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#EndorseThis: Teacher Tells Gun Nut Where To Stick The Weapon He Wants To Give Her

In the debate over whether to arm schoolteachers with firearms, one simple question isn’t being asked often enough. How do teachers feel about it? According to one pedagogue who witnessed the Parkland horror first-hand, faculty members would rather be part of a real solution than add more gunfire to a growing epidemic. Faced with the “let’s […]

February 23, 2018

#EndorseThis: Trump White House Official Crushed By Maddow For Ugly Parkland Comment

Let’s admit it. Sometimes, trolls on social media seem happy when something terrible happens, so long as it makes the other side look bad. Whether it’s fires, floods or a housing crisis, a reprehensible minority of Twitter users react with glee, so long as the story hurts their political opponents. Reasonable Americans tune it out […]

February 20, 2018
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If This Initiative Gets On The Ballot, Florida Could Be Changed Forever

A grassroots campaign to amend Florida’s constitution to restore the voting rights of upwards of 1.5 million Floridians who have been convicted of non-violent felonies and completed their sentences is poised to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. By Wednesday, the Florida Department of State has certified more than 745,000 petition signatures of the 766,000 needed to […]

January 19, 2018
Rick Scott

Rick Scott Figures Some Dictators Aren’t So Bad — If They’ve Got Money

Governor Rick Scott recently warned Florida’s seaports that they could lose critical state funding if they make any shipping deals with Cuba. He later told reporters: “I don’t believe any port in our state, none of them, should be doing business with a brutal dictator.” These would be stirring words if they didn’t reek with hypocrisy.

February 7, 2017
Trump Clinton swing states close

Trump Has Slight Edge On Clinton In Several Battleground States

With voting completed in more than two-thirds of the 50 U.S. states, the race was too close to call in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia, leaving the race for the White House on a knife’s edge.

November 8, 2016
Latino voters overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton

Jump In Florida, Nevada Early Voting Could Reap Latino Gains For Clinton

In Florida, the Clinton campaign estimates early Latino voting is up 139 percent, or more than twice as much, compared to 2012. Will early voting give the Clinton campaign an edge going into Election Day?

November 7, 2016
Trump protester holds sign

Security Hustles Trump From Stage After Protester Displays Sign

Donald Trump was rushed off stage by security agents at a rally in Reno after a false alarm as someone in the crowd shouted “gun” during scuffles with a man who held up a ‘Republicans against Trump’ sign.

November 6, 2016

Rubio Keeps Eyes On The Prize In 2020

When pressed, Rubio says he intends to serve the full term as a senator. Who believes that? There’s only one job he cares about, and he’s going to try again in 2020.

October 31, 2016
Infrastructure, Solar Power, Energy, Oil, Coal, Mitch McConnnell, Koch brothers, politics, environment, Renewable Energy, Froma Harrop

Solar-Power Amendment On Florida’s Ballot A ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’

The solar-power amendment on Florida’s ballot is a slick, oily fraud. Promoted as a way to expand solar energy and protect residents who want it, Amendment 1 would do just the opposite.

October 25, 2016
Leonard "Roscoe" Newton, 45, who lost his right to vote in Florida before he was old enough to cast a ballot .

In Battleground Florida, Tough Stance On Felons May Sap Votes For Democrats

Florida is the largest of four remaining states that strip all former felons of voting rights, accounting for nearly half of those barred from voting nationally.

October 24, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Hurricane: Florida Governor Rejects Request To Extend Voter Registration Period

“I’m not going to extend [the voter registration period]” despite the hurricane’s impact, said Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee.”Everybody has had a lot of time to register.”

October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Closing In On Florida As Haiti Death Toll Rises

“If you’re reluctant to evacuate, just think about all the people … already killed,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Time is running out. This is clearly either going to have a direct hit or come right along the coast.”

October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Prompts Americans To Flee Coast, Lay In Supplies

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has ordered an evacuation of more than a million people in coastal areas, about a quarter of whom were expected to comply.

October 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton

Reuters/Ipsos States Of The Nation: Clinton Leads In Florida

Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Republican rival Donald Trump in Florida and New Mexico, strengthening her position, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

September 27, 2016

Republican Latinos In Florida Are Voicing Their Support For Hillary Clinton

Latino Republicans in the all-important swing state of Florida are voicing their support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and encouraging others in their party to do the same.

August 16, 2016

#EndorseThis: Campaign Surrogates Explode Over Guests At Speeches

This has not been a good week for the staffers charged with filling the arenas of the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

August 11, 2016
AR-15 type rifle magazines, (top to bottom) 10-round, 20-round and 30-round, are displayed at Chris' Indoor Shooting Range in Guilford, Connecticut, U.S. April 2, 2013. REUTERS/ Michelle McLoughlin/File Photo

Shooting After Florida Nightclub’s Teen Party Leaves Two Dead

Shots erupted outside a party for teenagers at a Florida nightclub early on Monday, killing two people and wounding as many as 17 others in the latest burst of gun violence to wrack the state this summer, according to authorities.

July 25, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott Is Ruining Florida’s Coasts And Estuaries

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, has lessened his state’s environmental regulations, creating a toxic outbreak that’s threatening his state’s coastal fishing areas.

July 20, 2016
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