Feds Are Watching Florida Polls For Voting Problems Next Week

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Voters waited for hours for a chance to cast a ballot in 2012 at this Little Havana polling station.
Let's be honest: Florida is to fair and well-run polling as Kanye West is to humble and modest self-image. We're just not very good at it. You don't even have to go back to the Dubya-crowning recount debacle for evidence of Sunshine State voting ineptitude. Just transport yourself back to 2012, when Gov. Rick Scott led a vigorous campaign to disenfranchise minority voters and some Miami residents had to wait seven or eight hours to cast a ballot.

Lines probably won't be quite so long next week, since it's a mid-term election, but just the same the Department of Justice announced this morning that it will be closely watching the polls for any funny business.

See also: Rick Scott Broke Federal Law With His Botched 2012 "Voter Purge," Court Rules

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Gary Morse, Florida's Most Powerful Developer, Creator of the Villages, Dead at 77

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H. Gary Morse, Florida's most powerful developer, died Wednesday night at the age of 77.

Morse didn't upend existing cities and build shiny new luxury towers along their coasts. Instead he created and kept careful control over his own make-shift city, populated mostly by people over the age of 55. The result, the Villages, sprawls out of over 5.6 square miles in the middle of nowhere in central Florida.

In turn, he spent much of his windfall fueling the campaigns of both state and national Republicans, and the Villages became a go-to stop for every prominent GOP politician.

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Charlie Crist Is Finally Edging Ahead of Rick Scott Thanks to Independents, Poll Says

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So many recent polls have shown Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott in a dead heat that state election officials actually went on record this week worrying about what might happen if a recount was needed to break a statistical tie. This race is damned close.

But a new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac suggests Crist may be finally opening up some daylight. Crist's new lead is still within the margin of error, but it's bolstered by remarkably strong support among independent voters -- a hint that he may in fact be pulling ahead.

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Ralph Nader Comes Out Hard Against Rick Scott, Doesn't Say a Word About Charlie Crist

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Usually a high-profile politician coming out against your opponent is a good thing. Unless you're Democrat Charlie Crist, and the guy attacking your opponent is Ralph Nader.

Because, as we found out here in Florida back in 2000, left-leaning people who listen to Ralph Nader don't necessarily vote for Democrats.

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New Times Un-Endorsements: Vote for Anyone Next Week but These Six Fools

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In daily newspaper conference rooms across the state, editorial writers in shirts and ties or conservative dresses have been meeting every candidate for public office and carefully scrutinizing their records, all so they can offer readers a sober, reasoned recommendation about who deserves their vote November 4.

That seems like a whole lot of work. And frankly, we really couldn't care less who gets your vote. But even for a midterm election, there is such a stunning number of soul-crushingly terrible candidates on the ballot that we couldn't help but give you a short guide on who to avoid at all costs.

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Mayor Gimenez Considering Dropping His Republican Affiliation to Become an Independent

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Municipal politics in Miami-Dade are officially non-partisan, but most local pol's private party affiliations are well known and it's becoming more and more common for the local Democratic and Republican parties to get involved. Just this summer, the Miami-Dade Dems helped Daniella Levine Cava beat Republican Lynda Bell in a county commission race and signaled they may back an opponent in 2016 against Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Well, now Gimenez has started talking about the idea of leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent.

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As Crist Sees #Fangate Bump, Scott Plays Strip Club Money Card

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Could a fan make the difference in the incredibly tight governor's race? A new poll seems to think so. Gravis Marketing reports that Charlie Crist is up 44 percent to Rick Scott's 42. The poll also specifically asked previously undecided voters who watched the debate whether #Fangate played a role in their decision.

"It hurt Scott," Gravis managing partner Doug Kaplan told the Orlando Sentinel, though, he didn't elaborate on how much.

Scott's rebuttal tactic: to make a big deal out of the money Crist accepted from donors who happen to own strip clubs.

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County Judge Candidate Once Sued in Federal Court Over Harassment Allegations

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Frank Bocanegra, an attorney and former Miami-Dade Police officer, is running for county court judge on the November 4 ballot based largely on his three-decade career in law enforcement and his role as a former city manager of Miami Lakes. "I... truly believe that hard work and unrelenting professionalism are the foundation to ensuring a fair and impartial judiciary," he tells voters.

But there's at least one person from Bocanegra's past who thinks the candidate shouldn't be anywhere near a courtroom.

"This guy does not know the meaning of justice," says Gus Abella, a Miami Lakes resident who spent years fighting Bocanegra in court over allegations he'd used his police powers to retaliate against him and his family.

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Rick Scott Keeps Planting the Same Handmade Signs at His Rallies

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If you see someone holding a handmade sign at a political rally you usually assume that person took the time to actually make that sign themselves and brought it along.

But it seems that either Scott's biggest fans all either had the same exact strike of sign-making genius, or someone gave them out before the rally.

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Gov. Rick Scott Skips Deposition About Secret Email Account to Attend Biltmore Fundraiser

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Florida has one of the nation's strictest open records laws, but Gov. Rick Scott doesn't seem to take much pride over his state's achievement. In fact, according to an ongoing lawsuit, Scott openly flaunted those rules by setting up a Gmail account for secretly doing much of his official business while using his state email for only the blandest exercises.

Well, Scott was supposed to sit down for a deposition today about when he set up the account and what he uses it for. Instead, he'll risk a contempt of court charge by skipping it for a fundraiser at the Biltmore.

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