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  1. 1. $ /news TUESDAY • MARCH 22, 2011 B metro ♾ BRIBERY CASE Prosecutors: Nelson’s racism claims ‘nonsense’ Story, B-3 abel harding on politics Voting is more Courts facing $72.3M deficit Judicial branch Associated Press week wrote letters released mented an emergency Circuit Judge Donald Mo- than a right: It’s your duty Monday to Gov. Rick Scott branch-wide hiring freeze ran said he, like most judges TALLAHASSEE | Florida’s and legislative budget and an emergency operat- around the state, is taking a Voting was different in implemented court system has frozen hiring and is bracing for leaders asking for a $21.7 million supplemental ap- ing budget freeze,” Canady wrote. wait-and-see approach. Moran said he expects the 1980. For starters, people hiring freeze, possible staff furloughs due to a $72.3 million defi- propriation and $42.5 mil- lion in budget transfers to If those steps aren’t ap- proved, furloughing court Legislature and governor to keep the courts running turned out. Throngs of them. It also wasn’t as budget freeze; cit blamed on a shortfall in filing fees after mortgage make sure vital functions continue through June 30, personnel would be next. “Such furloughs would but warned if they don’t, the courts could be shut effortless to be counted in those days. Early voting furlough would foreclosure cases dramati- cally declined. when the fiscal year ends. “To meet the current cause severe disruption in the functioning of the down for May and June. If that happened, he said, the didn’t exist in Florida. If you wanted to vote, you be next step Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady last funding crisis, the judicial branch has already imple- courts,” Canady warned. In Jacksonville, Chief COURT continues on B-4 stood in line on Election Day. My parents’ polling sta- tion was a small, one-room wooden structure, the size of a large outdoor shed. It had no other use than a polling site on Election Day. Cars would park all along the sides of County Road 335A in rural Levy County as residents came from miles around to cast a ballot. I remember waiting in the car. Those were the days when you could leave your kids unattended in a parking lot without too much concern, after all. In fact, the car next to you was likely to have a kid or two in it as well. There were six of us then and we entertained ourselves for what seemed like an hour while Dad and Mom snaked through the line to join the millions who swept Ronald Reagan into the White House. I remember the first time I cast a ballot. The year was 1992 and a bil- lionaire with big ears and a nasal twang was trying to turn the political establish- ment on its head. I was away at college, but I dis- tinctly remember sending Photos by Bob.Self@jacksonville.com in my absentee ballot. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� The results weren’t what ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� I had in mind, but I never UNF class takes on homelessness stopped voting. Neither do Americans, at least when the presidency is on the line. Turnout in those years remains high. In fact, nearly 78 percent of Duval County voters turned Students help remodel housing to help ��������������� ��������� out in 2008. But interest in local elections — the ��������� officeholders we are most youth at Community Connections ������������� likely to interact with on a ���������������� daily basis — continues to By Justin Sacharoff ������������� disappoint. justin.sacharoff@jacksonville.com �������������� There are unlikely to be �������� any lines today. Florida is one of the worst states in the country (43rd out ���������� Despite the fact that of 50) when it comes to child homelessness, according to The ��������� early voting has made it National Center on Family Homelessness. ������������� increasingly effortless to The seriousness of the problem was enough to convince ������������� cast a ballot, fewer than student Aryn Mooney and her public relations class at the ������������ 10 percent of Jacksonville University of North Florida to make youth homelessness ���������� voters had participated in their cause for the semester. early voting or returned Each semester the students in professor Bobbi Doggett’s PR absentee ballots by Sunday class work on designing a campaign for an organization. night. Experts say with This semester Doggett chose Forsaken Generation, a na- that kind of indicator, tional organization based in New York aimed at ending youth turnout is unlikely to top homelessness and sex trafficking. 30 percent today. The students are dedicating a room at Community Con- While brave rebels nections, which provides services and transitional housing battle a tyrannical dicta- tor on the other side of REMODEL continues on B-8 the world for a voice in their governance, voters in Jacksonville appear to have little interest in those Local artist waits decades Worker fired tapped to lead the city we call home. It’s not just Jacksonville, as police probe of course. Turnout in to answer his true calling Tampa’s municipal elec- tions was barely 22 percent at the beginning of this As a boy, Patrick missing funds month. In Gainesville last week, it was less than 15 percent. Many simply have no Golden learned to love appreciation for the right art by seeing how much The case involves a Shands controller’s so many of our fathers and his maternal grandfa- office employee and a $200,000 gap mothers fought to defend. ther, John J. Clark, loved On Sunday, as we were one of us it. By Dana Treen leaving the early voting charlie patton The basement dana.treen@jacksonville.com site where I cast my ballot, of Clark’s home in my 8-year-old looked up Northampton, Mass., was filled with can- An employee in the controller’s office of and me and asked a simple vas-covered pieces of Masonite, which he Shands Jacksonville has been fired while in- question. would lean against a coffee can and paint. vestigators unravel a $200,000 discrepancy “Is voting something the “He was a hobbyist, a very talented hob- in payments made to vendors since 2009. law says you have to do?” byist,” said Golden, principal and creative The employee, who is not being identified he asked. director of the Jacksonville advertising because no arrest has been made, began There’s no such law on firm Burdette Ketchum. working at Shands several years ago and the books, of course, and Golden got more encouragement after was pinpointed in an internal audit, ac- there shouldn’t be. But, as his family moved to Flagler County and cording to the hospital and the Jacksonville I told my son, it should be he came under the influence of a “won- Sheriff’s Office. considered a duty. derful” high school art teacher, Sheila According to a police report, an off-duty Educate yourself and Crawford. He attended Flagler College officer working at the hospital Friday was vote. in St. Augustine, which had a “wonderful told initial reviews of financial records The future of your city art program.” His faculty adviser was the showed $98,000 in overpayments to St. depends on it. renowned sculptor Enzo Torcoletti. Jude, a vendor of Shands. But even though Golden was studying Several purchase orders were different FLORIDA MORNING fine art, his goal from the time he got to but had the same invoices for the same pa- Visit jacksonville.com/ Flagler was to be a commercial artist. tient. floridamorning for our His last art show was in 1988. His work Payments were tracked to St. Jude at the new early-morning digest at the time was “very representational,” Bob.Self@jacksonville.com same time that second checks using the of Florida political news. Golden said. “There wasn’t a great �������������������������������������������������� same vendor number but made out in a dif- amount of depth to the story I was trying ������������������������������������������������ ferent name were sent to a Jacksonville post abel.harding@jacksonville.com ��������������������������������������������������� Twitter: @abelharding PATTON continues on B-8 ������������������������� SHANDS continues on B-4 (904) 359-4184 �������������������������������������������������������������������������

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