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Top Legal Observers Praise Lagoa and Luck, Trump's 11th Circuit Nominees

September 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
Hillarie Bass, John M. Stewart and Dori Foster-Morales

Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck are still receiving an outpouring of support Friday, one day after President Donald Trump selected them to serve on the powerful federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Here’s what they are saying:

John M. Stewart, president of The Florida Bar

Trump Chooses Florida Justices Lagoa and Luck for 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
Justices Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa

President Donald J. Trump announced Thursday afternoon his intention to nominate two of Florida's newest Supreme Court justices, Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck, to serve as circuit judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. In so doing, the president likely will reshape the ideological bent of the 11th Circuit.

The president issued the announcement without comment, in a public-pool release from the Office of the Press Secretary.

If We Don't Take the Bahamas by the Hand, China Will

September 10, 2019 - 7:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis was right Monday when he said Bahamas hurricane response and recovery are not Florida's responsibility, they're the federal government's. 

But the federal government had better come through with more than food and temporary shelter. These long-neglected neighbors of ours need leadership. And if they don't get it from us, China is more than willing to step in and take it over. 

The fact is, helping Bahamians put their country back together again is very much a national security issue for the United States.

Assault Weapons Registry ... Any Gun Registry ... Don't Do It

September 5, 2019 - 8:00am

The cockamamie suggestion of an assault weapons registry is back in the public conversation. That's a good thing. Thank you, state economists -- you've given me a chance to beat my drum for the Second Amendment.

Meeting Tuesday in Tallahassee, a panel of Florida economists weighed the burden of a proposed constitutional amendment that aims to ban assault weapons -- but grandfather in the guns already circulating, as long as their owners register them with the state.

The Bahamas Cries for Help: Humanitarian Crisis on an Unimaginable Scale

September 4, 2019 - 8:00am
Flattened Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, Sept. 3, 2019

As dawn breaks Wednesday, the world is seeing what a tourist-dependent island nation looks like when a powerful hurricane smashes it to bits: mile upon mile of flooded neighborhoods, shredded homes and businesses, overturned boats and vehicles, and trees stripped of vegetation. 

Like Mexico Beach during Hurricane Michael, only Dorian had lashed the islands at major-hurricane strength for an unprecedented 36 hours.

Without Double Standards, CNN Would Have No Standards at All

August 26, 2019 - 6:00am

CNN, the 24/7 news network that actively seeks the president's impeachment, has spent the last three days denouncing Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a "despicable liar" and FOX News for hiring her as a contributor.

Brian Stetler, CNN's chief media correspondent, led the Sanders attack, explaining why the former White House press secretary's new job "deserves outrage and backlash." Here's a boiled-down version of hours of Stetler's talking-heads coverage:

Prominent Attorneys Move to Shutts & Bowen, Latest Sign of Major Shift in Florida's Legal Landscape

August 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis oversees Jan. 22 swearing-in of Justice Carlos Muñiz

For more than two decades the elite Miami Appellate Department of Greenberg Traurig was the most sought-after dream team for high-stakes court battles in Florida. Along with its Tallahassee partner Barry Richard of 2000 election recount fame, Greenberg Traurig was the go-to law firm for Fortune 500 companies with the resources to hire the very best.

Gus Barreiro, Hero for Dozier, Powerful Voice for Juvenile Justice, Has Died

August 18, 2019 - 11:15am
Gus Barreiro meets with Dozier 'White House Boys', May 2010

If it hadn't been for the tenacity and the passion and the giant heart of one Republican legislator from Miami, it's very possible the horrors that persisted for decades at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna may never have been exposed.

Good for Israel, Say Rabbis, for Refusing Entry to Omar and Tlaib

August 16, 2019 - 6:00am
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida) on Thursday posted on Facebook sharp criticism of Israel and President Trump's support for the Jewish state's denying entry to U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Questions Swirl around Jeffrey Epstein's Prison-Cell Suicide

August 10, 2019 - 9:00pm
Jeffrey Epstein: photo from the New York State Sex Offender Registry

Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein held in a New York federal prison on sex trafficking charges, was found unresponsive in his cell early Saturday morning and later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Death was by hanging; foul play was not suspected.

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