Steven Feren, Judge in Confederate Kidnapping Case, Loses His Seat; Now What?

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This week's election was cruel to incumbents. Among the sitting Broward pols who are soon going to be looking for new jobs: Steven Feren, the jurist whose decisions in family court set the stage for Megan Everett to run off with her 2-year-old daughter, Lilly. After we published a long feature on the situation, Lilly's disappearance became a campaign issue, with critics lining up to take shots at Feren over the kidnapping. But unfortunately, the election doesn't change much: The girl is still missing.

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The Broward Primary Says A Lot About Voter Turnout

Meet Julius Stein, deputy poll worker in Plantation, Fla.
At 9:45 a.m. yesterday, the George English Park Community Center voting station was about as active as Chik-Fil-A on a Sunday. The half dozen poll workers outnumbered the voters, and the polite older woman sitting outside the door wore a look of mild shock when approached and asked where to register. One gets the feeling she had to endure the agony of having many potential voters advance upon her, only to make a last-minute left for the public bathroom that bordered her.

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Charlie Crist Throws Extremely Republican "Party"

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Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Charlie Crist does not know the meaning of the word "party." I'm not just talking about his running for Governor as a Republican, and State Senator as an Independent and then, finally, for Governor again as a Democrat. Whatever. Switching things up is exciting. In contrast, his primary victory celebration last night at the Hyatt in Fort Lauderdale was mind-bogglingly boring.

First off, what was with the spread? All party-goers had to pick over was an array of cheese, a fan of Ritz crackers, a bowl of Craisins™ and some sad-looking vegetables. The booze didn't exactly flow, uh, liberally. By that we mean the cheapest cocktail was $8. Never trust a temperate man, and never trust a politician who forces people to be temperate by only serving prohibitively expensive drinks. Were you expecting hecklers?

See also: Charlie Crist Primary Victory Party at the Hyatt in Fort Lauderdale (Slideshow)

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Pam Bondi Challenges Primary Winner George Sheldon to Debate

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Former Obama official George Sheldon defeated his primary opponent for the right to take on Pam Bondi for the state attorney general last night. And Bondi wasted no time in calling him up and challenging the man to a debate.

Sheldon's win was pretty overwhelming, taking more than 60 percent of the vote over Perry Thurston. And while both men entered Tuesday's primary as virtual unknowns, Sheldon is vowing to make sure people know he stands in stark contrast to Bondi.

See also: Broward Primary Election Results

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Broward Primary Election Results: Live-Blog

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Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Hi. Hello. How are you? It's Primary Election night, and lots and lots of races are being decided by the very little of you who actually showed up to vote.

But, no worries. We got you covered on the winners as the results come in.

See which judges will be cleaning up our streets. See which guy will be the guy to face off against Pam Bondi. See just how badly Nan Rich will lose to Charlie Crist.

Keep it here throughout the night, and don't forget to hit refresh.


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iPad Mini Troubles Slow Down Palm Beach Voting

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Chris Kelly via Wikimedia Commons
Voter turnout for primaries is traditionally low to begin with. But now there are a couple of reports of some polling places in Palm Beach County having issues with the iPad Minis being used by workers in an attempt to high-tech the voting process.

Poll workers are using the iPad Minis to scan voter IDs, but according Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, some voters have experienced problems with the pads as they walked into their respective polling places.

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Conservative Group Sent Old Charlie Crist Robocalls to Potential Voters

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As ever, there have apparently been shenanigans leading up to today's primary voting day. A conservative group known as, well, the Conservatives allegedly sent out Charlie Crist robocalls to potential voters telling them that he's all about conservative values.

Problem is, the recordings are from back when Crist was a Republican. Today, he's looking to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

The tactic, it would appear, has been to either confuse registered voters or, at the very least, remind them that Crist was once a part of the GOP. It's comically sneaky, in some ways.

It's also illegal.

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Should Democrats Vote for Charlie Crist or Nan Rich Today?

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Among Florida progressives, there are mixed feelings about voting for Nan Rich in today's Democratic gubernatorial primary match-up against Charlie Crist.

On one hand, Nan Rich is an authentic progressive and has been her entire political life, including as Senate Minority Leader from 2010-2012. She has earned the progressive vote.

On the other hand, Rich ran an underwhelming campaign, to say the least, and only the size of Crist's victory margin remains in doubt. I say this despite months of doggedly loyal Rich supporters imploring me not to talk about foregone conclusions, at least not publicly. I understand. Reality bites, and it hurts a hell of a lot more when you draw attention to it.

See also: Broward Primary: Races You Should Know About Before Voting

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Broward Primary: Races You Should Know About Before Voting

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As you may very well know, Tuesday is the big Primary Elections Day. And while it's not superfancy like November elections, it's pretty damned important. Mainly because Tuesday will decide who faces whom come November, when things start to get real.

Primary days usually have low turnout, but it's still an important day for many candidates looking to get on the ballot and challenge incumbents and unseat the establishment.

There are plenty of local races going down (you can see a fill list of each race here).

But there are some particular races you should be aware of, particularly races featuring some savory and not-so-savory characters. These are people vying for powerful positions who could very well be making policy decisions for us all in the coming years. It's important to get the full scoop rather than just punching in the names of people you've never heard of so you can get out of the voting booth as fast as possible.

Some are known to be racists, others have been busted for driving while under the influence, while others are just plumb crazy.

So here are several Broward races you should know about before you cast your vote on Tuesday:

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Celebrity Pot Dealer Says She's Starting a Marijuana Super PAC for Florida Election

Courtesy of Cheryl Shuman
Shuman posed for the cover of AdWeek in July.
Cheryl Shuman likes to be called the Martha Stewart of marijuana. She runs the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club out of L.A., which sells one of the first designer brands of pot. Her product runs $750 an ounce and comes wrapped in 14-carat gold. New customers often get star treatment: Chefs will come to their mansions to prepare cannabis-infused meals.

In fact, Shuman's clientele is star-studded. She says she's sold to celebrities like Justin Timberlake, who told Playboy in 2011 that he "absolutely" smokes. Other clients have to be kept on the down-low, and the business lacks a brick-and-mortar location in the Hollywood Hills.

See also: "Charlotte's Web" Medical Marijuana Bill Isn't Enough for Many Parents of Epileptics

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