Politics

Voting
2:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

How Facebook Got People To The Polls On Sunday

People in Doral wait in a long line to vote in an impromptu voting location Sunday.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

It was a last minute announcement made by Miami Dade Elections Officials, but somehow hundreds of voters showed up to vote this Sunday.

According to voters lined up that day, they have Facebook to thank for finding out about that impromptu voting day.

Last year, state lawmakers cut down early voting days and controversially eliminated the Sunday before Election Day.

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Underground Campaigns
12:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

With Buses And Billboards, Small-Money Groups Try To Make A Mark

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama, a small-donor PAC, has launched a bus tour to reach conservative voters in hotly contested states, while trying to raise money to launch an anti-Obama TV ad.
Yfat Yossifor Courtesy of Mlive.com

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 7:23 pm

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Florida
10:30 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Florida As Described By The New Yorker

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Florida may be center stage for this year's election, but its also a largely complicated and interesting place to outsiders during non-election years.

For years, The New Yorker has been filing colorful, surprising and harrowing stories from Florida, which they have compiled to give readers a different look at this largely misunderstood state. Here are some of the magazine's observations about Florida through the years as told through their reporting:

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Voting
8:07 am
Mon November 5, 2012

How To Cast Post-Early Voting Ballot Today

Got One Of These Yet? The official early voting period has expired but South Floridians can still cast pre-Election Day ballots.
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After weekend confusion, a lawsuit and some serious voting miscues in Miami-Dade County on Sunday -- really, it was a mess -- South Florida elections supervisors are redefining "early voting" to allow people to cast ballots today.

What it means is, you'll be able to go to an elections supervisor's office, pick up an absentee ballot, fill it out and then turn it in.

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Early Voting
10:07 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Wilson's Voting Complaint Brings Federal Election Monitors To Miami-Dade

Word In His Ear: U. S. Rep. Frederica Wilson says GOP operatives are manipulating early voters to steal the election.
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Election monitors from the U. S. Justice Department are on their way to Miami-Dade County to investigate reports of predatory voting "assistance" being offered by pro-Romney operatives to elderly voters in a north county precinct.

The Miami Herald reported this morning the complaints came from U. S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, whose district includes the polling station at North Miami Public Library:

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Foreclosure Crisis
5:06 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

(Some) Foreclosure Money Is On Its Way to Homeowners

Florida is finally going to spend money it was given for foreclosure relief.
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Florida-- including South Florida--could finally be getting the millions of dollars it won in a settlement with big banks over bad mortgages and foreclosures. 

In the past several months about $300 million dollars given to Florida has been locked up in a battle between Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the state Legislature. Each party claims that they have the authority to decide how the money is spent.

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The Florida Roundup
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Into The Fray: Florida's Voting Issues And Ballot Measures

Early voters have faced long wait times. Above, voters at the Miami Beach City Hall.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman

Florida is ready to vote. Or is it?  Over 3 million Floridians have already voted early in person or by absentee ballot.  Early voting totals continue to be strong in mostly Democratic South Florida.  For many, lines at the polls are long, while still others wait by the mailbox for their absentee ballots.  

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It's All About The Data
1:49 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

How To Psych Out Liberals And Get Them To The Polls

Vote Score: This is what hypothetical liberal voter Terry Smith got in the mail. He has a good score...

Attention, liberal voters: They know who you are. They know where you live.

Data wonks at MoveOn.org have figured out how to identify the progressives among ordinary Democratic voters for an experiment in voter psychology that they believe will turn the election in favor of Obama and all the down-ballot Democrats.

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Early Voting
1:04 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse

Miami-Dade voters finally enter their ballots after hours of waiting
Jessica Meszaros

All week, early voters have been grumbling about the hours-long lines as they cast ballots before the deadline for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.    

Miami-Dade, in particular, has only 20 available early voting locations for the county’s 1.28 million registered voters. In other words: the ratio of voters to early polling places is about 64,000:1.

Granted, these voters won’t be there all at the same time, but it’s still a daunting number.

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Florida Roundup Live Chats
11:12 am
Fri November 2, 2012

LIVE CHAT: The Florida Roundup November 1, 2012

Voting early and by absentee has never been more popular. But for many, lines at the polls are long, while still others wait by the mailbox for their absentee ballots.

We’ll have the latest on the key races, what’s at stake with Florida’s 11 ballot amendments, and a final fact-check from Politifact Florida on the eve of an historic election in which the eyes of the nation are upon Florida, again.

Absentee Ballots
11:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Palm Beach Sued Over Signature Issue on Absentee Ballots

Palm Beach woman is suing her elections supervisor for not counting her absentee ballot.
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Here at WLRN, we've gotten a report of at least one person was allowed to vote in South Florida because officials did not believe the signature on his ballot was indeed his.

A Broward election official said situations like this could be remedied by a voter simply updating their signature in person at the supervisor of elections office in the county they vote in.

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Partisan Politics
10:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Washington Post: Allen West and Alan Grayson Are 'Embodiment of Hyperpartisanship'

Allen West and Alan Grayson could be facing each other as two of the most partisan politicians in the U.S. House.
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Besides a contentious presidential election, Floridians are also voting on key congressional races this year. 

Among those races is former congressman Alan Grayson's possible return to the U.S. House, as well as Rep. Allen West's, R-Florida, re-election where he faces off newcomer Patrick Murphy.

Right now, Grayson is (very) well positioned to win his race. West has out-raised Murphy by millions of dollars and has an edge in the polls.

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Politics And Health Care
9:40 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Romney's Baffling Claim About Medicare Pay Cuts For Doctors

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his case about Medicare during a briefing in South Carolina in August.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:19 pm

Health care in general — and Medicare, in particular — have been big parts of this year's presidential campaign.

But over the last couple of weeks, Republican Mitt Romney has been making a new claim that doesn't quite clear the accuracy bar.

It has to do with $716 billion in Medicare reductions over 10 years included in the federal health law, the Affordable Care Act. And it's become a standard part of Romney's stump speech.

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The Button Lens
5:29 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Button Man: This Job Brought To You By Mitt Romney

Marvin Francis, 44, graphic designer and political button salesman outside of a recent rally for former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney
Credit Photo by Kenny Malone

Marvin Francis crouched over and dug into a yellow and forest green La Salle High School miniature duffel bag. "'NObama'; 'You Lie,'" he read from a pile of oversized red, white and blue buttons. A small crowd peaked over his shoulders, holding five and ten dollar bills at their sides.

"I think that's all the selection I have left. And 'Obama Sucks,'" he added. "That's the only other one that I have that I didn't want to put out 'cause there's too many young kids."

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Sad Politics
2:28 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Dear Little Girl: Sorry We Made You Cry About 'Bronco Bamma' And Mitt Romney

We can sympathize, Abigael. She's tired of hearing about "Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."
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Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 6:47 am

Oh my goodness, do we feel bad now:

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