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CAMPAIGN TRAILER Notes from campaigns and elections in the news, October 18, 2012

By THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Public Education Defense Fund, a group affiliated with the Florida Education Association, received $750,000 from national teachers' union organizations between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12, newly filed records show. The fund has received a total of $2.25 million this year, with much of the money going to fight two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. The fund ...

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Souls to the Polls in Broward County

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STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS: TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

  APPEALS COURT WON'T QUICKLY HEAR VOTER ROLL CASE A federal appeals court declined to quickly consider a challenge to Florida's effort to clean the voter rolls of ineligible, making it clear that voters who aren't citizens won't be removed before Election Day on Nov. 6. It was already unlikely that would happen, because of the ongoing legal fight and the fact that the process is lengthy, allowing thos ...

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Rep. Perry Thurston Statement On Governor Scott’s Retreat from Race-based Education Plan.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Plantation), the incoming Florida House Democratic leader, issued the following statement:   “It is a favorable sign that Governor Scott has decided today to disavow himself from a highly controversial element of the Strategic Plan for public schools offered this month by the state Board of Education. I am hopeful that the Board of Education will recraft the p ...

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Jay-Z The Power of Our Voice Barack Obama

  Obama for America today released “The Power of Our Voice,” a new web video featuring hip hop artist, entrepreneur and longtime supporter of President Obama, Jay-Z.  In the video, Jay-Z talks about the importance of voting and using the power of one’s voice – and one’s vote – to keep moving our country Forward.  The self-made artist embodies the President’s belief in the promise of America —that no matter ...

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STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

REPUBLICAN SENATORS DEFEND SUPREME COURT JUSTICES Three Republican senators called Friday for their party to step back from its stance against three Supreme Court justices facing voters in November. Sens. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, issued a joint statement asking the Republican Party of Florida to reconsider its position on Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbar ...

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BATTLE TAKES SHAPE ABOUT LOCAL GUN LAW

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA HE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 10, 2012.........A Leon County circuit judge Wednesday said two South Florida counties can pursue a legal challenge against Gov. Rick Scott about a state crackdown on local gun restrictions, though the House and Senate will be dropped from the case. Palm Beach County commissioners late last year filed a constitutional challenge to ...

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STATE CAPITAL BRIEFS: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

  STUDENT INFO COMPROMISED IN LARGE DATA BREACH Personal identifying information about students from around Florida who were eligible for Bright Futures scholarships several years ago – including social security numbers in some cases – has been either stolen or accidentally released, state officials said Wednesday. The 200,000 records from 2005-2007 were part of an "information security breach" reporte ...

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