Who is responsible for Florida’s second infamous elections debacle since 2000?
There will be plenty of blame to go around, especially when Miami-Dade County finally finishes counting provisional ballots and gets to the bottom of who declined to shore up voting operations, and when. But blame will also likely fall on conservative state legislators, who fought for two years to reduce the number of early voting days and limit registration after heavy 2008 turnout in the state for Democrats.
“Obama won the most where the lines were the longest,” former state Sen. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach) told the Tampa Bay Times, speaking of the 2012 turnout.
Gelber called the law reducing early voting “hubris and overreaching by the Republicans, who may learn a lesson that ‘Maybe we shouldn’t abuse our prisoners that much because sometimes they’ll get back at you.'”
Citing admittedly non-existent fraud, the GOP gang reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to 8, eliminating the Sunday before Election Day disproportionately preferred, in large numbers, by blacks, Hispanics, young people and first-time voters.
As a result, many voters were squished onto a final Saturday of early voting, with lines so long the last voters in Miami cast their ballots at 1 a.m. Some voters were forced to leave lines to care for children or keep appointments, sending even more South Floridians back to the lines on Tuesday.
via 10 Florida Republicans Who Helped Make Voting More Difficult (PHOTOS).
Couples pushing strollers. Play dates at the park. Daddy get-togethers for Sunday brunch.
South Florida’s gay community has taken on a distinctly family-oriented feel these days — two years after a landmark state appeals court ruling threw out Florida’s 33-year-old ban on gay adoption. And rushing in to offer resources and support is a growing crop of parenting blogs, family-fun events and grow-your-family seminars.
Welcome to the age of the “gayby,” South Florida.
It’s an age of discovery for new dads like Fort Lauderdale hairstylist Henry Amador. In January, he started DADsquared, a blog, Facebook page and Twitter site for gay fathers. He’s watched his blog readership grow to more than 700 since — a testament, he says, to the hunger for gay parenting content.
“I was looking for gay parent resources and, quite frankly, couldn’t find much after [the blog’s] conception, so many families like ours started to reach out,” said Amador, who adopted infant son, Ben, with his husband in October 2011. “It’s been remarkable.”
via Age of the ‘gayby’ arrives in South Florida, finally – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest apologies to anyone I may have offended with my recent comment,” she wrote to Smith, delivering a written apology following their phone conversation. “It is wrong and inexcusable to make a comment that hurts people, and that was not my intention. As a Christian, my faith guides me to love and respect all people.”
via Florida Lt Governor Apologies for Lesbian Comment | Advocate.com.
“The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out,” Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll told Tampa 10, “it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am… Usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”
While the allegations that Carroll and her female travel aide were in a “compromising position” in Carroll’s capitol office may be seen as an attack on her family, Carroll’s defense — that she couldn’t have engaged in homosexual acts because she doesn’t look like a lesbian — is being seen as an attack on the lesbian community at large and the black lesbian community in particular.
via Jennifer Carroll, Florida’s Lt. Governor, Sparks Outraged And Inspiring Twitter Reactions With ‘Lesbian’ Comment.
The Justice Department ordered Florida’s elections division to halt a systematic effort to find and purge the state’s voter rolls of noncitizen voters.
Florida’s effort appears to violate both the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities, and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which governs voter purges, T. Christian Herren Jr., the Justice Department’s lead civil rights lawyer, wrote in a letter sent late Thursday night.
State officials said they were reviewing the letter. But they indicated they might fight DOJ over its interpretation of federal law and expressed frustration that President Barack Obama’s administration has stonewalled the state’s noncitizen voter hunt for nine months.
“We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot,” said Chris Cate, spokesman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was ordered by Gov. Rick Scott to conduct the search for potentially ineligible voters.
So far, Florida has flagged 2,700 potential noncitizen voters and sent the list to county elections supervisors, who have found the data and methodology to be flawed and problematic. The list of potential noncitizen voters — many of whom have turned out to be lawful citizens and voters — disproportionately hits minoriti
via Justice Department tells Florida to stop looking for noncitizen voters – Tampa Bay Times.