Monday, May 21, 2018

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PolitiFact Florida: Do 1 percent of gun sellers supply more than half of all the guns used in crimes?

PolitiFact Florida: Do 1 percent of gun sellers supply more than half of all the guns used in crimes?

As tens of thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools to protest gun violence, members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee examined school safety procedures and gun policies ahead of the Parkland school shooting. During ...
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Lawmaker mangles Nazi gun control history

PolitiFact Florida: Lawmaker mangles Nazi gun control history

During a key vote in the Florida Senate to reject an assault weapons ban, state Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, argued that the original reason for the Second Amendment was so people could protect themselves from a tyrannical government. He ...
Updated: 2 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott’s misguided claim that Bill Nelson has done nothing on gun control

PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott’s misguided claim that Bill Nelson has done nothing on gun control

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson criticized Gov. Rick Scott for not appearing at the CNN town hall after the Parkland shooting.Days later at a news conference where Scott announced a proposal for $450 million in school security funding, a reporter as...
Updated: 3 months ago
PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claims about school shootings, gun laws in Florida

PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claims about school shootings, gun laws in Florida

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, many politicians and advocacy groups have made statements about the root causes of gun violence and how our society should respond. An organization that fights gun viole...
Updated: 3 months ago
Parkland shooting makes Florida the target for gun politics. How far will it go?

Parkland shooting makes Florida the target for gun politics. How far will it go?

TALLAHASSEE A powerful Florida Senate committee is expected to approve a package of bills Monday that are bitterly opposed by the National Rifle Association. That is news. It’s the first time in more than a decade that legislation opposed by the poli...
Updated: 3 months ago
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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 4 months ago