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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11/09/12 - This week on the Florida Roundup. The election is over, but again Florida is the state that can't vote straight. Long lines for early voting and on election night in Miami-Dade leave voters frustrated, and Florida blank on the electoral map for days. Even without the state's results President Obama wins reelection and Florida becomes bluer - with Democrats making gains at the state and national level, while Republicans take a hit.
Tuesday may have been the second time Barack Obama won a presidential race, but Election Day was a day of many firsts here in South Florida.
We spoke to several first-time voters who were at the polls Tuesday. Some of the first-timers were young adults, finally old enough to vote in their first presidential election. Other voters were new American citizens.
Check out this slide show of first-time voter stories.
Although voting problems in Tuesday's election were fewer than some people had expected, there were extremely long lines at many polling sites; so many that President Obama noted them in his victory speech.
"I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time," he said, adding, "by the way we have to fix that."
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:22 am
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say the real problem isn’t the fat and cholesterol, but a little-known chemical called TMAO that shows up in the blood after someone eats red meat, the New York Times reports. It seems to be created by bacteria that live in our gut.