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In misuse-of-power case, federal judge says Gov. Rick Scott “has not crossed the line” but “should be on notice.”

BY: - November 16, 2018

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 […]

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Mitch McConnell enters Florida election fray

BY: - November 16, 2018

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 […]

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Incoming Florida Senate President says lawmakers will look at ‘modifications’ regarding elections

BY: - November 16, 2018

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 […]

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Florida U.S. Senate race now goes to hand recount with Rick Scott still leading, while Bill Nelson fights on

BY: - November 15, 2018

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 […]

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The race for Commissioner of Agriculture goes to a manual recount.

BY: - November 15, 2018

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 […]

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A Ron DeSantis win for Florida governor: How will he govern? And what’s in store for Floridians?

BY: and - November 15, 2018

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 […]

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Judge denies Nelson’s request to extend recount deadline in Palm Beach

BY: - November 15, 2018

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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BY: - November 15, 2018

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Federal judge sets new Saturday deadline for voters with disputed mail-in ballot signatures to fix the problem

BY: - November 15, 2018

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 […]

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Chasing the Saudi government’s connection to a Sarasota gated community and the 9/11 attacks: Bob Graham doggedly chases the truth

BY: - November 15, 2018

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 […]

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Federal judge allows voters with bad signature ballots to correct by Saturday

BY: - November 14, 2018

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 […]

Despite recount, Mitch McConnell welcomes Rick Scott as new FL U.S. Senator

BY: - November 14, 2018

While Democrats are focusing on counting all the votes in Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott seems to be treating the statewide recount as just a formality. Although he’s in an incredibly close recount against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, he’s posing in this picture tweeted today by U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who […]