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Mon December 31, 2012
Top 10 Florida Stories of 2012: Strippers, Bears and Republicans
Charlie and strippers and bears, oh my!
Here are the top ten stories on WUSFnews.org this year:
On Election Day, about 12,500 voters in Florida's Pinellas County received a robocall from the county election supervisor's office...telling them they could drop off their absentee ballots TOMORROW.
They couldn’t. It was a mistake and a black eye for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark.
After all the drama, the Presidential election turned out much like polls predicted all year long – a strong win for President Obama.
Any top ten list in Florida is not complete with a “Strange Animal Story.” These two hit close to home for us…literally.
The Republican National Convention comes to Tampa Bay, and what did internet surfers focus upon? Our cultural amenities? Our business climate?
Well, kind of.
Our stories about a high-end escort getting ready for the RNC, and a Sarah Palin-lookalike stripper speaking out during the convention, were second to only one other story from all our RNC coverage.
Jeff Lilly says a suspicious leaking package made him so sick, he can no longer work. His co-workers back up his story.
But the U.S. Postal Service denied the leaking package existed.
WUSF and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting broke the story about Jeff Lilly, which led to an OSHA investigation.
According to CNN, two convention-goers were tossed from the event Tuesday after they threw peanuts at a black camera operator from CNN, telling her, "This is how we feed animals.''
In the weekend before the election, early vote returns showed the Obama campaign doing a better job than Romney…but not as good as their 2008 performance.
The final election results had Obama winning Florida again…but by only one percent this time.
Ten proposed constitutional amendments made this year’s ballot particularly long…and complicated.
The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and public media in Florida worked together to explain the amendments, online and on the air. It was an important resource for tens of thousands of voters, and our third most-popular story.
The former Republican governor-turned-independent finished his transformation to the Democratic party this year.
Crist says he didn’t leave the Republican party…it left him. Others saw him positioning himself to run against Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.
It’s one of the biggest debates about our coverage – do we air more Republicans or Democrats?
When it comes to the fiscal cliff, the NPR Ombudsman did the math, and the answer was, Republicans.
Check out the comment section and facebook.com/WUSF for the ensuring debate. Either NPR is biased toward the GOP on this one…or maybe Republicans are more newsworthy here, because they’re the side with the most internal debate on the fiscal cliff.