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CLIMATE CHANGE: As scientists issue dire warnings, how will 2020 voters in FL respond?

BY: - September 22, 2020

For scientist Pam McVety, electing a climate-focused president this fall represents the last chance for Americans to pull back from the brink of climate disaster. For teacher Eric Garner, the sky isn’t falling and Earth’s climate is not his top voting consideration. The divide between these two educated Florida voters and others like them seems […]

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Nature is finding ways to adapt to how we’ve changed the climate. What are we doing to adapt to it?

BY: - September 3, 2020

The speakers at last week’s Republican National Convention used a lot of words — nearly 78,000 of them, according to a report in Forbes. Some words we heard over and over: “socialism,” “radical,” “law and order.” Two rather important ones, though, were noticeable by their absence: “climate change.” You would think seeing meek little Tropical […]

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Early voting opens in some FL counties; Trump opens ad volley targeting Biden

BY: - August 3, 2020

Early voting began on Monday in some areas of Florida in advance of the Aug. 18 primary elections as President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign unleashed ads in Florida and other key states bashing Democrat Joe Biden. State law permits early in-person voting beginning 10 days in advance of an election, but also allows counties to […]

Gov. DeSantis announces that federal aid is on the way to prepare for Isaias

BY: - August 1, 2020

The Trump administration has agreed to Florida’s request for aid in preparing for Hurricane Isaias, including expenses associated with storm shelters, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday morning as the storm appeared likely to brush against the state’s east coast. “Even if the eye of the storm stays off the coast, there of course are going […]

Mason-Dixon poll gives Biden a narrow lead in FL over President Trump

BY: - July 30, 2020

Democrat Joe Biden has only a four-point lead over President Donald Trump in Florida, according to a Mason-Dixon poll released Thursday morning, though he enjoys a substantial lead among younger voters. The overall preference among likely general election voters was 50 percent for Biden and 46 percent for Trump, with 4 percent undecided, suggesting that […]

Beleaguered Gov. DeSantis gets an attaboy from President Trump at White House

BY: - July 24, 2020

President Trump praised Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday for standing up to pressure from the news media over the governor’s handing of the COVID-19 crisis, which has caused 5,653 deaths of Floridians as of the latest report from the Florida Department of Health. “With all of the media back here, you’re under extraordinary pressure. And you […]

Trump spikes Jacksonville convention for GOP; because of COVID, ‘it’s not the right time,’ he says

BY: - July 23, 2020

The Republican National Convention won’t come to Jacksonville after all. President Trump has pulled the plug, citing the COVID-19 “flare-up in Florida.” During a COVID briefing at the White House, Trump said his advisers had shown him “absolutely beautiful” plans for the proceedings. “I never thought we could have something look so good so fast […]

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Analysis: Health coverage for 23 million at stake as Trump fights to repeal Obamacare

BY: - June 24, 2020

More than 23 million Americans, including close to 2 million Floridians, would lose their health coverage in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic if the Trump administration prevails in court against the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis says. The Trump Administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to repeal the ACA, implemented during the […]

VP Pence’s day trip to Orlando comes as Trump approval rating drops in swing-state FL

BY: - May 20, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence will fly into Florida Wednesday to claim progress against COVID-19 by the administrations of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis toward supplying nursing homes with protective gear and reopening the state’s tourism sector. The scheduled Orlando trip comes amid declining poll ratings within the state for the president. The Republican governor is […]

Despite President Trump’s criticisms, FL elections supervisors say mail-in ballots are safe

BY: - May 20, 2020

Regardless of what President Donald Trump thinks, says and tweets, Florida elections supervisors are urging voters to request mail-in ballots to ensure every valid vote is counted as the presidential election looms. “Voting by mail is a safe way to go. It’s a secure process in Florida. In my 26 years of elections experience, I’ve […]

DeSantis launches 1st phase of jumpstarting FL’s economy with partial restaurant and retail access, saying, ‘We should have hope’

BY: - April 29, 2020

Restaurants in Florida can re-open for outdoor service and at 25 percent capacity inside under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to get the state economy moving again. But restrictions on entering nursing homes will remain and movie theaters, bars, gyms, and hair salons will remain closed, DeSantis announced in the state capitol Wednesday. Additionally, elective surgeries […]

FL woman, man, among President Trump’s clemency recipients

BY: - February 18, 2020

Rod Blagojevich and Michael Milken – respectively, the former governor of Illinois and the fallen financier – were the headliners among the 11 people granted clemency or full pardons Tuesday by President Trump, but a pair of Floridians also benefited. Ariel Friedler of Miami, founder and former chief executive of Symplicity Corp., secured a full […]