Election 2012

Lynn University Debate
9:34 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Debates Commission: Lynn U.'s Time On The Big Stage Will Pay Off

Lynn University President Kevin Ross learned his school was a finalist to host the presidential debate last fall.
Christine DiMattei

A wry symbol on a text message.

Last fall, that was the first inkling Lynn University President Kevin Ross had that his school would be making the history books.

“I was out at lunch and got a text that said, ‘You need to come back to campus immediately,’" recalls Ross.  “And it was with a smiley-face after it. So I knew it was good.”

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Election 2012
8:31 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Poll: Romney Has Large Lead In Rural Swing Counties

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns in Gilbert, S.C., earlier this year.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:16 pm

As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3.

The random cellphone and land line poll of 600 likely rural voters in nine battleground states Oct. 9-11 has Romney at 59 percent among the survey's respondents. Obama's support is now down to 37 percent among rural battleground voters, a plunge of 10 points from the actual rural vote in those states four years ago.

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Constitutional Amendments
5:54 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Where Florida's 11 Ballot Measures Came From

Florida's ballot this year contains proposed changes to the state's Constitution that only come from Tallahassee.
immortalpoet/ Flickr

This year, every proposed change to our state's Constitution placed on the ballot came from the state Legislature.

Experts and activists say that this is because getting an amendment on the ballot in Florida is harder than ever before for citizens, yet significantly easier for state lawmakers.

What Happened to Citizen-led Petitions?

Robin Rorapaugh of Hollywood is the president of a political consulting company that helps groups who want to get an issue on a ballot.

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News
11:52 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Lynn University To Become 'Mini-United Nations' During Debate

Lynn University

A week from today, news outlets from all over the world are expected to converge upon Boca Raton's Lynn University for the third and final Presidential Debate of 2012.

And it looks like some foreign journalists won't be needing their pocket English dictionaries as much as they thought.

International students from more than 80 countries make up nearly a quarter of Lynn's student body. University officials say they've worked hard to locate students who will be able to serve as translators.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
11:37 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Tonight: Come Hang Out With Us At Books & Books

Patrick Farrell and Kenny Malone
WLRN

Florida voters could decide the 2012 presidential election. We have more electoral votes than any other swing state. Miami Herald Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Patrick Farrell and WLRN-Miami Herald News radio reporter Kenny Malone are on a 10-day quest to capture the faces and voices of the powerful Florida voter. Maybe it's an oyster farmer in Apalachicola, a psychic in Cassadaga, a bartender in Cedar Key, a tomato picker in Immokalee.

Join us for a discussion upon their return.

Voting Laws
8:02 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Charlie Crist's Costly Stand For Early Voting

The Hug: This may have been a worse problem for Charlie Crist than his defense of early voting.
Credit seasidepost on flickr

Dismayed after black citizens, voting early, handed Florida to President Obama in 2008, state Republican leaders showed up in Gov. Charlie Crist's office to demand a law that restricts early voting.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
8:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Taking The Political Pulse On The Smallest of Small Businesses: A Hot Dog Stand

Tony Grusovnich, 23, is working his way through college at his uncle'a hotdog stand in Palm Coast. Blames Obama for losing federal school loans, dislikes Romney equally.
Patrick Farrell

Flagler County, where Palm Coast is located, has the highest unemployment rate in Florida. 1 in 8 workers there is without a job.

Our Dispatches from the Swing State project passed through Palm Coast yesterday and stopped at a hotdog stand where they met John Sabia.

Sabia works only for tips at Hot Diggity Dog. He’s helping out the owner who happens to be his son.

Sabia says when Palm Coast was booming, the hotdog stand had a line for hours and US1 was backed up with traffic.


But then, the collapse.

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The Florida Roundup
4:14 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

How Education Figures Into The Presidential Race

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On this week's show: we focus on education and compare the policies of the presidential candidates.  

President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on issues such as paying teachers based on student performance.  The main difference between the two is on the question of vouchers.  

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Obama At UM
9:07 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Now Lagging In State Polls, Obama Gets Laughs At University of Miami Rally

Obama At UM: Behind in the polls but still getting laughs
Obama campaign

President Obama came to Florida yesterday to find himself trailing Mitt Romney by seven points in the latest Mason-Dixon poll. Many agree, it’s the result of his lackluster debate performance last week.

And that's what the president tried to make up for during a rally at the University of Miami. Sounding confident and energetic, the president covered the points he overlooked during the debate -- passing Obamacare, killing Osama bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq.

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Big Bird On The Roof
8:19 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Dade Teachers Mock Romney With Big Bird Strapped Like Seamus To Van's Roof

The Spokesdog Speaks: Romney is "one scary individual"
Dogs Against Romney

Mitt Romney is getting his nose rubbed today in one of the most durable memes of the 2012 campaign, his hapless dog Seamus strapped to the roof of the family van during a long vacation road trip.

Only it’s not the dog this time. It’s Big Bird. Memes aren't memes, you know, unless they adapt.

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Election 2012
7:57 am
Fri October 12, 2012

5 Takeaways From The Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Biden and his Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., Thursday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:07 am

Neither candidate let his opponent get away with much of anything during the vice presidential debate Thursday night.

The tabletop discussion between Vice President Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin showcased their clear differences over policy. The two disagreed about nearly every issue that came up, whether it was military posture, tax policy or abortion.

Many of these differences were expressed in negative, sometimes surprisingly personal terms.

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Ballot Measures
6:30 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Jeb Bush Endorses Florida Amendment 6

Jeb Bush endorses Amendment Six, which would limit abortions in the state.
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr

Jeb Bush, our former governor who only occasionally steps into the political fray, has publicly endorsed a controversial proposed constitutional amendment on Florida's ballot.

He announced his full-throated support for Amendment Six. If passed, the amendment would prohibit public funding of abortions and removes a current state constitutional right to privacy.

The Orlando Sentinel reports,

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2012 Vice Presidential Debate
7:53 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Live Blog: Biden Vs. Ryan In The Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan during Thursday's debate.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 12, 2012 12:54 pm

  • Listen to the Debate
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Vice President Biden and his Republican opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, had a lively debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., this evening — one marked by Biden's aggressive challenges to many of the Republican vice presidential nominee's claims and Ryan's oft-repeated message that the Obama-Biden administration's policies aren't working.

The discussion was steered by ABC News' Martha Raddatz. It's the only vice presidential debate of the campaign.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
5:03 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

How To Survive On The Oyster Harvest, With Help From The President

photo: Patrick Farrell

Everyone #FLDispatches talked to about oystering told us the same thing: oysters are unusually scarce this season. 32-year-old Matt Hodges has been oystering for about three years and says the problem comes from a combination of overharvesting, a long stretch of drought and then torrential fresh water from Debbie and Isaac this year. Matt and his wife Holly are one of a handful of married oystering couples who work out of the Ochlockonee Bay that splits Wakulla and Franklin Counties.

Bad Ballots
4:32 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Shades Of 2000: Palm Beach County's Bad Ballots Mean Another Hand Count Election

2000: Lawyers and elections workers spent days squinting at Palm Beach County ballots, trying to determine who had voted for whom.
AP
  • Barry Richard performs the robocall he sent to Palm Beach County absentee voters.

A misprint on 60,000 absentee ballots means vote-counting in Palm Beach County will be sort of special again this year.

Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said each of those ballots will have to be examined, the intent of each voter discerned, and the vote transferred to a properly printed ballot so it can be read by a tabulation scanner.

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