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October 30, 2020

As election day nears, many are eyeing Florida to see if it swings Democrat or Republican. Recent presidential elections have been close, with candidates winning Florida by only a few percentage points. But when it comes to state legislative elections, Republicans often win, and dominate the state House and Senate. Robbie Gaffney looks into why Florida swings in presidential races but not usually state legislative ones.

In the final days of early voting, the Biden Campaign has turned its focus toward getting young Black voters to the polls. Experts say that demographic is one of the least likely to vote. Blaise Gainey reports.

Some of the most competitive races on the Florida ballot next week are for seats in the State Senate. Republicans hold a 23 to 17 advantage over Democrats in that chamber. And as Steve Bousquet reports, both parties like their chances.

A recent USA Today expose slams Florida’s foster care system as endangering far too many of the children it’s supposed to protect. But Tom Flanigan reports child advocates differ on how to fix the problems.

Because COVID-19 is so highly contagious -- prisons, jails and other detention centers across the country are especially vulnerable. People are living so close together. In Broward County, the sheriff’s office reports that to date there have been 127 inmates, and 163 staff, sick with COVID-19. WLRN’s Caitie Switalski followed the experience of one of those inmates during the summer in Pompano Beach.

A bipartisan group of former Florida lawmakers have reconnected via a Facebook platform that also allows them to stay politically relevant. Tom Flanigan has that story.