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11:53 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Gov. Scott Back And No Medical Marijuana

Gov. Rick Scott in an undated photo.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

  The negative political ads are over. Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election. How did that spell victory for Republicans, including Carlos Curbelo’s victory to the U.S. House?

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South Florida Elections
6:29 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Do You Understand What You're Voting For?

Early voting runs from October 20th through November 2nd. Donna Bloom casts her vote at Miami Beach City Hall on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, for the Nov. 5 Miami-Dade County special election.
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Floridians have the opportunity to choose a governor, as well as numerous other state and congressional leaders, in this year's midterm election. There are also three constitutional amendments up for a vote, and numerous other county questions, depending on your ballot.

It's easy to see why some questions or ballot measures overshadow others. But, does that excuse voters from not being informed?

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Governor's Race
1:31 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Abortion Rights? Crist Says "I Get It" And Snags Planned Parenthood Endorsement

THEIR GUY: Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist collects the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood PAC. To Crist's right, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo and running mate Annette Taddeo.
Credit Rick Stone / WLRN

On Saturday morning at 9:30 -- as most of the city was waking up -- Charlie Crist was collecting the endorsement of Planned Parenthood's political action committee. To an audience consisting mostly of her own staff and volunteers, PAC chairwoman Lillian Tamayo delivered the priority message.

"Gov. Rick Scott has waged an unrelenting assault on women since his election in 2010," Tamayo told the group, most of them in pink Planned Parenthood PAC T-shirts.

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Study: Florida Among The Worst States For Gerrymandering

Florida ranks as one of the worst states for gerrymandering.

  Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states. 

Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.

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Voting Rights
2:40 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Locals Testify On Florida's Election Issues

The commissioners from left to right: Leon W. Russell, Dr. Daniel A. Smith, The Honorable Dan Gelber and Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The National Commission on Voting Rights met Monday at the University of Miami. 

National and local experts on voting law heard witness testimony on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement, to long voting lines, to restroom access at polling places.

The goal of this commission is to create reports out of the testimony in hopes that Congress will make changes to voting laws. 

Hear what some Florida voters would like to see changed for the 2016 election.

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Elections
3:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Local Officials Can Make Or Break The Election Day Experience, New Report Finds

ELECTION DAY: Lines were long and tempers a little short at the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections office on election day.
Credit Rick Stone

We Floridians might as well have been voting on different planets during the November, 2012, election. Some of us waited in line for eight or nine hours. Some were in and out of the polling place in eight minutes.

Turnout percentages ranged from the mid 50s to the mid 80s. Depending on where you lived, you had a greater or lesser chance of being forced to vote by provisional ballot, and a greater or lesser chance of that ballot eventually being discarded uncounted.

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Opinion: Kelley's Korner
11:02 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Bad Move, Mr. Crist

Kelley Mitchell thinks former Gov. Charlie Crist made a press faux-pas with his Friday announcement.
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The first time I met Charlie Crist, he was the state Attorney General. It was at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news conference in their then-new digs along the Dolphin Expressway near Florida's Turnpike.

I'm fairly certain it was one of those Joint Agency Task Force announcements that had something to do with Identity Theft (Hint: "We're against it.")

So am I, by the way. It can be debilitating.

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Elections
7:22 am
Fri November 1, 2013

New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

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With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.

Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.

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Politics
11:17 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Aide To Miami Rep. Joe Garcia Headed To Jail In Absentee-Ballot Case

Jeffrey Garcia

Congressman Joe Garcia’s former chief of staff will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request scheme during last year’s elections.

Jeffrey Garcia, the Miami Democratic congressman’s longtime political strategist, will spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, the Miami Herald has learned.

The deal, expected to be inked Monday, will require Garcia, 41, no relation to the congressman, to plead guilty to requesting absentee ballots on behalf of voters, a felony.

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