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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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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Marijuana Backers Plot New Strategy

Jon Morgan

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:46 am

Supporters of medical marijuana may have lost their fight at the ballot box, but they're promising to take it back to the statehouse.

A day after Amendment 2 narrowly failed in Florida, the chairman and chief financier of the initiative said Wednesday that if lawmakers didn't successfully pursue the issue, it would be back before voters in 2016.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

4 More Years: Which Scott will Florida See?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:16 am

Florida's election left two questions: Which Rick Scott will govern over the next four years and who can Democrats turn to in a statewide election after failing with a former Republican?

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Environment
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Scientist to Watch Scott's Climate Stance in Second Term

Eckerd College Marine Science Professor David Hastings

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 2:07 pm

One of the scientists who spoke with Governor Rick Scott about climate change watched election results from the party for losing candidate Charlie Crist.

Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings said when he and four other scientists met with Scott in August, the governor didn’t react much to his concerns about rising sea levels. But Scott told him he was open to fixing some of the problems.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Outspent Democrats Stinging from Loss

Dan Gelber

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 2:17 pm

Democrats are stinging from Tuesday’s mid-term election results – starting with Charlie Crist’s 1 percent loss to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott.

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Politics
4:55 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Pot Laws Could Be Good For Business

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:33 pm

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Politics
4:35 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What Does A GOP Majority Mean For Environmental Policy?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:33 pm

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Politics
8:49 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Making Sense of Where We Get Our News

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:24 am

Would you be surprised to learn that liberals and conservatives don't get their news from the same sources?

That's one of the findings in a big Pew Research study called Political Polarization and Media Habits.

Before you say, "Well, duh," Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making Project says there are some things to be learned from this study.

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Election 2014
1:05 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Maria Sachs Defeats Ellyn Bogdanoff In Close Race For SD 34

Incumbent State Senator Maria Sachs announces her win for SD 34 last night in West Palm Beach
Credit C. DiMattei

It must have felt like deja vu for Democratic State Senator Maria Sachs last night.

"How sweet it is!" Sachs shouted to a crowd of her supporters at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach.

Sachs held her lead over former Republican State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff in the hotly contested race for Senate District 34, which straddles the eastern parts of Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Sachs and Bogdanoff had a similar face-off in 2012, after redrawn districts had the two incumbents vying for the same seat.

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Latin America Report
12:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Playing The Cuba Card: Can South Florida Escape Its Political Addiction?

Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo (left) debating Democratic incumbent Congressman Joe Garcia.
Credit Pedro Portal / El Nuevo Herald

Few of Tuesday’s elections were as hard fought as Florida’s 26th congressional district – where Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo unseated incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia.

But the race is less likely to be remembered for that result than for how it may end up dropping the curtain on a time-honored Miami political tradition: playing the Cuba card.

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Election 2014
12:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

After Brief Suspense, Rick Scott Wins Florida Governor's Race

Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected in Florida's 2014 midterm elections.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / AP/Miami Herald

Pattrik Simmons contributed to this report.

Gov. Rick Scott won Tuesday's elections with a slim margin over former Gov. Charlie Crist, who was briefly rumored to call for a recount.

Considering Florida's elections history, the governor's race was over relatively early, results well settled by midnight. But not before some initial suspense.

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Election 2014
12:29 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Amendment Two Gets Majority Of Votes, Does Not Pass

Jesus Rodriguez, left, and Adrianna Machado, both of Miami, wait for the results of the election at the Leafly and the Florida MMTC Institute's Amendment 2 election watch party at Gramps in Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Jon Durr / Miami Herald Staff

Medical marijuana supporters in Florida were unsuccessful Tuesday night in garnering enough votes to pass Amendment Two.

Although 57.6 percent of votes were in support of Amendment Two, which would have legalized medical marijuana, the votes did not meet the 60-percent requirement to pass the amendment. 

WLRN reporter Diego Saldana-Rojas attended an Amendment Two watch party at Gramps Bar in Wynwood.

He said supporters were sharing drinks and watching the results fluctuate on large TV screens.

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The Governor's Race
10:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

AP Calls Race for Scott

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:45 pm

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won re-election, turning back former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist — who was trying to return to office as a Democrat.

The Associated Press declared Scott the winner Tuesday night with nearly all precincts reporting. He held nearly 49 percent of the vote to Crist's nearly 47 percent.

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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 Mon February 16, 2015 3:14 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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