October 18, 2000
Nelson for U.S. Senate
When Floridians elect a U.S. senator, they tend to keep him. The popularity of such perennial favorites as Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles has owed to their standing on the same moderate middle ground as most Florida voters. When they elect a conservative like Connie Mack, who's leaving by choice after two terms, they prefer that he not have fangs or quills.
Miller for State Senate
Voters in state Senate District 21, which meanders through Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties, have a distinct choice between two well-known candidates. State Rep. Les Miller is the Tampa Democrat who remained faithful to his party, fought the popular Republican tide on issues that affected his constituents and pursued an agenda befitting his disproportionately poor, minority district. State Rep. Rudy Bradley is the opportunist from St. Petersburg who switched from Democrat to Republican to ride Jeb Bush's coattails. Miller is the reliable choice for voters in November.
Both parties fight for the black vote
While listening to a popular South Florida black radio station the other day, I nearly drove my Blazer off the road when I heard this political ad: "Look, we know what you think Republicans are like, but we're working hard to show you who we really are."
Innovations could get voters out on Election Day
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the politicians will be disappointed and the newscasters puzzled by the low voter turnout and American citizens' apparent apathy toward exercising their right to vote. The following are two solutions that could make voting more convenient and patriotic: