Tag Archives: Florida

Florida Teacher Claims Racist Podcast Was “Satire”

The Citrus County Chronicle reports: Crystal River Middle School social studies teacher Dayanna Volitich has been removed from the classroom as part of a Citrus County School District investigation following the revelation that she espoused racist views in a podcast and on social media under the alias Tiana Dalichov. Volitich has issued a statement: “None of the statements released about ...

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Billboard Campaign Calls NRA “A Terrorist Organization”

The Pensacola News-Journal reports: The same anti-Republican political action committee responsible for a billboard that targeted GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz in January has paid for a second billboard in Pensacola, this time taking aim at the NRA. The new sign on North W Street near West Fairfield Drive was paid for by Mad Dog PAC, an organization registered in December ...

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Florida Teacher Outed As White Nationalist Podcaster

The Huffington Post reports: Dayanna Volitich, a 25-year-old social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Florida, has been secretly hosting the white nationalist podcast “Unapologetic” under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov” and bragging about teaching her views in a public school, HuffPost has discovered. In her most recent podcast on Feb. 26, a guest railed against diversity in schools, ...

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FLORIDA: Republicans Target Former NRA Partners As Punishment For Engaging In “Political Speech”

Politico reports: Gun-rights Republicans in the Florida House are starting to punish Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Delta Airlines after the corporations severed ties with the National Rifle Association. Over the past 24 hours, Florida lawmakers, borrowing from counterparts in Georgia, have targeted an aviation fuel tax reduction benefiting Delta and proposed late night budget language to rebid a state rental car ...

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ORLANDO: Pulse And Parkland Survivors Meet [VIDEO]

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Survivors of the mass shootings at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and a South Florida high school embraced Wednesday outside the club where 49 people were killed nearly two years ago. “We’re all family,” said Neema Bahrami, who was an event manager at Pulse at the time of the attack. Pulse survivors, wearing shirts that read “We Will ...

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FLORIDA: Republicans Advance Bills To Arm Teachers

The Miami Herald reports: Facing anguished relatives and classmates of shooting victims, two House and Senate committees advanced legislation Tuesday to create a new statewide program to put armed teachers in classrooms — over the vocal opposition of teachers, parents and many Parkland residents. In the House, the Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to approve the measure to train ...

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FLORIDA: Parkland Students Return To Class [VIDEO]

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Surrounded by a heavy police presence, students began returning to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Wednesday for the first time since a gunman killed 17 students and staff on Valentine’s Day. “I’m a little nervous but we have to get back so we can get some sense of normalcy,” said Bradley Golab, 14, who was in ...

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Parkland Students Launch #WhatIf Campaign [VIDEO]

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: After 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at their school, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are launching a social media campaign to raise awareness and pressure Congress to act on gun control. They are encouraging students across the country to create and share their own videos using #WhatIf and #NeverAgain. Students ...

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FLORIDA: Record Crowd Turns Out For Gun Show

Tampa’s ABC affiliate reports: Thousands of gun enthusiasts — more so than ever — flocked to the Florida State Fairgrounds for the Florida Gun Show event. Organizers say they had a record number of people attend the event on Saturday, Feb. 24, almost 7,000, and expected more Sunday. The manager for the Florida Gun Show, George Fernandez, says they’ve never ...

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FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Unveils $500M Plan To Boost School Security, Raise Gun Purchase Age To 21

NBC News reports: Florida Gov. Rick Scott revealed a $500 million plan Friday to boost school security that would, among other things, bar “violent or mentally ill” persons from purchasing weapons. Persons under the age of 21 would also be prohibited from buying guns and so-called bump stocks would be outlawed, Scott said. Scott did not call for arming teachers ...

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Cop Assigned To Parkland School Resigns After Report That He Failed To Enter Building For Four Minutes

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday, under investigation for failing to enter the building as a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people. Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.” Video footage showed Peterson did none of that, Israel ...

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FLORIDA: State House Approves Dem’s Bill Requiring All Public Schools To Display “In God We Trust” Motto

The Tampa Bay Times reports: With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting still looming large, its students in the Capitol to lobby for gun controls, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a measure its sponsor said aimed at bringing “light” to the schools. The bill (HB 839) would require all public schools to post the state motto, “In God We Trust,” ...

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Students Descend On Rick Scott’s Office [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Student protesters delivered a petition and chanted slogans in the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Wednesday ahead of meetings between the governor and students from the Parkland high school affected by last week’s school shooting. A spokeswoman for Scott’s office confirmed to The Hill that protesters delivered a petition and demanded an audience from ...

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FLORIDA: Republican Reps Declare Porn To Be Health Risk After Refusing To Discuss Ban On Assault Weapons

The Washington Post reports: The Florida House of Representatives was in session on Tuesday considering several issues. These included a motion to debate a bill banning the sale of assault weapons in the aftermath of the mass shooting that killed 17 people last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and a resolution declaring pornography a public ...

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Marco Rubio Blasts “Disgusting Idiots” For Spreading Claims That Parkland Survivors Are Hired “Crisis Actors”

The Hill reports: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) on Tuesday lashed out at a “disgusting group of idiots” who made up the claim that students appearing on TV as survivors of last week’s deadly high school shooting were actors. A staffer for Florida state Rep. Shawn Harrison (R) said that the two high schoolers who survived the tragedy pictured in ...

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FLORIDA: GOP Lawmakers Block Motion On Assault Weapons Ban As Weeping Parkland Students Look On

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: On their first full day lobbying Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee to change the state’s gun laws, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School quickly learned change does not happen very fast in government, if at all. With Douglas students in the gallery Tuesday, the Florida House voted down a motion to take up a ban ...

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MLB Teams To Wear Hats That Honor Parkland Victims

The Miami Herald reports: To honor the victims of last week’s school shooting, Major League Baseball teams intend to wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas caps on Friday for the start of spring training games in Florida and Arizona. The league’s official cap company, New Era, is making the special caps for players to wear when play begins in both the Grapefruit ...

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FLORIDA: 39th GOP US House Rep Hits The Exit

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Florida Rep. Tom Rooney will not run for re-election, he announced on Monday. “After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida’s Heartland, it’s time to “hang em up” as my old football coach used to say. I look forward to serving Florida again in the future ...

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FLORIDA: Trump Golfs As Parkland Funerals Continue

The Hill reports: President Trump hit the golf course on Monday, three days after visiting people affected by the deadly school shooting in nearby Parkland, Fla. The president arrived at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach shortly after 9 a.m. Trump avoided golf over the weekend, a decision aides said was out of respect for the 17 ...

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John Oliver Hails Parkland Survivors [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: John Oliver‘s return to screens with the new season of Last Week Tonight began on a sombre note, addressing the “heartbreaking events” that took place in Parkland, Florida, last Wednesday.  “These events are now so familiar,” Oliver commented. “We basically automatically know how each side will play out.” “But this time felt slightly different,” he continued. “Because ...

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