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Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings, Crime and Incident Reports for Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell

| February 23, 2018

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

Lawmakers Craft Law Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns In Florida Schools

| February 23, 2018

The controversial measure would allow trained teachers to bring guns to schools, a concept that has divided Republican politicians and faces opposition from Democrats and educators.

Weekend Briefing: Job Fair, Volunteer Services Gala, Flagship Showcase, Shakespeare In the Park, George Winston

| February 23, 2018

Flagler Volunteer Services holds a fund-raising gala, The annual Flagler jobs fair at DSC, Shakespeare in the Park all weekend in Town Center, Leading ladies at FPC, George Winston performs at Stetson.

Thursday Briefing: African-American Read-In, Shakespeare In the Park, Leading Ladies, Art League Gig

| February 22, 2018

Two plays kick off, Belle Terre Elementary hosts its second African-American Readi-In, vacation rentals get two legislative hearings, Kim Weeks in court, the art league celebrates its 40th.

School Shooting Survivors Demand Change in Tallahassee, But NRA-Backed Bills Only “Paused”

| February 21, 2018

Students turned into activists as they cried, pleaded and argued with lawmakers Wednesday in the state Capitol, but they made limited gains, if any, with pro-gun bills merely paused.

Wednesday Briefing: Elijah Miller, Veterans Show on WNZF, Citizenship Ceremony, Gordon Lightfoot

| February 21, 2018

Flagler College celebrates its new president with a U.S. citizenship ceremony, a new show for veterans begins on WNZF, suicide prevention in Tallahassee, Gordon Lightfoot is at the Peabody.

Teacher Unions Protected But Public Funding of Private School Students Advances

| February 20, 2018

The Florida Senate rejected a House proposal to dissolve teacher unions if membership falls below a certain point, but also approved a version of a school voucher program funding private school students.

Tuesday Briefing: Hurricane Problem-Solvers, Matanzas Flagship, Revision Commission, Trump’s Russian-Style Propaganda

| February 20, 2018

The Flagler School Board discusses a new flagship program for Matanzas High, last Constitution Revision Commission hearing within commuting distance, Bunnell Planning talks variance v. special exception.

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.

Claiming “Nothing Will Be Done” On Guns Lets NRA Off the Hook, Overstating Its Strength

| February 19, 2018

NRA influence has limits, and there’s evidence it’s on the wane, but fatalism spares opponents of gun reform from even having to make their arguments for protecting the gun lobby.

Monday Briefing: Heat Again, Constitution Revision Commission Hearing, Commission Triple-Header

| February 19, 2018

This afternoon may be your only chance to address the Constitutional Revision Commission in person, in a 5-hour Jacksonville hearing, the Flagler County Commission has three meetings, more dune walkovers open up in Flagler Beach.

Thoughts and Prayers, As Pointless as Outrage

| February 16, 2018

The ultimate, most pointless outrage is at lawmakers and gun freaks, one and the same, who stand in pools of blood as they tell us our gun epidemic has nothing to do with it.

Deal Could End Wrangling Over Trauma Centers Around Florida

| February 16, 2018

The Legislature has wrangled with whether to continue with current regulations or to allow a more competitive environment that would increase the number of trauma facilities.

Weekend Briefing: Afro-American Heritage, Race the Runways, Dance Party, Nouvelle Trio, Sweetwater Birds

| February 16, 2018

Flagler Beach Rotary’s runway run at the airport, the Annual Black Heritage Day Festival, birding at Sweetwater, Willie Nelson postpones to Feb 27, and a lot more.

Florida Was Eyeing Fast-Tracking Concealed Weapon Licenses Without Background Checks

| February 15, 2018

A proposal that would allow some concealed-weapons license applications to be approved when background checks have not been completed was put on hold Thursday because of the deadly high-school shooting in Broward County.

Thursday Briefing: Farm Swap at Ag Museum, Stayin’ Alive at Auditorium, FHF Auxiliary, Galileo

| February 15, 2018

It is Galileo’s birthday, disco fever at the Flagler Auditorium, a new weekly gig at the Florida Agriculture Museum, the African Diaspora, an evening of chamber music.

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.

No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

| February 13, 2018

A secretary gets an extra $1.50 a week from the GOP tax bill. The Koch brothers get an extra $27 million (minus a $500,000 thank-you note that went to Paul Ryan’s re-election committee).

Reducing Traffic Fines Part of Renner’s Tax Cut Push, But Local Revenue Would Fall

| February 13, 2018

Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, chairs the committee introducing a bill that would cut some traffic fines by 18 percent and provide a $332 million tax cut, but local government revenue would fall by $38 million.

Bill To Keep Florida On Year-Round Daylight-Saving Time Advances Easily

| February 12, 2018

A proposal to shift the Panhandle to Florida’s eastern time failed, but that of keeping the state on daylight saving keeps clearing committees with unanimity.

For All The Talk Of Obamacare Imploding, ACA Enrollment Is “Remarkably Stable”

| February 12, 2018

ACA plan enrollment ticked downward this year but states running their own marketplaces saw slight gains and did better than those relying on the federal exchange.

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.

Campus ‘Free Speech’ Bill Is A Litigation Nightmare in the Making

| February 8, 2018

The inappropriately named “Campus Free Expression Act,” approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.

Opponents of Drilling Not Convinced Florida Is Off the Table. Nor Proponents.

| February 8, 2018

Participants in competing press conferences after an open house on off-shore drilling agreed on one thing: the federal government’s claimed stance on a Florida exemption isn’t final.

Thursday Briefing: Flagler Beach Library Reopening, George Wood Sentencing, Dr. Carter Wing, Vacation Rentals

| February 8, 2018

Palm Coast’s George Wood faces a stiff sentence following convictions for the 12th time on felonies, Sheriff Staly renames a jail wing in honor of Dr. Morris Carter, who’s been the jail’s doctor for four decades, G.K. Chesterton on public opinion.

Supreme Court Hears Latest Red Light Camera Case, But Justices Skeptical of Illegality

| February 7, 2018

Several justices appeared skeptical as that the way a Florida city handles citations issued to motorists caught on camera is unlawful.

Pianist George Winston, a Stetson Alumni, Returns For a Benefit Concert Feb. 25

| February 7, 2018

The intimate evening of music with George Winston supports Stetson’s School of Music Scholarship Fund. Stetson dropped out of studying sociology at Stetson in the 1960s, but got an honorary doctorate in 2004.

Wednesday Briefing: Meet School Board Candidates, Record Skywarn Class, Opioids and Hazing

| February 7, 2018

The year’s first election forum features school board candidates at a Republican committee meeting, the Supreme Court hears a hazing case, legislators talk opioids.

Lawmakers Seek to Ban Campus “Free Speech Zones” and Make Universities Liable

| February 6, 2018

Florida universities and colleges could be sued for up to $100,000 in damages if students or others “willfully” interfere with campus speakers or protestors.

What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing

| February 6, 2018

Trump’s offering a fig leaf of legal status for a relatively small slice of the undocumented population in return for a drastic cut of all immigration to the U.S.

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