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Friday, October 30, 2020

Orange County woman so determined to vote, she stopped to cast ballot on her way to giving birth

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 9:13 AM

An Orange County woman did her civic duty for two on Tuesday afternoon when she cast her ballot from the parking lot of the Supervisor of Elections office on Kaley … while in labor and en route to the hospital to give birth. The woman, who has not been...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Nearly half of Florida voters have already cast their ballots in the 2020 general election

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 9:25 PM

More than 6.9 million Floridians had voted as of Wednesday morning, with six days remaining before the Nov. 3 general election. In all, 6,921,358 people had cast ballots, nearly 48 percent of the registered voters in the state. Registered Democrats had returned about 621,000 more mail-in ballots than Republicans,...

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Florida Man changed Gov. Ron DeSantis' voter registration, guv discovers while at an early voting site

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 8:51 PM

Florida’s top elections official Wednesday said the state’s voter-registration systems are secure after a Naples man was accused of going online and using information from Wikipedia to change the voting address of Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday...

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Iconic Orlando LGBTQ+ club Parliament House to close after one last weekend

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 7:52 PM

Say it ain't so! In what seems very much the end of an era, venerable Orlando gay club and resort Parliament House will close the doors of its Orange Blossom Trail location permanently on Monday, Nov. 2, after over 40 years of revelry and liberation. On Wednesday evening, a...

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DeSantis supports lifting travel restrictions so U.K., Brazilian tourists can return to Central Florida

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 9:56 AM

Gov. Ron DeSantis supports lifting federal COVID-19 restrictions on travelers from the United Kingdom and Brazil to help Florida’s struggling tourism industry. With advances in rapid testing and airline cleaning protocols, DeSantis said relaxing rules about travelers would help Central Florida, particularly entertainment venues that have also stepped up...

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Faced with an election loss, Trump will sow doubt about the truth. We can’t let that happen

Race to the finish

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 5:58 AM

I was a staffer on George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, and I experienced first-hand the chaotic uncertainty and political maneuvering that was the  Florida recount. As historically bad as that time was for our country, it pales in comparison to what may be to come if vote counts on...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Celebrate Halloween with a sighting of a rare 'Blue Moon' for the first time in almost 80 years

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

On this fateful Halloween night (Saturday, Oct. 31), the stars will align to present us with a fittingly spooky full moon – and a "blue moon" at that. As of Tuesday, Orlando's weather should yield clear skies, ideal conditions for admiring (or howling at, dancing beneath, etc.) the unique lunar phase....

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Proud Boys sightings are now a regular occurrence at Republican rallies in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 4:54 PM

During a Friday Trump campaign rally at Florida’s largest retirement community, the Villages, a man wearing a Proud Boys hat was spotted repeatedly flashing the “White Power” hand gesture directly behind the president’s podium. At one point the president said, “We have made America proud again.” The man then...

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Brightline looks to have Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail route complete by 2025

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Private higher-speed rail company Brightline recently laid out a new timeline for its route from Tampa to Orlando. Michael Cegelis, Brightline’s executive vice president of rail infrastructure, said in a meeting that the Disney station would be taking priority, meaning work on the route’s construction is now set to...

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Florida state Rep. Sabatini misses filing deadline in COVID case challenging Leon County's mask requirement

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2020 at 10:38 AM

An attorney for Leon County Republican Chairman Evan Power faces a new deadline to file a brief in a challenge to a county ordinance requiring people to wear face masks — or the case could be dismissed. The 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday gave Power’s attorney, state...

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