Florida "Voices of Florida"
On the heels of the fractious debate in California over Proposition 187
in the '94 election, the Voices of Florida partnership planned a
single-issue focus on immigration in its primary coverage. The
partnership consists of The Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, the
Tallahassee Democrat, The Florida Times-Union, The Bradenton Herald and
the Florida News Network, a statewide group of eleven television
stations. During the month of October, the partnership conducted a
statewide poll of citizen attitudes on immigration and other issues
discussed by voters during focus groups conducted by The Harwood Group.
Drawing on these results, the partners questioned each of the
candidates who were in Florida for "Presidence III"--the straw poll of
preferences among GOP candidates held on November 17-18. A
televised statewide town meeting took place prior to Super
John Pancake, National Editor, The Miami Herald