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Trump and his supporters are rallying in Tampa tonight

BY: - July 31, 2018

Dozens of hardcore supporters for President Trump camped overnight last night outside Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, the site of the president’s primetime appearance tonight. The event comes four weeks before Floridians go to the polls in the primary election, and if there were any doubts about how the Florida Republican […]

Are voting systems safe or not? Some officials are confident but others are concerned

BY: - July 31, 2018

With crucial midterm elections approaching around the country, election supervisors – and voters – are likely wondering if their voting systems are safe. What sounded like good news came earlier this month: U.S. Homeland Security Dept. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told state election officials at a convention that there are currently no signs Russia will be […]

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Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is causing a ‘state of emergency’ for people of color, governor’s candidate Andrew Gillum says

BY: - July 30, 2018

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum called Monday for Gov. Rick Scott to issue a state of emergency to suspend the state’s “Stand Your Ground”  law because police didn’t arrest a white man who started an argument and then killed an unarmed black man – over a parking spot. “Stand Your Ground has created an […]

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Lawyers v. lawyers: Florida attorney general races are getting nasty

BY: - July 30, 2018

The race for Florida’s top legal job – attorney general – in both political parties is growing more vitriolic in the days leading up to the August 28 vote. On the Democratic side, candidate Sean Shaw filed a lawsuit last week to throw his opponent Ryan Torrens off the ballot, saying Torrens violated campaign finance […]

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“The people will protect the dogs:” New campaign ad targets greyhound racing cruelty

BY: - July 27, 2018

Every three days, a greyhound dog dies on a Florida racetrack. This is according to a new online ad urging voters to end the practice with a vote on the November ballot. The ad begins with an unidentified man in dark sunglasses and a dark shirt looking at the camera. “They’re dogs, they’re not people,” […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls for special legislative session to fix public beach access mess

BY: - July 27, 2018

U.S. Sen Bill Nelson on Friday called for a special session of the Florida Legislature to repeal the law that is causing controversy and legal problems over the public’s access to the state’s beaches. “This isn’t what Florida is about,” Nelson said in a Friday morning press conference on the Panhandle’s Santa Rosa Beach.  “Beachgoers […]

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The public deserves to hear confession from gunman who killed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, judges order

BY: - July 27, 2018

Two judges ruled Thursday that the public deserves to know details from the confession of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in the South Florida community of Parkland, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. But no information will be released until Cruz has had time to appeal the ruling. According […]

Our governor’s secret job

BY: - July 27, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott — and the governors before him — has a job. That job is a public job, not a secret job. Yet voters who hired Scott for the top political and government job in Florida for the most part aren’t being told what the governor is doing and where he is all day, […]

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New “Love Vote” website promotes poignant stories of Floridians who can’t vote

BY: - July 27, 2018

In Florida’s last midterm general election in 2014, nearly half of the state’s registered voters (49 percent) chose – for whatever reason – not to come to the polls. Meanwhile, more than a million people in Florida are legally ineligible to vote. Now, a New York City-based filmmaker and school teacher has created a website to align the disenfranchised […]

Will controversial education amendment get kicked off the ballot? An answer is coming soon.

BY: - July 27, 2018

A Leon County circuit court judge is expected to rule Aug. 17 on whether a controversial education amendment should get kicked off the Nov. 6 ballot. But the stakes are so high that the case likely won’t end that day. “I anticipate that this case will ultimately be decided by the Florida Supreme Court,” said […]

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Florida adjunct professors to kick off five-city tour to promote tuition-free college, student-loan forgiveness and the need for a union

BY: - July 26, 2018

Fresh off their efforts to organize as a union call for union certification at two more colleges this month, a group of adjunct professors, students and community members are set to kick off a state-wide tour through five different cities in Florida this week. They will  advocate for tuition-free college, student loan forgiveness, a minimum […]

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BY: - July 26, 2018