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DPS to ask voters in November to approve $827 million toward wide-ranging measures

Denver Public Schools will ask voters in November to approve a $795 million bond proposal to build and maintain schools, along with a $32 million ballot initiative that includes mental health, nursing and special education funding.

The Denver Public Schools board voted unanimously Thursday to place the bond and mill levy proposals on the November ballot, according to a news release.

A citizens’ committee of 75 community members, teachers, parents and students met over the course of five months and presented a final set of recommendations in June.

The ballot initiative, entitled “Debt Free Schools,” proposes a $15 million allocation for DPS employees, including an increase in minimum wage to $14.77 per hour and cost-of-living increases for teachers. Mental health services would receive $3 million, nursing $4 million and special education $2 million.

The bond measure proposal includes $208 million to update and maintain existing DPS facilities. It also includes

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Voters can add fresh new voices to the Florida House. Here are the Herald’s choices| Editorial

From North Miami to Kendall to Key Biscayne and down the Florida Keys, Miami-Dade and Monroe county residents on Tuesday will select their voices in Tallahassee by voting for representative in the Florida House. Some races will be decided on Tuesday; others in November.

Here are our recommendations for the Aug. 18 primary:

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Voters in this North Miami-Dade District, which spills into Broward — have three abundantly qualified and accomplished candidates from which to choose. (A meeting time could not be scheduled A fourth candidate, Dennis Hinds, did not respond to the Editorial Board’s invitation for an interview.)

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Felicia Robinson is a former two-term Miami Gardens City Council member, elected in 2010. During her tenure, she made government more accessible to her constituents, creating several health-education programs and another worthwhile community conversation called “Meet Me Monday.” “I would bring in different people from the community and from

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Florida voters have to fill dozens of judgeships. Here’s how people in the know make their picks.

Bailey, Logan and Odom sounds as if it might be the name of a prestigious law firm — or the kind that runs TV ads urging people to file lawsuits.

It’s neither one. Dennis Daniel Bailey, Abbe Sheila Rifkin Logan and George Odom Jr. are all candidates running for one circuit judgeship in Broward County.

Like the other 10 races for judge in Broward and Palm Beach counties, voting is open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation, in the Aug. 18 elections.

For the vast majority of voters it’s exceedingly difficult to make an informed decision.

“It’s very difficult,” said Steve Geller — who knows many of the judges and candidates after 38 years practicing law. He’s also a Broward County commissioner and former Florida Senate Democratic leader.

Fred Hadley, who interviews candidates and publishes endorsements in the Village Sentry, his 1,300-subscriber newsletter in the Century Village condominium community west

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