Capital Report: 10-31-2014

Nov 3, 2014

While more men tend to favor Governor Rick Scott more, the final Quinnipiac poll of the Florida Governor’s race suggests by a double-digit margin, more women favor Democrat challenger Charlie Crist over the Republican incumbent.  In the last part of our two-part series Sascha Cordner tried to find out if top Democratic women feel the same way about the Republican-turned-Democrat.

Besides the candidates, for congress, governor, cabinet members, county, city and school board, there are other matters vying for voters’ attention.  Florida voters must decide the fate of three amendments to the state constitution.  Jessica Palombo examines Amendment One.  It’s all about requiring the state to buy sensitive lands for purposes of preservation.  Supporters say it’s one way to accomplish what the legislature has failed to do, while opponents say it micromanages the state’s annual budget process.

Amendment Two to Florida’s Constitution is a measure that would make medical marijuana legal in the state.  Nick Evans reports the amendment’s critics say it will lead to full-scale legalization, but supporters argue these fears are overblown.

We wind up our overview of Florida’s proposed constitutional amendments with Amendment Three.  Unlike its companions, this one hasn’t attracted a lot of attention.  And, as Lynn Hatter reports, that may be – at least in part – because the subject matter and the wording of the measure itself, is a bit tough to understand.

Besides all the statewide candidates and issues, there are lots of local decisions facing Florida voters.  In a few counties, for instance, Children’s Services Councils are up for re-authorization by voters. Tiffany Termine from member station WQCS in Fort Pierce reports the councils enjoy widespread support.