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Feed Flagler’s 364-Day Blinders: Why Isn’t a Portion of Old Courthouse Considered as Homeless Shelter?

| November 21, 2014

It must be Thanksgiving because as with the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims seem more interested in clobbering the poor than feeding them.

FSU Shooter Myron May, an Attorney, Said to Have Been in a “State of Crisis”

| November 21, 2014

Myron May was an FSU student senator in 2002 and had been practicing law since 2009 before he shot and injured students at FSU’s Strozier Library.

Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Daily Incident Reports by Shift Commanders

| November 21, 2014

Daily Flagler county jail bookings and night shift and day shift commanders’ reports on Palm Coast-Flagler crime and other incidents investigated by Sheriff’s deputies, with archived history of reports.

Today’s The Day to Support the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

| November 20, 2014

The Miami-based Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is one of the state’s leading non-profit news source, whose work frequently appears in FlaglerLive.

Said to Have Been Framed For Tampa Murder, Deaf Convict Felix Garcia Is Denied Release

| November 20, 2014

Felix Garcia’s supporters had hoped he would be released with time served, arguing that he’d been unable to understand the evidence against him during the murder trial and wasn’t given an interpreter.

Growing Concern at Supervisor of Elections Offices Across Florida: Aging Equipment

| November 19, 2014

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said he will meet next month with local supervisors of election in Orlando to determine which counties are most in need of new equipment before the 2016 elections. Flagler is likely to be among those.

Obamacare 2.0: Open Enrollment Starts With Few Glitches as Floridians Sign Up Over the Weekend

| November 17, 2014

Sharply contrasting with last year’s roll-out, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, which started Saturday, has gone smoothly, as the federal government expects nearly 10 million insured by the time the window closes in February.

Don’t Tell Us How You’re Feeling: Facebook and the Mirage of Positive Posting

| November 15, 2014

After a steady onslaught of social media, is it any wonder we sometimes feel numb to the suffering—or joy—of others? Laurie Uttich rethinks the one-sided nature of Facebook declamations.

Judge Throws Out Florida’s Medical Marijuana Rules, Calling Them Vague and “Unbridled”

| November 15, 2014

Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins sided with Miami-based Costa Farms and others that objected to the Department of Health’s use of a lottery to pick five licensees that will grow, process and distribute strains of non-euphoric marijuana authorized by the Legislature and approved by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year.

Florida Supreme Court Orders GOP Consultant to Release Redistricting Records

| November 13, 2014

The documents were requested by voting-rights organizations challenging the state’s congressional districts as Republican political consultant Pat Bainter refused to disclose them. Several media organizations also filed a “friend of the court” brief arguing for the documents’ release.

When Government Manipulates Press and Public, and the Press Plays Along

| November 13, 2014

From Flagler County to Washington, government’s attempts to control stories come down to the same manipulative ploys for the same specious reasons, but the press too often plays along.

Despite Big Election Losses, LGBT Floridians Hope for Progress on Ending Workplace Discrimination

| November 12, 2014

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation. It was sponsored by one of only two openly gal legislators, who lost. It will now be sponsored by a Republican lawmaker, Rep. Holly Raschein of Key Largo.

Times Investigation of Attorney General Pam Bondi Uncovers More Dubious Ties

| November 12, 2014

Bondi’s questionable relationship with Lori Kalani, a lobbyist and lawyer, was reported about two weeks ago as part of an investigation by the Times into Bondi’s work with the Republican Attorneys General Association.

The Only Mandate From This Election: Protect Florida’s Environment

| November 10, 2014

Earmarking 33 percent of the documentary stamp tax for buying critical habitat, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive properties, got 1.4 million more voters than Rick Scott.

First Day on the Job for Thrasher at FSU: Facing Confrontational Students

| November 10, 2014

John Thrasher spent the first hour in his new position engaging with a group of about 25 confrontational students that had vocally opposed his recent appointment and now refuse to recognize him as the school’s new president.

For 1 Million Floridians, Health Insurance Again in the Balance as Supreme Court Rethinks Subsidies

| November 10, 2014

Enrollment and subsidies, along with provisions such as the prohibition on excluding people with pre-existing conditions, are now at risk, because once again, the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Jeb Bush Could Win in 2016, But He’ll Have To Rely on The United States of Amnesia

| November 9, 2014

Jeb Bush left too much fodder for his detractors, argues Stephen Goldstein, to be a viable candidate for very long in 2016–assuming voters can remember the damaging milestones of his governorship.

Backroom Briefing: The Best and Worst of Election 2014

| November 9, 2014

The 2014 campaign had no shortage of drama, gaffes, mistakes and other attention-grabbing moments. It ended Tuesday with confetti for some and losses for others, but here are some of the highlights and lowlights for the always interesting annals of Florida elections.

Elections 2014 R.I.P.
Why Democrats Keep Failing in Florida

| November 8, 2014

For all its fear-based tactics, the Florida GOP focuses on understanding their base voters, and making them feel respected and protected. Democrats in comparison have no clue.

Cruel and Unusual: 2 Inmates Who Murdered as Juveniles Challenge Their Life Sentences

| November 8, 2014

Two inmates serving life in prison for murders committed as juveniles are challenging their sentences based on a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that bans mandatory life sentences for juveniles.

U.S. Unemployment Drops to 5.8% as Economy Adds 214,000 Jobs, Maintaining Average

| November 7, 2014

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October, a level last seen in July 2008, when the rate was rapidly rising, and the economy added 214,000 jobs, continuing a steady if somewhat slow recovery.

“Personhood” Amendment Crushed Even in the Reddest State, Dealing Blow to Abortion Foes

| November 6, 2014

Two proposed constitutional amendments that would have declared life starting at conception were overwhelmingly defeated in North Dakota and Colorado, with two-thirds of voters opposed.

As GOP Surges Over the Nation, Party Grabs Supermajority in Florida House

| November 5, 2014

The party retained two Republican-held seats where it faced serious challenges, while flipping six Democrat-held seats that were heavily contested in the Interstate 4 corridor.

“I’m On Your Side,” Charlie Crist Says on Final Push With Bill Clinton in Tow

| November 4, 2014

Crist offered his final pitch as an advocate for middle-class Floridians to blacks, Hispanics, seniors and union workers before heading to Orlando for a final pre-election event headlined by former President Bill Clinton.

In Final Swing Along I-4 Corridor, Rick Scott Promises to “Kick Charlie’s Rear”

| November 4, 2014

Two other Republican governors, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, both prospective presidential contenders in 2016, joined Scott in what has become one of the most expensive, nastiest and closest governor’s races in the country.

Escaped Convict Ronald McCoy Caught by West Palm Beach Police

| November 3, 2014

Ronald McCoy, an inmate with a very violent past who was serving two life terms on armed robbery convictions at a prison in Miami-Dade County, remains at large after his escape on Oct. 31.

Crist Clings To Statistically Insignificant Lead Over Scott in Last Poll Before Election Day

| November 3, 2014

With early voting done and among those who have already voted, however, Charlie Crist has taken a more commanding lead of 44 percent to Scott’s 40 percent.

500,000!
FlaglerLive Crosses Half-Million
Reader Mark in October

| November 2, 2014

FlaglerLive ended October with close to 550,000 readers for the month, a new record and further indication that as print struggles to maintain its mass-market appeal, the media landscape is changing too rapidly to accommodate old models.

As Florida Bans Use of Biometric IDs in Schools, Other States Scale Back on Big Brother

| November 2, 2014

Laws cracking down on student-tracking technology reflect a growing sense of unease among parents over how biometrics are being used, what student data is being collected and stored and what security protects the information.

Crist and Scott Aren’t Both Awful: Scott Wins That Contest By a Mile

| November 1, 2014

Tired of what he calls false moral equivalencies, Adam Weinstein argues that pundits and cynics are wrong to flaunt the conventional wisdom about this governor’s race, and that Scott has been flat-out god-awful for Florida.

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