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Obama Wins, and So Does South Floridanew

It's a victory just to have an election pass without a local embarrassment.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Staff  |  11-11-2008  |  Politics

Obama's Florida Gamble Pays Offnew

McCain was too late. The new prez spent heavily in Florida and eked out victory here.
Miami New Times  |  Tristam Korten  |  11-10-2008  |  Politics

One Florida City's War on Sinnew

Winter Park doesn't just have a booby bar in its sights; tattoo parlors and other supposedly ill-reputed businesses have also been targeted next.
Orlando Weekly  |  Deanna Morey  |  11-06-2008  |  Business & Labor

Florida Green Party Candidates Were GOP Moles, Suit Claimsnew

Five Green Party candidates ran similarly mysterious campaigns this year in hotly contested races around Florida. All five indicated on financial disclosure forms that they loaned themselves money, even though most of them were broke. Few of them were willing to speak to the press or to representatives of their own party.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Eric Barton  |  11-04-2008  |  Politics

Presidential Election Could Spur Voter Fraud in Miami-Dade Countynew

If you believe Nilo Juri, the eye of Hurricane Ballot Cheat, it could get ugly.
Miami New Times  |  Francisco Alvarado  |  11-03-2008  |  Politics

Happytown's Endorsementsnew

You may not have heard, but there's an election coming up Nov. 4. Suddenly you're asking yourself, "Who and what would my dear friends at Happytown vote for?" Wonder no longer. It's endorsement time.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeffrey C. Billman, Billy Manes, Deanna Morey and Bob Whitby  |  10-30-2008  |  Commentary

My Great Schlep to Florida Was More Surreal than Politicalnew

My Granny has decided on Obama without my help. She admits she was wary of Obama because she heard he was Muslim, but her friends convinced her he's Christian. Her friends also told her John McCain is just like George Bush, and when the stock market crashed, that decided things for her.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Becca Trabin  |  10-27-2008  |  Commentary

Election '08: Who Judges the Judges?new

You know nothing about local judges, but you still elect them.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeffrey C. Billman  |  10-23-2008  |  Politics

Going Inside Both Presidential Campaigns in Floridanew

I spent a week volunteering for both campaigns to get a perspective most reporters must speculate about from the outside. And because I wanted unvarnished access, not a public relations tour, I engaged in the ethically murky but necessary practice of concealing my role as a reporter.
Orlando Weekly  |  Adriana Ruiz  |  10-23-2008  |  Politics

Attorney Lawson Lamar Finally Has a Challengernew

Mercedes Leon, a 45-year-old Republican, is running against him. But she faces long odds.
Orlando Weekly  |  Billy Manes  |  10-17-2008  |  Politics

Election '08: Meet the Also-Ransnew

Third-party candidates often languish in obscurity and find it hard to raise money or even gain a place on the ballot in many states. In Florida, however, ballot access is easy. So that means come Nov. 4, you'll have a lot of choices –-- 13, to be exact, plus one write-in.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jeffrey C. Billman  |  10-15-2008  |  Politics

Roller Jam: Every Night is '80s Night at South Florida Roller Rinksnew

There used to be about a dozen rinks down here filled with skaters every day of the week; I know because I used to be one of those skaters. Only a handful of rinks remains. Likewise, only a fraction of us who used to roll in this uniquely South Florida fashion, to tunes recorded here, still hit the rinks.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Amy Guthrie  |  10-15-2008  |  Recreation

One Schlepper Talks About Visiting Her Grandma in Floridanew

Across the country, young Jews are heeding comedian Sarah Silverman's call to have a political pep-talk with their grandparents in Florida. The message is: Don't let bubbe and zaideh vote McCain. Becky Gluskin, a 26-year-old PhD candidate from Manhattan, tells us how her weekend visit to 80-something-year-old grandma Helen swayed one more vote to Obama.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Amy Guthrie  |  10-15-2008  |  Politics

The Inside Story of the Great Schlepnew

Chances are, by now you've heard about the Great Schlep, the Sarah Silverman–endorsed political/social experiment to send Jewish grandkids to Florida to get out the yenta vote. But did you know, smarty pants, that the movement originated in Cambridge?
Boston Phoenix  |  Sara Faith Alterman  |  10-09-2008  |  Politics

Is the GOP Trying to Keep New Voters from the Polls?new

In the midst of a crush of new voter applicants, there's a new issue that progressives fear the GOP could use to disenfranchise voters across Florida: the Republican secretary of state's recent decision to enforce the state's three-year-old "no match, no vote" law.
Orlando Weekly  |  Deanna Morey  |  10-07-2008  |  Civil Liberties

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