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Wednesday Briefing: State Road A1A Open House, Early Voting, Rubio-Murphy Debate, Trump and Marx

| October 26, 2016

The open house at Flagler Beach’s City Hall will give the public a closer look at the A1A reconstruction project, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy have another televised debate, what Trump and Marx have in common.

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Talks Garbage, Suppressing a DUI Test, Entrepreneur Night at Channel Side, Commission Forum

| October 25, 2016

Palm Coast prepares to approve the next five-year contract with Waste Pro, its garbage hauler, the man charged with killing Michelle Hunter Roberts on Belle Terre Parkway and Pine Grove wants his DUI test thrown out, pot legalization in California could blow open the door to more legalization.

U.S. Rep. John Mica’s Support of Trump Erodes Chance of Winning 14th Term as Murphy Gains

| October 24, 2016

U.S. Rep. John Mica, Flagler County’s best friend in the House, faces an opponent in Democrat Stephanie Murphy, an energetic businesswoman for whom U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has pledged to spend some $4 million.

Your Election Will Not Be “Rigged”
Flagler Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart Explains

| October 24, 2016

Flagler County Elections Supervisor puts to rest any fear or claim that the Nov. 8 election may be rigged, that fraudulent votes may be cast, or that dead people will be voting locally.

Monday Briefing: Early Voting Begins, Judy Wormeck, 2016 Artist of the Year, Slow Death for Impact Fees in Bunnell

| October 24, 2016

Early voting begins in Flagler and across Florida, at three locations locally, the Bunnell Commission considers indefinitely extending a moratorium on Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Transportation Impact Fees, Trump is in Tampa.

Before You Celebrate Clinton’s Win: The Democrats’ Bad Downballot Map

| October 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton looks increasingly likely to win the White House, but her party faces a big obstacle to success in congressional races — Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous.

The Best and Worst Presidents on Taxes

| October 22, 2016

Ronald Reagan was among the worst–and the best–when it came to tax fairness, Teddy Roosevelt isn’t given enough credit, but a majority of American presidents did little by way of making the tax code fairer. It’s often been the opposite, argues Sarah Anderson.

Citing Secular Protocol, Florida Athletic Association Rejects Schools’ Claim That Prayer Was Muzzled

| October 22, 2016

Florida law does not require, and for good and valid reason does not permit, the FHSAA to promote prayer through state-run public address systems, the athletic association argues.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| October 21, 2016

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Weekend Briefing: Halloween Boo Bash, Haunted Trails, Ethics Commission, Toys for Tots, David Mamet

| October 21, 2016

Toys for Tots registration begins this weekend, the Halloween Boo Bash is at Belle Terre Park, Haunted Trails at the Agriculture Museum, Ivanka Trump and the signing of the Louisiana Purchase.

Florida Justices Overturn 42-Year-Old Death Sentence in “Black Revolutionary Army” Killing

| October 20, 2016

Jacob John Dougan, Jr., now 69, was convicted in the 1974 murder of Stephen Orlando, an 18-year-old white man, whose body was found in Jacksonville Beach accompanied by a note signed by the “Black Revolutionary Army.”

Thursday Briefing: County Take-Over of Agriculture Museum, Costume Party at Beachfront Grill, Obama in South Florida

| October 20, 2016

The County Commission considers taking over the Florida Agriculture Museum, which is out of money, Flagler Democrats hold happy hour, Beachfront Grill in Flagler Beach hosts a costume party, President Obama campaigns for Clinton in South Florida.

Solar Amendment 1 Called a “Con Job” By Utilities as Tape Exposes Political “Jiu-Jitsu”

| October 19, 2016

Solar-energy supporters fighting a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot expressed outrage Wednesday after a policy director for a Tallahassee-based think tank was caught on tape discussing utility-industry efforts to deceive voters.

Several New Leases Signed at City Marketplace as Occupancy Reaches a Third of Units

| October 19, 2016

John C. Bills Properties, The owner of City Marketplace in Palm Coast, announced the signing of several new leases over the past four months, with new calls inquiring about space to rent coming in daily, a company release announced. Existing tenants are also renewing their leases.

13-Year-Old Girl Finds Burglar In B-Section House and Helps Lead to His and His Brother’s Arrest

| October 18, 2016

David Willett, 30 and his brother Alex Hagget, 25, both of Palm Coast, had allegedly planned a burglary on Birchwood Drive when the girl found Willett coming out of her brother’s bedroom as she came home from school Monday.

Senate Race Too Close to Call as Murphy Gains on Rubio, Picking Up Independents

| October 18, 2016

Rubio leads by a margin of 49 percent to 47 percent in the Quinnipiac University poll, which was conducted before the candidates battled in a televised debate Monday night. The two-point difference is within the poll’s margin of error.

Continuing Series of Voting-Rights Decisions, Judge Rules Against State on Disputed Ballot Signatures

| October 17, 2016

The 30-page ruling Sunday by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker focused on situations in which voters’ signatures submitted with mail-in ballots do not appear to match signatures on file with county supervisors of elections. Under a 2004 law, such mail-in ballots are rejected.

Early Voting: A Dissent

| October 15, 2016

Early voting gives political parties and special interests a chance to manipulate, to lock up blocs of votes in advance of Election Day and to keep opposition parties and candidates from offering another viewpoint, argues Nancy Smith.

Florida Supreme Court in Seminal Decision Rules Death Penalty Verdicts Must Be Unanimous

| October 14, 2016

The court’s 5-2 decision, which will immediately affect 40 inmates and many of the 385 others on death row, ends Florida’s status as an outlier state where non-unanimous death penalty recommendations were allowed.

Swinging Through Florida, Trump Paints Election as Apocalyptic Choice

| October 12, 2016

Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach, Trump painted Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton as a pawn of a global establishment who would usher in the destruction of the nation.

Overruling Scott, Judge Orders Voter Registration Deadline Extended at Least Through Wednesday

| October 11, 2016

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker also set up a Wednesday morning hearing to consider a request by the Florida Democratic Party to keep registration open until Oct. 18 — a week after the initial deadline was set to pass.

Florida Highway Tolls Lifted, Some Hospitals in Volusia, Brevard and Duval Evacuate

| October 5, 2016

Highway tolls were lifted in counties with evacuation orders as Florida continued Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of the slow-moving, powerful and deadly Hurricane Matthew.

Scott and Cabinet Poised for $16 Million Sensitive Land Buy, Largest in 10 Years

| October 4, 2016

The land, known as Horn Spring Woods, contains 10 natural springs, has nearly 10 miles of meandering frontage along the St. Marks River and would help create an environmental corridor linking the St. Marks River Preserve State Park to the north, the Fanlew Preserve and Aucilla Wildlife Management Area to the east, and the Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park to the south.

Clinton Surges Ahead in Latest Florida Poll as Alternate Candidates Fade

| October 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton took a decisive five-point lead on Donald Trump in Florida the latest Quinnipiac University poll after being tied with him for two months, with voting already under way in the state. She also leads in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, but remains behind in Ohio.

If Trump Ever Had My Vote, He Just Lost It

| October 2, 2016

If Trump secretly conducted business in communist Cuba while Fidel Castro was its president, the Republican presidential nominee should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, not elected to the highest office in the land.

Florida Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana Gets $1 Million Boost, Aiding Amendment 2 Vote

| October 2, 2016

It’s the largest single contribution received by supporters of Amendment 2 and comes as the battle over the constitutional question heats up in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

Clinton Regains Lead in Florida as Debate Bounce Ripples and Trump Stumbles

| September 30, 2016

Coming out of their first televised debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump in the critical battleground state of Florida, a new poll shows.

After Reaching Record Pace, Executions in Florida Are on Hold as Ruling Muddies Syringes

| September 30, 2016

Executions are on hold, judges across the state are postponing death penalty cases, and defense lawyers are seeking additional reviews in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that struck down Florida’s death-penalty sentencing process.

Court Sees No Crime in Sarasota High Student’s Tweeted Threats to “Shoot Up” His School

| September 29, 2016

A 16-year-old high school student who repeatedly threatened on Twitter to shoot up his school in Sarasota did not commit a crime because his threats were not directed at anyone in particular, the second District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.

Looking past the Obvious in Trump-Clinton I: Voters May Decide a Different Outcome

| September 28, 2016

We have to reconsider what we thought we saw Monday night and discover how it played where it mattered, in counties such as those in western Pennsylvania, and those clustered along Interstate 4 in Florida. These, more than elite opinion-spinners clustered along our deep-blue coasts, will decide the Nov. 8 outcome, argues Tom Jackson.



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