Culture & Society
Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried claims historic victory in Commissioner of Agriculture race.
In a tight race that spawned a grueling series of recounts, Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried claimed victory in the campaign for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner on Sunday, based on figures from the state’s Division of Elections. She defeated Republican Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes, out of more than 8 million cast. To the Democratic Party and […]
Using his personal fortune and millions more from outsiders, Republican Gov. Rick Scott wins U.S. Senate seat in Florida
In what’s being called the most expensive race for U.S. Senate in history, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida. Of more than 8 million votes in November, Scott garnered 10,033 more votes than Nelson, according to Sunday vote counts, ending Nelson’s longtime public […]
In misuse-of-power case, federal judge says Gov. Rick Scott “has not crossed the line” but “should be on notice.”
Advocacy groups and attorneys had hoped a federal judge would block Gov. Rick Scott from interfering in the recount process in the pivotal U.S. Senate race, but that didn’t happen, at least for now. U.S. District Court Mark Walker decided not to take action in a misuse-of-power lawsuit, saying in an order that Scott “has […]
Mitch McConnell enters Florida election fray
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is sending out a fundraising plea to get people to donate money for Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s recount lawyers, claiming Democrats are trying to “steal this election” – despite the fact that the recount is mandated by state law. Scott leads incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by 12,603 […]
Incoming Florida Senate President says lawmakers will look at ‘modifications’ regarding elections
With Florida becoming “the laughing stock of the world,” according to a federal judge tied up in election lawsuits, the new president of the Florida Senate says election reform will be addressed when the Legislature convenes in 2019. “We’ve had too many problems through too many cycles,” said Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who is […]
Florida U.S. Senate race now goes to hand recount with Rick Scott still leading, while Bill Nelson fights on
With a machine recount complete in most counties, the U.S. Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson will now move into the next stage – a statewide hand recount that must be completed by this Sunday. Scott now leads by 12,603 votes, or 0.15%. Those totals are a disappointment to the Nelson campaign, as […]
The race for Commissioner of Agriculture goes to a manual recount.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered the state’s 67 county elections offices to start hand-counting ballots Thursday in the close race between Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried and Republican candidate Matt Caldwell for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. After the results of the machine recount came in, the Fried campaign declared victory […]
A Ron DeSantis win for Florida governor: How will he govern? And what’s in store for Floridians?
It may not be official yet, but it looks like Florida has a new governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, based on the most recent tallies that included machine recounts in Florida’s tumultuous general election. As of the state’s 3 p.m. deadline today, Democratic challenger Andrew Gillum hadn’t garnered enough votes to move on to a manual […]
Judge denies Nelson’s request to extend recount deadline in Palm Beach
A federal judge in Tallahassee has denied a request by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign to extend the deadline for the machine and hand recounts in his election contest against Republican Rick Scott. The decision came from federal Judge Mark Walker from the Northern District of Florida. Nelson trails Scott in the race for U.S. […]
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Federal judge sets new Saturday deadline for voters with disputed mail-in ballot signatures to fix the problem
A federal judge ruled that Floridians who had their vote-by-mail ballots rejected in last week’s election because the signature on their ballot doesn’t match the one on file now have until 5 p.m. on Saturday to correct the problem, a move that could affect between 4,000 to 5,000 voters. The announcement comes hours before today’s […]
Chasing the Saudi government’s connection to a Sarasota gated community and the 9/11 attacks: Bob Graham doggedly chases the truth
For many years, former Florida U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has been a lonely voice urging people to do something about Saudi Arabia. Now that a group of Saudi security agents are accused in Turkey of killing a Washington Post journalist, Graham is hoping it will get a strong reaction from officials in the United States. So […]