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Capital Report: 09-28-2012

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.

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

The State of Florida is known as a hub for human trafficking. Some experts say it’s one of the most active states in the county for the crime. Now Regan McCarthy reports state leaders are looking for new ways to crack down on the problem.

A national search for Florida’s next Education Commissioner continues after the state board extended the deadline for applicants. But the state may not have to look too far for a suitable candidate. As Lynn Hatter reports, the apparent front-runner for the post is the person who’s temporarily filling in on the job. And she’s earning rave reviews from both sides of the political aisle.

We continue our series about the nearly one-dozen constitutional amendments that will be on Florida’s November sixth ballot.  Tom Flanigan examines Amendment Three, an idea he says has already been tried in the state of Colorado with not-so-great results.