Tag: Florida

Florida’s New Voting Rights Law Explained

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, signed new voting restrictions into law on Thursday, reducing voting access in one of the nation’s critical battleground states. Florida, which former President Donald J. Trump won by about three percentage points in 2020, is the latest Republican-controlled state, following Georgia, Montana and Iowa, to impose new hurdles […]

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Court Overturns Fraud Conviction of Corrine Brown, Ex-U.S. Representative

A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former U.S. representative from Florida who had been accused of running a sham charity and had served time in prison, with the judges finding that a juror had been wrongfully dismissed for saying that the Holy Spirit had told him that the former congresswoman was […]

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Daniel Alan Baker Convicted of Threatening Protesters in Florida

A former U.S. Army Airborne infantryman was convicted by a federal jury on Thursday of threatening to organize a violent confrontation with right-wing protesters at the Florida State Capitol in January, days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol in Washington, prosecutors said. The former infantryman, Daniel Alan Baker, 33, who […]

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Continues Republican Push to Make Voting Hard AF for Black People

Ron DeSantis aka Big Baby Brian KempPhoto: Mark Brown (Getty Images) Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, aka Big Baby Brian Kemp, continued the Republican streak of enslaving the fuck out of the Black vote by signing a controversial bill into law that would limit access to mail-in voting in the state, continuing to move on […]

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Why Democratic Departures From the House Have Republicans Salivating

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, who last year entered an alcohol rehabilitation program after falling on the Washington Metro, also chose not to seek re-election. Representative Cheri Bustos, whose district covering a swath of Central and Northwest Illinois swung to Donald J. Trump, announced her retirement last week. Last year Ms. Bustos led the House […]

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Crist Enters Race to Face DeSantis, With More Democrats Likely to Follow

MIAMI — Representative Charlie Crist, Democrat of Florida, entered the race for governor on Tuesday, becoming the first challenger to Ron DeSantis, a Republican who raised his profile by shunning lockdowns during the pandemic and is now a leading contender for his party’s presidential nomination in 2024. “Every step of the way, this governor has […]

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My Crash Course in Covering a U.F.C. Fight

I read up on the basics, like the prohibitions on biting, head-butting and hair-pulling. Which makes for one advantage in doing a crash course on a sport like M.M.A. versus, say, cricket: There are fewer rules. Finally, I understood the origin of the phrase “no holds barred.” The night before the fight, I texted my […]

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Florida Principal Under Investigation for Paddling 6-Year-Old Student, Authorities Say

A Florida principal is being investigated after a video surfaced of her paddling a 6-year-old student in front of her mother at an elementary school, the authorities said. The principal, Melissa Carter of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Fla., struck the girl with a paddle last month, according to cellphone video of the episode and […]

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Authorities Investigating Florida Principal Who Paddled 6-Year-Old Student In Front Of Her Mother

NewsOne Featured Video A Florida elementary school principal is under investigation after she repeatedly beat one of her students with a paddle, citing it was punishment over a damaged computer. Video of the disturbing event circulated on social media which showed Melissa Carter, head of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, bending a child over and […]

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How the Centner Academy Became a Beacon for Anti-Vaxxers

Ms. Centner, an avid social media user who has long used her accounts to document her luxurious lifestyle, took effective control of the school last year, in the midst of the pandemic. She told the community that the school, with prekindergarten through eighth grades, would focus on “happiness” and espouse “medical freedom.” Leila Centner, the […]

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Watch SpaceX Make the First Nighttime Splash Down Since 1968

Four astronauts are taking the redeye home to Earth. At 8:35 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, a crew of four — three NASA astronauts and one from Japan’s space agency — pushed off from the International Space Station in a capsule built by SpaceX. “Thanks for your hospitality, sorry we stayed a little bit longer,” […]

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With Florida Bill, Republicans Continue Unrelenting Push to Restrict Voting

The pleas from Florida election officials were direct and dire: Passing the state’s new voting bill would be a “grave security risk,” “unnecessary” and a “travesty.” The restrictions imposed by the new law, they warned, would make it harder to vote and hurt confidence in the balloting process. But their objections were brushed aside on […]

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Florida Voting Rights: Republican Bill Adds New Limits

MIAMI — Republicans in the Florida Legislature passed an election overhaul bill on Thursday that is set to usher in a host of voting restrictions in one of the most critical battleground states in the country, adding to the national push by G.O.P. state lawmakers to reduce voting access. The bill makes Florida the first […]

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Why Is So Much Money Moving to Miami?

Produced by ‘Sway’ Big names in tech including Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois have moved to Miami in the past year. Mayor Francis Suarez is welcoming them with open arms in his zeal to transform Miami into the next tech hub. The sell? Sunshine, low taxes and a mayor who is always willing to take […]

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Ron DeSantis Does Disease

“They treat their workers like … you-know-what,” Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut remarked delicately. A longtime cruise industry watchdog, Blumenthal had to fight for years just to get that doctor rule. The ship workers, he said, are trapped by forced arbitration clauses in their contracts that make it impossible for them to sue over conditions. […]

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Florida House Passes G.O.P.-Backed Bill on Voting Limits

A bill that would impose a raft of new restrictions on voting in Florida cleared the State House of Representatives on Wednesday after hours of contentious debate. Democrats denounced the legislation as overly stringent and unnecessary, and Republicans argued that it would install necessary “guardrails” for securing elections, despite their acknowledgment that the state’s election […]

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School Superintendents Leave Their Jobs Due to Pandemic Stress

This year has been draining for pretty much everyone connected to schools: children stuck in Zoom classes, teachers worried about their health and their students, parents juggling their jobs while managing children learning from home. And for the district leaders responsible for managing it all, the pandemic has been a uniquely exhausting experience. Now some […]

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Florida Private School Bars Vaccinated Teachers From Student Contact

A private school in the fashionable Design District of Miami sent its faculty and staff a letter last week about getting vaccinated against Covid-19. But unlike institutions that have encouraged and even facilitated vaccination for teachers, the school, Centner Academy, did the opposite: One of its co-founders, Leila Centner, informed employees “with a very heavy […]

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The Right to Crash Cars Into People

Earlier this week, Florida Republicans enacted a law they claimed would prevent riots in the state. Its real purpose, of course, was to discourage protesting and punish demonstrators. One of the bill’s provisions has received a fair amount of national attention, as it seems to give Floridians permission to attack protesters with their cars. The […]

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Battle of the Seas: Cruise Lines vs. the C.D.C.

In the United States, flights are filling up, hotels are getting booked, vacation rentals are selling out and car rental companies are facing a shortage because of spiking demand. But one sector remains stalled: the cruise industry. Cruise ships sailing out of United States ports have been docked for more than a year following a […]

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Florida Voting Restrictions Bill Heads to Legislature

A bill that would impose a host of new restrictions on voting in Florida passed a key committee in the State Senate on Tuesday after a fiery debate among senators and hours of citizen testimony opposing the measure. The vote set the stage for a possible full floor vote in the Republican-controlled chamber in the […]

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Anti-Protest Bill Into Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 08, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The Governor announced that the state is suing the federal government to allow cruises to resume in Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a very […]

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Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference on March 22, 2021. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people can be labeled a “riot”—and if they’re blocking the road and you feel frightened, it’s generally OK to run them over with […]

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400 Convictions Could Be Overturned Due to 1 ‘Racially Biased’ Cop

An ex-cop accused of racial bias could result in 400 convictions being thrown out in Virginia, according to the Washington Post.  Prosecutors in Fairfax County said Friday they want to throw out the convictions—including one involving Elon Wilson, an ex-D.C. firefighter who’s been in prison for more than two years—because ex-cop Jonathan Freitag allegedly made […]

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Ron DeSantis Is the Republican Autopsy

After the Republican Party suffered a surprising (well, to Republicans) defeat in the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee famously commissioned an autopsy that tried to analyze how the party had fallen short. It made a range of recommendations, but they were distilled by the headlines — and the wishful thinking of certain party elites […]

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S.U.V. Driver Jumps a Rising Drawbridge in Florida

As in a scene from a “Fast & Furious” spinoff, a driver in Florida this week jumped across a drawbridge just as its ramps were being raised. Video of the jump, captured by a security camera, showed a gray S.U.V. hopping from one side of the bridge to the other Monday evening in Daytona Beach, […]

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SUV Driver Jumps a Rising Drawbridge in Florida [Watch Video]

As in a scene from a “Fast & Furious” spinoff, a driver in Florida this week jumped across a drawbridge just as its ramps were being raised. Video of the jump, captured by a security camera, showed a gray S.U.V. hopping from one side of the bridge to the other Monday evening in Daytona Beach, […]

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Matt Gaetz’s Mess Is Getting Harder to Clean Up

As the Justice Department investigation into Matt Gaetz reportedly continues, none of the details emerging are exactly helping the Florida congressman.  Joel Greenberg, the former Florida tax collector and Gaetz associate who’s indicted on dozens of counts including sex trafficking, fraud, and bribery, reportedly paid a 17-year-old girl $300 on Venmo in June 2017 for […]

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Florida Plans to Close Wastewater Reservoir Where Leak Forced Evacuations

Florida officials on Tuesday announced their intention to permanently shut down a leaking wastewater reservoir south of Tampa that had forced hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes under the threat of a catastrophic collapse. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said on Tuesday that he was allocating more than $15 million to start the process […]

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