrests.

From The Washington Post:

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