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Melissa Moore Stens, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Melissa Moore Stens is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

W. Scott Westbrook, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Scott Westbrook is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

3 Liberal Florida Justices Battle Conservative Foundation’s Plan to Depose Them

| July 19, 2012

Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince filed a court motion to block the conservative Southeastern Legal Foundation from moving forward with 22 depositions in a merit-retention case. The foundation is targeting the justices for their liberalism.

Editor’s Note: When Comments Are Swift Boats’ Docking Hooks

| July 12, 2012

I’ve been asked why certain comments in the John Pollinger-Anne-Marie Shaffer case were approved, considering their lavish innuendoes and borderline slanders. The decision bears explaining in light of this year’s distinctly foul election season.

Conservatives Press Attack as Florida’s Liberal Justices Are Cleared of Campaign Wrongdoing

| July 6, 2012

An investigation into the filing of qualifying papers for Florida Supreme Court Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince has been closed, but the controversy about the trio’s place on this fall’s ballot is likely to continue.

Flagler’s Sheriff and Judge Candidates Rub Elbows Raw at Long NAACP Forum

| June 27, 2012

The revealing moments were less in what the candidates said than in how they said it, or in how they waited to say something. The crowd of 200 was relaxed and riveted. Many of the candidates were stiff, fidgety and tense.

Barbara Revels, Suzanne Johnston and Jay Gardner Are Re-Elected As Qualifying Ends

| June 8, 2012

The 2012 primary and general elections will be heavily contested in all but a handful of local and judicial district races. County Commissioner Revels, Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner are among the automatic winners who faced no opposition.

Mark Dwyer, Again Running for Judge in Flagler, Finds Himself on the Defensive. Again.

| June 1, 2012

Attorney Mark Dwyer two years ago was admonished by the Florida Bar for a minor trust account issue. He’s now being reprimanded for a more serious issue, but Dwyer wants it explained at length. He takes the stand in his defense.

Early Voting and Cost Pressures Cut Flagler Voting Locations By Almost Half From 2008

| May 7, 2012

Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks submitted a plan to the Flagler County Commission Monday that reduces voting locations to 22, from 38 in 2008, as more people are voting early. A few concerns about elderly voters and turnout were raised.

Loans and Self-Contributions Swell Big Money Pots in Flagler Sheriff’s and County Judge Races

| April 26, 2012

John Pollinger in the Flagler sheriff’s race and Melissa Moore Stens in the county judge race are leading in money raised so far, but largely on the strength of their own contributions. Almost $117,000 was raised by all candidates in 11 Flagler County races as of March 31.

In Flagler County, a Reflection of Democrats’ Lost Promise as GOP Regains Registration Lead

| April 6, 2012

Democrats’ voter-registration advantage vanished in Flagler County after a three-and-a-half-years, reflecting surging Republican activity and diminished Democratic excitement, but also the consequences of onerous voter-registration laws that disproportionately affect Democrats.

Judge Sharon Atack Won’t Run Again This Year, Opening 2nd Flagler Judgeship in 2 Years

| January 4, 2012

On the bench since 1995, Flagler County Judge Sharon Atack, 65, cited personal reasons for her retirement. November’s election to the seat will likely draw a large field of contenders and, Atack said, “at least one” woman.



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