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Low Voter Turnout Worries Sales Tax Advocates


Among the choices facing Orange County voters in Tuesday’s primary election is whether to extend a sales tax for public schools. Proponents of the tax are worried about low voter turnout. The half-penny sales tax extension would be applied for ten years, with the money going towards school reconstruction, building new relief schools, and technology. Some opponents say the tax will put money in the hands of developers, not educators. Dick Batchelor chairs the pro- tax extension campaign Kids for Change. He says while the campaign has been fighting misconceptions about what the money will be used for, the biggest threat to the initiative is voter apathy. “This close to the polls closing with very low voter turnout we’re …
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Crist arrived at Langford Park in a school bus, photo by Amy Kiley
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Crist Visits Orlando, Touts Education Spending


Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist is riding a school bus for his cross-state tour promoting education funding. The Democrat hopped off in Orlando Thursday. Both supporters and opponents greeted Crist by volleying the names of their chosen candidates, but, eventually, the crowd let Crist speak.  “Rick Scott cut $1.3 billion dollars from education,” Crist said. “He cut it to the bone – inexplicable, wrong, just the wrong priorities. That’s gotta be improved.” Governor Scott was responding to a budget shortfall when he proposed slicing education spending by $3.3 billion dollars in 2011. The Legislature allowed a cut of $1.3 billion. Former university employee Justina Gonzalez-Marti was there to protest against Crist.  “The mess that Charlie Crist left, it was awesome,” she …
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Charlie Crist campaigning for governor in Orlando in 2014, with running mate Annette Taddeo. Crist says he won’t seek political office in 2016. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE
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Crist Opens Office in Orlando, Pledges Education Support


Charlie Crist opened his first gubernatorial campaign office in Orlando on Wednesday. Crist, along with his running mate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, addressed a crowd of supporters outside the headquarters on education The Crist for Governor campaign office is on the corner of Alafaya and Colonial, just across the street from the University of Central Florida. Crist promised supporters if elected he would increase Bright Future scholarships for state college education. The office sits in State House Representative Joe Saunders’ district and he says the choice to open the offices near the University of Central Florida show the commitment the campaign has to education. “For the Crist campaign to identify this area, my district, a district that has one of the highest …
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