Florida

Nelson-Scott race gets national attention

BY: - August 6, 2018

Two heavyweight national publications – the New York Times and Talking Points Memo – are drilling down on the Rick Scott-Bill Nelson race for the U.S. Senate, calling it among the most important – and expensive – in America. Some key questions: Will Scott’s buddy-buddy relationship with President Trump hurt him or help him? And […]

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Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault

BY: - August 3, 2018

As horrified people watch dead manatees, marine mammals, fish and hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Florida’s southwest coast, politicians are tripping over one another to express concern. But a look back eight years ago shows that three key state leaders – Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, and Attorney General Pam Bondi […]

Judge knocks greyhound racing ban off the November ballot

BY: - August 2, 2018

A circuit judge has knocked a measure off the fall ballot that would give voters a chance to ban greyhound racing in Florida Groups working to end dog racing say it is a cruel sport and they are vowing to appeal the ruling to try to keep the Constitutional amendment before voters this fall. Leon […]

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Reproductive rights advocates meet in Tallahassee to demand scrutiny of “fake” women’s clinics

BY: - July 31, 2018

Advocates for reproductive rights converged Tuesday morning at the state Capitol to demand Gov. Rick Scott and other state departments scrutinize what kind of services and information “fake women’s health clinics” offer to women who walk through their doors. A law that went into effect July 1 mandates that state government fund a network of […]

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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 […]

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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,” […]

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Florida man catches tuna as big as a bear

BY: - July 26, 2018

An angler reeled in a bluefin tuna as heavy as a Grizzly bear in May 2017 off Florida’s Panhandle coast from a boat called “You Never Know.” The giant tuna weighed 826-pounds, 8-ounces. Fisherman Rick Whitley caught the fish off Destin, setting a Florida saltwater fishing record, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced […]

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LGBTQ community rocked by series of Florida murders

BY: - July 24, 2018

In the past five months, four transgender women of color and an African-American gay man – possibly  tied to the same drag show touring circuit – have been murdered in Florida. The murders are spreading fear through the LGBTQ community, with activists  banding together to demand more action from state leaders and from law enforcement. […]

Making history: Reporters vote for a union at Jacksonville’s 154-year-old daily paper

BY: - July 20, 2018

Sick of stagnant pay, shrinking benefits,  and newsroom layoffs, reporters and other workers at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville voted to join a national union this week, a historic vote that makes the 154-year-old newspaper the third in Florida to do so. “We think organizing as a union lets the staff speak in a voice […]

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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. […]

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 […]