Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation

Some of the world’s largest clothing chains, including Zara, H&M, Gap and Topshop, have vowed to discontinue selling mohair apparel following allegations of animal cruelty at a dozen goat farms in South Africa.Mohair, made from the hair of Angora...

Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date

SAN JOSE - At Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled changes to the social networking platform, from a function to allow users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them to a new dating...

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Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIOThe Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart...

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Election official: Bilingual ballots in 32 counties is ‘recipe for disaster’

Election official: Bilingual ballots in 32 counties is ‘recipe for disaster’

Another Florida voting rights case heads to court Tuesday, as advocacy groups ask a judge to tell the state to direct 32 counties to print voting materials in English and Spanish in the November election.The plaintiffs argue that Hurricane Maria forc...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
GOP maintains lead over Democrats in early primary voting

GOP maintains lead over Democrats in early primary voting

Florida voters are picking up the pace at returning their mail ballots in next week's statewide primary election. Signs suggest a higher turnout than for the last mid-term primary election four years ago.As of Tuesday morning, more than 1.1 million p...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Jeff Greene ponies up $5 mil to elect other Democrats in Florida – after he wins the nomination

Promoting his vow to fund the elections of Democrats up and down the ticket if he is elected the Democratic nominee for governor, billionaire Jeff Greene said Monday night that he has put $5 million into his new Florida Defense Fund PAC. But his...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Immigration hardliner Ron DeSantis’ great-great-grandmother was nearly barred from America

Immigration hardliner Ron DeSantis’ great-great-grandmother was nearly barred from America

Few Republicans in Congress are more closely aligned with President Donald Trump on immigration policy than U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.As a lawmaker and now a candidate for governor, he has advocated for building Trump's border wall and closing the door ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Jeff Greene flier prompts response from Palm Beach County Democratic Party

Jeff Greene flier prompts response from Palm Beach County Democratic Party

A recent pamphlet sponsored by Jeff Greene's PAC is being blasted for being misleading, prompting the Palm Beach County Democratic Party to issue a notice that it has not endorsed anyone in next week's primary.The pamphlets were placed...
Published: 08/20/18
Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

A Leon county judge ordered Monday that Amendment 8, the measure that seeks to create a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the ballot.Circuit Judge John Cooper wrote in a summary judgement...
Published: 08/20/18
Wells Fargo terminates Ag Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried’s account because of medical pot ties

Wells Fargo terminates Ag Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried’s account because of medical pot ties

Wells Fargo terminated the official campaign account of Nicole "Nikki" Fried after the banking giant discovered Fried has a "political platform … advocating for expanded patient access to medical marijuana" and she had "funds received from lobb...
Published: 08/20/18
This Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. joked about Trump drowning

This Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. joked about Trump drowning

Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings joked about President Donald Trump drowning in the Potomac River during a campaign rally on Sunday night, prompting laughter from the audience.Hastings, a longtime congressman who represents a heavily Democratic distric...
Published: 08/20/18
New Rick Scott ad hits Nelson over Trump’s Supreme Court pick

New Rick Scott ad hits Nelson over Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Rick Scott's latest TV ad portrays Bill Nelson as refusing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Nelson tried to sit down this week.Nelson had offered to meet with Kavanaugh on Wednesday, his office said, but the nominee's staff sai...
Published: 08/20/18
Here are the details on Jimmy Buffett’s free concert for Gwen Graham

Here are the details on Jimmy Buffett’s free concert for Gwen Graham

Any Parrotheads in South Florida looking for a free Jimmy Buffett concert are in luck – as long as you don't mind putting up with a little politics.On Thursday night, the legendary Florida singer/songwriter will host a get-out-th...
Published: 08/20/18