The Florida Vote
10:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

South Florida Elections Officials Blamed For Election's Long Lines, Delayed Count

KEN DETZNER: Florida's secretary of state says South Florida elections officials
Credit Florida Channel

State elections chief Ken Detzner told the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee on Tuesday that it was five "underperforming" counties that caused the delays in reporting the Florida vote count after the Nov. 6 election.

Chairman Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) said he'll call for the elections supervisors from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Lee counties to testify before his committee next month. "There's enough blame to go around," Latvala said.

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Miami-Dade Commission
10:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Prayer Is Back At Miami-Dade Commission Meetings

Miami Dade Commissioners approved prayer before meetings on Tuesday.
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Prayer is coming back to Miami-Dade County Commission meetings starting Dec. 18.

In a 8-3 vote on Tuesday, commissioners signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings.

Now, commissioners will be able to invite a religious leader of their choosing or a fellow commissioner  to lead everyone in a prayer before each meeting. 

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Python Bill
9:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Congressmen Fail To Get A Tight Grasp On Python Bill

A bill aimed at curbing Florida's python problem has hit a snag.
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A bill that should help fix Florida's python problem is slipping out of the hands of lawmakers in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, has been trying to get legislation passed that would broaden a ban on invasive species in the U.S. In effect, the bill would slow down a recent influx of invasive snakes taking over the Everglades in Florida.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:49 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: State Investigates Election Problems in South Florida

Some voters waited for hours this year to cast a ballot.
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The man charged with overseeing elections in Florida got an earful from state Senators Tuesday in Tallahassee over the state's voting troubles.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner says most of Florida's 67 counties performed well during the general election.

But Detzner will begin an investigation next week in five counties, including the three largest in South
Florida.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:41 am
Wed December 5, 2012

NEWSCAST: Prayer Returns To Dais In Miami-Dade

Commissioners can now invite a religious leader to lead prayer before each meeting.
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Prayer is coming back to Miami-Dade County Commission meetings starting December 18.

In an 8-3 vote Tuesday, county commissioners signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings.

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Evenin' Jazzz
6:10 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Living His Dreams: Reuben Hoch

Reuben Hoch

Drummer, composer, physician, father – South Florida’s own Reuben Hoch has it all.  Founder and leader of the Chassidic Jazz Project, a member of Zaviot and other ensembles, this busy musician talks about making it all work, why and how he does it.

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HOTBED
12:36 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Local Artists Find Space At NADA During Art Basel Miami

Azizi DeSouza, 31, was inspired by an unexplained mass blackbird death for a video that will be shown during NADA.
Credit Kenny Malone

Fifty years ago Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett played the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Now a handful of college students will have their day at the Deauville.

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News
6:41 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Commissioners OK Prayer

Miami-Dade County Seal.
Credit Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Commissioners said they could bring back prayer to their public meetings and now they have. It came in an 8 to 3 vote. They signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings. Now, commissioners will be able to invite a religious leader of their choosing to lead everyone in a prayer before each meeting. Baylor Johnson is a  spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union     of Florida and says the commissioners are inviting conflict and a possible lawsuit by doing this. A commissioner can also lead a prayer themselves if they

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Privatizing Government
2:43 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Private Prison Plan Is Flawed, Judge Rules

FAIL: A judge rules Legislature must pass a law, not use a committee, to privatize prisons.
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The Florida Legislature has struck out again with an attempt to privatize some or all of the state prison system.

A Tallahassee judge ruled today that lawmakers chose an unconstitutional method to turn prison health care services over to private contractors. As Mary Ellen Klas reported for The Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times:

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Florida Legislature
1:40 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Progressives Warn State Lawmakers About ALEC's Influence

The American Legislative Exchange Council has had years of influence in Florida politics.
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Progress Florida and Florida Watch Action-- two influential progressive groups in the state-- have launched a preemptive attack on the influence of ALEC in the Florida Legislature. 

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a pro-business political outfit that hands out model conservative legislation to state lawmakers who follow a conservative agenda.

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