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Miami Property Appraiser Lopez-Cantera Is Fla.’s New Lieutenant Governor

January 15th, 2014 — Gov. Rick Scottannounced his decision Tuesday, more than 10 months after former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned. Lopez-Cantera is a former state House Majority Leader and is also expected to be Scott’s running mate during his 2014 re-election campaign. In a statement, Scott said, “I am confident that we took the…

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The Top 5 Voting Rights Moments of 2013

January 15th, 2014 — This may have been an “off” year for voting, without a national election, but state politicians kept busy in 2013 with attempts to make it harder to vote. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the biggest blow voting rights in decades, gutting a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.…

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Marissa Alexander round-up

January 8th, 2014 — UPDATE: Judge rules Marissa Alexander can remain on bond — for more details, follow us on Twitter. After spending 21 months in jail for firing a warning shot in the direction of her estranged abusive husband, Alexander, 33, is back in hot water for a violation of her bond, according to prosecutors. Alexander‘s attorneys…

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Hispanic Activists to Hold Telephone Press Conference Regarding Lopez-Cantera Pick

January 14th, 2014 — In an effort to mask his anti-Latino policy priorities, Rick Scott announced Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his pick for Lt. Governor today.  Hispanic activists will hold a telephone press conference at 2:30 PM today to warn voters that Lopez-Cantera will be a rubber stamp for Scott’s anti-Latino agenda. Rick Scott campaigned aggressively…

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Coalition calls for Florida voting changes, federal investigation | Palm Beach Post

Nov 12, 2012 — A coalition of unions, civil rights groups and left-leaning organizations is demanding a rewrite of Florida’s election laws and is seeking a federal inquiry into long lines during early voting and on Election Day. “Now marks 12 years of Florida being a voting disaster area,” said Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of…

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Voting rights groups to Scott: We need to fix that — or else | Miami Herald

Nov 12, 2012 — If Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican controlled-Legislature thought voting rights groups would vanish after Election Day, they were wrong. Representatives from the Florida New Majority, Advancement Project, Florida Immigrant Coalition, the AFL-CIO and some Democratic lawmakers announced Monday during a teleconference with reporters that they would push for an overhaul…

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With tight presidential race down to the wire, ground-gamers prod potential voters | Palm Beach Post

Nov 01, 2012 — TALLAHASSEE — A frenzy of phone calls, social media posts and house-to-house door-knocking is consuming the presidential race’s final days, as the data-rich campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney lock into a desperate fight to push voters to the polls in swing state Florida. The National Rifle Association, tea party…

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Florida New Majority Fights Against The Romney Zombie Apocalypse | Miami New Times

Nov 11, 2012 — As the fifth day of early voting gets underway, the Florida Division of Elections says Democrats have opened a significant lead over Republicans in total ballots cast, by a 48,600 margin. Overall, Democrats have 118,000 more early votes than the GOP. With the Nov. 6 election five days away, 30 percent…

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Groups in Florida Look to Highlight Changes as Early Voting Begins | New York Times

Oct 27, 2012 — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Before the supervisor of elections opened the main polling site here in Duval County at 7 a.m., a line of almost 100 people had already formed, snaking its way along the sidewalk of a strip-mall parking lot. All but three voters in line were black. As they waited,…

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Many Strict Election Laws Delayed Or Blocked Before 2012 Vote | Associated Press

Oct 17, 2012 — MIAMI — Tough new election laws aimed at forcing voters in many states to show photo identification at polling places have been blocked or delayed, delighting opponents who claim they were among a variety of partisan attempts to keep minorities from voting. Supporters of the measures nevertheless predict they will prevail…

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