Wednesday, November 15, 2006


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Posted on Wed, Nov. 15, 2006

Athalie Range, 91, dies; Miami's first black commissioner

Athalie Range, a civil rights pioneer who was the first African American toserve on the Miami City Commission, has died at the age of 91.

M. Athalie Range, whose fight against decaying, segregated schools launcheda historic political career that took her to City Hall, Tallahassee andWashington, died Tuesday evening. She was 91.

Range went from cleaning railroad cars in segregated Miami to advising theWhite House and scores of state and local power brokers.

In the 1960s, she became Miami's first African American to serve on the CityCommission. The next decade saw her become the first black -- and woman --in Florida's history to serve in a high state government post. PresidentJimmy Carter later appointed her to serve on the National Railroad PassengerCorp.


Posted on Wed, Nov. 15, 2006


Broward seeks new election storage facility
Broward County officials want private developers to help find land for a newelection warehouse.


Stymied by high land costs and the inability to identify the right location,Broward County commissioners will turn to private developers to find a homefor a new election warehouse.

The county will seek bids from developers who want to find land and buildthe election headquarters, a building that will consolidate the two existingwarehouses with the main administrative office.

The developer would identify and buy the land, then build the new warehouseto the county's detailed specifications. The county has suggested a totalbudget of about $23 million.


Posted on Wed, Nov. 15, 2006

Broward School Board sanctions office-space talks
Broward School Board members will negotiate to buy about 200,000square feet of office space from the only seller who has emerged after twosearches.


The Broward School District is a little closer to buying $35 millionworth of office space in Sunrise.

The idea is to increase efficiency by bringing together district staffmembers whose offices now are scattered about the county. In some cases,they occupy space on school campuses that is needed for educational use.

School Board members voted 8-1 to allow district staff to startnegotiating with Sawgrass Office Associates, the only firm to make an offerafter two searches. They are interested in a total of about 200,000 squarefeet in three buildings.


Touch-screen voting tossed in Sarasota
County voters mandated 'verified paper ballots.' Meanwhile, a recountcontinues.

Mark K. Matthews
Washington Bureau

November 15, 2006

SARASOTA -- Sarasota County will abandon its touch-screen voting machines in2008, replacing the controversial $4.7 million system with paper ballotsbefore the next presidential election.

The change comes amid a recount of the disputed race for U.S. House District13 here that has raised questions about the reliability of thetouch-screen-voting system.

Critics blame the machines for more than 18,000 unrecorded votes in the racebetween Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings, who trailsby fewer than 400 votes.

But the disputed election is not the main reason Sarasota is scrapping thenew system, Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said Tuesday. Dent said sheis simply listening to voters and following a charter amendment Nov. 7 inwhich they demanded "verified paper ballots."


Klein predicts quick changes to drug law
By Larry Lipman

Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

WASHINGTON - A week after being elected to the U.S. House ofRepresentatives, Ron Klein said senior issues played a major role in hiscampaign and predicted the Democratic-dominated Congress would act quicklyto alter the Medicare prescription drug law.

Klein, a Democrat from Boca Raton, predicted the House quickly would agreeto allow the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices withmanufacturers on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries. But efforts to change thelaw could run into hurdles in the Senate, where the Democrats' 51-votemajority would not be enough to overcome a filibuster, and from the Bushadministration, which opposes negotiations as a form of government pricecontrol.

Klein said he would urge Medicare beneficiaries who are consideringreenrolling in the drug program - whose enrollment season begins today andends Dec. 31 - to closely weigh the benefits against the costs. He predictedCongress would vote to eliminate the 1 percent per month penalty on lateenrollment in the drug program.

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