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News
6:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Palm Beach County Dogged By Ballot Printing Problems

Credit Christine DiMattei

State election officials say they're keeping an eye on Palm Beach County's operations, after a second printing mishap involving absentee ballots.

The first blunder involved 27,000 absentee ballots with a header missing above the judicial races.  The ballots can't be read by Palm Beach County's vote tabulation machines, so election office workers are copying out those forms by hand onto new ballots.

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Dance For Democracy
11:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

How To Dance To The Preamble Of The United States Constitution

Urban Bush Women dance company rehearsal for Saturday's performance
Jordan Levin

The endless election season is enough to turn anyone cynical about politics. But for a group of female South Dade migrant workers, the idea of democracy is still a wonder.

They've been exploring it at a dance workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade College and the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. It’s part of the “Are We Democracy” workshop in Cutler Bay. The program was created by the New York dance troupe Urban Bush Women. The idea is to make democracy personal and concrete for everyone.

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News
5:01 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Florida License Plate Proposal Delayed After Outcry From Tax Collectors

Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy
leontaxcollector.net

The redesign of Florida license plates is on hold.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants new license plates that are easier for toll booth cameras and red light cameras to read.

But the agency withdrew its request for approval by the Florida Cabinet Tuesday.

The DMV is tweaking the plan in part because of concerns by county  tax collectors that private companies will be hired to issue the new plates.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

How Most College Students Would Prefer To Vote

Flickr/DonkeyHotey

Forget booths and absentee ballots.

College students would rather vote using their thumbs, according to a study conducted by telecommunications giant AT&T.

AT&T conducted the survey on one of the most politically galvanized campuses in the nation -- Lynn University in Boca Raton.  American politics have played a major role at Lynn since last fall, when the university was chosen to host the last Presidential debate of 2012.

Out of nearly 300 students surveyed, 58 percent say they would use smartphones to cast their ballot if "mobile voting" were available.

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Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup
11:50 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Live Video Stream: The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special At Lynn University

Streaming The Florida Roundup Presidential Debate Special live from Lynn University!

Host Phil Latzman, along with a panel of journalists and political thinkers are discussing U.S. foreign policy - the subject of the presidential debate - as well as other issues important to Florida voters in this election.

Panel members include:

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Dispatches
11:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Dispatch: The Server And The Cat

Patti Wilde and her bar mate Larry
YouTube Screenshot

During the previous debate, our Dispatches from the Swing State team met an interesting character in a Key West pub -- a local server named Patti Wilde who is originally from Cincinnati and is something of a local celebrity.

Or, as she explains it, "I mean, I used to be. I've been here 30 years so they go, 'oh, Cincinnati Patti's here.' But now they don't do that anymore. They go, 'Larry!'"

"Larry" is Patti Wilde's cat -- a very large cat that sits calmly on the bar stool wherever she goes.

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News
8:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Churches Hope To Unite Flocks After Election

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay is one of hundreds around the country planning to take part in this event.
Laura Coburn

After the final vote is cast next month, the country may be in need of some healing and reconciliation.

That's the idea behind Election Day Communion.

Hundreds of churches across the country will be holding services election night and serving communion including one in South Florida.

Reverend Spencer Potter is the rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay.

He says the service will be a time for the whole congregation to unite.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

'Lynn, Who?': Debate Puts Small Boca Raton University On The Map

Lynn University's official Debate t-shirt
C. DiMattei

If you’re a small, private university with a less-than-stellar reputation, what’s a good way to boost your profile?

For Lynn University it was a no-brainer: Host one of the most important events in American politics.

"We've been waiting for this moment for a long time," says Dr. Kevin Ross, Lynn University's president.

The “moment” arrives on Monday, when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney arrive on Lynn’s Boca Raton campus for the third and final presidential debate before Election Day.

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Lynn University Debate
2:02 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Lynn University Invites Tweeters To "Lounge" Around During Debate

C. DiMattei

Lynn University students are rolling out the digital red carpet for political watchers in advance of the last Presidential Debate of 2012.

The small Boca Raton university is hosting the final face-off between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Monday, October 22nd.

Lynn spokesman Joshua Glanzer says the university enlisted a core group of student volunteers to interact with Twitter and Facebook users within the school's new Social Media Lounge.

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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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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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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
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.

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