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159 New Laws Kick In Friday on Domestic Violence, Bullying, Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion, Hunting

| June 30, 2016

New laws include a minimum 30-day jail sentence in domestic violence crimes involving intentional injury, tax cuts, school choice, more benefits for veterans, a new Holocaust memorial, and many more.

New Report Doubles Estimate of Transgender People in U.S.; Florida’s Proportion Ranks 6th

| June 30, 2016

The estimate places Florida’s proportion of transgender people at almost 0.7 percent, for a total of 100,000 people, with the national proportion at 0.6 percent, for a total of 1.4 million.

Joe Negron’s Plan for Florida As Senate President in Next 2 Years: More Elite Universities

| June 29, 2016

Negron named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan, among others, as examples he wants Florida’s universities to be like.

Florida Democrats Borrow a Page From D.C. Colleagues Hoping to Force Gun Control Vote

| June 28, 2016

However, it may be nearly impossible over the next week to gather enough Republican lawmakers willing to make the trek to humid Tallahassee in an election year to discuss a proposed prohibition on gun sales to people on federal terrorism watch lists.

Abortion Rights Mark Big Court Victory, But Effect on Florida Restrictions Unclear

| June 27, 2016

Florida supporters of recent laws requiring more stringent standards for abortion providers say the high court ruling should have no impact. Pending court challenges suggest otherwise.

Community Plants 1,000 trees at St. Johns Water District’s Lake Apopka North Shore

| June 27, 2016

Once home to several farms in the 1940s, the nearly 20,00 acres along Lake Apopka’s northern shore were acquired by the water district in a push to restore water quality and fish and wildlife habitat within the lake.

Bowing to NRA, Scott Skips Over Court Pick Who’d Blocked “Stand Your Ground” Shift

| June 25, 2016

The bill Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, had opposed and that died during this year’s legislative session would have shifted the burden of proof in Stand Your Ground cases from the defense to the prosecution.

Rubio’s Re-Election Bid Remakes Senate Race as DeSantis Reverts to Congressional Run

| June 24, 2016

DeSantis is one of three Republicans who have qualified to run for the district that includes all of Flagler County, and which he’s represented since 2013. Four Democrats have qualified.

Florida Bears Celebrate: There Will Be No Hunt This Year, Wildlife Commission Narrowly Rules

| June 23, 2016

After hours of objections from animal-rights advocates and support from hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 late Wednesday against a staff recommendation to hold a hunt in October that could have been smaller — in terms of permits and hunting grounds — than the 2015 event in which 304 bears were killed over two days.

Gun In Hand, Tax Collector Johnston Heralds Fast-Track Concealed-Weapon Permitting

| June 22, 2016

Flagler County Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston took herself and most of her staff through a gun-safety class and shooting session at the range to prepare for her office’s new service: processing and fast-tracking concealed-weapons permits, starting today (June 22).

Encouraged By Polls and GOP, Marco Rubio Will Run for Re-Election to Senate After All

| June 22, 2016

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has reversed course and will seek re-election to his seat, according to numerous media reports Wednesday morning. Rubio’s decision comes as Republicans try to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

Trump Lead in Florida Vanishes, Overtaken by Clinton Surge as GOP Leader’s Campaign Falters

| June 21, 2016

Several factors contribute to Trump’s fading including disarray within his campaign, lack of money, organization and staffing, and backlash from his racism. For Clinton, the fading of the Sanders campaign is helping migrate more supporters to the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Sen. Bill Nelson Named to Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame

| June 21, 2016

Nelson is among 10 Florida conservationists who will be recognized for their achievements. Conservation award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats.

Florida Congressional Candidate Evers Riles LGBT Activists With Assault Weapon Raffle

| June 20, 2016

Barely a week after the Orlando massacre, state Sen. Greg Evers drew criticism for planning to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to that used in the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Proposed Bear Hunt This Fall Would Unfold In Three Separate Four-Day Periods

| June 19, 2016

The recommendation to hold the state’s second bear hunt in the past 20 years expands on a proposal from state biologists without offering hard numbers of bears that could be killed or suggesting a number of permits that could be made available or the costs of permits.

As Exceptionally American As It Gets

| June 17, 2016

Our mass shootings have developed their own set rituals and denials, none so lethal as the complicity with murder that blames the wrong targets while excusing guns.

“Grief Beyond Description”: In Orlando, Obama Comforts Survivors of Pulse Massacre

| June 16, 2016

After meeting with the families, Obama and Biden went to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where they placed bouquets of 49 white roses — one for each of the people who died in the attack — at a makeshift memorial there.

Gun Rights and Gun Control Measures Expected to Crowd Florida Legislature in Wake of Orlando

| June 15, 2016

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday called for a special session to halt gun sales to people on federal watch lists and to impose new requirements for becoming a security guard. Republican legislative leaders say a special session isn’t needed.

For LGBT, Always That Target on Their Backs

| June 14, 2016

It turns out shooter Omar Marteen may have been motivated by both homophobia and Islamic radicalism. That should not come as a surprise, writes Nancy Smith.

Florida’s Political Landscape Riven By Orlando Massacre Even as Lasting Effects or Consequences Are Doubted

| June 14, 2016

Politicians and consultants are as divided as the electorate about how candidates should treat the tragedy, and the split carries over to those who think the tragedy will have dissipated by November as opposed to those who think it will impact the election.

St. Johns Water Management District Transfers Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County

| June 14, 2016

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted to donate the 947-acre Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County with a conservation easement to protect its conservation values and to comply with the mitigation permit requirements.

Adam Putnam Says Orlando Mass Murderer Had Cleared All Legally Required Background Checks

| June 13, 2016

Putnam runs the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees weapons permits in Florida. The department hasn’t released Mateen’s application paperwork.

Gov. Scott Requests Federal Emergency Declaration in Wake of Orlando Massacre

| June 13, 2016

Calling the massacre at an Orlando nightclub “an attack on our state and entire nation,” Gov. Rick Scott early Monday asked President Barack Obama for a federal emergency declaration in Florida.

50 People Killed, 53 Wounded at Orlando Gay Club in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

| June 12, 2016

50 people have been killed and at least 53 wounded in a mass shooting by a lone gunman at Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub on South Orange Avenue, at 2 o’clock this morning. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is calling the shooting a “domestic act of terrorism.”

Florida Justices Appear Skeptical in Challenge to Open-Carry Ban, Deferring to Legislature

| June 9, 2016

Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince questioned how the current state law allowing citizens to receive concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms suppresses gun ownership.

It’s Not Over: Teen Jordan Davis Killer Michael Dunn Argues Self-Defense in Appeal

| June 7, 2016

An appeals court heard arguments Tuesday about whether Michael Dunn was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis in 2012 in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

As Democrat Patrick Murphy Qualifies, GOP Urges Rubio To Take Back Pledge Not to Run

| June 6, 2016

Murphy, a two-term congressman who was the beneficiary of a fundraising event Friday in Miami that featured President Barack Obama, remains unknown to many Floridians as do the other major Senate candidates from both parties.

Palm Coast-Flagler Under Tropical Storm Warning as Colin’s Local Version Brings a Messy 24 Hours

| June 6, 2016

A disorganized and scattershot Tropical Storm Colin is set to cross Florida late tonight into Tuesday, dropping between 2 to 5 inches of rain on Palm Coast and Flagler County.

Rick Scott on Being Trump’s Vice President: “Pass”

| June 5, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is meeting with Donald Trump Monday, but only to talk strategy, not to be vetted as a running mate, the governor claimed in several interviews.

Florida Government’s Legal Bill For Fighting Same-Sex Marriage: $500,000

| June 2, 2016

The settlements came after U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in April that the lawyers in the consolidated cases were entitled to the fees, and nearly two years after Hinkle first ruled that Florida’s voter-approved same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

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