Election 2012

Politics
10:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Why A Conservative Legal Group Is Defending Florida Supreme Court Justices - Despite Republican Push

Justices Three: R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince.
Credit Florida Supreme Court

Legal scholars at the conservative Federalist Society are heaping skepticism on the Republicans' rationale for drumming liberal Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis out of the Florida Supreme Court for "judicial activism."

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Election 2012
10:49 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Campaign Invokes '537' To Get Out The Vote

Broward County canvassing board member Judge Robert Rosenberg examines a disputed ballot Nov. 24, 2000, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 5:10 pm

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Ballot Measures
10:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Breakdown Of All 11 Ballot Measures

Floridians will vote on 11 amendments in November.
silatix /Flickr

This month, WLRN, along with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and other NPR affiliates all over the state, gave you close look at four proposed changes to the state Constitution that Floridians will vote on in November. You can listen to and read those stories here. However, there are another 7 ballot measures that voters will get a say on here in Florida.

So, here is a breakdown of what ALL the ballot measures mean:

Amendment 1

TOPIC: Health Care

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Amendment 6
9:15 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Salon: Florida's Amendment 6 Could Affect Public Employees

Salon profiled Florida's Amendment 6,  one of the most controversial ballot measures facing approval from Florida voters  Nov. 6.

The ballot item is aimed at removing a constitutional right to privacy currently in Florida's Constitution, but it also might cut abortion coverage in some cases for the state's public employees, Salon reports.

The amendment also has language that would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions in the state.

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David Rivera
5:25 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Florida Republican Rep. David Rivera Charged In Ethics Probe

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., talks during a freedom for Cuba march in Miami on Feb. 24, 2011.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., was charged Wednesday by Florida authorities with alleged ethics violations while he was in the state Legislature, perhaps imperiling his bid for re-election to the House in an already tight contest.

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Congressman David Rivera
3:39 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Rivera Slammed With 11 Ethics Charges

David Rivera: He insists ethics charged filed Wednesday will be dismissed.
Credit candidate web site

The Florida Ethics Commission has accused Miami Republican Congressman David Rivera of 11 separate violations, including misuse of campaign funds, falsifying disclosure forms and accepting corporate money he should have known was intended to influence his votes.

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Obama's Florida Prospects
9:33 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Campaign Polls: Why It Looks Like Obama Might Lose Florida

Loyal But Small: Obama support in South Florida is enough to carry the three counties but not to deliver the state.
Credit Tyjamo-old on flickr

Support for President Obama has declined so radically in South Florida that it will cost him the state on election day.

That's what Tony Man at the Sun Sentinel reported over the weekend after taking a look at modeling and projections prepared by Moody's Analytics. Moody's predicted Obama would win the Democratic strongholds of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties but by margins too small to leverage the rest of the state.

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Absentee Ballots
4:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Absentee Ballots On The Rise As Fraud Issue Remains

Absentee ballot requests are up in the state-- but fraud is not less likely.
Morten Wulff/ Flickr

Democrats are celebrating an interesting milestone this week: the one millionth request for an absentee ballot by a registered Democrat.

Since absentee ballots became available to anyone in Florida several years ago, the use of voting by mail has been dominated by Republicans.

While the GOP is still doing better than Democrats with absentee ballots, Democrats are giving them a run for their money.

According to Bloomberg,

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

What Jewish Voters Had To Say At Presidential Debate Last Night

Norma Kraut and Ron Schacht, of Boca Raton, are split. She's voting for Gov. Mitt Romney, he's going for President Barack Obama.
Deborah Acosta WLRN / The Miami Herald

The third and final presidential debate took place last night at Lynn University in Boca Raton. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney sparred over various foreign policy issues, but seemed to agree on one thing: their allegiance to Israel. 

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Politics
2:19 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

What Obama And Romney Didn't Say At The Foreign Policy Debate

Congressman Ted Deutch (D) Boca Raton believes President Obama got his point across on Latin America, even if he didn't bring it up at all during Monday night's debate
Credit http://teddeutch.house.gov/
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: What wasn't said at Monday night's debate
  • WLRN's Phil Latzman talks with Miami Herald world editor John Yearwood about the glaring omissions from Monday night's foreign policy debate in Boca Raton

The elephants not in the room at Monday night's final presidential debate at Lynn University?

Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers. 

President Obama and Mitt Romney barely touched on our own hemisphere, sticking mostly to the Middle East and China in a debate that may be most remembered here for what wasn't discussed.

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Voting Fraud
1:36 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Florida Officials Investigate Fake Voter Eligibility Letters

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:58 pm

It's a sign that Election Day is getting closer: increasing reports of efforts to intimidate or mislead voters. Florida officials say they're now investigating fake letters that have been sent to voters in at least 20 counties questioning their citizenship and eligibility to vote.

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President Obama In Delray Beach
7:13 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Crowd Gathers In Delray For Obama Rally

Entrepreneur Under The Lights: The gathering crowd of Obama supporters is a market for cool t-shirts. The president speaks at 10:15.
Christine DiMattei WLRN.org

T-shirt vendors and extremely committed Obama supporters have been lining up since before dawn at the Delray Beach Tennis Center for a rally with the president that's scheduled to begin at 10:15 a. m. For everybody else, the big post-debate story this morning will be traffic. Police are advising drivers to avoid West Atlantic Avenue near the Tennis Center and public transit commuters should be ready for today-only changes on routes 1, 70, 80 and 81.

Presidential Debate
6:54 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands with audience members following the third presidential debate Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 1:10 am

In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.

That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. The domestic economy received at least as much attention and verbiage as Iran, Libya or China.

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Voting Rights
6:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

For Florida Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold

Former felon Vikki Hankins has been fighting for civil rights for convicts for years. After applying to have her own civil rights restored in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Hankins was recently informed that she will not be eligible to apply again until 2017.
Michael Ciaglo News21

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:21 pm

Vikki Hankins wants nothing more in the world than to have her civil rights restored. Hankins, 43, lost the right to vote — and many others — when she went to a federal prison for selling cocaine in December 1990. She spent almost two decades behind bars for her crime.

Today, Hankins is an author and an undergrad who dreams of going to law school. She got out of prison four years ago and quickly applied to have her rights — like voting, serving on a jury and becoming a lawyer — restored.

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#LynnDebate
7:35 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

#LynnDebate 2012: WLRN Live Blog

Media room at Lynn University's gym.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

WLRN-Miami Herald News is live-blogging from Lynn University, the site of the last presidential debate here in Boca Raton. You can check back here at WLRN.org for highlights and updates.

10:31 p.m.

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