Tag Archives: Florida

JACKSONVILLE: Liberty Counsel Appeals LGBT Rights Ordinance On Behalf Of Private Ambulance Company

Via press release: Liberty Counsel filed a brief in the appeal of Jacksonville, Florida residents and businesses against the city’s 2017 ordinance that added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as “protected categories” under Jacksonville law. The lawsuit, Parsons v. City of Jacksonville, seeks to invalidate the so-called “Human Rights Ordinance” or “HRO” because its authors and sponsors illegally hid the ...

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Rick Scott On Pre-Existing Conditions: We’ve Got To Reward People For Taking Care Of Themselves [VIDEO]

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Rick Scott would not directly say Wednesday whether he supports a Trump administration move that critics say could wipe away health care protections for pre-existing conditions — a cornerstone of Obamacare — while saying he believes such protections are needed. “I believe that if you have a pre-existing condition, you need to still be ...

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ORLANDO: Activists And Survivors Mark Second Pulse Massacre Anniversary With Rally For Tougher Gun Laws

The Orlando Sentinel reports: An emotional, rain-soaked rally on the eve of the Pulse anniversary Monday evening was mixed with anguish and raw anger over the lack of progress on gun reform and gay rights in Florida and the sheer number of mass shootings that have happened since. “Six hundred and twelve days,” said Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the ...

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FLORIDA: Agency Run By GOP Gov Candidate Did No Weapons Permit Background Checks For 13 Months

The Tampa Bay Times reports: For more than a year, the state of Florida failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits, potentially allowing drug addicts or people with a mental illness to carry firearms in public. A previously unreported Office of Inspector General investigation found that in February 2016 the Florida ...

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SWATTED: False Claim Of Hostage Situation Draws Massive Police Response To Home Of David Hogg

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: The family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg was “swatted” Tuesday morning, causing police to respond to their Parkland home. A call came into the Broward Sheriff’s Office claiming a hostage situation at the home in the 7800 block of Northwest 122nd Way. Coral Springs Fire Rescue arrived at the scene to ...

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FLORIDA: GOP House Rep To Hold Women’s Summit, Topics To Include Weight Loss Tips And Gardening

The Tampa Bay Times reports: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, is campaigning for a seventh term in Congress and on June 9 he’s holding his first-ever Women’s Summit, pitched as “an opportunity for women to learn about relevant topics that have a direct impact on their lives.” So what are the critical issues facing women that Bilirakis will highlight ...

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NRA Spox Dana Loesch Accuses Parkland Students Of “Extortion” In Protest Of Grocery Chain’s Donations

“So people are mad because Publix gave money to a candidate that apparently supports the Second Amendment and so they decided to lay down in the middle of Publix. And then also — the student organizer also demanded that Publix give the March for Our Lives group the same amount of money, or double the amount of money, that they ...

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Emergency Alerts For Season’s First Named Storm

Reuters reports: Gulf Coast residents should “take this storm seriously”, the National Weather Service said early on Sunday, as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north, threatening heavy rains and winds to the southern coastal states. Florida, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend, as ...

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FLORIDA: Democrats Sue Over “Ballot Order” Law

Courthouse News reports: Democratic organizations and activists claim in court that Florida’s “ballot order” law unfairly puts their candidates at a disadvantage by listing Republican candidates first year after year. In a federal lawsuit filed in Tallahassee, the Democrats contend the statute mandating candidates of the governor’s political party to be listed first on a ballot creates “position bias” and ...

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FLORIDA: Publix Ends Political Donations As Parkland’s David Hogg Leads Die-In At Local Store [VIDEO]

A huge victory for David Hogg! The Orlando Sentinel reports: Publix has suspended making political contributions in the wake of mounting pressure over its support of Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor who strongly backs the National Rifle Association. “We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,” said company spokesman Dwaine Stevens in a statement ...

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Florida State Rep: Dolls Are Possessed By Demons

Democratic Florida state Rep. Kim Daniels, an exorcist preacher whose bill requiring all public schools to display “In God We Trust” goes into effect this summer, has some thoughts about dolls in her new book on witchcraft. “Most idolatry is rooted in fetishism,” Daniels writes. “Simply put, a fetish is an object with a spirit attached to it. If we’re ...

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FLORIDA: Parkland Families Sue Smith & Wesson Parent Company, Store That Sold AR-15 To Gunman [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The families of two students killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are filing lawsuits against the gun manufacturer and seller of the weapon used in the massacre. The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Max Schacter say that American Outdoor Brands, the company that makes the AR-15 assault rifle used by the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, ...

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FLORIDA: George Zimmerman Gets Public Defender Because He’s Millions In Debt And Unemployed

CNN reports: A court allowed George Zimmerman to use a public defender in his alleged stalking case after he filed documents saying he’s $2.5 million in debt and has zero income. Zimmerman is facing stalking accusations in his latest legal woes since his 2013 acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Details of his finances were filed in a ...

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GOP House Candidate: Puerto Rican Evacuees Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Register To Vote In Florida [VIDEO]

Politico reports: A Florida congressional candidate is under fire for saying that he didn’t believe hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico should be allowed to register to vote in the Sunshine State, a comment that some fellow Republicans denounced as complicating GOP efforts to reach out to a growing segment of voters. Amid the blowback at his remarks, political newcomer John ...

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Florida Town Apologizes For Zombie Alert During Power Outage: We Currently Have No Zombie Activity

The Palm Beach Post reports: A city power outage alert in Lake Worth on Sunday caused concern in residents for its mention of zombies. That’s correct. Zombies. Lake Worth Live, a community Facebook page, said an update from the city indicated the message was unintended. “We are looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies,” said Ben Kerr, the city’s ...

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FLORIDA: Grocery Chain Faces Boycott After Donating $670,000 To Pro-NRA GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Publix has been Florida’s favorite grocery chain for decades — but some shoppers are turning their backs on the store after learning it donated more than half a million dollars to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam. A handful of state advocacy groups have gone to social media — Twitter in particular — urging shoppers to “#BoycottPublix” ...

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MIAMI: Man Wounded By Police After Ranting About Trump And Firing Gun In Lobby Of Trump Doral Resort

The Washington Post reports: A man who was allegedly “actively shooting” in the lobby of Trump National Doral Miami in Doral, Fla., and “yelling” about President Trump was shot and wounded by police early Friday morning, authorities said. Both Miami-Dade Police and Doral Police responded to reports of shots fired at the hotel, Doral Police Chief Hernan Organvidez said during ...

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Giuliani Goes House Hunting For Post-Divorce Place Near Trump: “I Could Be A Commercial For Palm Beach”

Politico reports: Rudy Giuliani says he’s looking for a new Palm Beach home as his two condos are up in the air per the divorce from his third wife, Judith Nathan. ”If you hear of a nice home on a golf course let me know,” Giuliani said. “My boss doesn’t have homes on his golf courses.” He said he likes ...

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MIAMI BEACH: Hate Crime Charges For Gay Bashers

The Miami Herald reports: The four young men accused of attacking a gay couple on South Beach face stiffer penalties after prosecutors charged them Thursday under Florida’s hate-crime enhancement law. The group was charged with aggravated battery committed with prejudice, which means each could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the attack that took place during ...

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ORLANDO: Interim Pulse Memorial Opens [VIDEO]

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The onePULSE Foundation is unveiling the Orlando nightclub’s “interim” memorial today, designed to be a temporary tribute to the victims and survivors of the 2016 mass shooting. During a dedication ceremony this morning, Pulse nightclub owner and onePULSE Foundation founder Barbara Poma thanked local companies that contributed to the project. She also praised the survivors and ...

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