Tag Archives: Florida

FLORIDA: Death Toll Rises As Searchers Find Bodies

The Associated Press reports: Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm’s fury became ever clearer. But he gave no details on the number of dead. The death toll across the South stood at 13, not counting any victims discovered …

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FLORIDA: Gillum Lawyers Warn TV Stations To Stop Airing “Defamatory” Ads From State Republican Party

Talking Points Memo reports: Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum on Thursday demanded that Florida TV stations stop broadcasting a “maliciously false” attack ad put out by the state Republican Party, warning that further broadcast of the ad would be intentionally defamatory. In a cease-and-desist letter, lawyers for the Gillum campaign claims the ad was approved by his GOP opponent Rep. …

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Massive Storm Damage In Florida’s Panhandle [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The Category 4 hurricane was the fiercest to hit Florida in 80 years when it came ashore on Wednesday, but its strength waned as it pushed into Georgia. Early on Thursday, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, with top sustained winds diminishing to 60 miles per hour. More than 700,000 homes and businesses were without power …

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Michael Blasts Ashore Near Cat 5 With 155 MPH Winds

The Associated Press reports: Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael tore away tree limbs and sent pieces of buildings flying as it struck the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds and towering storm surge. The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 Hurricane with 155 mph winds, the National Hurricane Center …

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FLORIDA: “Unprecedented” Michael To Make Landfall At Category 4, Gov Says It’s Too Late To Leave [VIDEO]

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Michael roared down on the Florida Panhandle strengthening into a Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday before it crashes against the region’s white-sand beaches, fishing villages and coastal communities later in the day. The unexpected brute that quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression grew swiftly, rising in days to a catastrophic storm. Around midday it …

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FLORIDA: Media Surfaces 2011 Book By Ron DeSantis In Which He Excuses Slavery, Attacks Women’s Rights

The Miami New Times reports: Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ 2011 tome, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers, is terrible. It’s a book-long screed from the then-Tea Party candidate, in which DeSantis screams at President Barack Obama for 286 pages, implies he is a closet Marxist, and at one point writes that Obama has “Muslim roots.” The book sucks because it …

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“Monstrous” Hurricane Michael Reaches Category 3

The Associated Press reports: An estimated 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 120 mph and a potential storm surge of 12 feet. Beach dwellers rushed to board up their homes and sandbag their properties against …

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Hurricane Michael Intensifies Rapidly, Cat 4 Landfall Possible, Evacuations Ordered In FL Panhandle [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Hurricane Michael rapidly intensified on Monday between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, and is headed for Florida’s Big Bend region — likely coming ashore between Destin and Apalachicola on Wednesday — as a major Category 3 or 4 storm. Hurricane and storm surge warnings are now in effect for parts of Florida, with watches extending west into Alabama. …

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Hurricane Watch Issued For Florida’s Gulf Coast

The Associated Press reports: A tropical storm off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has rapidly strengthened and could become a dangerous hurricane before an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said Monday. By Monday morning, Tropical Storm Michael’s maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center expected Michael to become a …

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FLORIDA: Tom Steyer To Spend $5M Backing Gillum

The New York Times reports: Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and Democratic activist, has directed his political operation to spend more than $5 million aiding Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor of Florida, an enormous investment that will test whether fired-up Democratic voters can flip control of a state long dominated by Republicans. The campaign between Mr. Gillum, who is the …

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FLORIDA: Bill Nelson +7 In New US Senate Poll

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: In the Florida U.S. Senate race, which could be critical to control of the Senate this year, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson moves into a 53 – 46 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. This compares to a 49 – 49 percent …

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Cultist Hangs Trump 2020 Banner At Disney World

Newsweek reports: A man visiting Walt Disney World on Sunday hung a banner at Magic Kingdom touting the re-election of President Donald Trump. The man claiming to be behind the banner was Dion Cini, a longtime Trump supporter from New York. Cini told Newsweek on Monday that he wanted a “viral effect” in showing his support for the 45th president …

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Top Ron DeSantis Donor Calls Obama The N-Word

Politico reports: Republican activist who donated more than $20,000 to Ron DeSantis and lined up a speech for him at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club called President Obama a “F—- MUSLIM N—-” on Twitter recently, in addition to other inflammatory remarks. Steven M. Alembik told POLITICO Wednesday he wrote the Obama tweet in anger, that he’s “absolutely not” a racist and …

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Florida Poll: Gillum +7, Dead Heat In Senate Race

The Tampa Bay Times reports: A new poll released Wednesday shows Andrew Gillum ahead of Ron DeSantis by seven percentage points in the race for governor, while the U.S. Senate race is still in a dead heat.  According to the poll, 42 percent of respondents said they would vote for Gillum, the Democratic nominee, while 35 percent chose DeSantis, the …

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FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Booed Out Of Event [VIDEO]

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: With the noxious odor of red tide hanging in the air and a fresh wave of dead fish washing up on nearby Gulf beaches, a large crowd of people incensed about the devastating algae bloom that has plagued the region for months directed their anger at Gov. Rick Scott during a campaign event in Venice Monday. …

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Rasmussen: Gillum +6 In Florida Gubernatorial Race

From the right-leaning Rasmussen Polls: Democrat Andrew Gillum holds a six-point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the race to be Florida’s next governor. The first Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of the race finds that Gillum earns 48% support to DeSantis’ 42% among Likely Florida Voters. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) …

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FLORIDA: Andrew Gillum +4 In New Gubernatorial Poll

The Tampa Bay Times reports: A new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll shows Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican Ron DeSantis among likely voters in the Florida governor’s race. The poll, which was conducted from Sept. 6 through Sept. 9, asked 514 likely voters who they would vote for in the November gubernatorial election. 47 percent said Gillum, and 43 percent …

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FLORIDA: GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis Resigns From House To Focus On Gubernatorial Race, Effective Immediately

NBC News reports: U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is resigning from Congress as he mounts his bid to become Florida’s next governor. DeSantis sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday announcing his immediate resignation. The northeast Florida Republican said in his letter that he will be spending time campaigning and it would be “inappropriate” to accept a salary …

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FLORIDA: DeSantis Picks Gubernatorial Running Mate Who Once Tweeted “Con-Man Trump #SupportsKKK”

The Miami Herald reports: Miami state Rep. Jeanette Nuñez is to be named Republican Ron DeSantis’ running mate Thursday, the first time a Cuban-American woman has been chosen as a lieutenant governor candidate in Florida, sources familiar with the decision tell POLITICO. Nuñez, a Miami native who has served for eight years in the Florida House, would not comment about …

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FLORIDA: Andrew Gillum +3 In New Gubernatorial Poll

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: The Florida governor’s race is too close to call, with 50 percent of likely voters for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, and 47 percent for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. There are wide gender and racial gaps, as men back DeSantis 52 – 45 percent, …

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