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Steve Nobile Resigns From Palm Coast Council, Triggering Repeat of 2016 Appointment Dilemma

| April 23, 2018

Citing family health issues, Palm Coast Council member Steve Nobile is resigning his seat in May, repeating the dilemma the council faced when Bill McGuire resigned in 2016.

Voters Will Decide School Board Term Limits and Ending Local Control Over Charter Schools

| April 17, 2018

Under current law, school boards operate and control public schools within their counties. That would end if voters approve a constitutional amendment.

Ballot Proposal Would Ensure Crime Victims Have Their Say in Plea Agreements and Sentencing

| April 16, 2018

The proposal, which will need support from 60 percent of voters in November, would seek to ensure the rights of victims to receive information and provide input during criminal cases.

Flagler Judge Scott DuPont Called “Unfit,” “Outrageous,” “Disturbing,” “Beyond Reckless” and Contemptuous of Law

| April 13, 2018

A devastating 21-page opinion by a disciplinary judicial commission repeats in harsher language a call for Judge Scott DuPont’s removal, a recommendation going before the Supreme Court.

Sheriff Staly’s Heimlich Saves Elected Party Official’s Life at Candidate Forum

| April 12, 2018

Sharon Demers, an elected Republican state committeewoman and a former candidate for school board, was choking when Staly successfully executed a Heimlich maneuver on her.

Trump Expected to Loom Over Nelson-Scott Senate Battle as Governor Announces Run

| April 9, 2018

The Senate contest between Bill nelson and Rick Scott is termed a “proxy battle” about Donald Trump and a referendum by Floridians on Trump’s presidency.

Florida GOP Says It Can Fend Off Blue Wake and Keep “Trump Agenda Alive”

| April 7, 2018

But Florida Republicans, gathering for a convention in Tampa, say they’ll need to increase turnout to retain congressional and legislative majorities and to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

12 Amendments Nearing Ballot, Including Bans on Offshore Drilling and Workplace Vaping, and Home Rule Overrides

| April 6, 2018

The list includes 12 ballot proposals that incorporate 24 potential changes to the Florida Constitution. All of the proposals were initially endorsed by the commission.

Trump’s Census Whitewash

| April 1, 2018

The Trump administration’s decision to include a question on the census about citizenship is intended to under-count immigrants and skew numbers to favor whiter voting districts.

Florida an Outlier on Restoration of Felons’ Right to Vote, Barring 1.6 million Off Rolls

| March 28, 2018

Automatically restoring the right to vote for convicted felons in Florida could add between 600,000 and 1.6 million voters to the state’s voting rolls.

Unprecedented Flagler Forum With 7 Judges Has Some Make News and Others De-Mystify The Bench

| March 27, 2018

Seven local judges appeared at the Flagler Palm Coast Forum Tuesday evening, the Ed Fuller group devoted to civic and electoral discussions featuring candidates running for office.

Gov. Scott Fuels Speculation About Senate Run By Tapping Brad Piepenbrink Again

| March 26, 2018

The chief of staff announcement was made within minutes of social-media postings from the governor saying he will make a “big announcement” in two weeks.

“March For Our Lives” Draws 100 Along Palm Coast Parkway in Orange Echo of Global Student Movement

| March 24, 2018

The Palm Coast demonstrators joined some 800 planned March For Our Lives protests across the globe today, calling for sensible gun control and a ban on assault-type weapons.

Florida Voters Denied Choice on Gun Restrictions as Constitution Commission Holsters Proposal

| March 23, 2018

Floridians won’t have an opportunity to decide whether the state should ban semi-automatic weapons or have gun-related restrictions after the Constitution Revision Commission rejected attempts to debate the proposals.

Proposal of 8-Year Term Limits For School Board Members May Head for November Ballot

| March 22, 2018

School board members would be limited to eight years in office under a proposal that moved forward Wednesday in the state Constitution Revision Commission.

Broad-Ranging Gun Control Proposal Could End Up on November Ballot as an Amendment

| March 15, 2018

A proposed constitutional amendment would a minimum age of 21 on all firearm purchases, a 3-day waiting period and a comprehensive background check.

Palm Coast’s Bob Coffman Drops Out of Democratic Race for Congress, Citing Money

| March 12, 2018

That leaves Nancy Soderberg, Stephen Sevigny and John Upchurch in the race on the Democratic side, with Soderberg so far the clear front-runner among Democrats, and John Ward among Republicans.

Gun Control Could Become a Key Issue in Florida’s Elections

| February 19, 2018

Major political donors on both sides plan to use support for “common-sense” legislation as a litmus test for candidates during the 2018 midterm elections.

Florida Democrats Speak of Margaret Good’s Victory as a Sign of a Coming “Blue Wave”

| February 14, 2018

Margaret Good’s victory on Tuesday, winning a Florida House seat in Sarasota County, represents the 36th time a Republican seat has flipped Democratic since the 2016 election.

Military Inferiority Complex:
Dear Leader Wants A Parade

| February 9, 2018

The military doesn’t need parades. It needs to come home. Worshipping it in time of endlessly losing wars only locks and loads more cannon fodder.

In 1st Forum of Season, School Board Candidates Discourse Rather Than Debate

| February 7, 2018

Four of the five candidates running for Flagler County School Board have served 24 years between them and want to serve more. The fifth has never been in office.

Federal Judge Declares Florida’s Arbitrary and Governor-Controlled Method of Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights Unconstitutional

| February 1, 2018

In a stinging blow to Gov. Rick Scott, a federal judge ruled that the governor’s near-exclusive authority to restore, and more often deny, voting rights to ex-felon is unconstitutional.

Nancy Soderberg, Frontrunner: Democrat So Far Has No Competition in Congressional District

| January 31, 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Nancy Soderberg raised $544,000 before Jan. 1, by far more than any Democrat has managed to raise for a race in a district that includes all of Flagler County.

Bill Targeting Florida “Sanctuary Cities,” An Election-Year Wedge, Stalls In Senate

| January 31, 2018

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, tabled his proposed sanctuary-city ban after facing bipartisan opposition to the measure aimed at requiring local governments to comply with federal immigration laws.

Jon Netts Will Run Again For Palm Coast Council. So Will Heidi Shipley–For Same Seat

| January 29, 2018

Former Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts will challenge Council member Heidi Shipley for her seat, now that she has changed her mind and opted to run again.

Proposal To Create Open Primaries in Florida Moves Forward, But With Issues

| January 26, 2018

All candidates seeking the same office would run in a single primary regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters would run in the general election.

Measure to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Florida Felons Goes on November Ballot

| January 23, 2018

Voting rights of felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution would be automatically restored. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

Eric Cooley Wins Flagler Beach Commission Seat Unopposed, Mayor Provencher Reelected Unchallenged

| January 22, 2018

No one ran against Eric Cooley, ensuring that he’d take a Flagler Beach Commission seat in place of Joy McGrew automatically. Linda Provencher was again elected without opposition for the fourth contest out of five.

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

| January 22, 2018

This country has a history of looking to black women to save Americans from themselves — while not recognizing or respecting their efforts.

Ballot Measure Would Give Voters, Not Legislature, Final Say On Gambling’s Legality

| January 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment pits the state’s gambling industry against anti-gambling advocates in what is expected to be a high-dollar campaign before the fall election.

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