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- Cramming time for those casting ballots Election Day
- StPetePolls says Sink leading among early voters
- Update: Scott says he’d veto Az anti-gay rights bill
- Az anti-gay rights law enters Fl governor’s race
- Gaetz, Weatherford: No major environmental actions coming in session
- Chamber poll: Jolly over Sink 44-42
- Medical pot advocate upset over booze measures
- Buckhorn host Obamacare weekend sign-ups
- Tampa Chamber urges MacDill emphasis in D-13 race
- Mr. Crist Goes to Tallahassee
- ‘Cash balance’ state pension bill filed
- Polls show Sink leading in CD 13
- Crist files papers for re-election bid
- Senate President Gaetz backs medical pot bill
- Florida House members stay with parties on debt ceiling vote
New year, new faces
Posted Jan 4, 2011 by Laura Fiorilli
Updated Jan 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Incoming Gov. Rick Scott takes the top spot on Slate’s list of “Ten Conservatives Who Will Define 2011.” The premise of the list is that the political figures who dominated the news this year (Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell) aren’t the ones actually taking oaths of office in the coming week. Check the list to familiarize yourself with some of the new faces in American politics.
‘Best of Both’ - the original, and the parody
Posted Sep 13, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli
Updated Sep 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Let’s all take a minute this election season to thank YouTube. Because of this online forum, we no longer have to wait for ‘Saturday Night Live’ to see parodies of political ads.
No-party Senate candidate Charlie Crist is making ads that emphasize the blurring of party lines - a seemingly strange strategy in this polarized election, but one that seems to be working well for him. You can watch a batch of them at Crist’s YouTube channel.
If you want to follow the crowd, though, wander over to the main YouTube and watch this parody of Crist’s ‘Best of Both’ ad. At last check, it had nearly 4,000 more viewers than the original!
The candidates - in their own words
Posted Aug 12, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli
Updated Aug 12, 2010 at 09:14 AM
TBO’s Voter Guide went live this week. If you haven’t already, check it out!
Voter Guide is one of my favorite things to work on at TBO. It’s also a huge undertaking. We contact candidates in all 10 counties in WFLA’s viewing area, track down their e-mail addresses, and then needle them to fill out a questionnaire on their background and opinions.
We first used the Voter Guide software in 2008. An enhancement to this year’s edition is GIS - that is, geographic information systems - basically, a better way of creating maps of the various voting districts. The system should be able to identify which district you live in, down to the sub-county level, based on your address.
The Gore breakup: Sad, odd, or neither?
Posted Jun 3, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli
Updated Jun 3, 2010 at 01:58 PM
I’ve never been particularly attached to either Al or Tipper Gore, but the breakup of their 40-year marriage actually shook me a bit. Their family life always seemed stable and affectionate - the opposite of the sparring Clintons’. And when the news first broke, that seemed to be the prevailing view.
Here, though, is an essay by an insider who says the Gores always seemed a bit mismatched to him. According to Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Al lived life in the public sphere and Tipper would have preferred more privacy; her photography hobby could have been a way of distancing herself from events. Like many political couples, their life involved plenty of theater - they were known to dress in Disney-created costumes at Halloween parties, completely disguised. (I have to wonder - Mickey and Minnie? Chip and Dale? Pluto and Goofy? Alas, there are no photos.)
A mouse in the house ... the White House
Posted May 21, 2010 by Laura Fiorilli
Updated May 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM
Sharp-eyed observers at President Obama’s remarks on financial reform today caught sight of an intruder: a furry rodent who scurried across the Rose Garden steps.
ABC’s White House crew thinks it was a mouse or a rat. I was going to guess shrew, because it’s hard to see the animal’s ears. Either way, it looks like the Obamas should consider following in the steps of none other than Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - it’s time we had a cat in the White House once again!
The ABC reporters note that the White House, like any old building, has long been home to a population of rodents. Imagine the stories they could tell.