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How Rick Scott Bought the Election

| December 4, 2010

Rick Scott spent more than $60 million of his own money, and drew on a slew of health care industries through a front called the “Let’s Get to Work” committee.

From Fringe to Voting Booth, a Machinery of Information Churning Push-Button Citizens

| November 6, 2010

Politicians know that the obsessed, the fearful, the paranoid and the insane are easier to manipulate and outnumber by far than the attentive, Darrell Smith argues in a column. They can push their buttons at will. Tuesday proved it.

Lazier Voters: Flagler’s 52% Turnout Was Worst In At Least 16 Years of Mid-Terms

| November 3, 2010

Just 52 percent of Flagler County’s registered voters went to the polls, the lowest voter turnout in at least 16 years of mid-term elections, and likely the lowest turnout since at least the 1974 election, when voter apathy was acute.

In Florida, Endangered Democrats Will Approach Extinction Status on Election Day

| November 1, 2010

The map is set to go redder in Florida Tuesday evening as one-term Democrats like Kosmas and Grayson lose and the Legislature edges further right. Sink-Scott is the only drama.

Campaign Notes: Dwyer Backs Craig, Sword and Fischer Vie for Teachers’ Attention

| October 28, 2010

Craig and Horrox in the circuit court race and Sword and Fischer in the school board race make their final pitches with radio appearances and a television ad from Sword, while others continue to press for the ballot measure on continuing the .25-mill school tax.

Election Primer: Amendment 4, “Hometown Democracy” and Sprawling Misinformation

| October 25, 2010

Amendment 4, Florida’s so-called “Hometown Democracy” amendment, is an attempt to give voters a voice in major local development initiatives. It’s also rife in misinformation.

FPC’s Top Student Makes the Case
For the .25-Mill School Tax Referendum

| October 25, 2010

Kyle Russell, the top-ranked senior at Flagler Palm Coast High School, argues that students need every competitive advantage they can get if they’re to have a chance against others in the state and the nation.

How Republicans Became America’s Arabs

| October 24, 2010

That’s the strength behind the Republican No, as it is behind the Arab No, the Islamist No in particular: it appeals to some mythical, mass-marketable golden age. No proof necessary.

John Mica’s Politbureau: How the Chamber Endorses While Pretending Not to Endorse

| October 22, 2010

Flagler County’s Whigs and wigged coupled and clapped at the Palm Coast Yacht Club as John Mica accepted tributes and dispensed charismatic prepositions on his way to a 10th term in Congress.

In School Board Race, a Clash of Clarity And Fact Between Fischer and Sword

| October 20, 2010

John Fischer makes wild, often incoherent claims and exaggerations, betting, correctly, that his audiences won’t verify what he says. Sword is about clarity and rational analysis.

In Race to Replace Judge Hammond in Flagler, Craig and Horrox Scrape for Distinctions

| October 18, 2010

In the race for the 7th judicial district’s court seat Judge Hammond is vacating, Dennis Craig and Joe Horrox are two competent, unexciting choices, though Craig’s experience is more varied.

Scott DuPont and Don Holmes:
Dogma vs. Nuance in 7th Judicial Circuit Race

| October 15, 2010

Don Holmes and Scott DuPont’s experience in law is the least of their differences in the Group 10 race for Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit Court seat (Putnam County), in which Flagler voters do have a vote.

Governing Divide: Nurses Are for Sink, Doctors Are for Scott, Voters Still on Mars

| October 14, 2010

The GOP’s Rick Scott snubbed the Florida Nurses Association, Democrat Sink visited in person. For doctors, Scott would take a hatchet to malpractice lawsuits–doctors’ overriding wish.

Election Primer: Amendment 2 Loop-Holes a Tax Exemption for Soldiers in War Zones

| October 14, 2010

Amendment 2 would give soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan (or future war zones) a property tax exemption but only if they own homesteaded property. The amendment is more controversial than you’d expect.

Election Primer: Amendments 5 and 6 Pit Power Against Voters in Redistricting

| October 13, 2010

Florida’s proposed Amendments 5 and 6 would diminish the power of incumbents and legislative majorities to pick their own voters when they draw up voting districts every 10 years.

Why Republicans Are Listed First All Over Flagler’s Nov. 2 Ballot (It’s Not a Conspiracy)

| October 12, 2010

Being listed first does matter in local races, especially in non-partisan ones, as lazy or uninformed voters tend to go for the first choice they’re presented.

School Board Members Talking to Empty Benches at Town Halls on Tax Levy

| October 12, 2010

School officials think most people have already made up their minds about Flagler’s .25 mills school tax levy. They just can’t tell which way they’ll vote.

The Sentinel’s Mica Endorsement Over Beaven: Pork Is Good As Long As It’s Our Pork

| October 7, 2010

The Orlando Sentinel’s unsurprising endorsement of John Mica over Heather Beaven replicates duplicity and errors rampant in discussions of federal spending, pork and earmarks.

Ending 8 Years on the Flagler School Board, Evie Shellenberger Endorses Raven Sword

| October 7, 2010

Citing Raven Sword’s clear vision and analytical abilities, Evie Shellenberger said Sword was preferable to John Fischer’s poor grasp of issues and misunderstanding of a school board member’s role.

Bill Proctor and Doug Courtney Struggle To Out-No Each Other In Florida House Race

| October 6, 2010

In the race for the Florida Legislature seat closest to Flagler residents, Republican incumbent Bill Proctor of St. Augustine is facing perennial candidate and Democrat Doug Courtney of Palm Coast.

Inaccurately and Incoherently, Fischer Opposes School Tax Measure; Sword Favors It

| September 23, 2010

The two school board candidates differ sharply in their awareness and understanding of a proposed school tax referendum on the November 2 ballot, with Fischer calling himself “confused” about it.

Mica Challenger Heather Beaven’s First TV Ad Soldiers On, Without a Fight

| September 20, 2010

Heather Beaven is running for Congress against nine-term incumbent John Mica, though her first TV ad, less than two months from the election, is more of an early-summer and gentle meet-and-greet.

CC DC: Charlie Crist Adopts Gay Rights and Calls for Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

| September 14, 2010

Crist’s belated embrace of gay adoptions, civil unions for gays and lesbians, and full, equal rights for gay soldiers makes him socially indistinguishable from Kendrick Meek.

Alex Sink and Rick Scott on Health Care: Sharp Clash of Opposites in Race for Governor

| September 12, 2010

On health care, there are no blurry lines between Florida Gubernatorial candidates Alex Sink and Rick Scott. It’s a story of opposites.

Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks Wrecks County-Owned Car Just Before Polls Close

| August 25, 2010

The wreck took place just after 5 p.m.–less than two hours from polls’ closing time–on Whiteview Parkway, near U.S. 1. The car was towed. There were no injuries.

Primary Turnout Is Worst in at Least 16 Years; Black Voters Shrug Off 3 Black Candidates

| August 25, 2010

Three black candidates running in local elections didn’t get a higher turn-out from heavily black precincts. Whiter, richer precincts turned out at double those rates.

Commission Money Race: Mori Hosseini and Other Developers Bankrolling Abbott’s Bid

| August 23, 2010

Volusia, St. Johns and Jacksonville development firms account for all but about $1,000 of Bob Abbott’s campaign funds. Nate McLaughlin’s are more grass roots based.

The Money Race: Five Flagler School Board Candidates Raise a Combined $32,900

| August 23, 2010

District 5 candidate Raven Sword is the fund-raising leader when candidates’ own money is excluded. She also drew the largest number of contributors by far, with 130.

The Live Q&A: School Board Candidates In Their Own Words (and Occasional Evasions)

| August 22, 2010

The FlaglerLive Q&A was designed to draw candidates away from campaign generalities and cliches and to compel clearly stated positions on a dozen relevant issues.

Raven Sword, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2010

Raven Sword, an attorney, is running from District 5 with the backing of former school board member Jim Guines.

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