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Scott-Nelson: Fasten Your Seatbelt for Bloody, Costly and Close

April 10, 2018 - 8:45am

Within minutes of Rick Scott's announcement Monday that he will challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, Democrats were swarming like ants on a jelly sandwich. As expected.

Dems have been anticipating the Florida governor's move for months, preparing thunderous criticism to mark the moment, noting everything from Scott having been previously forced out as chief executive of Columbia/HCA amid a federal fraud investigation to his "long history" of siding with the gun lobby.

Jeri Bustamante, Aide to Gov. Scott, Dies in an Islamorada Boat Accident

April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm

Jereima "Jeri" Bustamante, 33, press secretary to Gov. Rick Scott since 2014, died Sunday evening after the boat she was riding in crashed into a stand of mangroves in a narrow channel off Islamorada.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Bobby Dube told the Miami Herald she suffered blunt force trauma and died soon after the accident in a Tavernier hospital.

Listen to Parkland Hero: Onus of Cruz Rampage Belongs on Sheriff, School System

April 8, 2018 - 9:00pm

While other survivors blame lax gun laws for the shooting that claimed 17 lives in a Parkland high school, 15-year-old Anthony Borges finds fault elsewhere and wants his point of view on the record.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, badly wounded while saving the lives of classmates, has blamed the Valentine's Day mass shooting on the sheriff and the school district. He says confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz should have been kicked out long before the deadly rampage.

Notoriety for Investigative Reporting Team, Brought to You by George Sheldon & Friends

April 6, 2018 - 10:00pm

On June 16 in Orlando, when the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Awards are presented to some of the world's finest journalists, five of the winners will owe part of their 2017 professional celebrity to once-prominent, perhaps now infamous Florida Democrat and child welfare executive, George Sheldon.

Does HB 1149 Gift Waste Management with a Leachate Well?

April 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

As far as anyone but Waste Management (WM) can tell -- and they're not saying -- the nation's largest garbage hauler has the same plans it had a year ago.

It's still looking to sink an uncapped well nearly a mile into the ground, penetrating freshwater aquifers to dispose of sometimes-toxic liquid landfill waste, called leachate. In Jackson County, heart of the Panhandle.

Hard-Right Pushback in CD 18? Brian Mast Could Face Primary Challenge

April 5, 2018 - 8:15am

Republican Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn surprised a lot of people Wednesday when she admitted she might be up for a challenge against Congressman Brian Mast in the CD 18 GOP primary. 

Consider it a sign the pro-gun conservative right is ready to fight back against the mushrooming Parkland-inspired movement that demands a new focus on the destructive power of the National Rifle Association.

Duval Democratic Committeeman John Parker Resigns, Wife Lisa King Accepts

April 4, 2018 - 3:15pm
John Parker and Lisa King

With pressure mounting against John Parker for racially-tinged and otherwise inappropriate comments made in January after a Duval County Democratic Executive Committee meeting, Parker on Wednesday resigned both leadership positions he held with the Democratic Party.

Motorola Wins Florida Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System Contract

April 3, 2018 - 6:00am

After a three-year competitive bid process, the state Department of Management Services (DMS) has announced its intention to give Motorola Solutions a contract to build Florida's next-generation Statewide Law Enfocement Radio System.

Is It Only Republican Bigotry the FDP Deplores? Let's See ...

April 3, 2018 - 6:00am

The Florida Democratic Party doesn't tolerate racism. 

Pulse Nightclub Shooter's Widow Found Not Guilty

March 30, 2018 - 2:30pm
Noor Salman and Omar Mateen

A 12-member jury found Omar Mateen's widow, Noor Salman, not guilty of helping her husband carry out the June 12, 2016 mass shooting that claimed 49 lives at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. 

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