Capital Report: 11-07-2014

Nov 12, 2014

As you've probably heard, Florida Governor Rick Scott has been re-elected...So what can we expect him to do over the next four years?

We get predictions about Scott’s next term as governor from reporter “William March” of the Tampa Tribune and University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus.  They spoke with Carson Cooper from member station WUSF in Tampa.

The midterm election gave Florida Republicans 17 new members in the statehouse, while Democrats are welcoming six to their minority caucus. As Jessica Palombo reports, that’s a net gain of six seats for the GOP,

Florida’s Cabinet will look exactly the same as it did when its members were elected back in 2010. In this election recap, Sascha Cordner takes a look at their respective races, including the Attorney General’s race.

Florida voters overwhelmingly said yes to a dedicated funding source for land conservation and no to giving governors more power over the judiciary.  Lynn Hatter reports another high-profile amendment fell just shy of what it needed to bring medical marijuana to Florida.

And speaking of Amendment Two, there’s been more than a little grumbling from some quarters about Amendment Two failing despite garnering support from the majority of voters.  But as Nick Evans reports there are some pretty good reasons for requiring a supermajority.

On Tuesday Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and experts say World War II is the last time so many GOP members have been slated for seats in the House. But Regan McCarthy reports the outcome was a little different in North Florida where Democratic Challenger Gwen Graham nipped Tea Party favorite Steve Southerland in the fight for Florida’s second congressional district.

Today, we pretty much take voters freely casting ballots for the candidates and issues of their choice for granted.  But that hasn’t always been the case.  Dina Weinstein (Deena WINE-stine) prepared this report, which originally aired as part of the National Radio Project’s “Making Contact” segment, “Thwarting Democracy…the Battle for Voting Rights.”