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Florida’s Death Penalty Law in Disarray, Supreme Court Throws Out Yet More Sentences

| December 2, 2016

Signaling how it is likely to handle scores of Death Row cases, a majority of the Florida Supreme Court threw out death sentences and ordered a new penalty proceeding for a convicted triple-murderer.

Economy Adds 178,000 Jobs in November, 4.6% Unemployment at Lowest Level in 9 Years

| December 2, 2016

It’s the longest job-creation streak in the nation’s history, but wages dropped in October by 0.1 percent and the decline in the unemployment rate was due more to a decline in the labor force than because of job creation.

Weekend Briefing: Christmas Parade in Flagler Beach, Arts Foundation Takes the Stage in Town Center, Messiah and Candlelight

| December 2, 2016

An eventful weekend of Christmas performances all over the place, with the Flagler Beach Holiday Parade, the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s afternoon celebration of its new stage on Town Center, performances of Handel’s Messiah, and plenty more.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| December 1, 2016

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

Thursday Briefing: Fantasy Lights and Tree Lighting in Town Center, Vaccine Skeptics, That 60s Show, Flagler Audubon

| December 1, 2016

The Rotary Club’s annual Fantasy Lights displays in Palm Coast’s Town Center open just after the 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony, where Santa and the mayor make an appearance. Vaccine skeptics like Donald Trump. The 60s at the Auditorium.

In Saint Augustine, A Dead Priest Pleads for the Life of His Killer

| November 30, 2016

Father Rene Robert, who was murdered, signed the Declaration of Life in 1995: it is wrong for the state to take the life of a convicted criminal, no matter how vile the crime, and no matter how innocent the victim.

New Florida Senator Files Bill To Scrap 2014 Law Granting In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants

| November 30, 2016

The plan by Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, repealing the in-state tuition exception, could alter the higher-education plans of many students who have spent much of their lives in Florida.

Wednesday Briefing: End of Hurricane Season (Good Riddance), Matthew Pile Burns, Gun Violence

| November 30, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council goes on a field trip to its public works facility ahead of a workshop on the subject, the Public Service Commission discusses a settlement that would result in higher electric rates for FPL customers, Bob Graham at UF.

Sorry, I Can’t Give Trump a Chance

| November 29, 2016

Our democracy is too important to play nice with a man who campaigned on undermining it, argues Jill Richardson: “We already have evidence that Trump does absolutely everything he can get away with.”

Nominating Commission Sends 3 Names to Scott for Next Supreme Court Appointment

| November 29, 2016

Fifth District Court of Appeal Chief Judge C. Alan Lawson, appellate Judge Wendy Berger and Orlando lawyer Dan Gerber made the final cut of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Council’s Public Works Field Trip, FPL Rates, “America: The Owner’s Manual”

| November 29, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council goes on a field trip to its public works facility ahead of a workshop on the subject, the Public Service Commission discusses a settlement that would result in higher electric rates for FPL customers, Bob Graham at UF.

Florida Court Backs Notifying Minor’s Parent Before Abortion, But Waivers Are Easy Out

| November 28, 2016

Judges rarely turn down requests for waivers. The decision cites evidence that 89.5 percent of petitions were granted in 2013, 90.5 percent in 2014 and 94.7 percent in 2015.

Monday Briefing: Bunnell Commissioners Want Their Full Salaries Back, We Are the 99%, Rorty’s Suggestion to Lefties

| November 28, 2016

Two years ago the Bunnell Commission cut its own salaries by 10 percent, now it wants that 10 percent back. A relatively quiet day in local government, Richard Rorty on what the Left got right and how it could do better.

In An Ugly Election Result, Hate Surges Online as Trump Emboldens Extremists

| November 27, 2016

Throughout Donald J. Trump’s ultimately successful run for the presidency, many worried that he had, willfully or recklessly, emboldened racists across the country. Evidence suggests Trump’s effect on rising extremism has been unmistakable.

Surprised? Trump’s Advisor on Wall Street Regulations is a Longtime Swamp-Dweller

| November 25, 2016

Donald Trump’s transition advisor for financial regulations works for a firm that is emblematic of the Washington revolving door: deregulation could serve Paul Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda.

How The Electoral College Mistrust Voters

| November 23, 2016

That flaw is the Electoral College. For the fourth time in our history, and the second in 16 years, it has given the presidency to the candidate who polled fewer votes — 2 million fewer in this case — than his principal rival.

Black and White: 11 Florida Supreme Court Applicants Contrast Starkly With Retiring James Perry

| November 23, 2016

The exit of the liberal Perry — one of five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority — gives Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to shape a bench that has repeatedly vexed the Republican chief executive and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

Despite Orlando Massacre and Zika Virus, Florida Tourism Draws Record 27 Million Visitors in 3 Summer Months

| November 21, 2016

The 5.1 percent increase from the same time last year came as Canadians, Florida’s top source of foreign tourism, have cut back on travel due to their nation’s weakened dollar.

It’ll Be Alt-Right

| November 20, 2016

Donald Trump’s appointments and short-lists are pointing the way to an administration not much different than his campaign, suggesting there’s more wishful thinking than reality behind the hope that he’d surround himself with people saner than he is.

Opting Out of Obamacare: When Penalties Are Preferable to Unaffordable Premiums

| November 20, 2016

Amid the uncertain future of Obamacare in a Trump administration, some resisters are feeling vindicated and other consumers simply don’t see the need to sign up.

Weekend Briefing: Richard Schreiner at Salvo, The Rainmaker at City Rep, This and That at Calypso

| November 18, 2016

The late and very great Richard Schreiner’s works are revived at Salvo art gallery, Nash’s “Rainmaker” is staged all weekend at CRT, “This and That,” a new show at Calypso art gallery, and more.

Bias Backlash: How The Media Propelled Donald Trump to the White House

| November 17, 2016

Over the last full year of nothing else on news channels but round-the-clock Trumpbusters, the true independents viewing at home were quietly making up their minds, working up from annoyance to a slow seethe, writes Nancy Smith.

Michael Dunn’s Conviction Upheld In Racial Murder of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville in 2012

| November 17, 2016

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to rebut Michael Dunn’s claims of self-defense in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Races Lost Across the State Again, Florida Democrats Look for Answers, and a Leader

| November 15, 2016

After losing the state’s presidential and U.S. Senate races and failing to make major gains in the Legislature, Florida Democrats are groping for a way forward as the 2018 elections loom with battles for governor and all three state Cabinet seats.

Gov. Scott’s Pick from Judges Applying to Replace Perry Will Shift Supreme Court Right

| November 14, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission plans to provide Scott a short list of six names, from 11 applicants, by Nov. 29, giving the governor plenty of time to make a decision before Justice James E.C. Perry’s resignation goes into effect Dec. 30.

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

| November 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.

A School Superintendent’s Message Home In Light of Trump’s Victory: Diversity Is Strength

| November 12, 2016

“First and foremost, we must reassure our staff and students that our school buildings are safe places where we truly value and respect every single individual and do not tolerate bullying or hate speech,” wrote Jack R. Smith in a letter to parents of children in Montgomery County public schools.

The Future of Civil Rights is Up To the Supreme Court

| November 10, 2016

Based on the list of judges Donald Trump has said he would consider for nomination, our civil rights could be in real jeopardy with a Trump presidency, argues Mary Frances Berry.

Pot Amendment’s Passage Creates a Green Rush in Nation’s 2nd Largest Marijuana Market

| November 10, 2016

Florida voters’ overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in.

The Day After

| November 9, 2016

Despite a liberal’s shellshock from a Trump presidency and the dreadful clarity of times ahead, this is no time to decamp or retreat–nor to deny in any way that he is our president.

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