Politics

Politics
10:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Why Charlie Crist Supports Democrat's Bill To Restore Early Voting

Charlie Crist: Obama told him to make voting 'move a little faster.'
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Former Gov. Charlie Crist is standing with state Democrats in favor of a bill to fix election problems that embarrassed the state last week.

State Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is the House sponsor of the bill, which would restore early voting to 14 days and allow non-government buildings to be used as early voting site.

Crist's name continues to surface as a possible Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Scott in 2016. He has left the Republican Party and remains an independent who likes to call himself "Citizen Crist."

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The Florida Vote
9:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

How Republicans Turned Unlikely Voters Into Actual Voters For The Democrats

A Likely Story: But unlikely voters would soon be heard from.

South Florida Democratic candidates who had no reason to expect victory are preparing to be sworn in to office now thanks to the votes of people whom the pollsters largely ignored: unlikely voters.

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Israel
7:31 am
Thu November 15, 2012

In Israel And Gaza Strip: More Explosions, Deaths On Both Sides

An Israeli soldier lies on the ground as missiles are fired from an Iron Dome anti-missile station on Thursday near the city of Beer Sheva, Israel. The Iron Dome was activated to intercept incoming rockets launched from Gaza.
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Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:21 am

  • Anthony Kuhn talks with Linda Wertheimer on 'Morning Editon'

Update at 1:30 p.m. ET. Firing Continues:

"Intensive fire" has continued through the day across the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, correspondent Linda Gradstein, who is in Jerusalem, tells our Newscast Desk.

Hamas has now fired more than 130 rockets toward southern Israel and the Israeli military continues to fire at targets in Gaza. Palestinian officials report at least 13 deaths on their side of the border. The death toll in Israel remains at three.

White House spokesman Jay Carney today told reporters that:

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Politics
7:23 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Obama Won Because Of 'Gifts' To Groups, Romney Tells Donors

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 10:20 pm

President Obama won because of "gifts" he gave to certain constituency groups, GOP nominee Mitt Romney said today on a conference call with campaign donors and fundraisers.

His remarks were first reported by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, which listened in on the call.

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Gay Rights
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Florida Elects Two Openly Gay State Lawmakers For The First Time

Two openly gay men won seats in the Florida House this election.
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On Election Day this year, Florida went from having zero openly gay lawmakers in the state Legislature to two.

David Richardson won a seat in the Florida House representing Miami Beach and Joe Saunders won a seat representing a part of Orlando. Both men are openly gay.

Up until last week, Florida was the biggest state in the U.S. to have never elected an openly gay person to office in their state legislature. 

Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, says that Florida was actually part of a national trend.

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Health Care Law
12:32 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Rick Scott Says He's Going To Work With Feds On Health Care

Gov. Scott says he will implement the Affordable Care Act in Florida.
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Gov. Rick Scott-- the man who spent his own money traveling the country in an effort to stop health care reform-- has announced he is actually going to work with the federal government to implement the health care reform law in Florida.

Since the 2010 health care law was passed, Florida officials and Scott have dragged their feet in implementing the health care law here. They have even turned away millions of dollars allocated through the law that would go to programs that help low-income women and children.

However, things have since changed.

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Ballot Measures
12:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

No One Knows Why Florida's Ballot Measures Failed

There are a lot of theories about why this year's ballot measures didn't pass-- but they are just theories.
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In this past election, only three of the 11 proposed changes to the Florida Constitution on this year's ballot actually passed.

The ballot measures covered issues like tax cuts, the Florida Supreme Court, abortion and public funding of religious groups.

There are a lot of theories as to why this happened: a historically long ballot might have fatigued people by the time they got to the ballot measures, the amendments themselves were lengthy and confusing, lines were too long and polling places were chaotic, etc.

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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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