The Florida Roundup

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On this week’s Florida Roundup we’re looking at the Florida recount and the slow recovery in the Panhandle.

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This week, The Florida Roundup is an encore presentation of past programs. We'll bring you conversations about how Florida's highest court uses Facebook, symbols of the Conferdacy here and the search for civility. 

Court Proceedings In The Age Of Social Media

CAITIE SWITALSKI / WLRN

When a federal judge ruled Thursday not to suspend election recount deadlines across Florida in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner, he also had some harsh words to say about the state’s handling of the elections.

"We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election," U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said.

Alan Diaz AP

It may be more than a week until clear winners emerge in several statewide elections in Florida, including the race for U.S. Senator and Governor.

Ballots are still being counted in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and the supervisors of elections there have until noon Saturday to submit final results to the secretary of state.

Less than .5% separates the candidates in both races, which automatically triggers a machine recount under Florida law. If the margin of victory is 0.25% of below, the recount will be by hand.

Recounts are looming and expected to be ordered Saturday afternoon in at least three statewide races.

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On Nov. 6, Florida voters will decide a crucial gambling fight.

Amendment 3, the Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative, would give voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling" in the state. That means that any new casino gambling in Florida -- which includes casino games, card games, and slot machines -- would require voter approval through a constitutional amendment.

On Friday’s Florida Roundup we led with breaking news as authorities arrested a man in connection with the wave of suspicious packages sent this week to political critics of President Donald Trump.

On Friday’s Florida Roundup we looked at the race to become Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture  along with recovery efforts in the Panhandle.

This week The Florida Roundup looked at the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael along with what the response has been from officials.

The candidates to be Florida’s next Commissioner of Agriculture have a number of stark differences -- not least of which are their backgrounds.

State Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate, is a seventh generation Floridian from a family of farmers. Democrat Nikki Fried, a public defender and medical-marijuana lobbyist, is from urban South Florida.

Pedro Portal pportal@miamiherald.com

Hurricane Michael approached Florida with ferocious speed this week, hitting the Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane and leaving behind a trail of catastrophic damage. The storm went from a depression to a serious storm in less than a week.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The Florida Roundup expands this week as we welcome stations around the state that are picking up the weekly news program produced by WJCT in Jacksonville and WLRN in Miami.

Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis.
Miami Herald

Longtime Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich says the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis  is shaping up to be an echo of the 2016 presidential race.

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