Victor Torres

FL hits the 300,000 mark for COVID-19 infections; Dems want DeSantis to cut capacity for businesses to 25 percent

BY: - July 15, 2020

As Florida passed the 300,000 mark for COVID-19 infections, members of the Florida Senate’s Democratic Caucus demanded Wednesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately restrict the capacity for businesses to 25 percent — a retreat from the existing 50 percent. The Democratic senators said that the restrictions would loosen only when COVID-19 positive test results consistently […]

Dems want Gov. DeSantis to apologize over comments about workers and COVID

BY: - June 22, 2020

Democratic state senators demanded an apology Monday from Gov. Ron DeSantis for comments attributing the uptick in COVID-19 cases to “overwhelmingly Hispanic” construction workers and farm laborers. “Some of these guys go to work in a school bus, and they are all just packed there like sardines, going across Palm Beach County or some of […]

Compensation claim filed for man freed after 11 years on Death Row

BY: - January 27, 2020

A Honduran immigrant wrongfully sentenced to death for the 2004 stabbing murders of two Altamonte Springs women is seeking compensation for the 14 years he spent behind bars, 11 of them on Death Row. Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, a neighbor of the victims, maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. He was convicted in 2006 of murdering Cheryl […]

Here’s what’s happening on gun laws, a year after South Florida high school mass shooting shattered a community

BY: - February 12, 2019

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary that a troubled ex-student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, shooting 31 people and killing 17. The tragedy ranked among Florida’s worst mass shootings, behind the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. On that June night, a 29-year-old security guard carrying semiautomatic weapons opened fire in […]

FL Dems say the state and the feds have let down Puerto Ricans who moved to the state after Hurricane Maria

BY: - September 20, 2018

As Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Puerto Rico Thursday on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a group of Puerto Rican-based Democratic legislators denounced state and federal officials for not doing enough to help tens of thousands of displaced Puerto Ricans who have migrated to Florida after the wrath of the storm. Of chief concern […]