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November 2006 -Elections Presentation By Elizabeth Rentel, Andy Cross and Jim Gemmill Mid
Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. How to make an informed vote Who is running for Governor Who is running for Senate Constitutional Amendments Wrap up
BECOMING AN INFORMED VOTER Why should I vote? ü Its your right! Unless you’re a felon! ü Help the process ü Issues and elected officials affect our daily lives – everyone cares about at least one issue
Five Questions to ask yourself before voting? 1. What does each candidate plan to do? – – Don’t just listen to key phrases, “I’ll lower taxes” or “I’ll get health care for you and your cat” Find out the what and how, look for specifics
2. Where is your info coming from? • • • Approach speeches, sound bites, and friendly advice with caution – people are inherently biased and often have agendas Check credible sources and use lots of them; newspapers, candidate websites, etc… Make the choice yours
3. What will be on the ballot? • Don’t walk into the booth with one person to vote for • Find out about all the candidates and issues you have a chance to vote for or against • Check websites for issues and candidates http: //www. vote-smart. org/index. htm
4. Are you voting for the candidate or the issue? • Don’t vote for a candidate because of one issue • Make a list of all the issues you care about and match them up with the candidates • Think about importance of certain issues for you and your candidate
5. What candidate is best for the office? • Don’t get sucked in by smooth talkers and pretty faces – these aren’t primary criteria for candidate picking • Think about the office, what it does, and the kind of person it needs • Truthfully though, if you’ve gone through questions 1 -4 your choice has probably been made
Critical Thinking • Democrat, Republican, Moderate? • Who’s running for governor? • What needs to be changed?
Governor’s Race CRIST DAVIS This Time It’s Personal
Charles “In Charge” Crist • Born 1956 in Altoona, PA • Graduated FSU in 1978 • Law Degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, AL • State Director for U. S Senator Connie Mack • Elected Commissioner of Education in 2000 • Attorney General of Florida since 2002
Jim “The Anti Crist” Davis • 4 th Generation Floridian • Graduated from Washington & Lee University • Law Degree from University of Florida Law School • Attorney from 19821996 • Florida House of Representatives from 1988 -1996 • U. S. Congress since 1996
What Have They Done So Far? • Helped pass STOP Bill • Implemented Reform in Florida Classrooms • Advocate for Consumers and Innocent Victims
What Have They Done So Far? • Helped funding to create more jobs, better roads • Created Transition to Teaching Act • Architect of 1997 Federal Budget
Important Issues - Crist • • Fighting Identity Theft, Fraud, and Spam Family Values Business and Legal Reform Environment and Economy Safe and Affordable Medicine Protecting Consumers from Illegal Profiteering Safety of Floridians
Important Issues - Davis • Hurricane Protection • School Accountability • Health Care • Minorities • Seniors • Environment and Everglades
Believers of Crist • • NRA Florida Doctors Connie Mack Contractors State Police Seminole County Tourism Officials
Who’s Got Jim’s Back? • National, Federal, and Statewide Leaders • Elected Officials • Labor Organizations
Crist or Davis?
Florida Senate Bill Nelson Dem. vs. Katherine Harris Rep.
Bill Nelson • Current office holder • Party: Democratic Party • Previously was an Attorney • Previously politically: FL House, 1972 -78; US House, 197991; FL Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Fire Marshal, 1995 -2000 • Military Service: USA, 1968 -70; USAR, 1965 -68, 1970 -71 • Education: BA Yale University, 1965; JD University of Virginia, 1968 • Religion: Protestant
Katherine Harris • Party: Republican Party • Previously was a Commercial Real Estate Broker • Previously politically: FL Senate, 1994 -98; FL Secy. of State, 1999 -2002; US House, 2002 present • Education: BA Agnes Scott College (GA), 1979; MA Harvard University, 1996 • Religion: Presbyterian
Key Votes Bill Nelson
Key Votes Katherine Harris
Platforms Katherine Harris Bill Nelson • • Commerce Consumer Affairs Education Environment Health Quality Homeland Security Seniors Secure Veterans Issues • • Commerce Environment Health Homeland Security Reproductive Rights Seniors Veterans Issues
Constitutional Amendments Title Sponsor 06 1 A STATE PLANNING AND BUDGET PROCESS The Florida Legislature 06 2 R TERM LIMITS The Florida Legislature 06 3 A REQUIRING BROADER PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS OR REVISIONS The Florida Legislature 06 4 A PROTECT PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY YOUTH, FROM ADDICTION, DISEASE, AND OTHER HEALTH HAZARDS OF USING TOBACCO Floridians For Youth Tobacco Education, Inc. 06 5 R INDEPENDENT NONPARTISAN COMMISSION TO APPORTION LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS WHICH REPLACES APPORTIONMENT BY LEGISLATURE Committee for Fair Elections 06 6 A INCREASED HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION The Florida Legislature 06 7 A PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS' DISCOUNT ON HOMESTEAD AD VALOREM TAX The Florida Legislature 06 8 A EMINENT DOMAIN The Florida Legislature
Conclusion • Florida Gulf Coast University • How the Presentation changed • Solutions?
References • http: //election. dos. state. fl. us/initiatives/pro posed. Const. Amend. shtml • http: //www. nytimes. com/ref/washington/ra ceprofile_FLORIDASENATE. html • www. charliecrist. com • www. jimdavis 2006. com