Elections

Elections
6:00 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Police, Fire Fighter Unions Blast Republican Campaign Against Supreme Court Justices

Florida’s police and firefighter unions are coming out in support of the three Florida Supreme Court justices who are up for a vote on this year’s ballot about whether they’ll keep their jobs. And the law enforcement officers are criticizing the Florida Republican Party for taking sides in what they say should be a nonpartisan issue.

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Elections
5:44 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

GOP Names Mike Horner's Replacement; Dems Say Ballot Confusion Will Cost Him Race

Mike La Rosa, the replacement GOP candidate for Representative Mike Horner in the House District 42 race

Florida Republicans have named a candidate to replace Representative Mike Horner, the state lawmaker whose name was linked to a prostitution ring in Orlando and has since stepped down. But, some say introducing a candidate this late into the race will confuse voters and could cause the new GOP nominee to lose the race.

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Elections
6:46 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

'This Is Supposed To Be A Non-Partisan Race': Judges Face Republican Party, Super PAC Opposition

Justice R. Fred Lewis
Florida Supreme Court

Media campaigns against three Florida Supreme Court justices are accusing them of making decisions based on political leanings. But, the judges’ supporters argue, it’s campaigns like that, not the judges, who are injecting politics into what’s supposed to be a non-partisan branch of government.

In 1998, former Florida governors, Democrat Lawton Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush, jointly appointed Justice Peggy Quince to the Florida Supreme Court.

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Elections
6:21 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

GOP, Dems Voter Registration Numbers Lag, Mad Dash Now Across Fla To Sign People Up

"Students for Obama" on Florida State University campus getting ready to register voters
Sascha Cordner

Florida’s voter registration numbers for both Republicans and Democrats stagnated over the course of about a year, and political experts say it’s mainly because of a law passed last year that put limits on third party voter registration. But, now that some of those restrictions have eased, there’s a mad dash around the state to ramp up voter registration drives before the October 9th deadline.

“House Bill 1355 certainly had a dampening effect on voter registration in the state of Florida, when it went into effect July 1, 2011.”

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Elections
8:03 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Amendment Four Debate Pits Realtors Against Local Government

A property tax amendment on the upcoming Florida ballot is drawing opposition from local government leaders in Leon County. But the Florida Realtors Association and others are touting the measure, Amendment Four, as an economy booster.

If passed, Amendment Four would change the way local governments are allowed to assess property-taxes, in several ways. And those complex changes have Tallahassee Mayor John Marks worried.

“The explanation is 17 pages long. That, in and of itself, should send a signal," he said on Thursday.

The short version is this:

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