Tag: Florida

Federal Appeals Court Allows Block on Florida Law That Makes Voting Harder for Ex-Felons

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Limiting access to voting has long been a battle the GOP is willing to fight. Even when the people vote to ease restrictions on the act, the GOP comes through with a law that basically says “Sike, lol, you thought.” Florida’s latest attempt at voter suppression has, for the time […]

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Trump’s Company Seeks Financial Help as Coronavirus Takes Toll

All over the country, businesses large and small are seeking breathing room from their lenders, landlords and business partners as they face the financial fallout from the coronavirus crisis. President Trump’s family company is among those looking for help. With some of its golf courses and hotels closed amid the economic lockdown, the Trump Organization […]

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Governors Might Not Be Able to Save Us, but They Can Raise Hell

As the Trump administration has floundered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s governors have tried to step into the breach. Gavin Newsom of California was the first to issue a statewide order to stay home. In Washington State, Jay Inslee’s aggressive measures have gotten credit as the rate of increase of the […]

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Coronavirus in Florida: Governor Finally Orders Residents to Stay Home

MIAMI — Florida’s coronavirus cases kept ballooning, especially in the dense neighborhoods of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Hospitals in Fort Myers and Naples begged for donations of masks and other protective equipment. Young people started to die. And still, Gov. Ron DeSantis resisted. The man entrusted with keeping many of the country’s grandparents safe did […]

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Well, at Least Trump Hasn’t …

Let’s try to look on the bright side of coronavirus politics. OK, that sounds ridiculous. Let’s look on a less neurosis-inducing side. I know, still not easy. Sure, Donald Trump has been a terrible leader. But drop the bar a little. Unlike the king of Thailand, he hasn’t moved to a luxury Alpine hotel with […]

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What Happened After ‘Tiger King’

Traveling the country in 1866, the showman P.T. Barnum sparred with the founder of the A.S.P.C.A. Having learned of a mauling at a Long Island zoo in 1933, one woman wrote to her newspaper, “it makes one wonder why these roadside ‘zoos’ are allowed.” Watching Netflix in 2020, a lot of people are wondering the […]

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NBA Discussing Playoff Scenarios That Could Include Empty Arenas, Shortened Series, and…Playing on a Cruise Ship?

Image: Shutterstock With billions of dollars at stake, the NBA is scrambling to salvage what’s left of its season. So while players plan to side-step their boredom with an elaborate NBA 2K tournament on Friday, the powers that be are preoccupied with formulating potential playoff scenarios should the league resume play this summer as expected. […]

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Florida Arrests Pastor Who Defied Virus Orders

MIAMI — Before the Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of a Pentecostal megachurch in Florida, held two church services on Sunday — each filled with hundreds of parishioners — lawyers from the sheriff’s office and local government pleaded with him to reconsider putting his congregation in danger of contracting the coronavirus. The pastor ignored them, […]

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Florida Issues Arrest Warrant for Pastor Who Defied Virus Orders

MIAMI — Before the Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of a Pentecostal megachurch in Florida, held two church services on Sunday — each filled with hundreds of parishioners — lawyers from the sheriff’s office and local government pleaded with him to reconsider putting his congregation in danger of contracting the coronavirus. The pastor ignored them, […]

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They Are Still Working During the Coronavirus Outbreak

On March 20, in an effort to control the growing number of coronavirus cases in New York — New York City in particular — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all nonessential businesses to keep their workers at home. Restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and hardware stores are all deemed essential, […]

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Snowbirds Ask: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. Laurie and Rick Vant Hoff have spent the last six winters in a rented property in Cape San Blas, Fla. This year, the retired couple, who live in Wisconsin, […]

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The Wealthy Flee Coronavirus. Vacation Towns Respond: Stay Away.

People with second homes in the Catskills region of New York are being warned to stay away in venom-laced Facebook posts and blunt messages from county officials. Boardwalks and beaches in some Jersey Shore towns are barricaded and residents are urging the closure of coastal access bridges to outsiders. In the Hamptons, the famous playground […]

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Spring Breaker Who Said, ‘If I Get Corona, I Get Corona,’ Apologizes

A young man whose bold defiance of social distancing guidelines while on spring break in Miami drew widespread attention — “If I get corona, I get corona,” he declared in a television interview — apologized this week for his comments. “I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments,” the man, Brady Sluder, […]

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The War on Coronavirus Comes to Trump Properties

Reeling from the global fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump’s family business has cut back hotel operations, closed some golf courses and restaurants and shed dozens of workers — all while pushing to keep other properties open and promote them on social media. In recent days, the Trump Organization cut staff from hotels in […]

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A Deadly Coronavirus Mix in Florida: An Aging Population and Lots of Young Visitors

MIAMI — At the Florida community of The Villages, the retirement capital of America and the place with the nation’s highest concentration of older people, only 33 people have been tested for the coronavirus. In the Florida Keys, swamped with young spring breakers and travelers from around the world, just 16 people had been tested […]

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RIP to Bernie Sanders’ Chances of Becoming President as Biden Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Photo: MANDEL NGAN (Getty Images) There are people who lose and then there losers. Losers aren’t people who have lost, they are people who perpetually set themselves up for loss. They are people who walk into a situation knowing that there is no way in the world they are going to win and still do […]

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Biden Sweeps Three States and Takes Commanding Lead, as Virus Reshapes American Politics

Joseph R. Biden Jr. easily defeated Senator Bernie Sanders in three major primaries on Tuesday, all but extinguishing Mr. Sanders’s chances for a comeback, as anxious Americans turned out to vote amid a series of cascading disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Biden, the former vice president, won by wide margins in Florida and Illinois […]

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Are Voters ‘Essential Personnel’ During a Pandemic?

These are the instructions now, simple and bleak: Stay home if you can. Only essential personnel report for duty. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. And here, on Tuesday, were the attendant questions, at least as grim: Are voters essential personnel in a pandemic? Is an election — that grand replenishing of government, where the […]

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Joe Biden Is Crushing Bernie Sanders in Two States That Held Primaries in Spite of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden just won big in Florida and Illinois, putting him that much closer to the Democratic nomination as Democratic voters look to move past the primary. The lopsided wins came in the last two large-state primaries we’ll be seeing for some time. The pair of states and Arizona decided to continue its […]

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Coronavirus Or Voter Suppression? Unsanitary Polling Conditions And Low Turnout Reported

Source: Scott Olson / Getty Many government officials and health experts have warned against crowded places during the coronavirus pandemic, yet Illinois, Arizona and Florida still held their primary elections on Tuesday. The fact that elections proceeded in spite of coronavirus fears brings to question whether voter suppression is at play. Past primaries this year […]

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What the Polls Say About Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Little is going as planned in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries. In parts of Florida and Arizona, some polling locations were unable to open in the morning after volunteers refused to show up because of worries about the coronavirus. In Ohio, the opposite happened: The governor unilaterally postponed voting on Monday night, but only after his squabble […]

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States See Light Voter Turnout, With Many Ballots Already in the Mail

Voting in major cities was rife with confusion and early turnout in many areas was significantly lower than expected as Florida, Illinois and Arizona held their Democratic presidential primaries on Tuesday amid fears about people gathering in groups and putting themselves at risk of coronavirus transmission. But election officials in the three states hoped that […]

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