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Politics
8:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Re-Elected, Talks With Carson Cooper

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:34 pm

Republican Pam Bondi has been re-elected as Florida's attorney general.

Voters on Tuesday chose the incumbent Bondi over Democrat George Sheldon. With over half the expected vote counted, Bondi led 55-42 percent.

The 48-year-old Bondi is a close ally of Gov. Rick Scott and is confident Scott will be re-elected. She raised more than $4 million for her re-election. That dwarfed the money raised by Sheldon, a former legislator and Department of Children and Families head.

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Election 2014
8:20 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Southwest Ranches Voters Complain About Chatter

Credit Selima Hussain / WLRN

  The atmosphere outside of the Southwest Ranches Town Hall precinct was quiet. The air was breezy, the only noise coming from Griffin Road and a clanging flagpole. Some voters wished it were that quiet when they were actually voting.

“[Voting is] good, it’s easy, it’s quick. If everybody in the room – the officials – would not talk,” says Vikki Yarborough in a firm voice. “That’s my biggest beef.”

Yarborough, 58, says the loud chatter of officials who work on Election Day can be distracting.

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The Gorvernor's Race
12:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Analysis: What Florida's Republican-Controlled Legislature Might Look Like Under Scott Or Crist

A poll released by Quinnipiac University the day before Election Day gives Charlie Crist a one-point advantage over Rick Scott. Pollsters say that makes the race too close to call.
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What will the Florida Legislature look like with Republican Rick Scott or Democrat Charlie Crist as governor? A lot depends on whether Republicans not only retain control of the Legislature, but regain a super majority -- making their policy decisions veto-proof.

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Election 2014
1:16 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Miami Story: What Voting For The First Time Taught Me About My Parents

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When I crouched over my ballot at the Lemon City public library last Friday, I had to keep telling myself "OK, you can do this." I don't know why I was so nervous. I guess I realized I had been waiting for that moment for seven years.

I'm 25-years-old, and this midterm election was the first one I've ever voted in.

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Election 2014
9:44 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Last-Minute Grassroots Efforts From Joe Garcia

Campaign volunteers are making phone calls to registered voters in their area.
Credit Lisann Ramos

For campaign volunteers across the country, this is crunch time.  

Candidates such as Congressman Joe Garcia are turning to grassroots efforts to get members of their district to go out and vote. This means making phone calls and knocking on doors.

“Folks in this district know us. We’ve been here a long time. We grew up in these neighborhoods, we’ve worked with these folks," said Garcia, who was in Palmetto Bay this morning making calls with his volunteers. 

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News
9:42 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Municipalities Pass Local Ordinances In Case Voters Approve Medical Marijuana

Key West, Boca Raton, and Plantation are among the municipalities around the state that are discussing or taking preemptive action against medical marijuana - just in case voters approve Amendment 2.
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Local governments are taking preemptive action in case voters approve Amendment Two, legalizing medical marijuana.

Municipalities around Florida have passed their own regulations before the Legislature can enact statewide rules.

City leaders in Naples voted to ban the sale and growth of medical marijuana. But if Amendment Two passes, the Legislature may overrule that decision.

If that happens, Naples Mayor John Sorey says another ordinance will keep the sale of the drug in a small medical zoning area.

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The Governor's Race
4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

LIVE: Election Night Across The State

Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Scroll through our live feed of tweets from Election Day across the state. We're keeping you updated all day and through the night on air and online.

We want to hear from you, too. Are you seeing long lines at your polling place? What issues are getting you out this Tuesday?

Tweet your local public radio station with the hashtag #ElectionDay -- your comments might get online or on air.

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The Governor's Race
2:25 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Scott, Crist Tied on Eve of Election Day

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, right, hugs his running mate Annette Taddeo, as he arrives for campaign event at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, Monday in Miami. At left is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 1:14 pm

The race between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, remains essentially tied as the campaign enters its final day.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed Crist had 42 percent of the vote to Scott's 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie had 7 percent with 9 percent undecided.

A Quinnipiac poll last week showed Crist with a 43-40 lead.

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Politics
9:23 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Election Eve In Florida

The finger-pointing and mudslinging almost is over. There is an end to the negative ads. Floridians will choose their next governor and it's safe to say that man already has served as governor. And he has served as a Republican. 

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Politics
10:08 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Crunch Time For Scott And Crist, Plus Pam Bondi's Lobbyists

Credit Peter Andrew Bosch (Crist), Emily Michot (Scott)/ Miami Herald Staff

It’s down to the final days of the 2014 campaign.

Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist make last minute pitches as more than one million Floridians already have voted.

But this is Florida. And this is an extremely tight race for governor. What will happen if there’s a recount?

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Keys elections
9:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

In Florida Keys, Local Elections Carry a Sting

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District combats mosquitoes by spraying larvicide by helicopters and planes.
Credit Florida Keys Mosquito Control District

In this election, voters in the Keys will cast some ballots that are unusual even for South Florida. They'll decide who leads the county's war on mosquitoes.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board meets once a month with one primary mission: "To make sure that there is no disease spread in the Florida Keys by mosquitoes," said Stephen Smith, the board's chairman.

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Amendment One
6:21 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On Environmental Funding In Florida's Constitution, Support Not Partisan

Amendment One is officially known as the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. Environmental preservation under the amendment would be funded for the next 20 years by 33 percent of the revenue from a real estate transaction fee known as a doc stamp.
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Florida voters will decide whether environmental preservation becomes part of the state Constitution. Amendment 1 is a citizens’ initiative born from nearly a million petition signatures.

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Politics
4:09 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Dream Defenders Get Attention With Bulletproof Vest Campaign

The #VestOrVote campaign features a billboard of a child wearing a bulletproof vest. The ad says the "Dream Vest" can be purchased by calling a toll-free number or visiting DreamDefenders.org. The vest isn't really for sale. Callers and web visitors are given more information about the Dream Defenders.
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The activist group Dream Defenders was founded in Florida two and a half years ago after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

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Ballot Suit
4:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Groups Settle Lawsuit Over Broward County Ballots

The card Broward County voters will receive reminding them to vote on every ballot item.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

A group challenging a Broward County ballot design they say is confusing has settled a lawsuit with the county’s Supervisor of Elections.

Now, Broward County voters will receive a bright yellow card when they go to cast their votes. The card reminds voters they have a choice on four separate ballot questions on the second page of the ballot, not three.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scott Defends Order on Ebola Monitoring

Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:16 am

Gov. Rick Scott defended his decision to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-affected countries, saying Monday it's "the right thing to do" to protect Floridians. 

Appearing beside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a campaign event in Wellington, Scott said his executive order would ensure that the state wards off an outbreak and goes beyond actions by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I want to make sure that ... we don't do what CDC did — they got behind," he said. "We're not going to get behind. We're going to be prepared."

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