Politics

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
11:56 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Where Do Goat Cheese, Trickle Down Economics And Swing State Voters Meet?

photo: Kenny Malone

There were just over 21-hundred jobs in the agriculture and mining sector in Lee County, by the last census numbers.

Our Dispatches from the Swing State project dropped in on one of the less conventional agriculture positions at the Umbuzi experimental farm in Buckingham, Florida.

Herald photographer Patrick Farrell and I are driving around the state to cut straight to the Florida voters and issues of the 2012 presidential election.

At the Umbuzi farm, we met award-winning goat cheese maker Jim Ellis.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
11:18 am
Tue October 9, 2012

DISPATCH: The Forgotten Gladesman

David Shealy makes a lot of his money off Florida’s version of Bigfoot. He sells T-shirts, bumper stickers and hot sauce out of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters off the Tamiami Trail in Ochopee, Florida.

8:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

B-Girls, Booze And The Russian Mob

Lead in text: 
The Miami Herald's Jay Weaver raises the curtain on a federal trial opening today. Allegations: Mobsters recruited sexy Eastern European women to separate men from their money at a series of Miami Beach clubs.
Miami Beach's "B-Girls" are back. But not as the sirens who seduced men in swank hotels like the Delano, to lure them to seedy private clubs on Washington Avenue so they could be plied with liquor and swindled.
Politics
4:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Florida Investigates Possible Voter Registration Fraud By Republican Party Vendor

John of Lebanon/flickr

The state is investigating a Virginia-based company for possible voter registration fraud in Florida.

Strategic Allied Consulting was hired by the Republican Party of Florida to register voters ahead of the November election.

The Florida Division of Elections is concerned about a series of suspicious registration forms submitted by Strategic Allied.

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Dispatches From The Swing State
2:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

DISPATCH: Cuban-American Artist In Miami

Known just by his first name, Antuan, the 40-year-old artist is a sculptor provocateur whose work is at times absurd (brains, pills and ashtrays) and more often profound (Holocaust memorial pieces). Antuan says that growing up in Cuba gave him political "trauma." He loves the freedom of democracy, but doesn't trust government.

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.
9:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

In Miami, Taking The Good With The Weird

Lead in text: 
In Florida's strangest county, candidates need the votes and just accept the crime, traffic and celebrity culture. Oh, and the face-eating. The Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith:
What if a presidential election came down to the strangest county in the weirdest state in America? For better or worse, that's Miami-Dade, whose vote Nov. 6 will go a long way in determining who wins America's biggest swing state.
Politics
8:50 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Novice Campaigners, Justices Seek Votes

Forced to the stump: From left, Justices Lewis, Pariente, Quince
Florida Supreme Court
  • What Justice Fred Lewis said to a forum audience in Tallahassee.

It's not what they signed up for. But three justices from the liberal side of the Florida Supreme Court have been turned into politicians by an unusual campaign to remove them from the bench.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
3:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

DISPATCH: One Sister, Two Sister, Red Sister, Blue Sister

Twin sisters Carrie Guise of Tampa, Fla., and Mindy Magrath of Raleigh, N.C., came to Key West to celebrate their birthday, not talk politics. But when #FLDispatches discovered the sisters had parted political paths, an impromptu debate was too good to pass up. Sisterly banter ensued and political persuasions were reassessed.

Dispatches From the Swing State
12:51 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

What Health Insurance Means To The Fire-Juggling Voter

Politics
12:21 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Florida Supreme Court Will Rule On Nuclear Cost Recovery Fees

Crystal River nuclear power plant
eutrophication&hypoxia/flickr

Utility companies in Florida are allowed to charge customers for power plants that may never be built.

It’s allowed under a law passed in 2006, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wants the law overturned.

A legal challenge is now before the Florida Supreme Court.

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Dispatches From the Swing State
11:48 am
Fri October 5, 2012

DISPATCH: The Religious Non-Voter

Ann Romney
11:02 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ann Romney Visits St. Petersburg Hospital

Ann Romney discussed her ordeal with multiple sclerosis during her stop at All Children’s Hospital.
IowaPolitics.com

After her emotional speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney resumed the campaign today with a visit to St. Petersburg where she cut the ribbon to open a new physical therapy playground at All Children’s Hospital.

During the event, she found some common ground with 11-year-old Seth Morano of Sarasota.

Seconds after the pieces of red ribbon had fluttered to the ground in the shady playground Seth leaned back in his wheelchair, tilted his head for maximum projection and shouted a short message.

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