Tag Archives: Florida

LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds First 2020 Re-Election Rally

Fox News reports: Tony Ledbetter, the coordinator of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., said the event would be the president’s “first re-election rally.” Speaking in the hours before Trump’s event, Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, said he was excited for the event to take place. He coordinated over 9,000 volunteers and supporters ...

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FLORIDA: Court Strikes Down NRA-Backed Law Banning Doctors From Discussing Gun Safety With Patients

The New York Times reports: A federal appeals court cleared the way on Thursday for Florida doctors to talk to their patients about gun safety, overturning a 2011 law that pitted medical providers against the state’s powerful gun lobby. In its 10-to-1 ruling, the full panel of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit concluded that ...

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FLORIDA: Feds Bust Man In Complex Scheme To Bomb Target Stores So He Could Buy Their Stock Cheaply

The Orlando Sentinel reports: An Ocala man made at least 10 explosive devices in hopes of blowing up Targets along the East Coast in an elaborate and deadly scheme to buy cheap stocks of the company, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Mark Charles Barnett, 48, was charged with possession or a possession of a destructive device affecting commerce ...

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Orlando Launches New City Flag Contest [VIDEO]

Calling all gay graphics designers. Via press release: Why a new flag? A flag is more than just a symbol, it is a source of civic pride that makes people feel more connected to their city. As the City of Orlando’s story continues to evolve, so does the need for a visual identity that is unique to Orlando. The contest ...

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Trump To Hold First Re-Election Rally On Saturday

Florida Politics reports: President Donald Trump will be holding a rally in Melbourne Saturday afternoon in what is essentially a re-election campaign stop being promoted by his campaign. Team Trump-Pence, the successor to Donald J. Trump for President, announced the president’s rally will be at a 5 p.m. event at the AeroMod International Hanger at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. The ...

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FLORIDA: Jacksonville City Council Approves LGBT Rights Ordinance After Years Of Ugly Battles

I first began reporting on this ugly battle five years ago and last night the good guys finally won. The Florida Times-Union reports: In a historic moment for gay rights advocates, city leaders on Tuesday outlawed discrimination against the LGBT community. Less than an hour after the City Council passed legislation that banned discrimination against gay and transgender people, Mayor ...

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FLORIDA: Mar-A-Lago Member Posts Facebook Photo With Man He Claims Carries The “Nuclear Football”

Mediaite reports: On Saturday night, Donald Trump dined with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Reports have come in from all over that the two world leaders took calls about North Korea’s ballistic missile tests in front of other diners. Paying members of the social club had the added bonus of entertainment with their meals ...

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FLORIDA: GOP Official Mocks Jeering Crowd For Not Believing His Obamacare “Death Panels” Claim [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: During a town hall for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) today, the secretary of the county’s Republican Party was met with loud jeers and chants of “liar” when he made the claim that there’s a “death panel” provision in the Affordable Care Act. Speaking to the crowd, Bill Akins attempted to explain why he was against Obamacare, but found ...

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FLORIDA: Judge Sides With Orlando Bakery Which Declined To Place “Abomination” Message On Cake

The Orlando Weekly reports: A mother-and-daughter bakery did not discriminate against a potential customer when the owners refused to make a cake with an anti-gay slogan, an administrative law judge decided this week. Administrative Law Judge J. Bruce Culpepper’s recommended order in favor of Cut the Cake comes nearly two years after the Central Florida bakery was targeted by Arizona ...

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Court Orders Trump To Pay $6M To Golf Club Members Whose Deposits Were Kept When They Resigned

Politico reports: A federal judge has ordered a golf club owned by President Donald Trump to refund nearly $6 million to members who said Trump’s team essentially confiscated refundable deposits after taking over the country club in 2012 U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that the Trump National Jupiter Golf Club violated the contracts with members by retaining ...

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John Stemberger Has The Boy Scouts Sadz

The Florida hate group leader who once declared that it was “worth dying” to stop same-sex marriage is very upset about yesterday’s rule change by the Boy Scouts. Via press release from Christian Newswire: “This is a profoundly sad but inevitable decision on the part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The ‘key three’ leadership of the BSA assured ...

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FLORIDA: Pastor Forced To Flee Naked After Church Member Catches Him In Bed With His Wife [VIDEO]

JMG reader Bill tips us to this story from the Christian Post: The Rev. O. Jermaine Simmons Sr., pastor of the popular Jacob Chapel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, who recently authored a book focused on issues of godly manhood, was sent running for his life last Tuesday after one of his parishioners found him in bed with his wife. ...

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FLORIDA: Two Teens Arrested For Columbine-Style Mass Shooting Plot, Weapons Found At Both Of Their Homes

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: Students at The Villages Charter Middle School are being heralded as heroes for speaking up and potentially stopping a school shooting. School officials said they heard rumors Tuesday about a 13-year-old student planning a mass shooting and carrying it out Friday. The middle schooler was taken into custody and admitted to authorities that he and a ...

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FBI Arrests Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Shooter

USA Today reports: The wife of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people in a shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub last June, was arrested Monday on a charge of obstructing justice, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY. Noor Salman was taken into custody by the FBI at her Northern California home. The law enforcement official, who ...

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BREAKING: Mass Shooting At Fort Lauderale Airport

According to breaking reports, nine people were injured and at least one is dead in an apparent mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport this afternoon. The shooter is reportedly in custody. Thousands of passengers have been evacuated out onto the tarmac. Former White House press secretary and CNN commentator Ari Fleischer happened to be there and he’s live-tweeting from ...

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Fort Lauderdale Becomes “World’s First” Destination To Use Transgender Models In Mainstream Advertising

Via press release: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign on January 9th featuring three transgender models, and will become the world’s first destination to use transgender models in mainstream destination advertising. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s campaign, which also features straight, gay and lesbian models, follows the destination’s long and storied ...

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PAYOFF: Pam Bondi To Get White House Job

It looks like Pam Bondi is getting her reward for refusing to investigate Trump University three days after Hair Furor gifted her campaign with $25,000. The Tampa Bay Times reports: Immediately after Donald Trump was elected president, one Florida name was floated above the rest for a job in his administration: Attorney General Pam Bondi. About two weeks out from ...

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Trump Presidency Pre-Sale Nets $420,000

About 800 socialites, business moguls, and lobbyists paid a minimum of $525 each to be in the presence of Hair Furor and his children at Mar-A-Lago’s sold-out New Year’s Eve bash. Teen Vogue reports: Incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks attempted to dismiss concern that the Mar-a-Lago’s pricy New Year’s Eve Party comprised yet another conflict of ...

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High-Rollers Rush To Buy Access To Trump At Mar-A-Lago’s “Opulent And Majestic” New Year’s Eve Bash

The Huffington Post reports: Tickets were on sale for a lavish New Year’s Eve party that President-elect Donald Trump and his family are hosting at the Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend, which once again raises those thorny ethics question that have dogged Trump’s presidential transition. Mar-a-Lago sold the tickets, according to Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel. Since Trump himself owns the Palm ...

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Swag Tuesday: Ending Anita

We have a very special Swag Tuesday today – three autographed copies of Ending Anita, our own Father Tony Adams’ recounting of how two Key West bartenders become the first couple in Florida to win a same-sex marriage lawsuit. From the book’s Amazon description: ENDING ANITA is the story of Aaron Huntsman and Lee Jones, the two gay, outspoken and ...

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