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Beloved, tiny FL Key deer would lose protection under new Trump administration recommendation

The Trump administration is recommending that one of Florida’s most iconic wild creatures – the diminutive Key deer which roam in the state’s southern-most islands – lose protection under the Endangered Species Act.The deer...

“We’re going to get better,” Florida’s new prisons chief vows

The recent reports of abuse in Florida prisons are disturbing.The Department of Corrections fired three guards at Lake Correctional Institute last month after they were captured on a cellphone video brutally attacking a prisoner....

Florida’s teacher shortage can be remedied by better pay

Back to school is my absolute favorite time of year. I spent a decade as a high school music teacher and band director, and the season will always be about fresh starts, new opportunities...

Fla. legislator says gun-free zones are the problem, wants guns on college campuses

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini says one way to protect Floridians from mass shootings would be to eliminate gun-free zones.In the aftermath of the tragedies in Texas and Ohio, the Lake County Republican has refiled...
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Threats to our voting rights come from outside and within Florida

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, our state faces numerous challenges to a free and fair voting process. Some challenges may come from outside our country; we know of attempts by Russian operatives to...

Immigration listening tour ignites concerns, and has now been postponed

UPDATE: Florida Politics reported on Saturday that state Senator Joe Gruters has decided to postpone the tour. See more below.A GOP statewide “immigration listening tour” scheduled for later this month has sparked everything from...

Gov. DeSantis warns of Internet’s ‘very, very sick, I think dark, recess’

As investigations continued into the weekend’s mass shootings, Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledged the difficulty Thursday of probing the Internet’s dark recesses for early warning signs while protecting freedom of expression.“If you didn’t necessarily have...

Florida Democratic activists want Trump impeached, but the state’s Congressional delegation isn’t so sure

At a town-hall meeting in June, Boca Raton-based Congressman Ted Deutch was ready to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump -- but he wasn’t ready to fully back an effort in Congress.Instead, he offered...
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Links to Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried and Planned Parenthood undermine a Republican’s political appointment

A political donation to Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried and support for Planned Parenthood clinics may have cost a Republican woman a chance for an appointment to the Lee County Commission.In a column published...

Attorney General Ashley Moody is doing the bidding of the NRA, Democratic lawmaker says

Already under fierce criticism for her opposition to a proposed ban on assault-style weapons following the El Paso and Dayton shooting deaths, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is now being accused of caring more about...

Following horrific shootings, ‘I’m trying to focus on solutions,’ Gov. DeSantis says

Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected suggestions Wednesday that President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric bears any responsibility for the white nationalism-inspired shootings in El Paso.“I know the media – particularly the national folks – they want to...
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Trump’s race rhetoric puts Republicans – including Gov. DeSantis – on the spot

Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to join other Republican officeholders in Florida in openly decrying white nationalism following a weekend marked by mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso – the latter by an...

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