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Florida House ready to pass ‘sanctuary city’ ban

Posted: 5 days ago

Amid a national debate about immigration reform, the Republican-dominated Florida House is poised to approve a measure banning so-called “sanctuary cities” despite the objections of Democrats, immigrant advocates and civil rights groups. The House debated the controversial policy for hours Thursday — day three of the 2018...
Defiant Latvala resigns from Senate after sexual harassment findings
 Saying he has “had enough,” embattled state Sen. Jack Latvala resigned Wednesday, less than a day after a special master recommended a criminal probe into allegations that the Clearwater Republican had promised legislative favors for sex. Latvala’s resignation came after increasing pressure — including from Gov. Rick...

Posted: 27 days ago

Saying he has “had enough,” embattled state Sen. Jack Latvala resigned Wednesday, less than a day after a special master recommended a criminal probe into allegations that the Clearwater Republican had promised legislative favors for sex. Latvala’s resignation came after increasing pressure — including from Gov. Rick...
Scott urges Florida Sen. Latvala to resign after sex harassment report
 Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for the resignation of a fellow Republican, state Sen. Jack Latvala, a day after a special master found that Latvala not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but should also be investigated for possible public corruption. “Now that the special master report is complete and probable...

Posted: 27 days ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for the resignation of a fellow Republican, state Sen. Jack Latvala, a day after a special master found that Latvala not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but should also be investigated for possible public corruption. “Now that the special master report is complete and probable...
Scott wins at least temporary victory on Supreme Court appointments
 Saying it is too soon to rule on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a high-profile case about whether Gov. Rick Scott or his successor has the power to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms end as Scott’s tenure comes to a close. Thursday’s decision — which a dissenting justice asserted...

11:38 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Saying it is too soon to rule on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a high-profile case about whether Gov. Rick Scott or his successor has the power to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms end as Scott’s tenure comes to a close. Thursday’s decision — which a dissenting justice asserted...
Scott PSC appointee drops out after accusation by Benacquisto
 Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct continued to send shock waves through the Capitol on Monday, as an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott to the state’s utility-regulatory board withdrew from the job after an influential senator accused him of manhandling her at a charity event last year. Ritch Workman, a former state House member...

11:20 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct continued to send shock waves through the Capitol on Monday, as an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott to the state’s utility-regulatory board withdrew from the job after an influential senator accused him of manhandling her at a charity event last year. Ritch Workman, a former state House member...
Gov. Scott wants Supreme Court Justice Pariente off appointments case
 Gov. Rick Scott is asking that Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente be disqualified from ruling on a case focused on whether Scott has the authority to appoint three new justices before leaving office in early 2019. In a motion filed Monday, Scott’s lawyers requested the disqualification of Pariente because of comments she...

9:11 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott is asking that Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente be disqualified from ruling on a case focused on whether Scott has the authority to appoint three new justices before leaving office in early 2019. In a motion filed Monday, Scott’s lawyers requested the disqualification of Pariente because of comments she...
Florida female lawmakers push to make sex coercion in Capitol a crime
 Kentucky’s speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member’s sexual-harassment claims. A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her. RELATED: Florida...

9:55 PM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Kentucky’s speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member’s sexual-harassment claims. A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her. RELATED: Florida...
U.S. judge blocks Florida abortion law, says it violates free speech
 Calling it a “naked effort to impede speech on a disfavored topic,” a federal judge has blocked provisions of a sweeping Florida abortion law from going into effect. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle centered on part of the 2016 law dealing with people or organizations that provide advice to women considering abortions...

9:14 PM Monday, Oct. 02, 2017

Calling it a “naked effort to impede speech on a disfavored topic,” a federal judge has blocked provisions of a sweeping Florida abortion law from going into effect. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle centered on part of the 2016 law dealing with people or organizations that provide advice to women considering abortions...
Democrats pick up seat in Florida Senate with Taddeo win in Miami-Dade
 In a race viewed as a litmus test of President Donald Trump and Florida Democrats’ ability to make gains in local and statewide elections next year, Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo coasted to victory Tuesday in a race to replace a disgraced former state senator. The Colombia-born Democrat, who has never held public office, defeated...

6:41 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

In a race viewed as a litmus test of President Donald Trump and Florida Democrats’ ability to make gains in local and statewide elections next year, Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo coasted to victory Tuesday in a race to replace a disgraced former state senator. The Colombia-born Democrat, who has never held public office, defeated...
Taddeo, Diaz make last-minute pushes in heated Miami Senate race
 With some residents still in the dark and massive piles of debris dominating the landscape, the candidates seeking to replace a disgraced state senator spent the weekend scrambling to drum up support before a special election Tuesday in Miami-Dade County. Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo are vying for the Florida Senate...

9:43 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

With some residents still in the dark and massive piles of debris dominating the landscape, the candidates seeking to replace a disgraced state senator spent the weekend scrambling to drum up support before a special election Tuesday in Miami-Dade County. Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo are vying for the Florida Senate...
NEW: UF could allow event featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer
 With the threat of a federal lawsuit looming, University of Florida officials said Friday they will consider allowing white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. The university’s decision came after UF President Kent Fuchs last month rejected a request by “alt-right” leader Spencer, president of the National Policy...

8:28 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

With the threat of a federal lawsuit looming, University of Florida officials said Friday they will consider allowing white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. The university’s decision came after UF President Kent Fuchs last month rejected a request by “alt-right” leader Spencer, president of the National Policy...
Florida Supreme Court backs Scott in battle with state attorney
 The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases. In response to the 5-2 court decision, Ayala announced she is creating a “death penalty review panel,” with the aim of...

8:15 PM Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases. In response to the 5-2 court decision, Ayala announced she is creating a “death penalty review panel,” with the aim of...
Did Trump link, Obama endorsement matter in St. Pete mayor’s race?

10:07 PM Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

A virtual tie between St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker in a mayoral primary Tuesday has left Florida Democrats giddy and Republicans groping for ways to rebrand their candidate. Baker, a Republican former mayor who remained wildly popular years after leaving office, led Kriseman in polls and fundraising throughout...
BREAKING: Florida executes first prisoner since January 2016
 After spending nearly three decades on death row, murderer Mark James Asay was executed Thursday evening, the state’s first to be put to death in more than 19 months and the first execution under a lethal injection procedure never used before in any state. Asay’s execution at Florida State Prison was the first since a January...

10:59 PM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

After spending nearly three decades on death row, murderer Mark James Asay was executed Thursday evening, the state’s first to be put to death in more than 19 months and the first execution under a lethal injection procedure never used before in any state. Asay’s execution at Florida State Prison was the first since a January...
Florida to resume executions with first use of triple-drug injection
 Florida’s death penalty hiatus is slated to end Thursday, when the state plans to execute the first Death Row prisoner in more than 19 months. But the execution of Mark James Asay — a white supremacist accused of targeting black victims — won’t just be the first lethal injection since early 2016 in a state...

6:07 PM Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Florida’s death penalty hiatus is slated to end Thursday, when the state plans to execute the first Death Row prisoner in more than 19 months. But the execution of Mark James Asay — a white supremacist accused of targeting black victims — won’t just be the first lethal injection since early 2016 in a state...
UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer
 The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va. In a message to staff Wednesday morning, university President Kent Fuchs said the decision to deny the...

6:08 PM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va. In a message to staff Wednesday morning, university President Kent Fuchs said the decision to deny the...
New lethal injection drug focus of Florida execution fight
 It’s not unusual for lawyers representing Death Row prisoners whose execution dates have been set to file last-minute appeals to try to get more time to argue about why their clients should be spared. But an attempt by death-penalty lawyer Marty McClain on behalf of Mark James Asay, scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection...

10:14 PM Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017

It’s not unusual for lawyers representing Death Row prisoners whose execution dates have been set to file last-minute appeals to try to get more time to argue about why their clients should be spared. But an attempt by death-penalty lawyer Marty McClain on behalf of Mark James Asay, scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection...
Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period
 A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2-year-old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave Deputy Solicitor General Denise Harle 60 days to make...

10:03 PM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2-year-old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave Deputy Solicitor General Denise Harle 60 days to make...
Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court
 Whereas the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year has put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional. A majority of the Supreme Court blocked the law from going into effect in...

11:18 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

Whereas the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year has put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional. A majority of the Supreme Court blocked the law from going into effect in...
UPDATE: Palm Beach, Martin voters worried about Trump voter-data panel
 Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a special commission created by President Donald Trump. Fears about data breaches and identity theft — or flat-out aversion to what many perceive as a Big Brother-ish information gathering activity &mdash...

10:35 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a special commission created by President Donald Trump. Fears about data breaches and identity theft — or flat-out aversion to what many perceive as a Big Brother-ish information gathering activity &mdash...
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