Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after saying outspoken Parkland students are actors

Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after saying outspoken Parkland students are actors

It bubbled up from the darkest online corners then began to take off: conspiracy theories about Parkland students who’ve spent the past week on TV demanding action on the gun violence that killed 17 and reawakened a national debate.By late Tuesday af...
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Have Democrats gained 50 seats formerly held by Republicans since Trump was elected?

PolitiFact Florida: Have Democrats gained 50 seats formerly held by Republicans since Trump was elected?

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager had a prescient message for Republican voters: Get out and vote, or risk losing more seats to Democrats.Corey Lewandowski traveled to Sarasota on Feb. 11, along with former Trump deputy campaign manage...
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking statistics about Puerto Rico’s storm recovery

PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking statistics about Puerto Rico’s storm recovery

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is calling on the federal government to help Puerto Rico address the fallout from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that hit the island more than four months ago.Nelson, a Democrat seeking re-election this year, and Republi...
Updated: 2 months ago
UPDATED: Why won't Rick Scott ride the giant slide at the Florida State Fair?

UPDATED: Why won't Rick Scott ride the giant slide at the Florida State Fair?

UPDATED: It appears that Florida Gov. Rick Scott will end his tenure as governor without ever taking a ride down the giant slide at the Florida State Fair. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam tweeted a photo from the fair showing Putnam, Attorne...
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Did slaves help build the Old Capitol building in Tallahassee?

PolitiFact Florida: Did slaves help build the Old Capitol building in Tallahassee?

Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, offered an emotional speech about the role slavery played in Florida’s history as the Florida House prepared to vote on a slavery memorial at the Capitol.McGhee, the bill’s sponsor, referred to a mural in the House chambe...
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: DeSantis wrong about U.N. resolutions against Israel

PolitiFact Florida: DeSantis wrong about U.N. resolutions against Israel

Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican candidate for governor, recently went head-to-head with an audience member after criticizing the United Nations’ treatment of Israel in the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency."I don’t know really what they do othe...
Updated: 3 months ago
Hallandale Beach mayor accepted illegal checks from Russians, prosecutors say

Hallandale Beach mayor accepted illegal checks from Russians, prosecutors say

Joy Cooper knew the value of her political power.On a summer day in 2012, the Hallandale Beach mayor met in her City Hall office with two men she thought were wealthy landowners from California as well as a close acquaintance, South Florida attorney ...
Updated: 3 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Updated: 3 months ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 3 months ago
The Buzz: Democratic candidates take aim at Scott

The Buzz: Democratic candidates take aim at Scott

It’s increasingly clear that if and when Gov. Rick Scott finally revs the engine on his campaign for U.S. Senate, he will face attacks not just from Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson but also from countless other Democrats up and down the ballot in Fl...
Updated: 3 months ago