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Thursday, October 11, 2012

A mullet marriage in Niceville
On Sept. 17, County Commissioner James Campbell was arrested on charges of perjury and official misconduct;
Univision a perfect fit
What if Hispanics, the fastest growing group of Americans, were served 24 hours a day by a cable network that offered news and entertainment?
Miami Herald
'Chips' Shore serves with distinction as Manatee clerk, merits new term
The Herald's Editorial Board applauds R.B. "Chips" Shore for his many accomplishments and recommends voters return him to office.
Bradenton Herald
Florida needs sweeping ethics-reform legislation
The time may be right for an ethics reform movement in Florida.
Daytona Beach News-Journal
St. Lucie County Commission, District 3,
We recommend Debra Swanson for Port St. Lucie City Council District 3.
Landowners have upper hand in rates
It would have been hard to anticipate clearing vegetation to open the view to a neighboring pond would change the status of a leased lot.
Citrus County Chronicle
What's in a name?
Don't be fooled by its deceptive title. Amendment 8 is an assault on public education and it deserves to be soundly rejected.
Gainesville Sun
Community cooperation leads to Senior Activity Center of Sebastian
The new Senior Activity Center of Sebastian is an example of how a community can come together with a common sense of purpose to succeed.
Airport Authority candidates sharply disagree on airport's future
We support Jim Werter for reelection for the St. Augustine Airport Authority.
St. Augustine Record
Heat is fleeting; let’s hear it for Higgs
On July 4, 2012, the CERN laboratory in Geneva announced their discovery of the Higgs boson
: Martin County Commission, District 3, general election
We recommend Anne Scott for Martin County Commission, District 3.
Don't let fear rule decisions on voting for president
Let’s try to put presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in context with a little test.
Florida Times-Union
Affirmative Action - Keep it simple, stupid
Affirmative action feels like a double-edged sword. Is it necessary? In some places, we’d argue it is. Should it be enforced everywhere?
Distractions are linked to spikes in injuries, deaths
New statistics suggest cell phone use may be linked to a startling rise in accidents — at hom and teenager's pedestrian accidents.
Weathersbee: Charter schools costly to taxpayers
Charter schools, as good as some may be, can wind up undermining traditional public schools.
Florida Times-Union
APD dropped the ball on Sunshine Law claims
APD should be more diligent in investigating possible Sunshine Law violations.
Contract extensions should be examined more closely
The process of financially connecting interests and performance raises ethical questions that distract from the spirit of the real games being played.
It's all about family at FSU this weekend
Florida State University will hold their annual Parents’ Weekend this upcoming Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13.
California pension plan is a bad idea
California lawmakers are hoping to start a new trend: states managing retirement funds on behalf of private-sector workers.
Vice presidential candidates must tell the truth
When second-in-command hopefuls Joe Biden and Paul Ryan square off in tonight’s vice presidential debate, their real success will lie in the truth.
Precourt: Legislature gets a new religious freedom caucus
Floridians know that, even in an age when constant change is considered the new status quo, some things are and should remain timeless
Tallahassee Democrat
Furnari: Allen West's desperate opponent's phony polls
Allen's West's Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, is desperate and intentionally misleading his financial supporters, and the voters.
GOP Vs. Merit Retention: Scott Shirks Leadership
Gov. Rick Scott is the top Republican official in Florida, as such, he is the leader of the Republican Party of Florida, but you'd never know it.
Lakeland Ledger
Yes on charter No. 4
Give Pine Hills and other communities the opportunity to have a stronger voice in county government and vote yes Charter question No. 4.
Orlando Sentinel
Knowles: Universal Studios shocking show defames Romney, praises Obama
Florida voters need to know about the appalling attempts by Universal Studios in Orlando to influence the November election for President Obama.
Sam Gibbons, Tampa's hero
Sam Gibbons, who served in the state Legislature and U.S. Congress, helped create USF and its medical school, died Wedneday.
In House Districts 29, 30
We endorse Mike Clelland in District 29 and Karen Castor Dentel in District 30.
Orlando Sentinel
Hispanics' education levels rocket up
Education levels attained by Miami-Dade County's Hispanic population have grown exponentially and are pulling ahead of other areas in the nation.
Neuhausen for Hernando School Board
The Hernando Times recommends voters elect Robert Neuhausen for Hernando School Board, District 4.
Reed: Politics shift to overdrive in Brevard
Successful candidates know to always synchronize a batch of campaign mail with the election supervisor’s mass-mailing of absentee ballots.
Florida Today
Don’t wait to make Palm Tran Connection’s service better
Metro Mobility won Palm Tran Connection’s five-year, $90 million contract by promising to provide the service for $16 million less.
Palm Beach Post
Tom Hanlon for Group 2 Pasco County judge
The Tampa Bay Times recommends Tom Hanlon for Pasco County Court judge, Group 2.
Tampa Bay Times
Choose Levine and Diaz
We recommend Robert F. "Bob" Diaz for Broward County Court Group 10 and Olga M. Levine for Broward County Court Group 5.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Keep church-state separation by rejecting Amendment 8
Church-state separation is good for church and state. preserve it by rejecting Amendment 8.
Palm Beach Post
Retain four Court of Appeal judges
On all four merit retention questions for the 2nd District Court of Appeal, the Tampa Bay Times recommends a yes vote.
Tampa Bay Times
'YES' to Alvarez, county questions
We recommend Ron Alvarez for Palm Beach Circuit Court Group 9, vote 'YES' on County Question 1, and County Question 2.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Santiago: Intent of 11 ballot questions was to deceive
Neither good intentions nor true desire for voter input placed the 11 state constitutional amendments on a crowded ballot in the Nov. 6 election.
Miami Herald
Yes on Florida Supreme Court justices
For Florida Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente and Peggy A. Quince, the Tampa Bay Times recommends a yes vote.
Tampa Bay Times
Discussion, not extortion needed
We encourage Escambia County and the city of Pensacola to find a way to restore funding to the branches of the West Florida Public Library System.
Pitts: The unemployment rate and GOP’s ‘War on Reality’
Conservatives accused the Labor Department of conspiring against them. when the government released figures showing the unemployment rate at 7.8%.
Miami Herald
Gibbons represented bay area with dignity
Sam Gibbons, who died Wednesday in Tampa at the age of 92, was an institution who over a half-century in Tallahassee and Washington.
Tallahassee Democrat
Wrong incentives
Obamacare has changed those incentives by artificially increasing the cost of labor.
Grimm: Timeshare mogul David Siegel mouths off
David Siegel, the Orlando timeshare mogul, just fired off an email to his 7,000 employees telling them who should get their vote.
Miami Herald

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reject this cap
Voters should reject Amendment 3. An arbitrary cap on revenue collections that robs the state of the ability to collect funds for Florida's...
Ocala Star Banner
Effing Florida - Of course the weird stuff happens here
Welcome to Florida, where apparently it’s perfectly fine to be insane.
Cross your fingers against a red tide invasion
Many of us can remember the awful, frustrating red tide outbreak of 2005-06, dead fish littered the shores and created an unsightly, smelly mess.
Intrusive government
Ammendment 6 is an amendment that would enable the Legislature to conduct an assault on a woman's right to choose, voters should reject it.
Gainesville Sun
Scott right to be wary of Medicaid expansion
Tallahassee officials are talking with federal officials about expanding Medicaid, let's hope they don't break the Florida budget in the...
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Take a stand on underpaid serving
I would like to generate support for the issue concerning under pay to student servers working for Darden Restaurants
Big Bird should not be an issue in election
While both major parties argue over these claims, this debate about “Big Bird,” and PBS in general, should be a nonissue.

by Dr. Radut.