Tag Archives: Florida

Florida Gov To Battle Trump On “Dumping” Migrants

Axios reports: Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will fight any federal plans that include “dumping” hundreds of migrants in southern Florida from the U.S.-Mexico border — even if that means taking it to President Trump directly. The federal government has reached capacity for processing the thousands of migrants crossing the border, forcing officials to find other options while …

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FLORIDA: Three Radio Stations To Air Two Minutes Of Trump Speeches Every Hour Until 2020 Election Day

The Wrap reports: A trio of Florida radio stations have announced they will each be broadcasting two minute snippets of Trump speeches every hour of every day until the end of the 2020 presidential race, with the first broadcasts to begin Friday. Gulf Coast Media Inc., which owns 105.1, WASJ, HANK FM, 103.5 WKNK and Classic Rock 95.9 WRBA in …

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Court: Florida Must Provide Spanish-Language Ballots

NBC News reports: Advocates for Spanish-speaking voters in Florida are celebrating a significant win Friday after District Judge Mark Walker issued an order requiring 32 of the state’s 67 counties to provide election materials and assistance to Spanish-speaking voters before the 2020 presidential primary. Walker’s decision comes after several civic engagement groups and individuals sued the state secretary of state …

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FLORIDA: Guns For Teachers Bill Passes Final Vote

Reuters reports: Florida’s legislature on Wednesday passed a bill allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom, expanding a program launched after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland with the aim of preventing another such massacre. Florida’s House of Representatives voted 65 to 47 to pass the bill after hours of debate over two days in which the Republican …

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Tampa Elects Its First Openly Lesbian Mayor [VIDEO]

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Jane Castor is Tampa’s next mayor, making history as the first openly gay mayor to gain office in Tampa Bay. The retired police chief crushed opponent David Straz with 73 percent of the vote, stretching a near-win in the primary seven weeks ago into a full-on rout Tuesday night. It was over before the first …

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Easter Bunny Pummels Man In Street Brawl [VIDEO]

Click Orlando reports: The Easter Bunny was hopping mad for some reason in downtown Orlando. Video posted on Instagram, which has gone viral and has been posted by several media outlets, shows a costumed character getting involved in a fight between two others. Apparently, the fight began when a man bumped into a woman and the duo began fighting. The …

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FLORIDA: George Zimmerman Kicked Off Dating Apps

The New York Daily News reports: George Zimmerman’s quest for love on Tinder has gone up in flames. The 35-year-old Florida man, who was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin more than six years ago, was recently trolling for dates on the popular app until he got the boot after creating a phony profile with a fake …

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REPORT: Biden Films Spanish-Language Campaign Ad

Politico reports: In the run-up to his expected presidential campaign announcement, former Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters cut a Spanish-language ad in South Florida over the weekend emphasizing healthcare, education and his biography. The Saturday film shoot was a hushed affair — paid local actors signed non-disclosure agreements promising not to discuss the job. But some posted images on social …

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Dozens Of Secret Graves Found At Florida Boys School

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Workers who were preparing for a massive cleanup of a fuel storage site near one of the nation’s most notorious reform schools have discovered something far worse than ground pollution: evidence of 27 possible “clandestine” graves. A company hired to evaluate underground storage tanks adjacent to the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna performed a series …

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FLORIDA: GOP #QAnon Follower To Run For Congress

Florida Politics reports: If U.S. Rep. Al Lawson hopes to represent Florida’s 5th Congressional District again, the second-term Democrat will now have to dispatch a Republican. But not just any Republican; Lawson’s new GOP opponent is sympathetic to QAnon populist far-right conspiracies. Matthew Lusk, a bookseller from Macclenny, will be the latest competitor for Lawson, who has yet to encounter …

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Parkland Terrorist Sends Love Letters To Pen Pals

The Washington Post reports: In love letters knotted with stick figures and smiley faces, Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz looks toward the future. “I really want kids. I think of it all the time, you know the joy they bring,” Cruz, 20, wrote on Halloween to Miley, one of his many online admirers whom he has reached from prison, according …

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Florida Mayor Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, said in a video released Thursday morning that he’s running for president. “The promise of America belongs to all of us. That’s why I’m going to be running for president. To be your champion,” Messam said in the video. He formally kicks off the campaign on Saturday, with a …

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Second Parkland Survivor Dies In Apparent Suicide

ABC News reports: A second survivor of the Parkland shooting has died by suicide, the Coral Springs Police Department in Florida confirmed to the Miami Herald on Sunday. Police told the newspaper that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in “an apparent suicide” on Saturday night. The death of this student follows that of 19-year-old Sydney Aiello, …

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Traumatized Parkland Survivor Takes Own Life

NBC News reports: On the day a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sydney Aiello escaped with her life. However, the grief of losing 17 of her classmates and teachers, as well as the long-lasting effects of enduring such a traumatic event, weighed heavily on her. And this weekend, at the age of 19, Aiello took her …

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FLORIDA: Public School Bible Study Bill Advances

The Tampa Bay Times reports: A bill that would require Florida public high schools to offer an elective course on the Old Testament and New Testament began moving through the Florida House on Wednesday, but not without significant concerns raised about its possible unconstitutionality. Bill sponsor Rep. Kim Daniels [photo], a Jacksonville Democrat who last year passed legislation requiring schools …

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PHOTOS: At The LGBTQ Task Force’s 2019 Winter Party

Let’s take a break from Trump World for a hot sweaty moment for some photos of our people celebrating their lives and raising money for a good cause down in sunny Miami Beach. Via press release: The Winter Party Festival produced by the National LGBTQ Task Force is one of the world’s largest and best-loved celebrations for the lesbian, gay, …

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POLL: Trump Underwater In Critical Swing State Florida

The Hill reports: A majority of Florida voters surveyed in a poll released early Wednesday said they do not believe President Trump should be reelected in 2020. The poll shows that 40 percent of registered Florida voters said they think Trump should be reelected, while 53 did not support a second term. Among Republicans, 72 percent of respondents said Trump …

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FLORIDA: GOP Bill Would Undo All Local LGBT Rights

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Just when advocates for a statewide LGBTQ civil-rights appear to have more support than ever — including from a growing number of Republicans — another bill in the Florida Legislature is threatening to eliminate anti-discrimination measures already enacted by cities and counties. On its face, House Bill 3 would preempt local governments from imposing new regulations …

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FLORIDA: Hate Crime Charges For Man Who Shouted N-Word, Brandished Gun At Teen Protesters [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Mark Bartlett, who is white, originally was charged only with carrying a concealed firearm after he allegedly pulled a gun on protesters blocking a Miami street as a part of a demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But prosecutors announced hate crime charges on Tuesday, citing the completion of final interviews and witness statements. Bartlett, 51, …

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DeSantis Asks Trump For Florida Space Command HQ

The Hill reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sent a letter to President Trump Tuesday requesting that the United States Space Command be headquartered in Florida. DeSantis touted the Sunshine State’s ties to both the military and space travel, suggesting its existing relations would make Florida an ideal location to headquarter the command. “As the most military friendly state in …

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