Tag Archives: Florida

FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill To Arm Teachers

UPDATE: Scott has signed the bill. The Associated Press reports: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to meet Friday afternoon with families of the 17 people killed in a school shooting and sign a $400 million school safety bill with new gun controls opposed by the NRA and a plan to arm staff that teachers don’t want. State Rep. Jared ...

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FLORIDA: Woman Sues Tampa Restaurant For $1.5M Over Alleged Injuries From Drag Performer’s Breasts

NBC News Tampa reports: A woman who visited Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa is suing the establishment for $1.5 million after, she said, she was injured by a drag queen’s breasts. According to the complaint, Neldin Molina said she was with other guests and family members at the restaurant for dinner in May of 2015 to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Amanda ...

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Florida GOP Rep: Don’t Listen To Student Activists Because Adults Make The Laws, Not Children [VIDEO]

This rant from Tuesday is blowing up today. Carbonated reports: Florida State Rep. Elizabeth Porter is not a fan of young activists. The Republican lawmaker made it clear when she went on criticizing her colleagues who support students protesting against existing gun laws, stating it was an “adult’s” job to make policies. “We’ve been told that we need to listen ...

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FLORIDA: Governor Gets Bill To Begin Arming Teachers

Tallahassee.com reports: The Florida House sent the state’s first gun control measures in 22 years to Gov. Rick Scott on a 67-50 vote. The measure that also creates a school marshal program to arm classroom teachers comes three weeks after 17 were slain at a Parkland high school. Scott said he will read the bill and talk with family members ...

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Florida GOP State Senator: Thoughts And Prayers Are The Only Thing That Will Ever Stop Mass Shootings

The Tampa Bay Times reports: “Thoughts and prayers” are the only thing that could stop the evil behind mass shootings, according to Florida state Sen. Kelli Stargel. At a debate on a proposed assault weapons ban in the Florida legislature, Stargel said “it’s not the weapon, it’s the evil from within” that leads people to commit deadly crimes. “When we ...

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Roy Moore Accuser To Run For Florida House

The Birmingham News reports: Deborah Gibson, one of the women who said failed Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued her romantically as a teenager, has signaled her intention to run for the Florida Legislature. Gibson said she will seek the 89th District Seat in the Florida House as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by Republican Bill Hager. “Coming off ...

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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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