Politics

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 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
8:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Turned Away At Ferguson Senior High Before Polls Closed

Voters were turned away at the John A. Ferguson Senior High School polling location before the polls closed at 7 p.m.
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A few voters at the John A. Ferguson Senior High School polling location in West Kendall were turned away before the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Orlando Duluc says he was turned away at 6:49 p.m.

"[At] 6:49, they say they are closed. They say the machines stopped just before 7 and that we cannot get in," he said.

WLRN intern Gregory Castillo was at the polling location when he heard an election official tell a voter that "it doesn't matter if it's five minutes off, it's whatever the election says."

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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.
Credit Dr sanjeevkumar SinghEr/flickr

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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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
8:12 am
Mon November 3, 2014

How Effective Are Florida Lawmakers?

This Congress is seen as the least active in history.
Credit Matt Laslo

This Congress is the least active in the nation’s history. In the past two years, the body has passed only 181 bills that were signed into law by the president. Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, doesn’t rate it very highly.

“This is an embarrassing and miserable Congress, really one of the worst I've ever seen,” he says.

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