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Joe Biden endorses Sean Shaw for Attorney General in Florida

Former Vice-President Joe Biden is backing Tampa state Rep. Sean Shaw in the race for Florida Attorney General.Biden called Shaw “a fighter, with a proven track record of standing up for the little guy and taking on corporate interests.”Shaw is running in an extremely competitive contest against Republican Ashley Moody, a former Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge.Biden cited Shaw’s time working as a state legislator and as a Florida’s Consumer Advocate for former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink as evidence that Shaw “has fought to improve the lives of his constituents.”A recent poll by the Florida Chamber of...
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Groups pouring some $5 million into ads to restore voting rights for Florida felons

Voting rights restoration group Floridians for a Fair Democracy and the Second Chances campaign are spending nearly $5 million ahead of the midterm election to generate support for Florida Constitutional Amendment 4.That measure would automatically give back the right to vote to some felons who have completed all aspects of their sentences. The Amendment would not restore the right to vote to those convicted of homicide or felony sexual offenses.The ads will appear on television and on the radio in “every major media market throughout the state” until election day Nov. 6, and will be in both English and...
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Andrew Gillum says in the wake of the storm, it may be time to...

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said Monday that in the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastation, it might be time to review the building codes in that part of the state.“I’ve seen some of the homes in Mexico Beach where you’ve got homes that have basically stood intact. What I would be curious about is, when were those homes built?” he said, speaking to reporters outside of a Tallahassee International Airport terminal which will now be used to house emergency personnel, the National Guard, and storm cleanup equipment. “Are these some of the homes that have come about since 1992...

New report says many needy people skip routine medical care in states (like Florida)...

Low-income people in states that opted not to expand Medicaid are more likely to go without even routine medical examinations because of the cost, a new report released Monday says.The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the National Center for Health Statistics teamed up to analyze data from 2016.In states like Florida which refused the federal funds that would allow more needy people to get health insurance coverage under the publicly-financed Medicaid program, people were more likely to go without things like flu shots, blood pressure checks, mental health counseling, eye exams or even pick up needed prescriptions because...

Southern Poverty Law Center launches $1.3 million get-out-the-vote effort in Florida

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced Monday that it is spending $1.3 million on get-out the-vote efforts leading up to the November 6 election.“This is one of the most important elections in our lifetime and the SPLC wants to ensure that Floridians are engaged on the issues that will impact our state’s future and for generations to come,” said Scott McCoy, senior policy council for the organization, an Alabama-based nonprofit that has been working in Tallahassee and Miami in recent years. “Whether it’s providing a second chance to people with past felony convictions or helping Floridians understand a proposed...
Andrew Gillum & Ron DeSantis

Political debates postponed due to hurricane recovery

Curious voters who want to see gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum finally debate during this election cycle are going to have to wait a few more days, thanks to the impact of Hurricane Michael.Gillum announced over the weekend that due to the damage that the storm unleashed on his home city, the Tallahassee mayor would focus this week on helping the city recover. He may resume campaigning on Thursday.  That means Tuesday night’s debate that was to be broadcast from Orlando by Telemundo will not take place as originally scheduled.“We will work diligently to ensure Telemundo and...

Will Hillsborough voters approve a new 1-cent sales tax for transportation this time around?

Since the end of the Great Recession, the Tampa Bay area has been among the leaders in Florida when it comes to job growth and the economy. But the region still suffers when it comes to adequately addressing its growing transportation needs.In Hillsborough County, voters rejected a one-cent sales tax on transportation back in 2010, and it hasn't been on the ballot again for years -- until now."All for Transportation," a group of citizens frustrated by the county government’s reluctance to spend more on transportation projects, generated the more than 77,000 signatures needed this summer to get a new...

There’s still a chance to extend voter registration deadline, advocates say.

After a Tallahassee judge rejected extending voter registration for another week because of Hurricane Michael, advocates are still hoping to get an extension.A lawsuit filed Wednesday by civil rights organizations is still pending and the groups still want an extension for voters who want to go to the polls Nov. 6.The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Florida, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Advancement Project sued on behalf of three voting rights organizations: New Florida Majority, Common Cause and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.The lawsuit asks Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to extend the voter registration deadline by...

Amid legal controversy, group pushes forward to interview Florida Supreme Court candidates

The organization charged with providing a list of qualified candidates to succeed three retiring justices on the Florida Supreme Court will meet twice in November to conduct interviews before submitting top choices to Governor Rick Scott and the incoming governor-elect.But which of the officials will have the power to choose the new Supreme Court justices?Will it be Scott, or the governor-elect, meaning Republican Ron DeSantis or Democrat Andrew Gillum?The stakes are high, because the Supreme Court makes decisions in high-profile cases that reverberate across the state.The nine-member Florida Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) is made up of appointees chosen by...

Beware of scams, price gouging following Hurricane Michael

Attorney General Pam Bondi is cautioning consumers to beware of scams following Hurricane Michael's path through Florida.Residents can get scammed in a variety of areas, from tree removal to home repair and disaster relief programs, according to the Attorney General's office.While most contractors and workers want to help, "People should be wary before paying for services—to guard against scams,” Bondi said in a press release.  “Floridians who encounter a scam should call my office immediately. I will not tolerate anyone exploiting this disaster to take advantage of those in need.”Consumers can report price gouging or scams to the Florida...

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