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Election 2010

Live: FL Candidates battle it out at US Senate Debate

Telecommunication Students at US Senate Debate Blogging

9:53 am- Meek: “I am the only defensive player here at the table.”

9:52 am- Crist: “Welcome to the NFL.” referring to the politics game and the players in the game.

9:51 am- Rubio: “My tax return are public and people are focusing on my tax return because they are wrong on the big issues.”

9:50 am- Crist: “It is so unfair for you to judge what I feel in my heart.”

9:48 am- Crist: “I campaigned with Palin to help McCain.” He says this after the moderator brings up the point that Crist criticized Rubio for working with Palin.

9:47 am- Meek: “It’s important for us to have comprehensive immigration reform. You can not peace-mil law making.”

9:46 am- Crist: “First secure the border and then have an order to become part of the American Society. They might have to get in the back of the line and a fine.”

9:45 am- Rubio: “We have a broken legal immigration system.”

9:43 am- Rubio: “I don’t think we can grant amnesty.  We need a legal immigration system in this country.”

9:37 am- Crist: I am in agreement with our work in Iraq and Afghanistan and we should keep our eye on Iran.

9:36 am- Meek: “I think we would of better off if we would of entered diplomacy and American lives would of been saved.”

9:35 am- Rubio: “The world is a better and safer place then when Saddam Hussein was in power.”

9:34 am- Crist: “God gave us two ears and its more important to listen than chatter all day and scream on cable channels all day.”

9:33 am- Rubio: “You can’t compromise on principles.”

9:31 am- Meek: “Rubio talks about striking deals but that’s all he’s done while being speaker of the Florida House.”

9:30 am- Meek: “he’s been all over the board.” Referring to Crist. “I am the only pro-choice candidate.”

9:24 am- Meek: “You know why the Governor is running as an independent, its because he couldn’t beat Marco Rubio.”

9:23 am- Rubio: “Compromising is one thing but cutting deals is another in Washington.”

9:22 am- Crist: “Sometimes you have to compromise…” “Try to offer relief to the people now.”

9:20 am- Rubio: “The president’s budgets call for massive tax increases” and “its a spending problem Congressman Meek supports.”

9:19 am- Meek: There is a lot of people who are in the upper class and have representation. The middle-class has carried the burden of the recession.

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Amendment 8

This November, voters in Florida will weigh in on six constitutional amendments. As part of a Florida Public Radio series exploring the amendments, today we look at Amendments 8.

In 2002, Florida began phasing in rules that cap the size of classes. That process culminates this week. By law, primary grade classrooms can have no more than 18 students. Middle school classrooms are capped at 22, and high schools at 25. Adding all those new teachers and additional classrooms would cost the state 20 billion dollars over eight years… unless voters approve Amendment 8.

As Rick Stone of WLRN in Miami reports, the amendment offers an easier and cheaper– route to smaller classes.

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Amendments 5 and 6

This November, voters in Florida will weigh in on six constitutional amendments. As part of a Florida Public Radio series exploring the amendments, today we look at Amendments 5 and 6.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s district stretches more than 120 miles from Jacksonville from Orlando. It’s shaped like the country of Italy, is only one mile wide in places and, by design, swoops through several largely African-American communities. Amendments 5 and 6 seek to change that by overhauling the way districts are drawn.

But as Steve Brown of WJCT in Jacksonville reports, high-profile opponents of the measures say they would hurt minority representation.

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Amendment 4

This November, voters in Florida will weigh in on six constitutional amendments. As part of a Florida Public Radio series exploring the amendments, today we look at Amendment 4.

This “Hometown Democracy” amendment would give citizens a direct vote on development projects in their communities. Supporters say it would put the brakes on reckless development. Opponents argue it would cost Florida taxpayers millions and drive away jobs.

Tom Parkinson from WMFE in Orlando reports on what has become one of Florida’s most heated political battles.

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Amendment 2

This November, voters in Florida will weigh in on six constitutional amendments. As part of a Florida Public Radio series exploring the amendments, today we look at Amendment Two.

The measure proposes a property tax break for Florida’s active duty troops serving overseas. The amendment is sponsored by the state legislature.

But as John Davis from WGCU in Fort Myers reports, the real momentum came from an Orlando soldier fighting in the most notoriously dangerous regions of Afghanistan.

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