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A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries
Elections
A Million More Floridians Voted by Mail in Tuesday Primaries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Navy pilot Scott Franklin has ousted Rep. Ross Spano, making the Florida congressman dogged by ethics investigations the eighth incumbent House member to be defeated in party primaries this year. Tuesday's contests were shaped by... Read More

Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?
Voting
Is Florida Law Implementing Amendment a Poll Tax?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a case that could have major ramifications ahead of the November election, a panel of federal judges in Atlanta questioned lawyers Tuesday about Florida’s decision to require felons to pay off all court fees and fines... Read More

A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading
Agriculture
A Century Ago, It Was a Florida Landscape Shrub. Now, It's a Pest Plant That Keeps Spreading

MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues... Read More

Trump Calls Off Florida Segment of GOP National Convention
2020 Elections
Trump Calls Off Florida Segment of GOP National Convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's hopes to salvage a four-night celebration for his reelection campaign have been thwarted by spiking coronavirus cases across the Sun Belt, with the president announcing Thursday that he was calling off the public events... Read More

Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why
Environment
Manatee Deaths in Florida Increase in 2020, and Experts Aren’t Sure Why

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Manatee deaths are on the rise in Florida. Coronavirus isn't likely at fault, but it has kept officials from performing as many necropsies as normal on the dead animals. As a result, experts from the Florida... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With Florida GOP to Block Ex-Felons from Voting
In The News
Supreme Court Sides With Florida GOP to Block Ex-Felons from Voting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned down an emergency appeal from voting rights lawyers Thursday, leaving in place what a federal judge in Florida called an unconstitutional “pay-to-vote system” that could prevent hundreds of thousands of ex-felons from casting a... Read More

GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020 Elections
GOP Scales Back Scope of Nominating Convention
2020-07-16 13:48:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is reducing the size of its planned presidential nominating convention in Jacksonville, Fla., in August in the face of a continued surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the state. The GOP’s plans... Read More

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
Congress
Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms Addressed in Bipartisan Bill
2020-07-15 19:37:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bill Posey, R-Fla., have introduced legislation that would create Centers of Excellence on Harmful Algal Bloom research, prevention, response, and mitigation to aid in the fight against harmful outbreaks of red tide and... Read More

Pandemic Parties Rage on Across South Florida Despite Growing Coronavirus Crisis
Florida
Pandemic Parties Rage on Across South Florida Despite Growing Coronavirus Crisis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pulsing parties in swanky South Beach mansions. Raging raves in Miami warehouses. Backyard bashes in Palm Beach manors where teenagers drink late into the night. South Florida is a world epicenter of coronavirus infections, but some... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Republican National Convention in Jacksonville
Political News
Lawsuit Seeks to Block Republican National Convention in Jacksonville
2020-07-09 19:06:22
by Dan McCue

A Jacksonville attorney filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a circuit court  to declare next month’s Republican National Convention a nuisance “injurious to the health,” and require it to either be cancelled or scaled down to a much smaller event with... Read More

Vote by Mail Has a Long History in Florida, but in 2020 It’s a Coronavirus Salvation and Battleground
2020 Elections
Vote by Mail Has a Long History in Florida, but in 2020 It’s a Coronavirus Salvation and Battleground

Voting by mail, a centerpiece of elections in Florida for almost 20 years, is being hailed in 2020 as a life-saving necessity amid the coronavirus pandemic and attacked by President Donald Trump and his supporters as “fraud.” Elections supervisors can... Read More

Appeals Court Halts Florida Felons from Registering to Vote, Pending Further Review
State News
Appeals Court Halts Florida Felons from Registering to Vote, Pending Further Review

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal appellate court has temporarily stopped a judge’s order that granted hundreds of thousands of felons the right to vote, the latest turn in Florida’s battle over felon voting rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
Political News
GOP State Lawmakers Make Bid to Keep Trump, RNC in North Carolina
2020-06-09 14:10:35
by Dan McCue

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina plan to vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow President Donald Trump to speak in front of a capacity crowd at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte without the restrictions officials have imposed on... Read More

A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court
Courts
A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court

MIAMI — The fate of billions of dollars squirreled away in the bank accounts, luxury properties and exotic cars of convicted Venezuelan officials and their business cronies has become entangled in a colossal legal battle in Miami federal court. On... Read More

Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote
State News
Judge Rules Against Florida on Felons Paying Fines to Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law requiring felons to pay legal fees as part of their sentences before regaining the vote is unconstitutional for those unable to pay, or unable to find out how much they owe, a federal... Read More

South Florida Prepares for Unique Hurricane Season
State News
South Florida Prepares for Unique Hurricane Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If Florida experiences the misfortune of a hurricane on top of an epidemic this year, the encounter will be unlike any previous confrontation with the powerful storms. If you lose power, it may take longer to... Read More

Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules
State News
Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange County, to register to vote despite not being able to afford the fines and fees imposed as part of their... Read More

Feds Reviewing Previously Unreported Cyber Attack on Florida Elections Office
State News
Feds Reviewing Previously Unreported Cyber Attack on Florida Elections Office

MIAMI — Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. Link, who was... Read More

Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights
State News
Panel of Federal Judges Asks Tough Questions About Florida Measure on Felon Voting Rights

ATLANTA — Three federal judges hearing a legal challenge to a Florida measure allowing felons to vote asked tough questions of the attorney for Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, repeatedly asking about the fairness of a subsequent bill that levied... Read More

Two Men Are in Prison for the Same Florida Murder. One May Be Innocent. He Also May Be Executed
In The News
Two Men Are in Prison for the Same Florida Murder. One May Be Innocent. He Also May Be Executed

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — On a June morning in 1985, a 30-year-old jail inmate named Jack Pearcy sat in an administrative room of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He agreed to be hooked up to a machine designed to... Read More

New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020 Elections
New Poll Finds Biden Widening Lead Over Other Dems in Florida
2020-01-15 21:33:32
by Dan McCue

Former Vice President Joe Biden has widened his lead to 26 points among Florida voters in the race to be the Democratic party's nominee for president in 2020, a new Florida Atlantic University poll shows. The statewide survey was conducted... Read More

Why Trump’s Iran Moves Matter for Florida’s Jewish Voters
Florida
Why Trump’s Iran Moves Matter for Florida’s Jewish Voters

WASHINGTON — For Jewish voters in Florida deeply interested in U.S. policy in Israel and the Middle East, Donald Trump’s presidency has posed something of a conflict. His strong stance for Israel and decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in... Read More

Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020 Elections
Trump on Defense in Battleground Florida After Narrow Victory in 2016
2020-01-10 23:43:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "The first thing you have to understand about Florida is, it's a complex state," the political operative said. "Trump won by just 1.2 percentage points," she said, speaking on background as she assessed the 2016 presidential race. "That's... Read More

Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem
Medicare
Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care. For Many in Florida, That’s a Problem

MIAMI — Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades. “It may have been around three, four years... Read More

Former Mayor Begins ‘Unprecedented Push’ in Florida on Voter Outreach, Campaign Donations
State News
Former Mayor Begins ‘Unprecedented Push’ in Florida on Voter Outreach, Campaign Donations

MIAMI — As part of his effort to help down-ballot Democrats grow their numbers in the Capitol, one-time gubernatorial candidate and former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has decided on 21 candidates to endorse and support financially in 2020. Gillum’s Forward... Read More

Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment
State News
Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost halfway through the ACA open enrollment period, Florida is leading the nation in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance, according to the federal data released on Wednesday. Of the 1.7 million... Read More

Feds Fault University, Florida Agency and Contractors for Deadly Bridge Collapse
State News
Feds Fault University, Florida Agency and Contractors for Deadly Bridge Collapse

WASHINGTON — During a hearing Tuesday on last year’s deadly collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian footbridge, the National Transportation Safety Board heard evidence from its staff engineers and investigators showing that the bridge’s “catastrophic failure” stemmed from a... Read More

Florida Senate Opens Session to Decide Fate of Broward Sheriff
State News
Florida Senate Opens Session to Decide Fate of Broward Sheriff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Emotions were high and security tight Monday as the Florida Senate convened a three-day special session to decide whether or not to uphold Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. At an early morning... Read More

House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
State News
House Committee Headed to Florida for Field Roundtable on WRDA
2019-10-18 20:14:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House Panel that deals with water resource and environmental issues will travel to South Florida this weekend for a roundtable on infrastructure projects to be considered for inclusion in the next Water Resources Development Act. Rep. Grace... Read More

Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror
Courts
Chief Judge Says She Doesn’t Have Authority to Remove Judge Who Jailed No-Show Juror

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Chief Judge Krista Marx said she wanted to make it clear to the residents of the county the limits of her authority when it comes to the question of intervening in the case that brought... Read More

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