Politics

Voters Not Voting
10:30 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Why Many Registered Voters In Miami-Dade Didn’t Vote

Miami-Dade County had 33 percent of its registered voters not vote this past election.
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Florida voters waited almost a week to hear who won the presidential election in Florida. It wasn’t until Saturday, Nov. 10 that President Obama had been declared the winner.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, only 67 percent of registered voters in Miami-Dade County cast a ballot in this election. This includes people who waited in line at the polls, and people who voted via absentee ballot.

Statewide, this number hovers around 71 percent, which is the lowest turnout in the past three presidential elections.

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Cuban-American Vote
10:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Experts Don't Agree On Cuban American Vote

The Cuban vote in this election has become a topic of debate among researchers.
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Following this year's close presidential election here in Florida, there were reports that Obama had won the Cuban vote, or at least he had gotten a record share of it.

However, some political researchers and professors here in South Florida don't agree that this election represented a historic shift for South Florida's Cuban-Americans -- a population that has historically voted in favor of the GOP. 

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Florida: A President's Best Friend and Worst Enemy

In a new book, University of Florida professor James C. Clark details Florida's unique role in both delighting and vexing presidents in American history.
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The  Miami Book Fair International is happening through the weekend , and all week, we're hearing from some of the Florida authors appearing at Miami-Dade College for the fair.

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The House
11:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Fighting To Undo Loss To Patrick Murphy, Allen West Plays All The Angles

Never Say Concede: Allen West, above, refuses to acknowledge losing to Murphy, below, who's already in Washington for rookie Congressman orientation.
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One of South Florida's leading constitutional scholars says U. S. Rep. Allen West is likely to lose his fight to recount the votes in District 18 and regain the seat he appears to have lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

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Health Care Reform Law
10:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Florida Officials May Be Getting Serious About Health Care Reform Law

Gov. Rick Scott has to start implementing health care reform in Florida.
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Last week, Floridians voted down Amendment 1 -- an amendment that basically added anti-health care reform language into our state Constitution. Specifically, the amendment would have made it illegal to implement the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act in Florida.

However, many experts said that even if it did pass, Florida's Amendment 1 simply could not overrule a federal law, which was also upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Ballot Counting
10:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Don't Feel Bad Florida, Arizona Is Still Counting Ballots

Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, is also dealing with a problematic election this year.
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Florida may have been a laughingstock on the heels of this presidential election because of its continued inability to conduct an election without a flurry of snafus -- but it's important to note, folks, that we aren't the only state that took a long time to count ballots this year.

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Ballot Counting
9:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: Surprise Box Of Uncounted Ballots Discovered In Broward

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes says on the whole, her office is doing "pretty good."
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Broward County is still tallying up votes in two recounts from last week’s election.  

In Dania Beach's close commission race, Chickie Brandimartie leads Mac McElyea by just 16 votes out of more than 4,000. In Hallandale Beach, it's even closer with Anthony Sanders leading Michele Lazarow by just 6 votes out of more than 7,000.

And the Sun-Sentinel reports that nearly a thousand uncounted ballots were discovered in a Broward warehouse on Monday.

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Affordable Care Act
3:34 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Explained: What Health Insurance Exchanges Might Look Like In Florida

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said last week the state could design its own health insurance exchange required under President Obama's health care law. But resistance in the Republican-controlled General Assembly may cause the state to hand that power off to the federal government.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 1:33 pm

Last week's election may have settled the fate of the federal Affordable Care Act, but its implementation after months of uncertainty has caught many of the players unprepared.

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Voting Rights
12:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Supreme Court To Reconsider Minority Protection In Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will take another look at a law protecting minority voting rights.
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The Supreme Court says its going to review whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Section 5 requires that certain states and counties receive federal pre-clearance of laws that could potentially impact minority voting rights.

The Hill reports

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Cuban Politics
11:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Obama Got Record Share Votes From Miami Cubans

Obama got the biggest share of the Cuban vote that any Democratic presidential candidate has ever received.
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President Obama may have not technically won the Cuban vote -- but he did manage to score the biggest share of this historically Republican vote that any Democratic presidential candidate has ever gotten.

The Miami Herald reports,

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Veterans Day
10:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Voters Approve Veteran Tax Breaks In Time For Veterans Day

Voters approved two separate ballot measures aimed at giving military families tax breaks.
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Just before Veterans Day, the results of November's election provided some relief for veterans and their spouses in Florida.

Among the many measures up for vote on this year's long and complicated ballot, were two tax exemptions aimed at helping out military families. Those two measures were among three that actually passed last week. There were 11 ballot measures in total.

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Politics And Economics
5:30 am
Sun November 11, 2012

How The Fiscal Cliff Would Hit The Economy

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner at the White House in July 2011. They are scheduled to meet at the White House again next week to discuss the looming fiscal cliff.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 4:05 pm

This week, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders to begin working out a deal to avert a budget calamity commonly known as the fiscal cliff.

Economists are unanimous in saying that if the leaders fail to keep the country from going over the "cliff," both the stock and labor markets will fairly quickly go "splat."

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The Florida Roundup
4:06 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Why Florida Is Still Figuring Out “That Whole Voting Thing"

As of Friday, counties in Florida are still tallying ballots, thus cementing the state's national reputation as a place that can't run an election. Why do voting problems continue to plague Florida?
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"An irrelevant laughingstock," a "benign tumor," a state that should just be "

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Church And State
1:10 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster'

Attendees pray during The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:13 pm

Many religious conservatives thought this might be the year of an evangelical comeback, when voters would throw President Obama out because of his support of same-sex marriage and abortion, and his health plan's birth control mandate. It didn't work out that way.

"I think this was an evangelical disaster," says Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

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Republican Aftermath
12:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Skin Color And Amnesty Hopes Propelled Obama's Win, Says Departing GOP Chairman

He's Done: Palm Beach Republican chairman Sid Dinerstein
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For Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein, the re-election of President Obama wasn't a sudden disaster as much as a last straw. All over Europe and in big parts of the United States, he saw socialism on the rise and voters as its willing hostages.

Dinerstein had been watching with increasing alarm.

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