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Sexual Abuse

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board

November 14, 2006

ISSUE: Group wants abusive priests publicly identified.

Given the Catholic Church's history of sexual abuse by some priests, it'snot surprising that an advocacy group is asking for the names of abusiveclergymen. The Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Palm Beach shouldcomply -- within reason. But the advocacy group also should be reasonable.

The group, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, says it hasasked Miami Archbishop John Favalora to release the names of all priestsproved to have committed sexual abuse or who have admitted doing so. Itplans to ask the Diocese of Palm Beach to do likewise. Favalora and PalmBeach Bishop Gerald Barbarito should respond in good faith.

However, the dioceses should reject the victims group's request that thenames of priests "credibly accused" of abuse also be released. Given theclimate of suspicion surrounding the church, it's too easy to make falseaccusations. Priests, like anyone else, deserve a presumption of innocenceuntil proven guilty.



November 14, 2006

Early childhood education should be governor's goal

If as governor Charlie Crist really wants to do something about improvingthe education system for Florida's children, the opportunity is there.

Yes, the way the state uses the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test needsto be changed to make it less punitive and more of a diagnostic tool forimproving the performance of individual students.

And, yes, more funding needs to be found to increase the pay of teachers andto raise the amount of money the state spends per pupil from near the bottomwhen compared to other states.

But Crist could really turn the tide if he moves early childhood educationto the top of his agenda.

When voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring a voluntary,universal pre-kindergarten program for all of the state's 4-year-olds, ithad the governor's support.



Bush's education team needs to go
A Times Editorial
Published November 14, 2006

The missing resignation letter only hints at the wall Gov.-elect CharlieCrist is about to hit in an otherwise smooth transition to office. DepartingGov. Jeb Bush, forced out by term limits, wants to be remembered for hiseducation agenda and isn't leaving the future to chance.

Bush's top-level managers were all asked last week to offer theirresignations as a matter of professional courtesy. All, that is, except forone. John Winn, the state education commissioner, has expressed no plans toleave. Toward that end, the governor has reappointed two key Board ofEducation members who support Winn and whose terms expire two days beforeCrist takes office. Two days.

These are no accidents. Bush has been raising money for a foundation thatwill fight to protect his vouchers, high-stakes testing and school gradingplan. The education board he appointed includes some of his closestpolitical confidants, and its chairman is former campaign fund-raiser PhilHandy.



Article published Nov 14, 2006

Pruitt names top leadership team

By Paul Flemming
The elections are over and now the appointments begin.

With the switch of leadership in the two chambers of Florida's Legislature -a new speaker of the House and a new president of the Senate will becomeofficial at the organizational session set for Nov. 21 - the naming oflieutenants and committee chairs will begin in earnest.

On Monday, incoming Senate President Ken Pruitt, a St. Lucie CountyRepublican, announced his top leadership team for his two-year term.

Second-in-command will be Sen. Lisa Carlton of Sarasota as Senate presidentpro-tem. Under outgoing President Tom Lee, Carlton served as chair of thepowerful budget committee.



Broward legislators elect Nan Rich as chairwoman

By Anthony Man
Political Writer

November 14, 2006

With a pledge to shelve partisan disagreements until the next electionseason, new leaders took over the Broward Legislative Delegation on Monday.

Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston, a former state representative beginning her secondterm in the state Senate, was unanimously elected chairwoman of the25-member group of senators and representatives whose districts include allor parts of Broward County.

State Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Wilton Manors, is the new vice chairman.

"This delegation's got to put the elections behind them," Seiler said. "Nomore partisan debate, no more Democrat-Republican battles. Let's do what'sbest for Broward."



Congress race goes to court
"Alarming aberrations" in machines are claimed as a recount of ballotsbegins.

Published November 14, 2006

SARASOTA - As congressional hopeful Christine Jennings went to Capitol Hillon Monday for freshman orientation, her attorneys went to court over whatthey say are "alarming aberrations" in Sarasota County's vote tallies.

In a lawsuit filed in state court in Sarasota County, Jennings' lawyersasked a judge to secure the voting machines as evidence until outsideexperts can go in and figure out what happened.

"We're not saying anything is being done improperly," said lawyer BillPartridge. "It's important to preserve the evidence."

Officials today will continue a detailed recounting of votes in the 13thCongressional District race - the second-closest congressional contest inthe nation last week - amid allegations of voting machine malfunctions.



Sarasota voting woes spur state audit
By Dara Kam

Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - More than 18,000 missing votes in the race to succeed U.S.Rep. Katherine Harris add up to déjà vu all over again, but this time witha high-tech twist.

A recount to determine who will succeed Harris, who reigned over the botched2000 presidential election and certified President Bush the winner, waslikely caused by a version of the "electronic butterfly ballot," computerscience professor Rebecca Mercuri said Monday.

"It's exactly that," said Mercuri, an outspoken critic of the touch- screenvoting systems used in 36 of Florida's 67 counties.


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Newspaper doesn't support teachers

Gregg Huddlestone

November 14, 2006

Congratulations are in order to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for itsendorsement of Charlie Crist for governor. By doing so, you have let the16,000 public school teachers in Broward County know that you do not supportthem or public education.

Now we all know that your Editorial Board stands in support of privateschool vouchers, low graduation rate (Crist wants to "stay the course") andcontinued low pay for teachers (Crist only supports giving raises to the"top" 25 percent of teachers based on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testscores). I am glad you cleared this up as I was beginning to think that yourpaper supported us. How wrong could I have been?



GOP ready to tap Martinez to lead party
By Larry Lipman And Scott Shepard

Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

WASHINGTON - Signaling a new direction for the Republican Party, which hadheavy losses in the Hispanic community in last week's elections, FloridaSen. Mel Martinez appeared ready Monday to become the party's new generalchairman while retaining his Senate seat.

Martinez, 60, is the only Cuban-born member of the Senate and its onlyHispanic Republican. He would replace Ken Mehlman, who is leaving in Januarywhen his two-year term ends.

The Republican National Committee's day-to-day operations reportedly wouldfall to Mike Duncan, its general counsel and a former party treasurer. TheAssociated Press, quoting unnamed GOP officials, said Duncan would hold thetitle of chairman and would split the job with Martinez.


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Florida Recount, 2006-Style
By Armen Keteyian, Phil Hirschkorn and Michael Rey
CBS News

Saturday 11 November 2006

Large "undervote" in hot House race raises voting machine concerns. On Monday Florida will begin its first recount for a federal electionsince the botched 2000 presidential contest, but this time there will be nohanging chads. It is the reliability of touch screen electronic votingmachines that will be in the spotlight.

The disputed race in Florida's 13th Congressional District, south ofTampa, is one place where the kind of machines used by 40% of Americanvoters this week may have malfunctioned significantly enough to alter theoutcome of a seat in Congress.





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