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Dear Florida public: Welcome back to your state Capitol

BY: - May 3, 2021

Floridians will soon regain access to their own state Capitol. Senate President Wilson Simpson announced Monday that the Florida Capitol Complex in Tallahassee will reopen to the public on Friday. The complex has been closed since the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency. “While the pandemic is not over, vaccines remain widely available to […]

Young climate change advocates bring art to the FL Capitol, hoping to get attention from lawmakers

BY: - March 10, 2021

Several young advocates gathered outside of the Florida Capitol with boxes full of cardboard tiles Wednesday morning. Each tile was painted by a Floridian, showing his or her concerns about the impending effects of climate change. Our Climate, a coalition of young advocates, collected the art pieces to display them at the Capitol Building. “The […]

No sign of trouble at Florida Capitol as Biden prepared to take office

BY: - January 20, 2021

Calm prevailed at the Florida Capitol as Joe Biden prepared to take the oath of office as president of the United States on Wednesday. The FBI had warned of potential trouble at the hands of Donald Trump’s supporters at state capitals as the Democrat’s inauguration neared. However, a Phoenix reporter in Tallahassee saw no demonstrators […]

State capitals, including Tallahassee, are bracing for potential violence on Sunday

BY: - January 17, 2021

Update: A small number of counter-protesters showed up outside the Florida Capitol complex at around 2 p.m. but expressed surprise at the lack of people protesting Donald Trump’s election defeat. “You were brainwashed by a fascist,” their sign read. There was one problem: They’d attached their placard to a baseball bat. Police made them return […]

FBI arrests ‘anarchist’ said to have plotted attack on Trump gatherings in Tallahassee

BY: - January 15, 2021

Update: Near 7:30 p.m., Gov. Ron DeSantis by executive order activated the Florida National Guard to work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to bolster security at the Capitol complex through Jan. 24. Federal authorities have arrested a self-described anarchist on charges related to his alleged attempt to recruit the “like-minded” to violently disrupt […]

FDLE prepares to defend FL Capitol amid warnings of ‘possible protests and violence’ by Trump supporters

BY: - January 11, 2021

State police are bracing against a repeat in Tallahassee of last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol amid reports that Trump supporters plan similar attacks in all 50 states through Inauguration Day. However, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement isn’t saying much about the preparations because of security considerations. “We are aware of the information […]

Grim Reaper lawyer emerges with mobile billboard: ‘Killing Florida With His Stupidity,’ Ron DeathSantis

BY: - August 12, 2020

A truck is heading to various locations in the state capital of Tallahassee, with a mobile billboard that includes a provocative political statement about COVID-19: “Killing Florida With His Stupidity,” Ron DeathSantis. Known as the ‘grim reaper’ lawyer, attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has pushed for closures of crowded beaches in the Panhandle and gone to court […]

COMMENTARY

Bush v. Gore and 36 days of sheer chaos in 2000: Could it happen again in swing state Florida in 2020?

BY: - July 20, 2020

In the 55 years I have spent witnessing and writing about news in Florida, there is one scene that stands out more than any other: It was early November of the year 2000. There was a Japanese television crew setting up a tent on the front lawn at the Florida Supreme Court. Across the street […]

Florida man collapses in tears, falls to the ground, after Gov. Ron DeSantis denies pardon

BY: - December 4, 2019

When Roy Allen Helmick Jr., 61, approached the podium during Wednesday’s Executive Clemency meeting, he appeared hopeful that Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Cabinet members would grant him a pardon for his past crimes. But in a shocking few moments, the governor said, no. Helmick burst into tears, in agony, and begged for a different […]

Gov. DeSantis talks about his God, hypes upcoming Florida Cabinet meeting in Israel

BY: - May 2, 2019

A Tallahassee preacher anointed Gov. Ron DeSantis as “the most pro-Israel governor in the United States” during observances at the state Capitol Thursday of the National Day of Prayer. Pam Olsen, co-founder of Tallahassee’s Hilltop House of Prayer, led a prayer for the DeSantis family in which she remarked on the fact that the governor […]