Democratic Party
12:01 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Is Democratic Party Trying To Stuff Charlie Crist Down Rank-And-File Throats?

HEAVY HAND: Average Democrats may resent having Crist forced upon them as a candidate for governor.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist has a great resume, a moderate-to-liberal heart and he's just made a public and decisive rejection of the Republican Party. Does that mean he's automatically the next Democratic candidate for governor?

As former Miami Herald political writer Beth Reinhard writes in the National Journal, not necessarily...particularly, if the rank-and-file thinks the party is stuffing Crist down their throats:

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11:24 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Census: The Rest Of America Will Look More Like South Florida

The crowded scene on "Black Friday" at Macy's in Manhattan. The U.S. population is projected to hit 400 million in 2051, Census says, up from 321 million in 2015.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 3:02 pm

The trends continue:

"The U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections released today by the U.S. Census Bureau."

Based on data from the 2010 census, the bureau projects that:

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10:20 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Osorio's Open Wallet To Democrats Fueled InnoVida Fraud, New Report Says

NETWORKING: Claudio Osorio, left, boasted of his political connections to Democrats such as Bill Clinton to potential investors.
Credit Latin American Herald Tribune

Campaign finance reports are finding a lot of Claudio Osorio's money in reports filed by prominent South Florida Democrats including Broward U. S. Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

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8:07 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Miami-Dade's 3 Ways To Fix Voting Problems

APPEALING TO TALLAHASSEE: Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley and Mayor Carlos Gimenez

On his listening tour in counties where voting  was a problem last month, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner got three suggestions in Miami on Tuesday.

Detzner, who's also the state's chief election officer, was told there were too few early voting days, not enough early voting sites and way too many words on the ballot.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his appointed elections supervisor, Penelope Townsley, said that was the formula for long lines and seven-hour waits to deal with 10- and 12-page ballots on Nov. 6.

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Voting Rights
7:30 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Legislator Wants To Change Some Overlooked Parts Of Florida's Voting Law

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.
Credit MyFloridaHouse.gov

There have already been a number of bills filed by Democratic state lawmakers to change parts of Florida's controversial voting law during the upcoming  Legislative session, which starts March 5.

Most of the bills, so far, focus on early voting rules that were changed in 2011 -- when the Republican-controlled  Legislature overhauled the state's voting law.

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Three Signs The 2014 Governor's Race Has Already Started

TOO SOON? Gov. Scott is in early campaign mode thanks to Charlie Crist's party switch.
Credit Gage Skidmore /Flickr

Yes, the 2014 gubernatorial election is months and months away, but there are already some signs that election season has started right back up again.

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Charlie Crist
7:19 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Crist Urges GOP's 'Live And Let Live' Faction To Follow Him To The Democratic Party

DISENCHANTED: Crist says he frequently disagreed with the Republican leadership.

Former Governor and brand-new Democrat Charlie Crist explained his qualms and misgivings with the Republican Party last night in an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball" program.

Crist said his disenchantment grew as he assessed the Republican leadership views of immigration, education and voter suppression.

"As a live-and-let-live kind of guy who wants to be tolerant, who wants to be kind, who wants to be compassionate," Crist explained, "the leadership doesn't seem to embrace that kind of view."

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Election 2012
3:09 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Why Voting Absentee Was A Bad Idea This Year

Thousands of absentee ballots didn't get counted in the past election.
Credit Chris Coleman/ Flickr

In Florida, it's safe to say that voting in the presidential election this year was a disaster.

As we all know, voting lines during early voting and through to Election Day were several hours long. In fact, while President Obama was giving his victory speech, some polls were still open in Miami-Dade because there were people still waiting in line to vote.

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Gubernatorial Race 2014
6:30 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Charlie Crist's Measured Journey From Republican Via Independent To Democrat

THE HUG: Crist embraced President Obama and began his two-year party transition.

It's official, folks. Former Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist is now a Democrat.

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Job Czar
4:22 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

New Florida Jobs Czar Appointed

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From The News Service of Florida

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Tallying It Up: Election Problems, Citizens Insurance And Miami-Dade Prayer

Secretary of State Ken Detzner is touring around the 5
Credit Dan Grech

On the Florida Roundup :  Local leaders and scientists gather in Palm Beach county to discuss how sea-level rise is “sinking in” in South Florida.  Citizens Insurance is awash with complaints about its "incentive plan" to have private insurers take over some of its policies. Will you be paying for it, hurricane or not? 

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Casino Gambling
10:26 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Knowing When To Fold 'Em, Genting Abandons Casino Law Petition Drive

LETTING IT RIDE: Genting is betting millions it can persuade Florida lawmakers to authorize resort casinos
Credit Leong Sze Hian

With new leadership running the Florida Legislature and gambling regulation prominently on the table, the Genting Group has abandoned its plan to seek voter approval of a casino gambling amendment.

Genting, the Malaysian gambling behemoth which bought the Miami Herald headquarters with a plan to create a fantastical seaside casino, now says it will slow down and work with -- instead of around -- the Legislature.

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The Florida Vote
9:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How Boxer's Bill Could Shrink Voting Lines

DIFFERING BY DEGREE: Gov. Scott thinks four hours is an acceptable wait in a voting line, Sen. Boxer says one.

A prominent Senate Democrat is trying to federalize election rules in a way that would make it illegal to force voters to wait more than an hour to vote.

U. S. Sen. Barbara Boxer filed her bill -- called the LINE Act -- on Thursday. If it passes, states would have to come into compliance before the next federal election. That would involve applying formulas that determine how many voting machines and poll workers have to be available for the expected number of voters.

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Public Insight Network
6:30 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Dade Commission's Polarizing Call To Prayer

The Miami-Dade Commission has brought back the spoken prayer to hold before their official hearings.
Credit wilson.cheong

The Miami-Dade County Commission’s 8-3 decision to reinstate spoken prayer before its official meetings is sparking passionate responses on both sides of the issue. 

A sponsor of the bill to bring back spoken prayer, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, called it a matter of "freedom of speech," while Commissioner Sally Heyman, part of the trio opposed to the measure, said it was "unfair to members of the community to be subjected to a religious point of view."  Since 2004, the commission has opened its meetings with a moment of silence during which commissioners and the public could do as they pleased. 

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Political Ethics
7:55 am
Thu December 6, 2012

What The Ethics Commission Thinks It Has On Miami State Representative Erik Fresen

ERIK FRESEN: Miami Republican legislator says he's the victim of a 'textbook political attack.'

Questions are arising after a critical examination of State Rep. Erik Fresen's finances by the Florida Ethics Commission.

The panel says the Miami Republican misstated his debts and income for three years beginning in 2008 and it must now decide whether the discrepancies amount to campaign law violations.

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