Thursday, October 30, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST - October 30, 2008

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The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida present:
Proposed Amendment 2 (The so called Marriage Protection Amendment)
Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
When: Thursday, October 30th
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Lauderdale West Clubhouse, Room 111, 1141 N..W.85th Avenue, Plantation, Florida 33322.
Questions will be taken from the audience.

You're Invited to the 2008 Equality Florida Broward Gala!
The Museum of Art - Ft. Lauderdale
Sunday, November 16 - 5pm to 7pm
Tickets - $125


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-Latest Broward early voting waiting times

-Latest Palm Beach County early voting wait times,0,1646779.story

-Boat show opens in Fort Lauderdale
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off amid fears that the tough economy will put a damper on the annual event. The largest boat show in the world opens today. Attendance is expected to be 10 percent down from last year, at around 130,000. But brokers are hoping that the super rich are less affected by the recession, so they're focusing on higher-end yachts. Those can sell for around $20 million. For more skittish buyers, brokers say they're ready to slash some prices.,0,4748769.story

Miami Herald
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-Citizens' hurricane mitigation discounts help condo associations
Condominium and homeowners associations that have added storm shutters, reinforced doors or roofs and put in impact-resistant glass to make their buildings more storm-resistant can get a bigger break on their windstorm insurance. Citizens Property Insurance, the state-run insurer, in September began offering discounts of up to 45 percent for taking mitigation steps. As with hurricane coverage for single-family homes, apartments and condo units, the insurer was required to double mitigation credits it offered the associations.

Fort Report
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-Election revolt over provisional ballots
After Florida's 2000 election debacle, Congress thought it had found a way to avoid turning away voters whose qualifications were in question: allow them to cast a provisional ballot. But a record voter turnout this year, plus a new voter verification law, could lead to the casting of thousands of provisional ballots Tuesday.

-Latest Quinnipiac poll says Florida too close to call in presidential race
Florida, the must-win state for Republican presidential nominee John McCain, is too close to call, according to the latest poll. Quinnipiac University has Democratic rival Barack Obama up 47-45 in Florida, well within the poll's margin of error of 2.6 percent.

-CAMPAIGN 2008: Where does Sarah Palin go from here?
Win, and it's D.C. But lose, and it's everybody's guess
At her packed rallies across the country, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin talks about her desire to be the nation's next vice president, yet that hasn't stopped some in attendance from encouraging her toward a higher office. Homemade "Palin 2012" and "President Palin" signs now appear at those campaign events. And it doesn't take long to hear Palin's supporters state that she is the Republican Party's best bet to claim the White House four years from now. Win or lose, they say, Palin has claimed a place in the party's future.,0,7769067.story?track=rss

-Republican stranglehold in three key South Florida congressional districts in jeopardy
Puerto Rican-born chef Julio Alicea, 63, used to be a Republican, voting in solidarity with the cause of Cuban exiles. Not this year. "We are losing the American Dream. Who cares about Cuba?" he said, after casting an early ballot Tuesday for Raul Martinez, the Democratic challenger of Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

-Wasserman Schultz rap's Sarah Palin's 'pathetic' attempt to question Obama's Israel credentials
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, just issued this sharp statement:
"Gov. Sarah Palin - who prior to her nomination for Vice President had never spoken publicly about Israel in any major forum - has no standing to question Barack Obama's unshakeable commitment to Israel and its security. "He has demonstrated this commitment over many years through word, deed, legislation, and votes. "Frankly, her attempts to question Barack Obama on Israel are unfounded and pathetic." Wasserman Schultz was responding to Palin wondering if Obama truly supports Israel.


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