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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2010!
Assistant Editor / Co-moderator: Terence Nuzum

Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eleventh calendar year!
Number 554  (Vol. 11, No. 45). This edition is for the week of November 1--7, 2010.

Votes!

  • A Halloween Pic For You
  • Florida's Final Tally
  • Alex Sink Concedes Race to Rick Scott
  • Still Waiting...
  • Election Day in Florida


    A HALLOWEEN PIC FOR YOU
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

    -- THE FIRST DECADE --
    Crazed Fanboy's Most Memorable Moments, 2000--2009
    As submitted by PCR writers, compiled by Chris Woods
    TAMPA TOY AND COMIC CON 2004
    From 2004, Nolan covers The Tampa Giant Comic Book and Toy Convention that took place at The Doubletree Hotel in Tampa.
    NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS
    Mason Troupe, Nov. 4, 20 yrs
    Joe Davison, Nov. 14, 35 yrs.
    ED Tucker, Nov. 20, 44 yrs.
    John Lewis, Nov. 21, 56 yrs.
    Francis Talbot, Nov. 27, 47 yrs.
    Vinnie Blesi, Nov. 27, 50 yrs.
    With all the political ramblings finally purged from my system (see posts below), it's high time I get back to the business at hand.

    Before appearing at a Halloween party with his current squeeze, co-editor Terence Nuzum stopped by the house to show me his take on Gomez Addams (see pic at right). NOTE: You may not see Terence without his goatee again for a long time!

    Side note: I had planned on taking a camera with me to work (7-Eleven) but was reminded that since my notorious "YouTube incident" a few months back, I was possibly being monitored. So, I didn't. But, really, the turn-out of costumed revelers was much less than past years', and the costumes themselves fairly pedestrian (hard times, folks), so we didn't really miss much.


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    FLORIDA'S FINAL TALLY
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

    With all the votes in and concessions done and over, it's obvious the Republican backlash against Democrats is in full swing. While we didn't lose the US Senate, the Repugs got the House majority as expected. Nancy Pelosi is out, but Harry Reid is still in. President Obama -- a big fan of Slurpees (a 7-Eleven trademarked beverage--yay us!) got what he called "a shellacking". Here's what we got in Election 2010 for Florida, and in some cases, Tampa specifically:

    Governor:
    Rick Scott (R) Winner
    Alex Sink (D)
    Nolan's vote: Alex Sink. While no politician is without skeletons in their closet, and despite Sink's reputed goofs as Florida's CFO, I preferred Sink's down-home folksy charms more attractive than unconvicted-criminal-with-bad-diction Rick Scott. While my choice for new CFO was affected by Sink, I just couldn't deal with grinning gargoyle Scott. I have a queasy feeling about all this.

    United States Senator:
    Mark Rubio (R) Winner
    Charlie Crist (Independent)
    Kendrick Meek (D)
    Nolan's vote: Kendrick Meek. Incumbent Governor Charlie Crist frustrated the living crap out of his former GOP buddies when he switched to Independent and his career was given a life-expectancy of a few months. Kendrick Meek allegedly was talked to by former President Clinton about dropping out of the race to avoid splitting Charlie's votes (which was vehemently denied). As it turned out even if Meek had dropped out it wouldn't have shored up Rubio's lead unless, maybe, 100% of his votes went to Crist. And even then...

    Florida Attorney General:
    Pam Bondi (R) Winner
    Dan Gelber (D)
    Nolan's vote: Dan Gelber. Even with Gelber's 98% conviction rate, he couldn't topple what I call the "Sarah Palin factor"...Bondi is young, blonde and very attractive. The Independent Jim Lewis barely registered, so I didn't list him here.

    Chief Financial Officer:
    Jeff Atwater (R) Winner
    Loranne Ausley (D)
    Nolan's vote: Jeff Atwater. With these desperate economic times and the memory of embattled CFO Alex Sink still fresh, I went Repug for this. Hope I don't regret it.

    Commissioner of Agriculture:
    Adam H. Putnam (R) Winner
    Scott Maddox (D)
    Nolan's vote: Adam H. Putnam. The second Repug to get my vote, I just felt better about him than Maddox.

    State Senator, District 16:
    Jack Latvala (R) Winner
    Nina Hayden (D)
    Nolan's vote: Nina Hayden. Stuck with the Dems for this one. Oh well...but to his credit, Latvala opposes offshore oil drilling.

    Representative in Congress, District 11:
    Mike Prendergast (R)
    Kathy Castor (D)Winner
    Nolan's vote: Kathy Castor. Pretty much the only Democrat to retain her job. The enormously popular Castor won by a wide margin. Remarkable the Repug transition didn't touch her.

    State Representative, District 57:
    Dana Young (R) Winner
    Stacey Frank (D)
    Nolan's vote: Stacey Frank. As I mentioned in a previous post I met Stacey Frank outside my precinct. She was a sweetheart I spent several minutes talking to, but I was going Democratic anyway, so, no-brainer. I'm sure Dana Young is a nice lady, she's quite attractive herself, and is towing the typical Repug party lines.

    Board of County Commissioners:
    DISTRICT 1:

    Sandra Murman (R) Winner
    John Dingfelder (D)
    DISTRICT 2:
    Victor Crist (R) Winner
    Steven Morris (D)
    DISTRICT 5:
    Ken Hagan (R) Winner
    Linda Saul-Sena (D)
    DISTRICT 7:
    Mark Sharpe (R) Winner
    Neil Cosentino (D)
    Nolan's vote: all Dems except for Mark Sharpe (District 7). The voters went all Repug, obviously. Crist and Sharpe's victories are two of the few over 70% of the vote in an otherwise comparatively tight race for everyone else.

    School Board Members, Supreme Court/Appellate Court Justices, Soil & Water Conservation:
    Nolan's vote: Abstained. I didn't know any of them.

    Proposed Constitutional Amendments:

    # 1: Repeal of Public Financing of Political Campaigns
    YES. Winner
    NO.
    Nolan's vote: Yes.

    # 2: Additional Homestead Tax Exemptions for Military Vets
    YES. Winner
    NO.
    Nolan's vote: Yes. No-brainer, I think.

    # 3: Had to do with Homestead Property exemption amendments, but the language couldn't be agreed on in time and was deleted from the ballot.

    # 4: Requires Public Vote To Decide Land-Use and Development Issues
    YES.
    NO. Winner
    Nolan's vote: Yes. But the public was swayed by a very pervasive, expensive, and effective "Vote No" campaign that claimed lawsuits and taxes would chill development. Yeah....but so what? Over-development has ruined so many places now. Obviously, my fellow Floridians disagreed and voted this down.

    # 5 & 6: Prevents Politicians From Drawing Their Own District Boundaries
    YES. Winner
    NO.
    Nolan's vote: Yes. The same language was used in both Amendments, but 5 was for Legislative and 6 was for Congressional. The voting public took particular delight in denying them this, I think.

    # 7 Called for barring lawmakers from favoring a political party or incumbent when redrawing legislative or congressional district lines. However, qualifications for appearing on the ballot could not be reached and the amendment was stricken.

    # 8: Increasing Class Sizes in Schools
    YES.
    NO. Winner
    Nolan's vote: Yes. Basically an Amendment to an earlier Amendment, the additional numbers were low enough that I figured it would help tame unnecessary busing and simplify schedules. But "classrom overcrowding" is a powerful buzz-phrase that turned my fellow Floridians against this measure.

    Referendums

    I'll just cover two here.

    BALANCING THE FEDERAL BUDGET
    YES. Winner
    NO.
    Nolan's vote: Yes. Duh.

    ONE-PERCENT SALES TAX TOWARD THE TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE
    YES.
    NO. Winner
    Nolan's vote: No. Possibly the loudest "NO" in the election. In these cash-strapped times, to ask the public to cough up even more for something like this is futile. I will say if I could've been guaranteed that every penny would go to increased bus service, an enhanced bus schedule and development of a light rail serice, I'd've voted for twice that much. But I saw it as a big lie like every other tax we foolishly voted in (Remember the '90s: "It's for cops and schools!" Yeah, right.).


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    ALEX SINK CONCEDES GOVERNOR'S RACE TO RICK SCOTT
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

    Well, it's over. Even with some Florida counties still counting ballots, Florida CFO Alex Sink has decided to concede the race to Rick Scott. I am NOT happy about this.

    More later...


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    STILL WAITING...
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

    I will be posting my thoughts on the mid-term election results likely later today when Florida has decided on Governor. At the time and hour of this writing (Wed, 10:30am) the Governor votes were too close to call. Alex Sink(D) 48%, Rick Scott(R) 49%, with a difference of around 50,000 votes and electronic voting problems in Palm Beach...again (sigh).

    A decision is expected any time.

    Meanwhile, a shout-out to legislative candidate Stacey Frank(D) who I met ay my voting precinct. She was very nice and I'm sorry she didn't win...



    ELECTION DAY IN FLORIDA
    POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010

    Elections are always important, but since the year 2000, each Election Day seems more and more pivotal with more and more riding on it. The currently divisive state of the nation cannot be overestimated.

    Ye Olde Editor was out early this morning to get in line for this year's mid-terms, so PCR is running a little behind this week.

    Who did I vote for? Long-time PCR readers can likely guess my political leanings, but I'm a little apprehensive about getting into the minutae for fear of arousing the ire of my critics -- to say nothing of incurring glib "I told you so/not to" comments -- so, suffice it to say at this time that I kept almost all my voting to the Democratic side, including Governor and Senator, with only a couple exceptions for other offices. After the polls close, and I get some rest from all the excitement, I'll go into more specifics in tomorrow's edition, along with mentioning my exceptions and additional commentary.

    But I will be back. And I'll have more to talk about on other, more pop culture, matters as well.

    For now, I encourage all of you who haven't yet to GET OUT AND ROCK THE VOTE!


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