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Newtown Shootings
9:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Florida Political Leaders Offer A Range Of Responses To Newtown School Massacre

THE WEAPON: Is banning rifles such as this model, similar to the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a good idea?

Florida leaders are expressing themselves, although not always clearly, after the elementary school massacre in Newtown last week.

Some Florida Democrats, including Tampa U. S. Rep. Kathy Castor, are calling for new restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

Congressman Rich Nugent, a  Republican and former sheriff from Brooksville, says more gun control would be far less useful than identifying and treating mental illness.

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News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Credit Kristina_Hernandez

 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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Legalizing Marijuana
1:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Florida Groups Seek Legal Status For Pot

Reefer Madness: Times have changed and advocates for legal pot hope attitudes have, too.

Florida advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws  felt the rush on Nov. 6 when two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana and Massachusetts approved its use for medical purposes.

So they really like their chances for their own proposed measures, two for medical and one for out-and-out legalization.

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Rick Scott REeelection
11:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Adelson Donates Early For Scott Reelection

For The Cause: Gov. Scott's reelection campaign fund is now $2.4 million. He says he won't have to finance the campaign himself this time.
Credit Wikimedia commons

Pollsters call him "highly vulnerable" and his approvals remain in the cellar, but Gov. Rick Scott's reelection campaign treasury is beginning to fill up.

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Charlie Crist
9:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Jilted GOP Reserves Special Anger For Crist

Crist's open support of President Obama has infuriated state Republicans.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is taking fire from the Republican press release machine now that speculation is growing that he'll challenge Gov. Rick Scott as a Democrat in 2014.

The AP and Sarasota Herald-Tribune suggest there's an angry personal element to this that transcends ordinary politics, probably because Crist was once a Republican governor and the darling of his party. But now he's a cheating rat.

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News
6:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West, Over And Out

Congressman Allen West gives up the fight.
Credit Century Council

The Allen West - Patrick Murphy Congressional standoff is now over. The one-term congressman came close to winning the new District 18 that he had to move to run in, but not close enough, so he conceded today on Fox News. West maintains there were enough ballot irregularities to warrant a close look.And there is no disputing there were voting problems in St. Lucie County. The outgoing GOP Congressman gave no definitive plans for his future. Winner Patrick Murphy has already been through freshman orientation in Washington. 

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Why State Government Contracts Sometimes Go To Out-Of-State Companies

Gov. Rick Scott is Chairman of the Enterprise Florida board. His first term in office has been focused on growing jobs in Florida, but another government contract recently went to an out-of-state firm.
Credit Flickr

Statewide media consultant Ron Sachs went on a Facebook rant after Florida companies were skipped over for a local government contract in Tallahassee.

“The Tallahassee Airport leadership outsourced - without competitive bidding - a web development contract for about $23-thousand to an Atlanta-based company.”

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News
5:46 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Loses Recount Hearing

Allen West's Supporters Stand By Their Man.
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Two strikes and he may be out. A second judge has ruled that he will not hear GOP Congressman Allen West's request for a recount, virtually assuring Patrick Murphy of the District 18 Congressional seat.  It happened in St.

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News
6:13 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Awkward! Both West and Murphy In Washington, D.C.

Credit TellDC.com

For those of you who just don't want to let this election season go, then we have the story  for you. Congressman Allen West has one last chance to pull out a win in the 18th congressional district. The race still hasn't been certified.  Lawyers for West are scheduled to be in court in St. Lucie County on 

Friday to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is so convinced he's won the seat that he's already gone to Congressional freshman orientation.

 Both West and Murphy are now in Washington, D.C. 

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Final Count
11:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Count's Final, Obama Won, But Is It Over? Except For Jabs, Politics And Fixes...Maybe

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Tuesday's election in Florida lasted until Saturday when the state was finally called for President Barack Obama. That's how long it took to sort through the mountains of absentee and other non-standard ballots.

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News
6:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Finally Gets A Color

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?
Credit League of Woman Voters

The Miami-Dade absentee ballots have all been counted. And color us blue. That blank on the U.S.

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Florida Legislature
11:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

In Tallahassee, Republicans Will Still Rule But With A Hand Weakened By Election

Future Power: Rep. Perry Thurston of Plantation will be the House Democratic leader.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Democrats in the Florida Legislature made some gains in Tuesday's election. They weren't enough to end Republican majorities in the House or  Senate but they did reduce GOP strength by a measureable notch: Republicans no longer have the supermajorities required for total domination of one party by another.

Boca Raton Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs' victory over Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff  of Hollywood was the critical win in the upper chamber.

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Election 2012
7:31 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Nope! Scott Won't Extend Early Voting

He Disagrees: Gov. Scott says early voting will end Saturday, period. Democrats want an extension to relieve the long lines.

Top state Democrats and the League of Women Voters have been pleading with Gov. Rick Scott  to extend the early voting to relieve the long lines and multi-hour waits. 

Last night, the governor said no.  "Early voting will end Saturday night," he announced to reporters at a fundraiser in the Alachua County town of Newberry. 

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Why A Conservative Legal Group Is Defending Florida Supreme Court Justices - Despite Republican Push

Justices Three: R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince.
Credit Florida Supreme Court

Legal scholars at the conservative Federalist Society are heaping skepticism on the Republicans' rationale for drumming liberal Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quince and R. Fred Lewis out of the Florida Supreme Court for "judicial activism."

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News
6:29 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Lynn University Debate Through Voters' Eyes

What's Red and White and Blue All Over? Lynn University.
Lynn University

And now, on the other side of a pretty prestigious political night for South Florida - one last look at the Presidential debate at Lynn University.  Kenny Malone was onsite at Lynn University and wanted to watch the debate through the eyes of the Florida voter. 

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