Broward County School Officials Want $800 Million in Taxpayer Money to Fix Schools in Disrepair

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Election Day on Tuesday is going to decide an important local issue that could impact schools in Broward.

Voters are being asked to decide on a referendum that would help fund safety projects for public schools in Broward. Taxpayers are being asked to foot the $800 million bill that will help repair building safety issues, such as drainage issues, windows, and roofs in disrepair. The funds would also be used to provide security cameras for schools.

On Thursday, public safety officials and Superintendent Robert Runcie talked up the bond in an effort to highlight its importance and encourage voters to vote for it come Tuesday.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Is "Done," According to Latest Poll

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Last week, news broke that Amendment 2 was in serious danger of not getting the necessary 60 percent in order to pass.

And now, with Election Day exactly one week away, another poll says it's still not looking great for medical marijuana legalization.

Gravis Marketing, a PR firm based in Winter Springs, conducted its own automated phone survey and found that 50 percent would vote for the amendment, and 42 would not, with 8 percent still not sure.

See also: Medical Marijuana Is Not Done, According to Latest Poll

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Jeb Bush Is Probably Most Likely Going to Run for President, Maybe

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Jeb Bush -- best buddy to Rick Scott, medical marijuana hater, and enemy of Matt Damon -- is more than likely going to run for president in 2016. Oh, he's also the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.

According to Jeb's son, George P. Bush, the younger Bush Bro is closer to saying yes to a run at the White House now more than ever. Though we really haven't heard anything official yet.

George P., who is running for office in Texas, went on Sunday's This Week on ABC and said his father is "moving forward" toward running.

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Rick Scott Skipping Out on Email Records Deposition to Attend Fundraiser

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Rick Scott is supposed to be in California today for a deposition in a lawsuit his lawyers filed to block the release of emails from the governor's Gmail account to allegedly circumvent Florida's public records law.

It's a serious issue that puts more light on Scott's shady ways. But instead of being in California for his own deposition to persuade a judge that he shouldn't release those emails -- at least until after the election --- he's in Miami for a fundraiser.

Because, he needs money, apparently.

See also: Rick Scott Asks Judge to Rule on His Gmail Records After the Election

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Festivus Pole to Be Erected Next to Manger in Delray Beach

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Last year, Deerfield Beach activist, blogger, and self-proclaimed "militant atheist" Chaz Stevens made headlines when he put up a Festivus Pole in the Florida Capitol rotunda.

Last year's pole -- which was an eight-foot-tall pole made of Pabst Plue Ribbon beer cans -- was inspired by Tallahassee officials allowing Christian groups to put up Nativity scenes and other holiday displays.

Now Stevens says Delray Beach city officials have approved him to put up the pole in the city this year.

See also: Atheist's Festivus Pole in Florida Capitol: It's Up! (PHOTO)

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Rick Scott Admits He Postponed an Inmate's Execution So Pam Bondi Could Throw a Party

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In September of 2013, we brought you the story of Attorney General Pam Bondi asking Gov. Rick Scott to postpone the execution of an inmate on Florida's death row so she could throw herself a fundraiser.

Scott honored Bondi's request, and the execution of Marshall Lee Gore was stayed so she could have her shindig.

During Tuesday night's third debate between Scott and Charlie Crist, the former governor brought up the story and directly asked Scott if he did indeed stay Gore's execution so Bondi can have her fundraiser. Scott admitted he did, though he gave a nonanswer in explaining it.

See also: Pam Bondi Gets Execution Rescheduled So She Can Hold a Fundraiser

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Scott-Crist Debate: The Twitterverse Responds to Brutal On-Air Smackdown

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Well, that was brutal. Fangate obviously didn't cool down any tempers. Last night, Gov. Rick Scott met challenger Charlie Crist in the final gubernatorial debate. If you plugged into the live feed from Jacksonville, you witnessed the only show outside of the WWE featuring well-tanned and slightly delirious egos pounding each other with metaphoric metal chairs.

Both the current and former governor unloaded full clips of personal attacks, umbrage, and criticism. They bashed each other on backstory, on lifestyle, on who grew up poor and who grew up rich, who was friends with scumbags, who was a scumbag. It was ugly. And ultimately, it didn't move voters much. The latest Quinnipiac poll put both candidates at 44 percent.

The reason, it seems, is that Florida voters are just sick of both Scott and Crist. A dive into tweets from last night's debate illustrates the late-election-season malaise.

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Eight Things That Will Happen in Tonight's Debate Between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

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Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are set to have their third and final debate tonight on CNN, two weeks from Election Day.

And this time, there will be no fans.

CNN has made it clear to both candidates that no fans are allowed in tonight's debate, and Crist has agreed that this time he won't be bending any rules.

According to the network that's hosting this final debate, the race between the two candidates remains all knotted up.

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Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Set to Vote on Ordinance That Would Restrict Feeding the Homeless

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Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will be voting tonight on the proposed ordinance that could cripple groups that distribute food to the city's homeless.

The crux of the ordinance deals with applying rules on food handling, providing toilet facilities and hand-washing areas, and requirements on how and when the food should be served, particularly for groups that service the homeless outdoors and in parks.

On the surface, the rules seem to have good intentions, with commissioners contending that passing the ordinance would protect the homeless from illnesses caused by ill-prepared foods. Homeless advocates, however, say that the ordinance will restrict them from doing what they can for the homeless. Having to provide toilet facilities and hand-washing areas is not only a hassle but expensive -- particularly for nonprofit groups.

But more to the point, the ordinance would represent yet another obstacle to helping Fort Lauderdale's homeless, who have become more and more marginalized over the past few months.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Looking Into More Homeless Crackdown Laws

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Almost Every Major Newspaper in Florida Endorses Charlie Crist for Governor

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Michele Eve Sandberg

Correction, October 21, 10:50 a.m. : The Bradenton Herald endorsed Rick Scott. This article has been corrected to reflect that.

Nearly every major newspaper in Florida has endorsed Charlie Crist for governor this week.

The endorsements began with the Tampa Bay Times weighing in last weekend and the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel weighing in on Friday, followed this past weekend by the Orlando Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

The only one that has endorsed Rick Scott is the Tampa Tribune, while daily papers in Fort Myers, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville have yet to weigh in.

See also: Rick Scott-Charlie Crist Debate at Broward College (Photos)

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