Election 2016

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About 200,000 people are expected to march in Washington D.C. the day after Inauguration Day to protest the incoming Trump administration. A group of women from northwest Florida will be with them. 

Kelly Parsons had planned on going to Washington DC this month long before this march was announced. "I had purchased a ticket to go to the inauguration. I wanted to be there to one day tell my kids [that] I was present when the first woman was sworn into office."

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While the presidential race garnered most of the attention, there was some down-ballot action Tuesday across the western Florida Panhandle.

Incumbents for the most part had a big night Tuesday, but the exception to that was Century Mayor Freddie McCall – who lost his re-election bid to Henry Hawkins by a 59-41 percent margin.

“I think the people wanted a change, and were tired of the status quo,” said Hawkins.” A lot of people are taking a chance on new blood, doing something different and better.”

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In some key races in Florida and across the conservative Northwest region, it was nearly a clean sweep for the Republican Party.

Updating: GOP nominee Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. In Florida, Trump narrowly edged out Democrat Hillary Clinton, with 49 percent of the vote compared to nearly 48% for Clinton, and picked up all of the state’s 29 Electoral votes.  

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Among the offices being decided on Election Day is the Florida House District 1 seat, one of the few local legislative races with an incumbent, Republican Clay Ingram.

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In our next installment on local candidates, we meet Ray Guillory,the Democratic nominee from Florida House District-2.

For Guillory, a native of Pensacola and the district, the decision to enter the race was borne in part from a short meeting with then-Rep. Mike Hill over education funding.

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With Representative Mike Hill leaving his seat in a failed run for the state senate, voters in Florida House District 2 will choose between two political newcomers to represent them in Tallahassee next year.

Frank White, the Republican candidate for the seat, admits this is all new to him. "I am not of professional politician. I'm a business guy. I'm a dad with three little boys. Politics is something new to me. But it is an avenue for service and a way to make a difference." 

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In the next installment of our update on the District 1 Congressional race, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with Democratic nominee Steven Specht.

This is Steven Specht’s rookie season, politically speaking, and while Republican Matt Gaetz had to battle seven other candidates in the GOP primary, Specht got to the general election with no opposition. He says so far, no real surprises on the campaign trail.

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It’s the home stretch of the 2016 campaign to decide who will succeed Jeff Miller in the U.S. House of Representatives. WUWF spoke with both candidates this week. First up, Republican nominee Matt Gaetz. 

This isn’t the 34-year-old Gaetz’ first rodeo, having won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2010, he was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He claims to have knocked on more than 8,000 doors in the First Congressional District.

When 50 people, including the gunman, died in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June, Florida gun control advocates hoped lawmakers would feel compelled to propose stricter gun laws. Faith leaders, victims’ relatives, nonpartisan groups, and political candidates urged Governor Rick Scott to call a special legislative session.

Scott rejected the idea.

“The Second Amendment’s been around for over 200 years,” he told reporters at a ceremony in Orlando to honor volunteers who offered emergency services to victims and their families.

Voter registration will run for six more days in the battleground state of Florida, until October 18, due to the disruption and damage from Hurricane Matthew.

At a 40-minute hearing in Tallahassee, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker approved the Florida Democratic Party’s request for an injunction, to extend registration and  give third-party groups that much time to continue to sign up new voters.

Democrats had asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend the deadline, but Scott turned down the request.  

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Boxes and stacks of wedding RSVPs crowd Kelly Bardier and Jaci Pfeiffer’s dining room in Oviedo, just outside Orlando. The couple is getting ready to tie the knot in Cocoa Beach.

“We have a wedding shower on Sunday and a wedding on October 28, so it’s crazy!” said Pfeiffer.

After they say “I do” they’ll hop on a Disney cruise with their three young boys to celebrate. They’re calling it a “familymoon.”

A federal judge in Tallahassee has extended the deadline until Wednesday, for voter registration in Florida for the November 8th general election.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted the additional day, with a hearing set for Wednesday involving a temporary restraining order sought by the plaintiffs, and an extension of voter registration through at least October 18.

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“Everything went well,” Jesse Scott said with relief, as he walked out of his interview at CareerSource Capital Region, an employment and training center in Tallahassee.

“There's a lot of people that live on [the] edge. Many Floridians do base their livelihood on making a 40-hour work week each week,” Scott said. “If something interrupts that, you can fall between the cracks.”

12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana.

Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.”

Clark remembers Christina locked in a fetal position, unable to hold her head up, swallow her own spit, or control her bodily functions. After trying 17 different pharmaceutical drugs, Anneliese turned to medical marijuana.

It's a busy Monday morning at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and Philip Ertel is here for a check-up. The 60-year-old needs refills for his diabetes and cholesterol medications.

Dr. Trudy Grossman pulls out a stethoscope and checks his lungs. He takes deep breaths in and out.

Ertel works full-time in a restaurant at a hotel on St. Pete Beach, but he doesn't have health insurance because he can't afford the monthly premiums.

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Solar energy is yet again a hot issue in the Sunshine State. Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in August giving tax relief to businesses that own or lease solar panels. Another solar amendment will be on Florida’s ballot in November.

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