Politics & Law

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What’s it like being a Muslim running for office this election year?

BY: - July 19, 2018

If Saima Farooqui wins the Aug. 28 primary in her South Florida district, she will make history as one of the first American Muslims to hold a seat in the Florida House of Representatives. The 42-year-old Broward County resident is one of about eight Muslim candidates on local or state ballots this year in Florida. […]

Tom Steyer’s NextGen America ground troops begin their march into Florida for Andrew Gillum

BY: - July 18, 2018

As he frequently says on the campaign trail, Andrew Gillum is the only non-millionaire running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Now, he’s trying to make up for that with grassroots support and big bucks from millionaire liberal San Francisco philanthropist Tom Steyer. Steyer endorsed Gillum last month, contributing $1 million to his campaign as […]

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National Rifle Association gives Adam Putnam its top rating

BY: - July 18, 2018

It’s that time of year in Tallahassee, when the National Rifle Association weighs in with its annual grades of every candidate on the ballot in the August 28 primary. The top dog for the NRA is Adam Putnam, the self-described “NRA sellout” who has seemingly regretted making that remark in the wake of the Parkland […]

Koch brothers set up new political committee to funnel cash in governor’s race, Politico reports

BY: - July 18, 2018

Politico reports this morning that a political group backed by Republican mega-donors the Koch Brothers is setting up shop in Florida, presumably to funnel cash into the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. – a Trump favorite. The new committee is chaired by Mark Holden, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of […]

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Even more charter schools in Florida? Fall ballot could be “game changer”

BY: - July 18, 2018

Some two decades ago, Florida introduced a new type of public school – the “charter” – designed to be free from bureaucracy and run by private groups. Today, that sprinkling of new schools has grown into one of the largest charter movements in the country, with tens of thousands of Florida students flocking to charters […]

Green groups sue to block Trump’s offshore drilling plan in Gulf of Mexico

BY: - July 17, 2018

Four environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration for its decision to open more than 78 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. The groups – Earthjustice, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity – issued a press release announcing the lawsuit and […]

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The Florida Legislature keeps stomping on local laws

BY: - July 17, 2018

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in South Florida, the mayors of twenty Florida cities filed a legal challenge to a state firearm law. The controversial law allows the state to impose a $5,000 fine on any local official that dares to pass local gun regulations. The firearm law is an […]

“Disgraceful betrayal of America:” Trump’s strange press conference with Russia’s Putin draws ire in Florida

BY: - July 16, 2018

Democrats and some Republicans in Florida spoke out critically following  President Trump’s news conference held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki. During the appearance, Trump dismissed his own national intelligence director’s conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and sided with Putin instead. Putin denied Russia’s involvement. “President Putin says […]

Investigate fiascos over concealed weapons permits at Adam Putnam’s Ag Department, groups urge

BY: - July 16, 2018

Following a series of reports on the mishandling of the concealed-carry firearm permit process at the Dept. Of Agriculture and Consumer Services, two activist groups say they want an independent investigation of how the process is being carried out.  The department is led by Adam Putnam, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.  Orlando area Democratic state Senator Linda Stewart is calling for Florida’s Chief […]

The feds say they will keep releasing vile Lake Okeechobee pollution to coasts

BY: - July 16, 2018

Despite the nasty fluorescent green algae outbreak that’s happening off South Florida’s east and west coasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed releases of the polluted water from Lake Okeechobee that’s filled with fertilizer, manure and sewage from surrounding industrial agriculture operations and cities north of the lake. The Okeechobee swill flows out […]

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The Great Debate: Democrats for governor to face off in online-only event

BY: - July 16, 2018

With the Aug. 28 primary election rapidly approaching, Florida voters will get a chance to see the five candidates running for governor debate Wednesday at 7 pm at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. The debate won’t be broadcast statewide, but people can watch via Winknews.com or on the Florida Democratic party’s  Facebook page. […]

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Gwen Graham has already consulted attorney in potential Florida Supreme Court battle

BY: - July 16, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has interjected the power of the federal judiciary into Florida’s governor’s race, and the state judiciary as well. His likely confirmation to the high court has opened up the explosive possibility of the Roe v. Wade decision on legalizing abortion being overturned, and some […]