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What's Going on the Week of June 30

July 1, 2019 - 7:00am

Monday might seem like an otherwise unremarkable summer day. Or maybe a chance to get away and start the Fourth of July holiday a little early.

But in state government, Monday is one of the biggest days of the year. 

That’s because July 1 is when the new state budget and dozens of freshly signed laws take effect. 

What's Going on the Week of June 23

June 24, 2019 - 7:00am
Debate site: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

First came Republican President Donald Trump. Now, get ready for the Democrats who want to drive him out of the White House.

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates will take part in televised debates Wednesday and Thursday in Miami as they try to score points with primary voters.

It remains to be seen how much of an impression the candidates will make during the crowded debates --- 10 candidates will be on the stage each night --- but their statements, utterances and mannerisms will be parsed to try to figure out if any win or lose.

NRA Lobbyist Marion Hammer Appeals February Privacy Lawsuit Decision

June 18, 2019 - 1:00pm
Marion Hammer

Pointing to her privacy rights, attorneys for prominent National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a decision in a lawsuit stemming from emails she received after the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

Hammer filed a lawsuit against California attorney Lawrence Sorensen and three other men over emails she alleged were harassing and threatening, including emails from Sorensen that contained photos showing injuries from gunshot wounds. 

What's Going on the Week of June 16

June 17, 2019 - 7:30am
Dudley Goodlette and Scott Israel

Just three days after being sworn into office, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, accusing him of “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” related to the February 2018 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

What's Going on the Week of June 9

June 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Richard Corcoran

HB 7069.

In the state Capitol, you know legislation is big --- and usually controversial --- if it becomes known simply by the shorthand of its bill number. And when then-House Speaker Richard Corcoran pushed through HB 7069 during the 2017 legislative session, it was a bombshell for the education system.

Hill Responds to Calls for Apology

June 6, 2019 - 7:15am
Mike Hill

Amid calls from Republicans and Democrats to apologize for his response to a comment about executing gay people, state Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, issued a statement Wednesday saying he regrets “how the tone of my response to a constituent was received.”

GOP, Democrats Split Registration Numbers in House Races

June 3, 2019 - 7:30am

With special elections scheduled June 18, Republicans have an edge in voter registration in Pasco County’s House District 38, while more Democrats are registered in North Florida’s House District 7, according to newly released totals. 

What's Going on the Week of June 2

June 3, 2019 - 7:30am

Florida Democrats were devastated by the 2016 election.

Not only did Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, but his victories in Florida and key states in the Midwest catapulted him into the White House.

As a sign of Florida’s importance, Trump will hold a rally June 18 in Orlando to announce his 2020 re-election bid. The announcement is pretty much a formality, as Trump has been holding campaign-style events across the country.

But for Democrats, it is a reminder of what’s to come --- as if they need a reminder.

GOP Leaders Criticize Mike Hill for 'Callous Indifference'

June 1, 2019 - 7:30am
Mike Hill

House Speaker Jose Oliva and other Republican leaders Friday condemned Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, for his "laughter and refusal to push back" on a question about whether he'd introduce legislation allowing the execution of homosexuals. 

What's Going on the Week of May 26

May 28, 2019 - 8:30am
Hurricane season begins Saturday

It only takes one.

And if you don’t believe that, ask the folks in Mexico Beach, Panama City, Port St. Joe, Blountstown, Marianna and numerous other Northwest Florida communities. Hurricane Michael roared ashore Oct. 10 and forever changed their lives.

Now, less than eight months later, Florida is poised to enter another hurricane season. From June 1 to Nov. 30, that means a new round of hoping for a calm year --- or at least hoping the wind blows another direction.

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