On November 7th, Florida voters will choose a governor and a US senator as well as numerous other state and municipal officials. They will also be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on six constitutional amendments. But, with the election less than a week away, polls show most voters know very little about those initiatives.
Among the changes voters may choose to approve:
a measure to force the state to spend more on youth anti-smoking campaigns
tax breaks for low-income seniors and disabled veterans
an initiative to make it illegal for governments to seize property through eminent domain
changes to the rules on how all these constitutional amendments make it to the ballot
Florida Matters will sort through the amendments and help you make a more informed decision.
A kidney transplant arranged through LifeLink gave Bill Minahan a second chance at life. He and his wife, Martha, tell the story of what led up to the transplant, the difficult days before an organ became available and how grateful they have been ever since.
Music credits: One Note Sambe performed by Stan Getz, The Girl From Ipanema, Verve
Drug and alcohol abuse is often thought of as a problem among teens and young adults, but experts say that alcoholism and drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions among older adults. And, as the "Baby Boomer" generation starts to reach retirement age, addiction and recovery experts are bracing for a dramatic increase in the number of elder addicts.
Seventeen years of marriage without children left Dan and Lyn Casseday feeling as if they were missing a key part of their lives. A visit to an adoption picnic introduced them to four brothers in search of a stable home and the attention of loving parents. More than a decade later, the Cassedays relate the extreme highs and extreme lows that followed.
Music credits: No Surprises performed by Christopher O'Reilly, Hold Me To This - Christopher O'Reilly plays Radiohead, World Village Records