Daylight saving time bill fizzled
What happened to the bill introduced to exempt Florida from daylight saving time?
We're guessing you're referring to the bill filed in the Florida Legislature by Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge. It read, in part:
"Section 1. Under 15 U.S.C. 260a, this state exempts itself and all of its political subdivisions from observation of advanced time, also known as daylight saving time, between 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November in each calendar year, and the entire state and all of its political subdivisions shall observe the standard time that is otherwise applicable during that time period.
"Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2008."
Senate Bill 2318 was filed Feb. 26 and passed March 27 by a 4-1 vote in the Governmental Affairs committee. It then went to the Committee of Community Affairs, where it died from inaction when the Legislature ended May 2.
DST returns March 8, 2009, and continues through Nov. 1.
Posey, meanwhile, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for District 15 on Nov. 4.
Obama bucked 'Bradley Effect'
You recently had a question about the "Bradley Effect," where minority candidates running against white candidates get fewer votes than polls indicated. How did Barack Obama do compared with the poll numbers?
The Web site www.pollster.com compiled a composite poll number, averaged out from a wide variety of polls, for each candidate, both nationally and for each state.
In the national vote, the composite poll indicated Obama had the support of 52 percent of voters. He received slightly more than 52 percent.
In each of the 26 states Obama carried, and the District of Columbia, he got higher vote totals than the composite polls predicted.
Only in Alaska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia — all states he lost — did Obama receive a smaller percentage of the vote than the composite poll indicated he would. The biggest discrepancy was in Alaska, where his vote total was 3.6 percentage points under his composite polling number.
Twenty-two official Bond films
Is the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace the 22nd, 23rd or 24th movie? I've seen different numbers.
Quantum of Solace is considered the 22nd "official" James Bond film because it's produced by EON Productions. Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman formed EON after Saltzman acquired the rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels in the 1950s. EON's films are regarded as the official Bond films. The two "unofficial" films are the Casino Royale spoof version, starring David Niven, and Never Say Never Again, starring Sean Connery.