Saturday, September 02, 2006

FLORIDA DIGEST September 1, 2006


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Orlando Sentinel, FL, August 26, 2006,0,6328992.story?coll=orl-home-headlines

Harris' comments draw fierce reactionPolitical and religious officials criticize the candidate's comments onelecting Christians.

Jim Stratton, Sentinel Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris said this week that God did not intend for the United States to be a "nation of secular laws" and that a failure to electChristians to political office will allowlawmaking bodies to "legislate sin."

The remarks, published in the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist StateConvention, unleashed a torrent of criticism from political and religiousofficials.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, said she was "disgusted" by the comments "and deeply disappointed in Rep. Harris personally."

Harris, Wasserman Schultz said, "clearly shows that she does not deserve tobe a representative. . . ."

State Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, demanded an apology, saying thestatements were "outrageous, even by her standards."


Gallagher, Crist court conservatives in final swings before GOP gubernatorial primary

By Mark Hollis
Tallahassee Bureau

September 1, 2006

SEBRING · Tom Gallagher and Charlie Crist swept into conservativestrongholds of Florida Thursday, with Gallagher launching verbal grenades tointensify interest in the Republican primary for governor despite pollsshowing the race is looking like a runaway for Crist.

Gallagher started a three-day campaign bus tour, mainly throughRepublican-rich suburbs near Tampa and Orlando and at Fred's Marketbreakfast nook in Plant City. There, only a few mid-morning diners recognized Gallagher and just a handful said they were sure they would votefor him Tuesday.

Crist, meanwhile, held several street-corner, sign-waving events inPensacola and Fort Walton Beach before greeting supporters at his campaignheadquarters in St. Petersburg. There, he made get-out-the-vote phone callsto Republicans.

"His focus right now is to meet with voters and supporters," said ErinIsaac, a Crist campaign spokeswoman. "We are encouraged by the poll numbersbut are focused on getting Charlie Crist Republicans out on election day."


The Independent Gay News


The Independent's Endorsements for Judgeships

By Paul Harris

As you read this the 20 early voting polling stations are already open andpeople are trickling in to cast their votes. Election day itself is Tuesday,September 5 when all the polling stations will be open. Because most of theelections taking place are primary campaigns for seats in the State Houseand Senate and for the Governorship as well as for elections for judges theturnout will probably be low - maybe under 20%. As a result a well-organizedminority such as the GLBT vote can have a signi?cant impact upon theelection in ensuring that good, gay-friendly candidates get elected.

In some cases we know who is gay-friendly and who isn't from the way theyhave voted, or spoken, or behaved in the past.

However, in elections for judgeships the candidates have to remain'non-partisan' and there are fairly strict rules as to what questions youcan ask of a candidate seeking to be a judge as well as what he or she cansay in response. As a result the reality is that a lot of candidates for judgeships indicate almost by a series of 'nods and winks' where they stand on the political spectrum.


Cell Phone Parking Lot Opens At FLL

POSTED: 9:06 am EDT September 1, 2006

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Traveling in and out of the FortLauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just got easier in time for LaborDay.

Before Friday, there was no place to park and wait for arrivals anddepartures for free, but that has changed with the opening of the airport'scell phone waiting area.

"People that are waiting for someone to arrive, they can't stop at the curb,they can't wait there, so they have to keep moving,"Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Leljedal said. "Then they try to stopalong the highway there. Well, they can't stop there either because they're in the flight path and they're creating a traffic hazard."

Now, there is a 49-space cell phone waiting area along Perimeter Road,complete with monitors to display flight arrivals and departures.

"One of the major complaints we heard about from people was the fact thatthey had to drive around in a circle waiting to pick up somebody," Broward County Mayor Ben Graber said.


Gay activists back Gottlieb in school board race

Candidates state their positions on safe schools, 'We Are Family' video
Aug. 26, 2006

Several local gay activists are backing the candidacy of Jennifer Gottlieb in the at-large school board race in Broward County. She will be one ofthree candidates on the Sept. 5 primary ballot in the Dist. 8 nonpartisanrace.

Gottlieb is the wife of state Rep. Kenneth Gottlieb, a Democrat, who for thepast three years has introduced a school anti-bullying bill in the statelegislature that includes protections for gay students. The bill stalled allthree years, but this year Gottlieb worked with Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, a Republican, to craft compromise legislation that would allow individual school districts to decide whether or not to include categories in theiranti-bullying policies. That bill passed the Florida House but stalled inthe Senate.

Gay activists hosted a fundraiser for Jennifer Gottlieb Sunday, Aug. 13, at Stork's Bakery on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The event raisedabout $2,500 for her campaign, according to organizers.

In an interview, Gottlieb said she strongly supports her husband's approachto addressing school bullying.