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Shaw departs with bipartisan praise
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 09, 2006

For decades, U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw won elections with a Republican voting record in Washington and a bipartisan work ethic at home in a Palm Beach-Broward congressional district that often displayed Democratic sympathies.

It worked until Tuesday.

Even Shaw, a 26-year congressional veteran with a history of support from Democrats, could not withstand the national Democratic tide that swept him from office in favor of Boca Raton state Sen. Ron Klein.

In a district with slightly more Republicans than Democrats but a fondness for Democratic presidential candidates, Klein branded Shaw a "rubber stamp" supporter of down-in-the-polls President Bush and the unpopular war in Iraq.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Thu, Nov. 09, 2006

18,000 votes in U.S. House race may be lost
Thousands of votes were either not counted or not cast in Sarasota's nationally watched congressional race.

SARASOTA - The latest Florida election whodunit, replete with a razor-thin vote margin and a looming recount, played out here Wednesday as state and county officials were at a loss to explain why 18,382 votes weren't cast or recorded in the nationally watched congressional race to replace Katherine Harris.

Already, the specter of the botched 2000 elections has gripped the area, owing to the mere mention of Harris, the former Florida secretary of state, as well as partisan battle cries, with Republican Vernon Buchanan saying it's time to move on after he claimed a 368-vote victory near 1 a.m. Wednesday.


The Miami Herald

Campbell says voters told him he wasn't on ballot

As election officials investigate the possibility of serious voting flaws in Sarasota, the runner-up in Tuesday's state attorney general race is questioning whether his race was omitted from some South Florida ballots.

Walter ''Skip'' Campbell, a Democrat who lost to Republican Bill McCollum, said voters complained to him that neither the attorney general nor the chief financial officer races appeared on their ballots in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

''There were at least 100 reports to me directly,'' Campbell said. 'One guy said, `I wanted to vote for you, but I couldn't because your name wasn't on the ballot.' ''


The Miami Herald

Posted on Thu, Nov. 09, 2006

Broward Democrats rejoice in victories
The most Democratic county in the state got even 'bluer' Tuesday, with the ouster of two longtime Republican leaders.

As Democrats across America celebrated Tuesday, Democrats in Broward County had their own reasons to rejoice.

The political sea change that shifted control of the House of Representatives extended to one of the most Democratic counties in America, where voters ousted two of Broward's longest-serving Republicans.

The national Democratic wave swept both U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw and County Commissioner Jim Scott out of office, ending the political careers of two leaders long associated with the county's old-guard Republican base in GOP-friendly districts. Broward Republicans also saw the loss of the legislative seat held by state Rep. Susan Goldstein of Weston.


The Palm Beach Post

Crist vows bipartisan appointments
Palm Beach Post Staff Writers
Thursday, November 09, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG - Gov.-elect Charlie Crist appointed a transition team Wednesday to pave the way toward his Jan. 2 inauguration and the dozens of key appointments he will have to make as the new governor.

"We're going to be bipartisan. We're going to do what is right," Crist said at his first news conference since defeating Democrat Jim Davis on Tuesday.

"It's important that we do that," Crist said. "Florida needs to come together. I will do everything to work for all parties, all ideologies. We're going to work hard and we started already."

Members of the transition team will have to meet strict ethical guidelines, and appointments to the administration will be based on "integrity, diversity, competence and a shared vision," said Roberto Martinez, who was named chairman of the team.


Democrats see promise in election gains
Party leaders are heralding a new day in Tallahassee.
By ADAM C. SMITH, Times Political Editor
Published November 9, 2006

Florida Democrats lost three out of five statewide races, and exit polls show Republican Charlie Crist made big gains among reliably Democratic African-American voters.

But make no mistake, Tuesday was a strong night for long-suffering Democrats accustomed to painful Sunshine State trouncings. Not only did they pick up two congressional seats and seven state House seats - the biggest gain in three decades, but they added a strong Tallahassee voice with soon-to-be Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.


Relaxed Davis has no regrets
Published November 9, 2006

TAMPA - Jim Davis stood before his Tampa headquarters for a final time Wednesday and said he would only do one thing differently in his failed bid for governor: "Try to get the election moved a week later."

He didn't laugh, but the humor was obvious. Though he was gaining on Charlie Crist, the extra time would have simply given Republicans the opportunity to raise and spend more money to defeat him.

"Gov.-elect Crist and the Republican Party spent more money on political advertising than any campaign in the country and probably the history of Florida," Davis said of the estimated $48-million spent by Crist and the GOP.


Sink's message universal
By Jim Ash Capital Bureau
Originally posted on November 09, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - Former banker Alex Sink, Florida's Chief Financial Officer-elect, rode a fiscally conservative message to new heights on Election Day.

But as the first and only Democrat on Florida's newly reorganized Cabinet, her new role as a party leader will require some delicate maneuvering, political observers say.

"She portrayed herself as a nonpartisan conservative banker. It played out well on two levels, with donations and street-level Republican voters," said former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Al Cardenas.


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Crist vows to confront insurance
Homeowners' relief becomes `mission one'

By Mark Hollis and Kathy Bushouse
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 9, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG · Fresh off an easy election-night victory, Gov.-elect Charlie Crist declared that "mission one" for his administration is tackling Florida's homeowner insurance crisis.

He has hardened his resolve to bring relief to frustrated property owners, Crist said during his Tuesday night victory speech and again Wednesday in his first press conference after defeating Democratic rival Jim Davis.


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Crist names team for his transition

By Mark Hollis
Tallahassee Bureau

November 9, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG · Charlie Crist on Wednesday named his first 10 appointees to his transition team, including a high post for a former Broward County Republican Party chairman.

Crist picked as transition executive director George LeMieux, who served as his campaign chairman. Crist called LeMieux ``the maestro'' of his political team.

LeMieux is a shareholder in the Gunster Yoakley law firm in Fort Lauderdale. He also worked with Crist on his 2004 attorney general's campaign.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,7731380.story?coll=sfla-news-florida

Harris left to mull future after disastrous U.S. Senate run

By Mitch Stacy
The Associated Press

November 9, 2006

TAMPA · Six years ago, Katherine Harris became a rock star among Republicans, vaulting into Congress on her reputation as the woman who ensured victory for President George W. Bush in the disputed 2000 election.

Late Tuesday, after her expected trouncing by incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the 49-year-old Harris thanked supporters before going home to Longboat Key and dropping out of public life for the first time in a dozen years. She "hasn't wasted a moment" thinking about what she'll do next, she said, but hasn't ruled out another run for office someday.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,7636988.story

Voter OK of Amendment 3 makes it much tougher to change state constitution

Etan Horowitz
Orlando Sentinel

November 10, 2006, 8:53 AM EST

Amending the Florida Constitution has suddenly become a lot harder.

In fact, there is only one other state where it's any tougher, one expert says.

On Tuesday, voters approved Amendment 3, which mandates that future ballot questions gain at least 60 percent support, instead of the simple majority that had been required.

"This makes Florida the hardest among the initiative states," said John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative & Referendum Institute, a nonprofit group at the University of Southern California that tracks ballot initiatives. "Nobody is close to what you have in Florida."


The Express Gay News

Gay teacher reflects on 'long coming out process'
Robert Loupo leads GLSEN's new focus on middle schools

Nov. 10, 2006

IN 1986, ROBERT LOUPO STARTED his teaching career as a language arts teacher at Hialeah High School in Miami. During his first year, he says he occasionally witnessed anti-gay harassment and taunting in the hallways.

"Some kids were being labeled as gay and called 'faggots,'" Loupo recalls

Loupo, 55, is now a certified counselor at Cutler Ridge Middle School in Miami and co-chair of the South Florida chapter of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a national organization that works on behalf of gay and lesbian students in schools.

He remembers his early days as a classroom teacher. Although some members of the faculty knew he was gay, Loupo says he "felt uncomfortable" bringing up the issue of anti-gay harassment.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Fri, Nov. 10, 2006

Activist gives her heart and time to gay causes

A straight mother of two has become a prominent fundraiser in South Florida's gay community.

Elizabeth ''Liebe'' Gadinsky -- sister of 17, mother of two and daughter-in-law of a pioneering Florida legislator -- has come into her own.

She's a straight woman who became one of South Florida's best-known volunteer gay activists. And now as a board member of the Dade Community Foundation, Gadinsky helps steer needed dollars to gay organizations.

''The rewards have been very good. I have so many beautiful friendships,'' said Gadinsky, 46, who became aware of gay rights in 1993 when she met Terry Dewis, a gay Miami Beach neighbor.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,3652006.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

Problems found with electronic voting machines in 4 Fla. counties

Jim Stratton, Mark K. Matthews and Roger Roy
Orlando Sentinel

November 10, 2006, 8:58 AM EST

Touch-screen-voting machines in at least four Florida counties recorded unusually high percentages of ballots with no votes in Tuesday's election -- a sign that new electronic-ballot machines may not be as foolproof as hoped.

Most of the post-election attention Thursday remained focused on Sarasota County, where more than 18,000 blank ballots -- representing 13 percent of the 142,284 ballots cast -- could have affected the outcome of one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country.

In that race, Republican Vern Buchanan defeated Democrat Christine Jennings by only 373 votes -- triggering a likely recount.



South Florida Dems vow: Up with ethics, down with drug prices

By William E. Gibson
Washington Bureau Chief

November 9, 2006

Flush with victory at the polls, South Florida Democrats vowed Wednesday to push for lower drug prices for patients and new ethics rules for Congress when their party takes control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year.

Suddenly in the majority, they will wield more clout when Congress begins a new session in January, posing opportunities to pursue causes long dormant under 12 years of Republican rule.

Democrats gained roughly 30 House seats, depending on late vote counts in a few districts. Late Wednesday, they appeared to secure control of the Senate when The Associated Press declared Virginia Democrat Jim Webb the winner over Republican Sen. George Allen.



Governor-elect says finding relief for homeowners is 'mission one'

By Mark Hollis and Kathy Bushouse
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 9, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG · Fresh off an easy election-night victory, Gov.-elect Charlie Crist declared that "mission one" for his administration is tackling Florida's homeowner insurance crisis.

He has hardened his resolve to bring relief to frustrated property owners, Crist said during his Tuesday night victory speech and again Wednesday in his first press conference after defeating Democratic rival Jim Davis.


News Release
For Immediate Release

November 7, 2006
Log Cabin Republicans Blast Social Conservatives for Causing Defeat in House

(Washington, DC)-"Republicans lost this election because independent voters abandoned the GOP," said Log Cabin Executive Vice President Patrick Sammon. "Social conservatives drove the GOP's agenda the last several years. Their divisive agenda alienated the mainstream Republicans and independents who determined this election's outcome. Social conservatives should take responsibility for this loss."

"Democrats didn't win because of anything they stood for. They won because of Republican mistakes," said Sammon. "GOP leaders lost sight of what brought our Party to power in 1994. Limited government, lower spending, high ethical standards and accountability, and other unifying GOP principles attracted a broad coalition of support including fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, mainstream Republicans, libertarians, and independents. Now we've lost the U.S. House because Party leaders turned their backs on the GOP's core principles and catered only to social conservatives."


The Miami Herald

Moderate Shaw takes the fall for extreme regime

A fellow cadet leaned out the dorm window and aimed a water-inflated condom at Old Tomato Head, as we called the dean of our military school.

Unfortunately, the condom veered off course and exploded on the less distinctive noggin of Mrs. Tomato Head.

The dean summoned the wrong fellow to the office. Ripped him. Him being me. Innocent (sort of) me.

Forty-one years later, I can now give that experience a name: Clay Shaw Syndrome.

Happened again the next summer. A rowdy night in Conway Twitty's Moon Lake juke joint. A beery contingent of us locals competed for girls with a gaggle of Marines, lured from Memphis by Mississippi's permissive attitude toward underage drinking.



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Posted on Fri, Nov. 10, 2006

State closely eyes Sarasota recount, voting machines
Florida officials planned to monitor the recount in one of the nation's most disputed congressional elections.

SARASOTA - With 18,382 votes either not cast or not recorded in one of the nation's most closely contested congressional races, Florida Secretary of State Sue Cobb announced Thursday that she will send a team to observe an upcoming recount and review Sarasota County's voting procedures.

Cobb's letter to Sarasota's election supervisor, Kathy Dent, signaled her concern with the unusually high number of nonvotes -- called ''undervotes'' -- in citing a new state law that gives her broad authority to inspect any election records, machines or premises. Dent had asked Cobb's office to observe the recount examining Republican Vern Buchanan's 368-vote lead over Democrat Christine Jennings.

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