Although election day is still little less than a week away, early voting has already begun in Florida, On episode 48, Grant Stern was joined in studio by attorney and local activist Peter Ehrlich and retired circuit court judge David Young for a wide-ranging about the upcoming midterm elections, the merits of the candidates for statewide and local offices, and the substance of the state constitution and county charter amendments.
In the first half-hour, Judge Beatrice Butchco called into the show to discuss the issuance of general obligation bonds for renovating existing and/or constructing new courthouse facilities. Judge Butchco, who works in the courthouse building which dates from 1924, detailed some of the problems facing the structure and the effects that they have had on the work environment for court employees, lawyers, plaintiffs, and defendants. She strongly advocated that voters in Miami-Dade approve the bond initiate to provide funding for enhanced judicial facilities. Local activist Peter Ehrlich joined the discussion, expressing concerns over the lack of specifics regarding the proposal. He advocated that the electorate reject the issuance of bonds until a more detailed plan can be presented and the public has a chance to review it.
The second half-hour featured the studio guests discussing the Florida constitution amendments as well as specific United States House of Representatives and statewide races. The guests compared and contrasted the two major party candidates for Governor, and discussed the qualifications of candidates for the office of Florida Attorney General. The guests reviewed Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi’s records in office, and in both cases, endorsed the challenger over the incumbent
In hour two, Toluse Olorunnipa, a Bloomberg political reporter focusing on Florida gave his perspective on the state of races in Florida. At the end of the hour, Grant was also joined by independent candidate Ross Hancock, who discussed his race for state representative in district 114 and the challenges of running as an independent.