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People take part in a candlelight memorial service the day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

It Happened In Orlando, But It Could Have Been Anywhere

When has there been such a burst of sickening headlines from one place? First, the killing of singer Christina Grimmie by an unhinged stalker with a handgun. Then the vicious slaughter at the Pulse nightclub by a homophobic wannabe jihadist with an AR-15. And, finally, the snatching of a toddler by an alligator roaming a Disney lake. All three stories are datelined Orlando, Fla., a stunningly freakish coincidence.

June 21, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Senator Marco Rubio laughs while speaking during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Rubio Running For Senate Re-Election: Florida Lawmaker

“Marco is saying he’s getting in,” said Jolly, a fellow Republican who has been running to fill the seat.

June 17, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando, Florida, in this June 2, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida’s Ambassador For Cheap Labor And Mediocrity

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to California to steal some jobs. Scott urged California businesses to pack up and move to Florida because the minimum wage in Florida is only $8.05 an hour. That was actually the thrust of his selling point: Why are you paying your workers $10 an hour? Floridians will work dirt cheap!

May 10, 2016
Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, pound and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration, in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Got Hot Money To Hide? We Can Help!

The hastily-rejected first draft of a new TV commercial for the Mossack Fonseca law firm, exposed in the ongoing “Panama Papers” scandal.

April 12, 2016
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump brings up a Latino member of the audience as he speaks during a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich

Donald Trump Mobilizes Hispanic Voters… Against Donald Trump

Trump’s brand of anti-immigrant xenophobia cuts both ways. Turnout among white voters may increase, but they’re far outnumbered.

March 23, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio announces the suspension of his presidential campaign during a rally in Miami

You Know What They Say About Men Who Make Jokes About Small Hands? Not Much, Anymore.

As one of the biggest disappointments of this election cycle, Rubio is a walking demonstration of how resoundingly Republican primary voters have rejected the establishment candidates.

March 18, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shakes hands as she speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida

Clinton and Trump Had Great Nights. Now What?

With her wins in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, Clinton was ahead 1,097 to 774 in pledged delegates as of late last night.

March 16, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio announces the suspension of his presidential campaign during a rally in Miami, Florida March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

How Rubio’s Campaign Failed: Problems From The Start

Marco Rubio had all that you need in a Republican presidential candidate: fluency on the issues, a conservative outlook, crossover appeal as a Cuban-American, and youthful good looks.

March 16, 2016
Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Gov. Scott’s Unwritten Policy On Climate Change — Don’t Talk About It

So it turns out the experts were mistaken. It turns out the impact of climate change on Florida — and much of the coastal United States — is not going to be anywhere near as bad as had been predicted. Apparently, it’s going to be much worse.

March 16, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Savannah Center in Cincinnati

Under Fire, Trump Seeks Breakthrough In Republican Primaries

Donald Trump could take a giant step on Tuesday toward securing the Republican presidential nomination if he wins the Florida and Ohio primaries.

March 15, 2016
Susan Wantz of Boca Raton, Florida, sits as she argues with Patricia Lobracco, a supporter of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before Trump's scheduled campaign rally at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

America, Don’t Count On Florida To Stop Donald Trump

Every four years since Bush-Gore, Floridians silently offer a collective prayer that goes something like this: “Please, God, don’t let us be the ones to decide who wins the presidency.”

March 15, 2016
A person holding a Ted Cruz sign stands in a voting booth with a child in Bedford, New Hampshire

Why Today Is More Important Than Super Tuesday

As far as the delegate math is concerned, a Trump victory in Florida would effectively cancel out every Cruz victory to date.

March 15, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shake hands before the start of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall

Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Immigration In U.S. Presidential Debate

One of the evening’s most dramatic moments came when a Guatemalan immigrant in the audience at Miami-Dade College asked a question in Spanish of both candidates, noting that her husband had been deported, leaving her and her five children behind.

March 9, 2016
Trump ad targets Rubio.

Trump Looks For Rubio KO With Latest Ad

Relying on a second-rate imitation of his main rival all while allowing Trump to drag his political career through the mud won’t win Rubio much else besides a highly-anticipated concession speech.

March 9, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks about the results of the Michigan, Mississippi and other primary elections during a news conference held at his Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter

Trump Takes Michigan In Repudiation Of Republican Establishment

Trump’s relentless anti-free trade rhetoric and promise to slap taxes on cars and parts shipped in from Mexico resonated in Michigan, which has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing and auto industry jobs.

March 8, 2016
Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Florida Gov. Scott Clueless In Lake Crisis

As a devastating deluge of polluted water darkens two coasts of Florida and threatens their tourist economies, Gov. Rick Scott is once again a flaky phantom.

March 8, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Thousands Switch Parties Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Thirteen states have closed primaries, which means that only Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and Republicans in Republican contests.

March 1, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush listens to a question during an interview with Reuters at Nonie's Restaurant in Peterborough, New Hampshire October 13, 2015.

When The Applause Dies For Jeb Bush

If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he’s done. Even if he doesn’t quit the race, it’s over.

February 8, 2016
A FanDuel logo is displayed on a board inside of the DFS Players Conference in New York

Fantasy Sports Bet On The Legislature In Florida

Fantasy sports companies have spent more than $220,000 to recruit top Florida legislators on behalf of FanDuel, DraftKings and other daily fantasy leagues.

February 1, 2016
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Polluters Win Again In Florida Legislature

Enforcement of clean-water rules is basically being replaced by the honor system. Big Agriculture couldn’t be happier.

January 18, 2016
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida’s Way Of Imposing Death Sentences

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s death-penalty practice, concluding that the state’s unique system, which combines a jury’s non-unanimous recommendation with a trial judge’s final decision, violates the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment.

January 13, 2016
A sign sits underwater located in the downtown area of Elba

Storms Snarl U.S Travel, Threaten Rare Winter Tornadoes

Snow, sleet and hail snarled transportation in large parts of the United States on Monday during one of the busiest travel times of the year, after dozens died in U.S. storms that were just some of the wild weather seen worldwide over the Christmas holiday period.

December 28, 2015
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GOP Congressman Calls For Trump To Drop Out After Proposed Muslim Ban

Rep. David Jolly added that Trump’s call to discriminate against one religion would in turn become a threat to people of any religion.

December 8, 2015
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Some States Battle Obama On Climate Change; Others Try To Address It

Some states are doing way more than the Obama administration to combat climate change.

November 11, 2015
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FBI Should Probe Florida’s Mental Hospitals

The term “torture chamber” is outdated, but torture still occurs in Florida’s state prisons and mental hospitals.

November 10, 2015
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