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Federal Appeals Court Hammers Florida For Imposing ‘Serious Burden’ on Right To Vote

| February 16, 2019

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burden on the right to vote.”

Flagler Supervisor of Elections Wants To Know Why You Love Voting: Take the Survey

| February 15, 2019

Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart is asking registered voters to take a five-question online survey about why and where they like to vote, grist for further voter outreach in the future.

Renner Wants ‘Objectivity’ To Drive Felons’ Voter Restoration, But Hurdles Are Multiplying

| February 14, 2019

Elections officials could face a Herculean task trying to verify whether people who’ve registered to vote have met all the conditions required to make them eligible to cast ballots.

Starbucks’s Howard Schultz: Another Billionaire Presidential Candidate Who Doesn’t Get It

| February 3, 2019

Privileged candidates from Donald Trump to Howard Schultz don’t have any idea what life is really like for a single parent raising two kids while working and attending night classes.

Report Details Ethics Allegations Against Gillum; His Attorney Calls It ‘Trivial Stuff’

| January 30, 2019

The ethics commission also found probable cause to believe the former mayor “misused his position to accept things of value for himself and others in return for access and influence.”

Florida Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause Gillum Violated Law in Accepting Gifts

| January 28, 2019

The ethics complaint added to questions that dogged Gillum throughout his gubernatorial campaign about possible ties to an FBI investigation of Tallahassee City Hall.

In Restoration of Felons’ Voting Rights, Meaning of ‘Murder’ Becomes Stumbling Block

| January 23, 2019

A new constitutional amendment grants “automatic” restoration of voting rights to felons who’ve completed their sentence, but it excludes people “convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.”

Two Incumbents and Two Challengers Running in Flagler Beach’s March Election

| January 17, 2019

The Flagler Beach March 5 election has drawn two incumbents, Jane Mealy and Rick Belhumeur, second-time challenger Paul Eik, and newcomer Deborah Phillips, a business owner in town.

Democrats Are Afraid Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Too. That’s A Good Thing.

| January 15, 2019

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upsetting fellow Democrats over her support for progressive primary challenges against centrist Democrats. But it’s a sound idea for the party of alleged change.

Bunnell’s Catherine Robinson Yet Again Re-Elected Unopposed, 6 Running For 3 Seats

| January 14, 2019

By the time Catherine Robinson takes the oath of office for her next term, she may face a very different commission, certainly with two new commissioners at the table, and possibly three.

Was Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes Treated Unfairly? Federal Judge Weighs Due Process

| January 8, 2019

Brenda Snipes’ lawyers accused Gov. Rick Scott of trying to embarrass and humiliate the long-serving elections official. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker is hearing her lawsuit.

2018 Roundup: For Florida, Another Massacre, Another Hurricane, Another Shift To the Right

| December 30, 2018

Florida was struck by a hurricane for the third year in a row, was the site of yet another mass shooting, saw the end of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing and the election of a Donald Trump acolyte as governor.

Broward Elections Supervisor Sues Scott, Calling Suspension ‘Malicious and Politically Motivated’

| December 19, 2018

Suspended Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has filed a federal lawsuit against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano as she tries to regain her job.

Democrats’ Arafat Complex

| December 16, 2018

Early possibilities for the 2020 election–Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton–suggest Democrats aren’t learning lessons but clinging to habits of self-destruction.

Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause School Board’s Janet McDonald and Husband Dennis Violated Law on Disclosures

| December 12, 2018

A state ethics investigation found that both Dennis and Janet McDonald inaccurately reported assets on disclosure forms ahead of election runs. The late Frank Meeker, a county commissioner, filed the ethics complaints shortly before his death in 2016.

In Novel Argument, Constitutional Amendment Spurs Call for Stay of Execution

| December 11, 2018

The arguments center on part of Amendment 11, which was approved by 62 percent of voters and which changed a more than century-old provision dealing with how revisions in criminal laws should be applied to older crimes.

Putnam Stays Out Fight Over Concealed Weapons Permits as His Office Goes to a Democrat

| December 5, 2018

After the concealed-weapons permitting processed revealed serious flaws under Adam Putnam, attempts are afoot to move the process to state police, out of the agriculture commissioner’s purview.

Supervisors of Election Seek Answer on Amendment Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote

| December 4, 2018

Florida officials don’t have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of felonies.

Shortlist of 11 Young Ultra-Conservatives Lined Up for 3 Florida Supreme Court Seats

| November 28, 2018

Ron DeSantis will pick from the list to replace liberal justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who have reached retirement age. All nominees were GOP appointees.

Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats Are Out Of Touch With Progressive Insurgents

| November 27, 2018

Positions the timeworn Democratic leadership staked out are being overrun—outmatched by the cumulative power of dynamic social movements that have generated electoral clout.

In a Surprise, Bunnell Commissioner John Sowell Is Resigning, With Eye on County Seat

| November 27, 2018

Bunnell City Commissioner John Sowell is resigning Friday and moving to a different part of the county, and is considering a run for the county commission seat held by Dave Sullivan.

Ambition and Pledges of Openness Frame Swearings-In at County Commission and Palm Coast Council

| November 20, 2018

Joe Mullins was sworn-in as a county commissioner and Donald O’Brien elected chairman while Jack Howell and Eddie Branquinho took their seats on the Palm Coast council today.

It Won’t Be Like Medical Pot: Senate President Pledges Not to ‘Slow-Walk’ Amendments

| November 20, 2018

Galvano said of amendments from restoring felon rights to limiting gambling that the “people have spoken,” and “I want to make sure we are being true to the intent of the voters.”

Nelson Concedes as Scott Wins Senate-Seat Recount With 10,000-Vote Margin

| November 19, 2018

Scott, a two-term Republican governor, held a 10,033-vote edge — or 0.12 percent — over Nelson, a Democrat who was seeking re-election to his fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

In War Over Words, Republicans Continue Easily To Defeat Democrats

| November 18, 2018

The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but the GOP continues to triumph in the all-important contests over words, argues Ralph Nader.

DeSantis Wins Governor’s Race (Again), Manual Recounts For 2 Other Statewide Races

| November 15, 2018

Ron DeSantis maintained almost his exact lead over Andrew Gillum after a machine recount. Manual recounts are ordered for the Scott-Nelson and Fried-Caldwell races.

No ‘Remedy In the Dark’: Federal Judge Rejects Nelson Bid To Extend Recount Deadline

| November 15, 2018

The ruling could resolve questions about whether the recount process will move forward and whether official election results will be certified Tuesday as scheduled.

As Nelson Charges Interference, Scott Will Step Down From Canvassing Board

| November 14, 2018

Democrats have alleged that Scott has improperly tried to use his authority as governor to influence the recount, which could decide his political future.

Democrats Won Big. But the Question Is Whether They Can Now Be Bold.

| November 14, 2018

The reforms Democrats in Congress have championed have often been overly complicated and cautious — and deeply compromised by a fear of annoying deep-pocketed donors.

Recount Totals in Flagler Show Little Change, as in Other Small and Mid-Sized Counties

| November 13, 2018

In Flagler County, each of the candidates in the recount gained a few dozen votes, but in proportions that did not change the winner’s margin or affected the state tally.

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