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Capital Report: 10-12-2012

This week, the deadline passed for Florida voter registration in advance of the General Election.  As Jessica Palombo reports, with less than a month until Election Day, county elections supervisors are preparing for a high-interest election and a longer-than-usual ballot.

Our examination of the eleven amendments on the Florida ballot continues now.  The state Supreme Court is the focus of one of those proposed constitutional amendments.  As Regan McCarthy reports, it’s a controversial manner and both sides are pushing hard to persuade voters.

Should celebrities be using their fame to inject themselves into politics? In some cases, they’re endorsing one of the presidential candidates on their own. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, as the election looms nearer, both campaigns are kicking it up a notch by placing celebrities in swing states, like Florida, hoping they can sway voters.

Paper-based textbooks could soon be obsolete under a plan by the Florida board of education which could shelve the books permanently. The board wants to  get rid of a rule requiring school districts to purchase new textbooks every few years, and as Lynn Hatter reports, that could pave the way for schools to go digital.

Adam Putnam spoke before the Economic Club of Florida meeting in Tallahassee October 10th.  Putnam is the state’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Tom Flanigan reports he had a lot to say about all the food products that carry a “Grown in Florida” label.