Election 2012

Science Meets Politics
10:45 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Obama's Secret Weapon In The South: Small, Dead, But Still Kickin'

Ron Blakey Northern Arizona University

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:10 pm

Look at this map, and notice that deep, deep in the Republican South, there's a thin blue band stretching from the Carolinas through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election. A blue crescent in a sea of red.

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Politics
9:02 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Will New Florida Voting Laws Affect Election?

House Bill 1355 - passed in April 2011 - mandates a total of 80 changes to Florida's election laws
Voters in America: Who Counts? CNN.com

Voting in Florida has always been a contentious issue.  But now, it's even more so thanks to new voting laws passed by the Florida Legislature.

House Bill 1355 - passed in April 2011 - mandates a total of 80 changes to Florida's election laws. 

Among the most noticeable are  restrictions on voter registration, form filing deadlines and reductions in early voting days.  

How they may impacting the 2012 election is the subject of a new documentary airing on CNN this Sunday, called "Voters in America: Who Counts."

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Final Voter Registration Numbers Out Next Week
6:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Absentee Ballots In High Demand In Palm Beach County

The general election is November 6.
Rusty Brick Flickr/Creative Commons

Voter registration ended on Tuesday, and elections supervisors are busy preparing for next month’s vote.

They say thousands of registrations have come in just this month, and the final numbers will come in next week once the state is done certifying all of the voter registration forms that came in at the deadline.

Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer says he’s expecting a big increase.

“Even before we get the final numbers in, we’re still ahead of 2008," said Sawyer.

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Florida Supreme Court Fight
3:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

AP: Bondi Not Backing GOP On Fight Over State Supreme Court Justices

Florida Office of the Attorney General

Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, says she's not backing the state GOP's effort to oust three state Supreme Court Justices.

The Florida GOP is currently endorsing a conservative effort to remove Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince from the Florida Supreme Court. All three are considered by conservatives to be the most liberal members of the Court-- and they are up for a merit retention vote this year. This means Floridians will vote on whether these judges get to keep their job at the state's highest court.

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Ballot Measures
2:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington Post: 2012 Is A Busy Year For Ballot Measures

Florida has
Jeff Gitchel/Flickr

Anyone in Florida who has already gotten their absentee ballot for this year's presidential election will notice that there are a lot - A LOT - of ballot measures.

According to The Washington Post, voters all over the country will be voting on almost 200 ballot measures.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
11:56 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Where Do Goat Cheese, Trickle Down Economics And Swing State Voters Meet?

photo: Kenny Malone

There were just over 21-hundred jobs in the agriculture and mining sector in Lee County, by the last census numbers.

Our Dispatches from the Swing State project dropped in on one of the less conventional agriculture positions at the Umbuzi experimental farm in Buckingham, Florida.

Herald photographer Patrick Farrell and I are driving around the state to cut straight to the Florida voters and issues of the 2012 presidential election.

At the Umbuzi farm, we met award-winning goat cheese maker Jim Ellis.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
11:18 am
Tue October 9, 2012

DISPATCH: The Forgotten Gladesman

David Shealy makes a lot of his money off Florida’s version of Bigfoot. He sells T-shirts, bumper stickers and hot sauce out of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters off the Tamiami Trail in Ochopee, Florida.

WLRN-Herald News
8:59 am
Tue October 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: Deadlines To Vote

Alan Cleaver

Time is running out to register to vote in the November election, and a new television network is coming to Miami.

Check out these stories and more in the WLRN Miami Herald News at 7.

Politics
4:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Florida Investigates Possible Voter Registration Fraud By Republican Party Vendor

John of Lebanon/flickr

The state is investigating a Virginia-based company for possible voter registration fraud in Florida.

Strategic Allied Consulting was hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters ahead of the November election.

The Florida Division of Elections is concerned about a series of suspicious registration forms submitted by Strategic Allied.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
2:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Cuban-American Artist In Miami

Known just by his first name, Antuan, the 40-year-old artist is a sculptor provocateur whose work is at times absurd (brains, pills and ashtrays) and more often profound (Holocaust memorial pieces). Antuan says that growing up in Cuba gave him political "trauma." He loves the freedom of democracy, but doesn't trust government.

Dispatches From The Swing State
2:35 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Sleepless In Miami

1:11 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Puerto Ricans Rule In Swing State Math

Lead in text: 
Romney can't win without Florida, Florida can’t be won without the I-4 corridor and I-4 is controlled by Hispanics. So, who controls them? Puerto Ricans, according to this report in the Guardian...and the Puerto Ricans are feeling left-out and disenfranchised.
Poinciana sits in the heart of the vote-rich Interstate-4 corridor where the battle for Florida - and quite possibly the White House itself - will soon be fought. This is the ultimate swing region, in the ultimate swing state, with Latino voters holding their fingers on the scale.
9:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

In Miami, Taking The Good With The Weird

Lead in text: 
In Florida's strangest county, candidates need the votes and just accept the crime, traffic and celebrity culture. Oh, and the face-eating. The Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith:
What if a presidential election came down to the strangest county in the weirdest state in America? For better or worse, that's Miami-Dade, whose vote Nov. 6 will go a long way in determining who wins America's biggest swing state.
Politics
8:50 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Novice Campaigners, Justices Seek Votes

Forced to the stump: From left, Justices Lewis, Pariente, Quince
Florida Supreme Court
  • What Justice Fred Lewis said to a forum audience in Tallahassee.

It's not what they signed up for. But three justices from the liberal side of the Florida Supreme Court have been turned into politicians by an unusual campaign to remove them from the bench.

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Education
5:31 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Education: Obama And Romney Mostly Agree

Candidates mostly agree on education
klootch1 flickr

If there are any undecided voters left in Florida, just weeks before the election, chances are they're educators.

Many say President Obama and Mitt Romney have strong education platforms that differ so subtly it may take a teacher's practiced eye to tell them apart.

"They're both strong on testing and accountability," says Doug Tuthill, who runs a nonprofit in Tampa for low-income K-through-12 students. "They both believe that student achievement should be included in teacher evaluation systems.

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