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Florida voters overwhelmingly rejected amendments this year

Florida voters overwhelmingly rejected amendments this year | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it

TALLAHASSEE — If GOP lawmakers put 11 proposed changes to the state constitution on Tuesday’s ballot to drive voters to the polls, some might say their plan was a success.

 

But if they wanted voters to support the measures, the plan was a dismal failure.

 

Florida voters rejected eight of 11 proposed constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature, a marked shift from previous elections in which voters typically say yes. And, while Florida law requires a 60 percent voter approval for the amendments to pass, none of the eight failing proposals even received a simple majority.

 

“What a slap in the face to the Republican legislature,” said University of Florida political scientist Daniel Smith, who tracks constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives.


Senate President Don Gaetz, who co-sponsored Amendment 4, which would have restricted rises in property taxes, said voters he spoke with were loath to change the constitution to accommodate fleeting issues. He said he intends to caution senators to use restraint in future proposals.


“If you have a proposed constitutional amendment, it’d better solve a constitutional problem, not an issue du jour,” said Gaetz, R-Niceville. “And there’d better be a plan to explain this constitutional amendment to the public instead of just putting something on the ballot and then leaving it to the vagaries of the lawyers to put the amendment into confusing and often convoluted language.”


Over the past 40 years, voters have signed off on 80 percent of the constitutional changes placed on the ballot by the legislature. This year, the approval rate was just 27 percent...

 

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Via Billy Corben
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Florida voters rejected 8 of 11 proposed constitutional amendments placed on the ballot, where previous elections voters usually said yes. Over the past 40 years, voters have signed off on 80% of the constitutional changes, but this year, the approval rate was 27%. I think the reason so many people rejected the amendments was because the number of proposals on the ballot  took up a whole page. Another reason is because the wording was difficult to understand. A lot of voters didn't want to spend the time reading all the proposals of which they didn't understand, so they just voted no. 

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Parents sue South Carolina for surgically turning child into a female

Parents sue South Carolina for surgically turning child into a female | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The adoptive parents of a child born with male and female organs say South Carolina mutilated their son by choosing a gender and removing his male genitalia.
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Parents who adopted a child born with male and female organs are suing South Carolina for deciding the gender of the child. They believe the surgery violated the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Max Zamzow's comment, May 16, 2013 1:37 PM
That's kind of a weird case in general. I don't know how i would react if i knew my baby had both organs. It's kind of a weird scenario.
Ryan johnson's comment, May 17, 2013 11:48 AM
I agree! Like what the heck. And i dont understand why they are suing. Grow up..
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How Security Compass 'stole' $14 million from a bank

How Security Compass 'stole' $14 million from a bank | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Hacking into a bank is surprisingly easy. This expert has the receipt to prove it.
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Nish Bhalla stole $14 million from a bank in four easy steps from his home computer. He used the banks wifi and free software online to hack into the bank.

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First Lady Gets In on Kaepernicking

First Lady Gets In on Kaepernicking | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Kaepernicking has officially reached the White House. It seems San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick got to meet the first lady, Michelle Obama...
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First Lady Michelle Obama takes a picture with Colin Kaepernick imitating his victory pose. 

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Max Zamzow's comment, May 12, 2013 1:51 PM
super bowl bound, again
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Police arrest mother of baby abandoned on Hawaii beach

Police arrest mother of baby abandoned on Hawaii beach | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A day after a woman reported finding an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach, police arrested her and revealed she's the baby's mother.
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A woman reported an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach. This woman was actually the mother of the baby. This case is to be determined in 'family court.'

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5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister

A Kentucky boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday, state officials said.
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A Kentucky five year old boy accidentally shoots his two year old sister. I don't know why his parents would ever give him a gun at such a young age.

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Obama to attend memorial for victims of fertilizer plant explosion

Obama to attend memorial for victims of fertilizer plant explosion | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will go to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on Thursday to attend a memorial service for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, White House Press...
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President Obama and Michelle Obama will attend the memorial service for the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.

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Max Zamzow's comment, April 27, 2013 10:31 AM
agreed, i'm curious if the other presidents attended or not. It wasn't too clear on that, that'd be pretty special.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:12 PM
Great example of how the Chief of State role is fulfilled
Taylor Franklin's comment, April 28, 2013 1:30 PM
I think these kind of things are an unwritten duty of the president. He does this to show support and unity throughout the country, and these are things that need to be portrayed to other nations. we need to show that the US stands as one.
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Fugitive on 'Most Wanted' list returned to U.S.

A suspected child predator who was a "most-wanted" fugitive when captured in Nicaragua appeared in federal court on Tuesday where he confirmed his identity and was ordered held.
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He was a former teacher and camp counselor, this is so sad.

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Sources: Possible suspect sought in Boston bombing

Sources: Possible suspect sought in Boston bombing | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Investigators working the fatal bombing at the Boston Marathon have made "significant progress" but no arrests, a federal law enforcement source said.
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Authorities say they might have a possible suspect. He was wearing a white baseball cap, light colored hooded sweatshirt and a black jacket. 

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House approves government funding bill

House approves government funding bill | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts.
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The House of Representatives approved funding for the government avoiding a federal shutdown. This funding will go through the end of Septemeber. The vote was 318-109. 

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Ryan johnson's comment, April 11, 2013 8:30 PM
Well it's about time. Our government is slow in everything they do! The fact that they won 318-109 alone says that it should have passed before the fiscal cliff situation.
Jacob Boe's comment, April 13, 2013 9:13 PM
Yeah, they kind of just sit there for a while and bicker until a deadline approaches and the media starts paying attention. haha!
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Two 4-year-olds, two guns, two tragic shootings

Two 4-year-olds, two guns, two tragic shootings | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Four-year-old boys in different states were involved in two separate shooting incidents in the last four days, with tragic results. On Saturday, a Tennessee boy discharged a pistol at a sheriff's deputy's wife, killing her instantly.
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Two four year olds were involved in shooting incidents in the last four days. One resulted in the killing of a deputy's wife, and the other, a six year old in serious condition. 

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Max Zamzow's comment, April 13, 2013 9:35 AM
This just blows my mind. Here's the "parents raising their kids" side of gun control. What the heck are they thinking?
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NRA-backed group wants gun training for school staff

NRA-backed group wants gun training for school staff | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) - A commission tasked by the nation's most influential gun lobby to assess school safety proposed a set of recommendations Tuesday that includes a plan to train and arm adults as a way to protect kids from shooters.
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They proposed a set of recommendations for teachers that includes a plan to train and arm adults. This is their newest plan for protecting children from shooters. Teachers would have to undergo 40-60 hours of training and have a background check. I don't think that for our school we should have a gun located in every classroom. I don't know where we would put them and keep them safely away from everyone. 

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Max Zamzow's comment, April 5, 2013 10:10 PM
I think that could also potentially provide a shooter with another place to get a gun, if he/she were a student and knew where a gun was kept.
Max Zamzow's comment, April 5, 2013 10:17 PM
Also, the article states that many schools have visitor policies that aren't enforced and doors that aren't properly secured. I feel that changing those would be a better first step for school safety.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 7, 2013 1:01 PM
As a teacher, I didn't get into my profession to be a physical bodyguard. I would prefer to leave the protection to the expertise of the police and military so I can focus on teaching.
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Bought for $3 at yard sale, bowl sells for $2.2 million

Bought for $3 at yard sale, bowl sells for $2.2 million | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A rare Chinese bowl bought for about $3 from a yard sale in the U.S. sold for $2.2 million at an auction in New York on Tuesday.
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A chinese bowl was bought for $3 at a yard sale and sold for $2.2 million. This bowl is a 1,000 year old treasure from the Northern Song Dynasty era. I think this is a really cool story because most people don't have a clue about the origins of their antiques. My day would definitely be made if I bought the bowl for a couple of dollars, and received $2.2 million for it in return.

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Max Zamzow's comment, March 23, 2013 11:19 AM
Thats's insane. I may skip college and just walk around at yard sales for the rest of my life.
Ryan johnson's comment, March 24, 2013 1:56 PM
This is so neat! I mean, making that much money off of a bowl? Dude, career found.
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Russia limits political parties

A controversial law creating strict conditions for the registration of political parties has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.Putin says the move will strengthen the political system...
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Russia's president is creating a law to reduce the amount of political parties. He wants to strengthen the political system by having a few major parties instead of several small parties.

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Tougher drunk-driving threshold proposed to reduce traffic deaths

Tougher drunk-driving threshold proposed to reduce traffic deaths | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally intoxicated should be lowered to 0.05, federal safety officials said Tuesday.
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The National Safety Transportation Board is stressing that all 50 states adopt a blood alcohol content cutoff of .05 instead of .08. They believe that this would save about 500 to 800 lives annually.

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Austin Robertson's curator insight, April 8, 3:46 PM

This article relates to the government  because it directly deals with laws on drinking and driving. I think that the government should be a lot more stern on their laws with drinking and driving. I also think that should be a lot worse punishment for drinking and driving. People obviously are not getting the severity of drinking and driving so I think the punishment should be worse.

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 13, 12:48 AM
Truly what more can they do for drinking and driving without being unrealistic. Taking away a drivers license can change somebody's life. Now I'm not saying that drinking and driving is at all okay, but I guess I just believe that fate always has a way of punishing those who do wrong. And if we try to play fate's hand something could go wrong as well. Drinking and driving does need to be fixed and I'm glad to see officials agree.
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Delaware to become 11th state with gay marriage

Delaware to become 11th state with gay marriage | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
 
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Delaware is the 11th state to allow same sex marriage. This will go into effect July 1. If the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act, civil unions will not provide tax benefits under federal law to same sex couples. 

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Mystery surrounds deadly fire in crowded limo

Mystery surrounds deadly fire in crowded limo | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
It could take weeks to figure out why a white stretch limousine caught fire, turning a celebratory bachelorette party deadly, authorities said Monday.
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Nine passangers were riding in a limo celebrating a bachelorette party. The  limo caught fire and only four survived. They are unsure of how the fire started. 

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Pennsylvania mom who went missing in 2002 turns up alive in Florida

Pennsylvania mom who went missing in 2002 turns up alive in Florida | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A 53-year-old mother of two who went missing from Pennsylvania more than 10 years ago has been found in the Florida Keys living as a homeless person, authorities said Wednesday.
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Pennsylvania mom went missing almost ten years ago and is now found. She has been living as a homeless person. 

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Bomb suspect's buddies covered for him, feds say

Bomb suspect's buddies covered for him, feds say | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Two classmates of Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and a third person face federal charges in connection with the April 15 attack, sources said.
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Two classmates of the two brothers charged for the bombings at the Boston Marathon are facing federal charges. 

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Report: U.S. soldier pleads guilty to killing 5 comrades in Iraq 'out of rage'

Report: U.S. soldier pleads guilty to killing 5 comrades in Iraq 'out of rage' | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
An Army sergeant pled guilty Monday to killing five service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
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Army sergeant pleads guilty after killing five comrades out of rage.

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Ryan johnson's comment, April 26, 2013 11:23 AM
This is shameful. What a bad picture to give our millitary!
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Senators formally file immigration bill

Senators formally file immigration bill | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A bipartisan group of senators formally filed legislation early Wednesday calling for border security as the cornerstone of immigration reform.
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Senators formally filed immigration bill on Wednesday. 

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Ryan johnson's comment, April 21, 2013 1:42 PM
finally! they have taken so long to get something like this together.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 21, 2013 1:47 PM
We have been in dire need of comprehensive immigration reform for a number of years. Hopefully the Senate will move this bill forward to manage the 10+ million illegals in our nation.
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Lillian Campbell on losing her granddaughter Krystle in the Boston bombing: "I'm having a hard time when I see her on the TV ... it's killing me inside"

Lillian Campbell on losing her granddaughter Krystle in the Boston bombing:  "I'm having a hard time when I see her on the TV ... it's killing me inside" | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
As Massachusetts, the nation, and the world continues to search for answers following Monday's tragic bombing in Boston, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited CNN's Chris Cuomo to share insight he's gathered since arriving at the scene of...
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The interview with the grandma of the late Krystle Campbell and how she is coping.

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Max Zamzow's comment, April 18, 2013 5:20 PM
I can't imagine outliving a younger generation of my family. It must be the most terrible feeling in the world.
Ryan johnson's comment, April 21, 2013 1:43 PM
It's something that should never have to happen, and that the younger was killed in an attack, it kills me.
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Jury: Exxon owes $236 million for polluting groundwater in N.H.

Jury: Exxon owes $236 million for polluting groundwater in N.H. | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
LITTLETON, N.H. - A New Hampshire jury on Tuesday found Exxon Mobil liable for $236.4 million in a civil lawsuit that charged the oil compan...
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Exxon Mobile is being held liable for $236.4 million in a law suit saying they had polluted groundwater in the state of New Hampshire with a gasoline additive used to reduce smog. 

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Republican National Committee Issues Harsh Report on 2012 Election Failings

Republican National Committee Issues Harsh Report on 2012 Election Failings | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The report's revelations aren't new, but officials hope they gain more traction now.
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The Republican National Committee was very harsh on themselves about the 2012 election. In the report, they said that young voters roll their eyes at what the Republican party has to offer and several minorities think that Republicans don't like them or don't want them in the country. 

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Max Zamzow's comment, April 5, 2013 10:15 PM
I find it strange that people think they are unwanted by the Republican party, i feel like each party wants as many votes as they can get and tries to appeal to everyone possible.
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Omaha mayor cuts 21 versions of same TV ad

Omaha mayor cuts 21 versions of same TV ad | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Media consultant Mark Putnam says he can't remember ever cutting 21 versions of the same TV ad, but that's what his firm did recently for Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. The Nebraska
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Media consultant Mark Putnam cut 21 versions of the same ad by Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. This ad contains a voiceover that changes every 24 hours to reflect the number of days of certain mass shootings. Their purpose is to attempt to ban assault weapons. This ad is very repetative and costs a lot of money to be broadcasted at least once every 24 hours.

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Ryan johnson's comment, April 7, 2013 7:44 PM
This is a very interresting way to advertise. I thnk it will definitely cause a lot of annoyance, but not much support!
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No soda ban here: Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill

No soda ban here: Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill | Government & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
In Mississippi, you will never be denied a colossal soda or huge restaurant portion because of a city ordinance.
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In Mississippi, a law was passed preventing districts and towns from limiting portion sizes. Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity, so I don't agree with this law. I think that they should limit the portion sizes considering they are the most obese state in the country.

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