Friday, February 21, 2020

Orlando's state attorney and public defender partner with Morgan firm to start bail fund for poor people

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 10:11 AM

"The cash bail system has created a structure where people of means are treated fairly and poor are unduly penalized for their circumstances," said Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala. As a way to help poor people who have committed nonviolent offenses pay bail, the offices of Ayala and...

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Florida House approves term limits for local school board members

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 9:42 AM

The Florida House on Thursday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that could lead to term limits for county school board members across the state. If the Senate goes along with the proposal, voters in November would decide whether to impose the eight-year term limits – similar to limits approved...

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Florida's parental-consent abortion bill heads to likely signature by Gov. DeSantis

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 8:58 AM

Minors who seek abortions would be required to obtain parental consent or convince judges to waive the requirement under a bill that received final legislative approval Thursday and has the support of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Thursday’s 75-43 vote in the House was a victory for DeSantis, who said on...

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Central Florida Dems endorsing Bloomberg can't feel great watching him get eviscerated by Elizabeth Warren

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Narrowed down to six candidates, last night's debate in Las Vegas, the ninth of 12 total debates, was about staying power and consistency – like a boxer in the late rounds of a marathon bout. But Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York, was little more than...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Court rules Florida can’t keep ex-felons from voting because they're poor

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 5:45 PM

Delivering a harsh rebuke to Gov. Ron DeSantis, an appeals court on Wednesday upheld a federal judge’s decision that the state cannot bar voting by felons who can’t afford to pay court-ordered fees and fines. A requirement that felons pay “legal financial obligations,” such as fees, fines and restitution,...

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A new, right-wing Florida coffee shop called 'Conservative Grounds' opens this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Tampa Bay will soon be home to a coffee shop dedicated to Trump, guns, and conservative values. Conservative Grounds, which officially opens this weekend, has all of your basic coffee and espresso drinks, as well as a replica of the White House’s Oval Office (complete with cardboard cutouts of...

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Seminole County alligator flips inflatable kayak, stranding two boaters

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 1:47 PM

Imagine your nice, relaxing kayak ride being rudely interrupted by an alligator who flipped over your inflatable boat. That's exactly what happened to two kayakers on the Econlockhatchee River on Monday, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents. The kayakers, who ended up getting lost after the incident, had...

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George Zimmerman sues Democratic presidential candidates over Trayvon Martin birthday tweet

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 12:18 PM

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, has filed suit against presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for posting tweets about Martin on Feb. 5, which would have been his 25th birthday. The lawsuit argues, though the...

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Trespasser at Orlando theme parks under investigation after posting YouTube videos

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 11:40 AM

A series of YouTube videos showing Central Florida theme park trespassers after-hours is being investigated by law enforcement. The videos, posted by content creator Matthew St. Cyr, feature him trespassing after hours into attractions at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. St. Cyr has explored several theme parks, including...

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Flu is a bigger worry for Florida than coronavirus

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 10:02 AM

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told on Tuesday. While the coronavirus that started in China has spawned massive media attention – and reams of misinformation – Tampa General Hospital physician and University of South Florida faculty...

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