Tag Archives: Florida

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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FLORIDA: Sixth Grader Arrested After Confrontation Over His Refusal To Say Pledge Of Allegiance [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A sixth grader in Florida was arrested after his refusal to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance escalated into a confrontation with police and school officials, authorities said. The unnamed boy was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence on Feb. 4, the Lakeland Police Department said in a news release. A …

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CNN Hires Former Florida Gov Candidate Andrew Gillum

The Associated Press reports: Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum is joining CNN as a political commentator. The cable network announced the move Tuesday. The former Tallahassee mayor ran for governor last year but narrowly lost to former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Despite his loss in the governor’s race, Gillum is among the young Democratic Party liberals who excited …

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Florida GOP Bill Would Allow Schools To Teach Against “Controversial” Evolution And Climate Change Theories

The Tampa Bay Times reports: A bill that would allow school districts to teach Florida students alternatives to concepts deemed “controversial theories” — such as human-caused climate change and evolution — has been filed in the state Legislature. The group that wrote the bill, the Florida Citizens Alliance, says the bill is needed because curriculum currently taught in Florida schools …

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FLORIDA: GOP Secretary Of State Resigns After Drag Blackface Photos Mocking Katrina Victims Go Public

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Michael Ertel, the newly appointed Secretary of State of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has resigned after photos emerged of him posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim in blackface at a private Halloween party 14 years ago. The photos obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat were shown to the Governor’s Office on Thursday morning. Hours later it issued a …

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FBI Arrests Man For Impersonating Parkland Terrorist To Send Threatening Messages To Survivors And Families

No mugshot yet for this guy. That’s Nikolas Cruz above. The Miami Herald reports: A California man used Instagram to “harass and intimidate” the relatives and friends of the victims of the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida. Brandon Fleury, of Santa …

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Florida Gov Suspends Sheriff Over Parkland Response

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis removed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office Friday, replacing him after 10 months of turmoil spawned by the slaughter of 17 staff and students in Parkland. The governor replaced Israel with former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, 40, who has a background in active-shooter training and becomes the first black sheriff …

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FLORIDA: Voting Rights Restored For 1.4M Felons

NPR reports: Tuesday is a historic day in Florida. Under an amendment passed by the voters in November, as many as 1.4 million former felons are regaining the right to vote. The referendum overturned a 150-year-old law that permanently disenfranchised people with felony convictions. Before the change, people who served their time could apply for clemency to a board headed …

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Trump To Spend 16 Days At Mar-A-Lago Over Holidays

The Palm Beach Post reports: President Donald Trump is expected to spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, according to an alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration this morning. The alert warns pilots to avoid the airspace over Mar-a-Lago during the more than two-week time frame, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. Trump’s extended …

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FLORIDA: Gov-Elect Ron DeSantis Appoints Evolution, Climate Change Deniers To Education Transition Team

Education Week reports: Newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed the members of his transition team for education—and on it are two people linked to efforts to weaken the teaching of evolution and climate change, among other topics. One of them, Keith Flaugh, is the managing director of the Florida Citizens Alliance, a local advocacy organization which supports “individual …

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Manafort’s Wife Faces Eviction From Florida Home

The Palm Beach Post reports: Paul Manafort’s efforts to make sure his wife could continue living in the couple’s Palm Beach Gardens home should he go to prison fizzled after special counsel Robert Mueller III filed court papers last week asking a judge to throw out the deal because Manafort lied. Also in the plea deal, Manafort agreed to forfeit …

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Florida Cop Demoted For Wearing #QAnon Patch

The Miami New Times reports: This past Friday, Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT member Matt Patten wore a QAnon conspiracy-theory patch while greeting Vice President Mike Pence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Today Patten was reprimanded and demoted from the SWAT team and BSO’s Office of Homeland Security. For the uninitiated, QAnon is the staggeringly dumb internet conspiracy theory that claims …

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