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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Three Orlando city commissioners fight to keep their seats and fend off a slew of candidates in a contentious race


If you haven’t been paying attention, next Tuesday is your last chance to vote in the general election for Orlando City Council races. And if you have been paying attention, then you know this melodramatic political tale that one candidate described as “the Jerry Springer” show is finally coming to an end. Orlando Commissioners Jim Gray, Robert Stuart and Regina Hill are all up for re-election, and all have a cluster of competitors after their spots and $58,000 salaries, on the city’s top municipal board. In her first re-election bid, Hill, more than incumbents Stuart or Gray, faces the biggest challenge, going up against six other candidates for the district that goes from Parramore to MetroWest. All three incumbents have …
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Local News

Intersection: Write In Loophole


Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel says the write-in loophole is a huge problem. In Florida it allows a write-in candidate to close off a primary election. Ertel says the write-in loophole is not fair to voters, but he says there’s an easy way to fix the problem.
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Electioneering in Brevard County on Election Day. Photo: Brendan Byrne
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Voting Running Somewhat Smoothly Across Florida


It’s been a relatively smooth day so far at polling places across central Florida. Brevard County reported power outages for about 50 minutes at two locations in Cocoa. And there are reports out of Miami-Dade and Broward counties of yelling and arguing at the polls.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

PUERTO RICAN VOTERS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA


For the thousands of newly arrived Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, the first time they’ll be allowed to vote in a presidential election is one where they might be a deciding factor. The irony isn’t lost on them. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans on the island can’t vote for president.  And yet, they can fly more than a thousand miles to Central Florida and settle in what political analysts call the “swing part of the swing state,” potentially deciding the course of America’s future. Local organizers say this community isn’t as homogenous as political campaigns would like. Frederick Velez, a community organizer with the progressive Latino coalition Que Vote Mi Gente, says Central Florida’s boricua community can be divided …
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Local News

Intersection: Money & Politics, Judicial Races, Demographics, Gun Control PAC


All politics may be local, but some local races are attracting national interest and money. What happens when PAC money pours into local campaigns? Florida’s demographics are changing and candidates are setting their sights on a growing Latino electorate. And a Political Action Committee inspired by Pulse launches. These stories and more on Intersection’s Friday news round table.
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