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April Freeman, Democratic CD 17 Candidate, Dies Suddenly

September 25, 2018 - 6:00am
April and David Freeman

April Freeman, a Democratic candidate for the Congressional District 17 seat, died Sunday night of an apparent heart attack at home, her husband David announced. She was 54.

Media Brainwash: The Strategy to Take Out Rick Scott

September 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

The Democrats knew they had to do something. The news in Florida was way too good.

Labor-Challenged Farmers Need a Champion in Washington

September 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Field hands pick strawberries in Plant City

In the battle over immigration policy, it's easy to overlook how much Florida agriculture needs an uncomplicated guest farmworker program. We're talking about am industry in this state that contributes $8 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product. Yet, it's suffering critical labor shortages as Congress makes up its mind how much it can help.  

Walton County Commission Forks over $1,000 so a Lame-Duck Commissioner Can Publicly Humiliate Sen. Passidomo

September 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Mike Huckabee, Kathleen Passidomo and Cecilia Jones

It's not quite as painful as Cersei's walk of shame through the streets of King's Landing, but, by God, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples and Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, D-Plantation are walking down those cold, stone steps -- figuratively speaking -- every day of the week.

Walton County Customary-Use Leaders Playing a Dangerous Game

September 8, 2018 - 6:00am

Nowhere in Florida is the new law dealing with beach access the firestorm it has become in Walton County. The reason is complicated. But many folks along the panhandle's Emerald Coast claim it's not helping that a pair of local crusaders have a lot of citizens convinced House Bill 631 is the worst thing to befall Florida since Mercury went retrograde.

Andrew Gillum Overcomes 4 Governor Candidates to Shock Florida's Democratic Establishment

August 28, 2018 - 11:45pm
Andrew Gillum

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum didn't just shock Florida, he shocked the nation Tuesday, scoring a major victory for the party's progressive wing, putting himself in a position to become the state's first black governor.

Gillum's fortunes against wealthier, better funded opponents began to turn after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and a coalition of progressive groups threw their support and money behind him. Among them were liberal megadonors Tom Steyer and George Soros who donated $650,000 to his affiliated political action committee.

DeSantis Soars to Victory in GOP Gubernatorial Primary

August 28, 2018 - 9:45pm
Ron DeSantis at his election party

In a victory as much for President Donald Trump as for the congressman himself, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis -- Trump's hand-picked man -- trounced state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, winning the GOP gubernatorial primary for governor by nearly a 20-point margin by the time the race was called.

TV networks called the race just before 9 p.m. ET, with 90 percent of Florida's 5,968 precincts reporting, when the contest stood at 56.4 percent to Putnam's 36.7 percent.

Gunman Kills Two, Himself, Wounds 11 at Jacksonville Video Game Tourney

August 27, 2018 - 6:00am
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams' press conference

Three people including the shooter were killed and 11 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a popular waterfront mall in Jacksonville, where a video game tournament was going on. Graphic recordings from the scene captured gunshots ringing out and the screams of terrified patrons taking cover.

It's Becky Troutman's Turn to Talk about a Night and a Decision She Regrets

August 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Becky Troutman

Politics always turns dirtier a week ahead of voting day, but somebody involved in the Republican primary for commissioner of agriculture crossed the line this year -- flooding phones with text blasts of candidate Baxter Troutman in an orange jumpsuit with a link to a 6-year-old Lakeland Ledger story, "Baxter Troutman Accused of Hitting His Wife with a Bedspread."

Nelson's Claims of Russian Election Hacks in Florida Now Officially Confirmed Unsubstantiated

August 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

It's time for Sen. Bill Nelson to stop the act. He's been caught. His claims of Russian hackers "fixing" Florida's elections system are unsubstantiated.

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