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The Sun-Sentinel,0,4379542.story

Far from staying out, Crist played crucial role

By George J. Felos

November 2, 2006

Charlie Crist proclaimed in Florida's gubernatorial debates that the TerriSchiavo case was "not the place for government, and that's why I stayedout."

As a U.S. senator once reminded his opponent in a debate, "you're entitledto your own opinion, but not your own facts." The fact is that Crist'sdebate proclamations are false. Not only did he not stay out, he played acritical role in Florida's state-sponsored violation of Terri Schiavo'sconstitutional rights. I know because I was there.

On Oct. 21, 2003, Terri Schiavo lay in her hospice bed six days into herdeath process. With the patently unconstitutional "Terri's Law" rammedthrough the Legislature that morning, Gov. Jeb Bush sent men with guns toseize Mrs. Schiavo. Contrary to her wishes as found by every court, andagainst the wishes of her husband and guardian, Mrs. Schiavo was taken inthe early evening and transported to a local hospital for surgical insertionof a feeding tube.


Governor details discussion with Crist about Schiavo
Published November 2, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Charlie Crist doesn't recall ever speakingwith Gov. Jeb Bush about their differences in the Terri Schiavo case. ButBush does.

The governor Wednesday recalled some specifics of their conversation, whichcontradicts Crist's assertions that he never discussed the case with Bush.

Crist has contended that the only communication was between staff members ofthe two officials.

"He may not remember this, but we had a conversation about it because I hadheard he was not supportive, and I just said, 'Look, I respect your opinionon this,' and left it at that," Bush told reporters. "It's difficult to havedisagreements among friends, but that's part of politics."

Bush said: "He handled it well."


The Miami Times

Posted on Thu, Nov. 02, 2006


Ahead on points, Nelson ducks Harris' haymakers

Katherine Harris holds her own in a debate with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson,but there were no knockout punches in their final encounter before Tuesday'selection.


ORLANDO - The Katherine Harris that Republicans once knew and adoredshowed up for the campaign's final debate Wednesday, poised, polished andbearing barbs that had Sen. Bill Nelson playing defense for part of theevening.

In contrast with her numerous campaign trail missteps andmisstatements -- which Nelson referred to by suggesting she had a''credibility'' problem -- Harris barely stumbled, rattling off statisticsand hitting Nelson as a ''flip-flopper'' who ``when he had a chance to raisetaxes, he voted for them every time.''


The Florida Times-Union

November 2, 2006

Tobacco proposal deemed a shoo-in

Capital Bureau Chief

TALLAHASSEE - In a campaign season filled with close calls, meet one thatisn't: Amendment 4.

On the ballot Tuesday is a proposal to force state legislators to devote 15percent of Florida's 1997 tobacco settlement fund - about $57 million ayear - to a program aimed at keeping kids away from tobacco.


The Herald Tribune

Contest to replace Foley called toss-up

With Republicans pouring money into the race, political experts believe theconservative-leaning 16th Congressional District is now a dead heat despitethe Mark Foley scandal.

Even some top GOP officials had considered the seat a Democratic lock in thewake of Foley's resignation. But two non-partisan Congressional handicappershave declared the contest a toss-up in the past week.

"It looks like the race has tightened," said Peter Bergerson, a publicaffairs professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.


Just who is Shaw `representing'?

Leon Van Dyke
Fort Lauderdale

November 2, 2006

Your editorial backing Clay Shaw for re-election in District 22 whilementioning his opponent Ron Klein's quoting Shaw out of context in a TV ad,failed to expose Shaw's advertisements as also skewing facts.

Shaw's ads claiming Klein as a lobbyist in Tallahassee were patently absurdand your Editorial Board is aware of that fact. This should have beenmentioned in a fair summary of the circumstances surrounding these twocandidates specifically.

Added to Shaw's many credits is his strong antipathy regarding homosexuals.The South Florida Sun-Sentinel should recognize that hundreds of thousandsof gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons reside in Palm Beachand Broward counties.

Thousands of these whose interests are clearly not represented by"Representative" Clay Shaw also subscribe to the Sun-Sentinel.

It would behoove your Editorial Board to think about its subscriber base asbeing broader than wealthy Gold Coast residents currently and almostexclusively represented by Clay Shaw and his ilk in Congress.


Broward racks up nearly 40,000 early votes for Tuesday's election

By Jennifer Gollan
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 2, 2006

Complaints of prickly poll workers, wayward voting machines and incompleteballots have done little to dilute the fervor for early voting in BrowardCounty.

"I think the early voting has run well," said Broward County ElectionsSupervisor Brenda Snipes in a briefing to reporters Wednesday at her branchoffice in Lauderhill. "It's the convenience factor; it fits into ourmicrowave lifestyle."

A raft of key political posts up for grabs Tuesday drew 39,940 early votersto the polls from Oct. 23 through Oct. 31, Snipes said. The busiest pollsinclude public libraries in Tamarac and Coral Springs. To date, voters havemailed in half of the 60,000 absentee ballots sent out, Snipes said.


El Niño could spawn wetter, cooler winter in S. Fla., some severe weather

By Ken Kaye

November 1, 2006, 2:15 PM EST

Here's the bad news: El Niño isn't expected to stick around through nextsummer, meaning the 2007 hurricane season might not be as quiet as the onewe are currently enjoying.

Here's even worse news: El Niño could spawn severe weather in South Floridathis winter, such as tornadoes. In the previous two El Niño years, in 1998,and 2003, powerful tornadoes formed during the winter months.

Other than that, this winter, South Florida's dry season, should be wetterand cooler than normal -- if not pretty nice, the National Weather Servicein Miami said Wednesday.


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