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‘Anti-riot’ law backed by Florida Gov. DeSantis blocked by federal judge

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA, Sep 10, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Another of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policy priorities has been blocked, with a federal court Thursday stopping enforcement of his so-called anti-riot law that opponents said was riddled with constitutional defects. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed with arguments made by several civil rights

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Elections

Local legislators ready for state abortion ban

Editor’s note:  Both Michael Grant (R) and Ben Albritton (R) are up for re-election in 2022.  Currently, there are no Democratic candidates. Please consider running against them. Click HERE for more information. By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Sept 4, 2021. Local state legislators expect to try again in 2022 to enact a

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Analysis

After past ‘mockery’, Florida GOP to begin new high-stakes redistricting effort

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK–FLORIDA, July 24, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – The last time Florida’s ruling Republicans were tasked with redrawing the state’s political districts, a judge concluded they turned it into a “mockery” by secretly and illegally working to enhance their command of the state. Fast-forward to this summer, and an even more powerful GOP-led Legislature

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Seminole Indians hit the jackpot with controversial Florida gambling deal

The tribe, already a financial powerhouse, has signed a ‘historic compact’ with the state that will generate billions of dollars By Craig Pittman, Washington Post, July 11, 2021 TAMPA — The cavernous Seminole Hard Rock Casino rocks around-the-clock with 5,000 noisy slot machines; a couple hundred poker, blackjack and baccarat tables; and superstar artifacts such as

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in Miami on May 4.
Florida Legislation

DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state

Universities may lose funding if staff and students’ beliefs do not satisfy Florida’s GOP-run legislature By BRETT BACHMAN, Salon,  June 23, 2021 Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students on their political beliefs and viewpoints, with the institutions at risk of losing their funding if the responses are not satisfactory to the state’s

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Florida Legislation

Here are the new Florida laws that will take effect July 1

By Jim Turner – News Service of Florida,  WUSF Public Media – WUSF 89.7, June 28, 2021 More than 100 new laws passed during the 2021 legislative session will hit the books this week, ranging from a record $100 billion state budget, a requirement for out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by

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Amid praise from conservatives, Florida Gov. DeSantis also drawing lawsuits

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, June 13, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – While Gov. Ron DeSantis is drawing praise from conservatives and pulling in campaign cash from across the nation, he also is attracting a crush of lawsuits spurred by the polarizing legislation he signed into law. Opponents say the outcome of the courtroom challenges will be pivotal not just

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DeSantis signs transgender athlete ban on first day of Pride Month

Editor’s note: just a coincidence?  I don’t buy it! By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday a controversial ban on transgender athletes participating in women’s sports at the high school and college levels, seizing on a trend coursing through conservative states. The Republican governor enacted the measure on

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Gov. DeSantis takes on how racial history is taught in Florida schools

By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA, May 28, 2021 TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to declare victory on another front in what critics call a culture war  – with his administration expected to approve new limits on how racial history is taught in Florida schools. The Republican governor has spent weeks ridiculing “critical race theory,”

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Florida Legislation

Florida Republicans are trampling on the wishes of locals in a rush to consolidate power

Opinion by Lizette Alvarez, Washington Post Contributing columnist, May 24, 2021 When fighting Big Government, Republicans traditionally extol the virtue of going local: Let people decide what works best for their own communities. In Florida, where Latino-rich Miami sits a universe away from Pensacola’s Southern drawl, the argument often made sense. But that was yesterday. Today’s

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Analysis

ACLU of Florida statement on the 2021 FL legislative session

The Florida legislative session ended on Friday, April 30. After a tumultuous year and a challenging legislative session, we wanted to make sure you knew that the ACLU of Florida has been working as hard as ever to protect our civil liberties. Despite the onslaught of undemocratic legislation introduced this year that will impact our

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I witnessed commissioners declare Charlotte County a Constitution and 2nd Amendment county

By Lenny Guckenheimer, Charlotte Dems contributing writer When I attended the May 11th Charlotte County Board of Commissioners meeting, I discovered two agenda items that had nothing to do with local government but are certainly part of the Republican agenda sweeping the nation. The commissioners found it necessary to pass resolutions declaring that Charlotte County

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NAACP and ACLU add national clout to courtroom fight against FL’s new ‘anti-riot’ law

By Laura Cassels, Florida Phoenix,  May 11, 2021 Florida’s new anti-riot/protest law targets people of color protesting racial injustice in the United States and subjects them to harsh treatment at the hands of the police they are criticizing, asserts a major lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday. It is the second lawsuit filed against the “Combating

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Florida Legislation

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund files lawsuit against the State of Florida over suppressive voting law

  On May 6, 2021, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee challenging Florida’s new law that greatly obstructs voting access. The lawsuit argues that S.B. 90 creates barriers and burdens that impact all Florida voters and disproportionately impacts the ability of Black voters, Latino

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If DeSantis truly believes in law and order, he’ll sign Florida’s hard-won police-reform bill

BY THE MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD, MAY 02, 2021 State Sen. Shevrin D. Jones, right, hugs Sen. Randolph Bracy after addressing police-reform bill near end of legislative session. Halfway through Florida’s 60-day legislative session, this Editorial Board declared lawmakers were pushing an anti-people agenda. We’re not here to retract that statement. Lawmakers did, after all, wrap

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Florida Legislation

Florida Republicans pass voting limits in broad elections bill

The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign, is the latest Republican effort to restrict voting after the 2020 election. It will make Florida the first major swing state won by Donald Trump to pass such a law. By Patricia Mazzei and Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, April 29, 2021 MIAMI — Republicans in the Florida

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Analysis

Bonus money and pay raises finalized in Florida’s state budget

Florida Phoenix reporter Issac Morgan writes: “With just a few days left in the 2021 legislative session and COVID-19 still infecting and killing Floridians, the Legislature will not fully utilize federal coronavirus relief funds from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. About $3.5 billion will be used to bolster the state’s reserves rather than provide

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