Round-up of Sunday editorials from Florida's leading newspapers

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Tampa Bay Times —Vote practical, not partisan

“Tuesday’s election will determine more than who will be the nation’s president for the next four years. It also is an opportunity for Floridians and Tampa Bay residents in particular to affirm our commonsense values. Statewide, we can confirm our support for an independent judiciary and protect the integrity of the Florida Constitution. Regionally, we can continue to invest in roads and public works projects. We can renew our commitment to investing in public education and backing progressive reforms. And we can embrace science and public health over scare tactics and partisan ideology.”

Bradenton Herald — A recap of Bradenton Herald Editorial Board recommendations

“The Bradenton Herald Editorial Board recommends the following in the Nov. 6 general election. U.S. House, District 16: Vern Buchanan: The incumbent Republican and Longboat Key resident embraces pro-growth, free-market policies and targets tax code reform in order to build a simpler and fairer system that will spur business development and make American companies more competitive globally. Buchanan also advocates regulation reform to abolish burdensome rules that restrict job growth and increase an employer’s cost of doing business. U.S. House, District 17: Tom Rooney…”

The Daytona Beach News-Journal — End of a grueling road

“The time for filling the most important job in the world is at hand. And voters in Volusia and Flagler counties likely will play a key role in deciding who will take the oath of office as president in January. The seemingly endless presidential campaign will end Tuesday. Here in Volusia County, we’ve seen visits from Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan; Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have appeared in the county too. This is a sure sign that Volusia and Flagler are viewed by the candidates as a critical “swing” area in one of the most important swing states.”

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville.com — Mitt Romney leads a list of Times-Union endorsements

“What America needs now is a turnaround expert. We need someone less tied to ideology than results. We need someone who has experience in the greatest economic engine the world has ever known, the American economy. That man is Mitt Romney. Romney has been preparing for much of his life for this moment in history. It’s his chance to give something back to the nation that made it possible for him to earn success. The fit has rarely been a better one. America needs someone to help energize the private sector and help put people back to work. Even for those who support President Barack Obama, he appears out of fresh ideas. It has been a rough four years; it’s time for a different direction.”

The Lakeland Ledger — General Election: Ballot-Issue Review, Part 1 of 2

“On Tuesday, voters will be greeted with the longest election ballot in Florida’s history. Much of the ballot territory will be taken up by proposed constitutional amendments from the Florida Legislature. This editorial will review The Ledger’s recommendations on Amendments 1 through 6. Monday’s editorial will review the remaining five amendments and a county question.”

The Miami Herald — Our choices in Miami-Dade County

“President: Barak Obama; U.S. Senator: Bill Nelson; Congress: District 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz…”

Orlando Sentinel — Our Picks: A recap of the Sentinel’s endorsements

President

“When we endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008, we didn’t expect miracles, especially given the financial crisis he faced. What we did expect was a degree of fiscal discipline that’s been largely absent. He hasn’t come close to slowing the rising tide of debt and deficits. And all that spending hasn’t done nearly enough to put people back to work or improve the lot of middle-class families. We don’t expect miracles from Mitt Romney, either, but like four years ago we are hoping for change. This time, change that will take on the nation’s debt and get into gear an economy that’s been stuck in neutral. We think Romney’s the person to do that. Supreme Court Justices. There’s more at stake than whether Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince get to keep their jobs. The campaign surrounding this retention election for this nonpartisan office has taken a distinctly partisan turn, one where justices aren’t retained based on whether they follow the law but whether they shape the law to fit an ideology. We think the law, not partisans, should guide courts. We strongly recommend voting to retain the three justices, and sending a message that our state’s top court should not become just another political plaything.”

Tampa Tribune — A fee for highway freedom

“Anyone who has been trapped in traffic on a limited access highway appreciates the value of time. If you have an appointment to keep or a plane to catch, you’d gladly pay a few dollars to get moving again. The Florida Department of Transportation, facing more congestion on urban interstates than it can possibly afford to untangle, is moving ahead with a sensible plan to give many drivers an express option. In Tampa and around the state, it will be adding toll lanes to busy routes, including I-4, I-75 and I-275. Studies are being done to confirm the concept that promises to be both affordable and useful. The first pay-to-go-faster lanes in this area likely will be on the Veterans Expressway, and not until 2014 or 2015, when a planned expansion of the tollway from four lanes to eight lanes will be completed. The plan is for one new lane in each direction to charge an extra toll.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.