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The two candidates for the Leon County Commission At-Large Seat disagree about changes to the county’s urban development. 

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Congresswoman Corrine Brown is far out-raising her opponent former State Senator Al Lawson, in the Democratic race for Congressional District 5. But a local party leader says money isn’t everything.

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This Tuesday, Florida voters weighed in on who should be the next president of the United States. But some 1.5 million Floridians are left out of that voting process: convicted felons.

City Debuts Campaign Contribution Refund Program

Mar 15, 2016
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Tallahassee is launching a new campaign contribution refund program in time for this November’s elections.

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While state workers are passed over for the eighth year in a row, Florida’s election supervisors could be getting a raise. A bill that would do just that is ready for the Governor’s signature.

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The midterm election gave Republicans 17 new members in the Florida House, while Democrats are welcoming six to their minority caucus. The GOP now has a veto-proof super-majority in that chamber.

Republicans needed to defeat at least five incumbent Democrats to achieve the super-majority. They ousted six. One of their successful candidates comes from Orlando.

“My name is Rene Plasencia. I also go by Coach P. I’m a high school teacher and track coach at Colonial High School, where I’ve been for the last 15 years,” he says.

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As Florida election supervisors continue counting mail-in ballots, Gov. Rick Scott’s winning margin is just over 1 percent. But before Scott was declared the winner late Tuesday night, Democratic rival Charlie Crist filed an emergency court motion to extend voting hours in one South Florida county. A judge denied his campaign’s request.

Florida Democrats have managed to narrow an early Republican lead in the number of ballots cast before Election Day. The numbers appear to favor Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist—at first glance. But  a state election-law change makes this election’s outcome harder to predict.

Capital Report: 04-03-2013

Apr 3, 2013

Money, dough, the green stuff; Regan McCarthy reports that’s what a group of lawmakers spent their Wednesday talking about –who doesn’t get it, who does and how much the state is willing to give them.

Several abortion bills are now headed to the Florida House floor, after clearing their last committee stop Wednesday. They include a bill that seeks to ban abortions based on the sex or gender of the unborn child. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, lawmakers had mixed feelings on the issue, at times voting against their own party.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing three changes he’d like to see in the laws governing how the state runs its elections. The changes reverse some of the election law reforms that Scott signed into law two years ago.

Scott’s office released a statement saying the proposed changes are meant to "restore Floridians' confidence in our election system."

Election supervisors from several Florida counties are turning in their wish lists for how the state’s election law needs to change. The Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections heard  from the county officials Monday about what they think caused problems during the 2012 election.

The committee heard testimony from nine elections supervisors, including those from several of the biggest counties.

The Florida Republican lawmaker who sponsored last-year’s controversial election-law changes that shortened the early voting period has filed new legislation to expand it once again. But the Florida Democratic Party is decrying the new bill as grossly inadequate.

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Just as they did in all U.S. states, Florida’s presidential electors met to cast their official ballots on Monday. The Democratic electors unanimously chose President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the Florida Capitol.

In the Florida Senate chambers, Democratic electors gathered from around the state. Many brought family members to share the experience, some still in diapers. Infant Hillary Eleanor was there with her dad, former Orange County state Rep. Scott Randolph, and mom, Susannah Randolph, who’s one of the electors.

Latino Voters Shake Up Florida Elections

Nov 16, 2012

Analysts say President Barack Obama owes a big thank you to Latino voters, who many say made up a big chuck of his Florida win. That comes as a surprise to pollsters who predicted a Romney win. But for grass roots organizers in Florida, it wasn’t a surprise at all.

“I believe that we are the determining factor in the presidential election.” Says Julsea Arsen with the voter advocacy group Mi Familia Vota. She says the Latino population has grown dramatically throughout Central Florida. And she believes the group’s outreach in that area paid off big.

Going against many pollsters’ predictions, it looks like President Obama has won the state of Florida, pending final confirmation. Political analysts say, Obama’s victory highlights the importance of last-minute campaigning and the danger of campaigns’ relying on outdated demographic information.

For much of election night, it looked like Florida, the perennial toss-up state, was headed for a mandatory recount, as Obama and Mitt Romney’s vote tallies were less than one-half of 1 percent apart.

Voters in Florida rejected most of the proposed constitutional amendments on their ballots Election Day. Critics have even partly blamed the historically long ballot for the long lines at polling places. Out of 11, only three gained 60-percent of the votes needed to pass.

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The Democratic newcomer who unseated Florida Congressman Allen West says the incumbent lawmaker’s call for a recount is unfounded. Patrick Murphy’s win against West is a major upset for Republicans. And, West is now refusing to concede defeat, citing disturbing irregularities” and ballots unaccounted for at a couple polls in Florida.

Floridians have overwhelmingly chosen to retain three state Supreme Court justices in Tuesday’s election. But a limited-government advocacy group is trying to block Sec. of State Ken Detzner from being allowed to certify the judges’ re-election.

The challenge, filed with the Florida Supreme Court late on Monday, comes from the Southeastern Legal Foundation. It’s the same group that tried to get Justices Pariente, Quince and Lewis thrown off the ballot in June.

Florida Congressman Steve Southerland has won a second term in office, beating out Democratic challenger Al Lawson.

By 10 Tuesday night, many already knew Lawson had already lost the race when he walked into his own Watch Party at the Mint Lounge in Downtown Tallahassee. But, a crowd of supporters cheered him on anyway, before he conceded.

It had looked like Florida was headed for a recount for most of election night because of the razor-thin margin between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. And Florida was the last state to declare a winner. But it turned out not to matter to the overall outcome.

Long lines in Miami-Dade County had voters waiting to cast ballots hours after President Obama was declared the winner of the national election.

Voters in Florida rejected most of the constitutional amendments on their ballots Tuesday. The historically long ballot was part of the blame for the long lines at polling places. However, eight of the 11 proposals didn’t meet the 60 percent votes needed to pass.

Barbra Hobbs trounced opponent Josephina Tamayo to win the seat for  judge for circuit two. Some politics came into play in the race for what’s generally not seen as a political seat.

After a close primary race between Barbara Hobbs and incumbent Josephina Tamayo, the candidates stepped up their campaigning. And Tamayo got a little outside help in the form of an endorsement from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Tamayo called the endorsement support from a friend.

Leon County Commission Chairman Akin Akinyemi has lost to opponent Mary Ann Lindley. After a highly contentious race, Lindley squeaked out a narrow win.

Lindley forced Akinyemi into a run-off in the August primary. The former Tallahassee Democrat reporter won by a 3 percent margin Tuesday night. Lindley said she won by appealing to Leon County voters of all walks of life.

“You know I felt, ive been able to bring a lot of people together in the way that a lot of folks just wish so much that people would do in congress. And I think my candidacy has done that,” Lindley said.

Florida’s School Superintendents have had a rough election cycle this year with several incumbents losing their primaries. Lynn Hatter reports a similar trend unfolded in Florida’s capital region where there was a 50 percent turnover between four districts.

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