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National media come to Tallahassee to see Florida’s weird process for restoring felons’ voting rights

BY: - September 11, 2018

Florida’s controversial process for restoring rights to felons who have served their time drew national media to Tallahassee Tuesday, where Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet met as the Executive Board of Clemency. It was the last clemency hearing before the November election, and national news outlets came to watch Florida’s antiquated state process, […]

Courting Puerto Rican voters – grassroots group descending on Central Florida

BY: - September 11, 2018

With a month to go before the registration deadline, a progressive group called For Our Future Florida announced Tuesday that will send organizers to three Central Florida counties and partner with Latino organizations to register Puerto Rican voters in advance of the November election. There are estimates that at least 50,000 Puerto Ricans have migrated to Florida […]

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Bill Nelson and Rick Scott agree to two campaign debates

BY: - September 11, 2018

UPDATE: Democrat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott have come to an agreement to debate at least twice in their campaign for U.S. Senate. The first takes place on Tuesday, October 2 in Miami, and be broadcast on Telemundo’s stations in Miami, Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando and West Palm Beach, and streamed […]

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Ron DeSantis takes on Obama

BY: - September 11, 2018

In 2011, Ron DeSantis, the man who is now Florida’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, published a little-noticed book that was a sort of conservative call to arms in the heyday of the Republican Tea Party movement. DeSantis structured the book as a counterpoint to Barack Obama’s 1995 best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of […]

Trained law enforcement officers or “guardians” – the controversy continues

BY: - September 10, 2018

With the new school year now in session, educators, families, lawmakers, various advocacy groups and the governor are still grappling with campus security in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings  – specifically about who should be patrolling campuses. A broad coalition today called on a key legislative commission to provide $58-million […]

Ron DeSantis quits Congress to devote full time to governor’s race

BY: - September 10, 2018

With eight weeks to go before Election Day, Ron DeSantis is quitting his day job as a U.S. Representative to devote all of his energies to running for governor in Florida. “As the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining […]

Post-Parkland gun reform advocacy groups team up to form bi-partisan gun control coalition; advocate for 2020 Florida Constitutional amendment

BY: - September 10, 2018

Two gun control advocacy groups announced Monday that they want to place a Florida Constitutional amendment to ban assault weapons before voters in 2020. “Americans for Gun Safety Now” is an advocacy group supporting national gun reform. “Ban Assault Weapons Now” is a Florida political committee led by families of mass shooting victims. The groups […]

Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist call for federal reform of marijuana policy

BY: - September 10, 2018

Even though allowing medical marijuana use is the law of the land in Florida and 30 other states, access to basic financial services for those in the burgeoning industry is nonexistent. That’s something that Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried says needs to change. “Let’s take a new approach with forward thinking laws,” Fried said […]

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Proposed greyhound racing ban will go before voters, Florida Supreme Court rules

BY: - September 7, 2018

Florida voters will get a chance to weigh in on whether dog tracks should be banned in Florida, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday. The amendment to ban greyhound racing – Amendment 13 – was the subject of a court challenge, but Friday’s ruling ends that legal wrangling and the proposed ban is set for […]

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FL Supreme Court knocks education Amendment 8 off November ballot; keeps other measures on

BY: and - September 7, 2018

In a high-stakes decision on the future of public education, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday knocked so-called Amendment 8 off the November ballot, cementing the role of local school boards to create and oversee their public schools. The 4-3 decision came after oral arguments on Wednesday, with justices asking pointed questions about whether voters […]

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What do we know about Chris King? The Phoenix asked, he answered

BY: , , and - September 7, 2018

With Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum choosing affordable housing executive Chris King for his running mate this week, the pair has been described as the most progressive Democratic ticket in modern history in Florida. But what do voters know about King’s views? He was a candidate competing against Gillum in the primary, and now joins […]

What do you think? The ACLU wants to cut the state prison population in half

BY: - September 7, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union recently published a report on how to cut Florida’s prison population in half: Reduce the length of time served. The ACLU “blueprint” said that even cutting a few months off a prison sentence can go a long way to reducing the number of people incarcerated overall. There are nearly 98,000 people living in […]