Capital Report: 07-22-2016

Jul 25, 2016

After a bruising primary, the GOP has officially settled on Donald Trump to lead the party into November.  Nick Evans reports elected officials from Florida—likely one of the most important swing states come Election Day—were out in force to support the Republican candidate. 

Every four years, Democrats and Republicans hold elaborate conventions to celebrate their candidate of choice and stir up party support. But the events this month also offer an uninterrupted view into the country’s partisan divides. Kate Payne reports.

Now that the primaries are over, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic Challenger, Hilary Clinton, are working to woo voters to their respective sides. There’s a large amount of educated guessing going on about who will eventually win the presidency. And polling firms appear to often have their fingertips on the pulse about how Americans are feeling about their candidates. Or do they? Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida’s elections chief says he’s worried about potential disturbances during this year’s elections, and he’s working with law enforcement and supervisors of elections across the state on a plan. Sascha Cordner has that story.

While Florida Health officials are investigating the first potential local mosquito transmission of the Zika virus in the continental U-S, some are questioning whether the country is prepared to care for a growing number of children born with microcephaly. Regan McCarthy looks into Florida’s plans.

Thirty-six thousand men and women stream out of Florida’s prisons every year, most without a job or decent housing.  Advocates say public safety depends on their successful transition.  And THAT depends on changing attitudes and duplication programs like Jacksonville’s “New Hope” initiative.  More on that from Jim Ash.