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Abolish the Electoral College

| April 21, 2019

Abolishing the Electoral College would level the playing field. It would ensure that people, not parties or mechanisms, determine who leads the country. Is that so bad? If you’re a Republican, yes.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys: Complete Calendar (Updated April 21)

| April 21, 2019

Palm Coast Flagler and the region’s most comprehensive calendar of political, cultural, civic, social and entertainment events for coming days, near and far.

New Florida Supreme Court Flexes Rightward Muscle, Overturning Two January Decisions

| April 19, 2019

Justices, in a pair of 6-1 opinions Thursday, overturned the two rulings. The only dissenter in both cases: Justice Jorge Labarga, who had sided with Pariente, Lewis and Quince in January.

Easter Weekend Briefing: Stormy Friday, Easter Egg Hunts, Unemployment Numbers, St. John Passion

| April 19, 2019

Easter egg hunts in Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach, March unemployment numbers, Barnett Newman, an uneventful weekend across Flagler, a full new version of Bach’s St. John Passion.

Hands-Free Cell Use In Car May Become Requirement in Florida Under Senate Plan

| April 18, 2019

The House measure matches the Senate proposal in shifting texting while driving from a “secondary” offense to a “primary” offense, but it doesn’t impose a hands-free requirement.

Thursday Briefing: Det. Fiona Ebrill, Officer of the Year, ‘Addressing Crime Together,’ Scholarship Awards Ceremony

| April 18, 2019

The Sheriff’s Detective Fiona Ebrill is the 2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, the school district’s scholarship awards at the Auditorium, the sheriff delivers a crime-fighting update.

Supreme Court Sides With DeSantis in Suspension of Okaloosa County School Superintendent

| April 17, 2019

DeSantis stripped Jackson of her post less than a week after he was sworn into office, citing “scathing” grand-jury reports that alleged “dereliction of duty.”

Wednesday Briefing: Walk-Ins at Eight Schools, Jason Altmire at Tiger Bay, Lukasik’s TDC, Parental Consent

| April 17, 2019

Teacher and support personnel unions hold “walk-ins” at eight schools in early morning, the county’s tourism council meets for the first time with Amy Lukasik as interim director rather than Matt Dunn, lawmakers talk parental consent.

The Firefighters of Notre Dame

| April 16, 2019

The firefighters who saved the majority of the cathedral, which could very well have collapsed without their heroism, now stand as tall and as anonymous as the architects and masons of Notre Dame. They deserve their own Victor Hugo.

Tuesday Briefing: Yo-Yo Ma At the Border, Talent Show Auditions, Food Truck Tuesday, Notre Dame

| April 16, 2019

FPC’s spring concert, auditions for “Spotlight on Flagler,” the annual youth talent show, Food Truck Tuesday in Palm Coast’s Central Park, Stetson Guitar on the Rocks.

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

| April 15, 2019

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

Monday Briefing: Considering a New HQ For Sheriff, Carver Gym Auction, Church on the Rock In Court

| April 15, 2019

The Flagler County Commission discusses picking a new home for the Sheriff’s Operations Center, Bunnell’s Church on the Rock is in court on a negligence suit, Amy Lukasik’s appointment at the tourism office is confirmed.

‘Tick Tick Boom’ Musical Brings ‘Rent’ Creator’s Artistic Anxiety to City Repertory Theatre

| April 12, 2019

“Tick Tick Boom” is fueled by that tension between the food-on-the-table demands of everyday life versus one’s artistic ambitions, and all those struggles to make it work.

Weekend Briefing: ‘Tick Tick Boom,’ Microplastics, Bing’s Landing, Safety Expo, FCAL Poetry, Picnics and Pops

| April 12, 2019

An incredibly busy weekend with plenty of live theater, art and poetry openings, the annual Picnics and Pops concert with the Jacksonville Symphony in Town Center, a sheriff’s safety expo, and plenty more.

Nanny Senate: Students Would Have to Get Parental Consent Before Seeking Mental Health or Birth Control

| April 11, 2019

The so-called “Parents Bill of Rights” would allow parents to access and review all of their children’s school records and change the way students can seek mental-health and reproductive-health services, including counseling and birth control prescriptions.

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

| April 11, 2019

A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.

Thursday Briefing: Volunteer Awards, Rock Walk, Degas, Flagler Beach Golf, African American Student Association

| April 11, 2019

The Flagler Beach City Commission considers another amendment to its Ocean Palms Golf Club lease, sheriff’s volunteers are honored in an award ceremony, Degas at the Lightner Museum, the Florida African American Student Association at BCU.

Bill Allowing Cheaper Drug Imports From Canada Advancing Against Big Pharma Fit

| April 10, 2019

Gov. DeSantis has championed the legislation as a way to curb prescription drug costs. But his effort continues to draw opposition from representatives of the pharmaceutical industry who say importing drugs could increase the amount of unsafe and counterfeit drugs.

AAA-Plus: Road Rangers Patrols Begin on I-95 in Flagler, Assisting Break-Downs, Free

| April 10, 2019

Road Rangers assist motorists whose vehicles have become disabled, and provide assistance during traffic incidents with their flashing lights and other visual-lighted signage that urges drivers to give first responders safe space.

Wednesday Briefing: Domestic Violence Update, Vacation Rentals, Carver Gym Online Auction, Horseshoe Pitching

| April 10, 2019

The annual Carver Gym online auction kicks off, the sheriff’s domestic violence task force meets, a horseshoe pitching tournament in Flagler, a senate panel takes up vacation rentals.

Time for $15 an Hour and a Union

| April 9, 2019

After years of idling lawmakers, the idea now has more traction in Congress thanks to the recently introduced Raise the Wage Act, which would set a national minimum pay of $15 an hour by 2024.

Tuesday Briefing: Bill Baxley at 80, Palm Coast Investments, Plastic Straws, Amendment 4, Red-Light Cameras

| April 9, 2019

Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton sits for his first workshop, Bunnell’s Bill Baxley turns 80, controversial bills on felons’ right to vote, plastic straws and red-light cameras are debated in Tallahassee.

Senate Panel Divides 5-4 in Advancing Measure Requiring Minors’ Parental Consent for Abortion

| April 8, 2019

After rallying and testimony from numerous activists on both sides of the issue, a Senate panel Monday approved a proposal that would require minors to receive parental consent before having abortions.

Used on Lawns, A Popular Weed Killer’s Alleged Link To Cancer Spreads Concern

| April 8, 2019

Glyphosate is by far the most widely used herbicide in the United States, and probably worldwide. It is used on nearly every acre of corn, cotton and soybeans grown in the U.S. You may have sprayed it on your lawn or garden.

Monday Briefing: Veteran Court, Guns in Church, Bunnell Swearing-In, Amendment 4, Matt Morton’s 1st Day

| April 8, 2019

Judge Bryan A. Feigenbaum discusses Veteran Court services at a DSC event, three commissioners are sworn-in in Bunnell, the Legislature takes up guns in church and Amendment 4, restoring felons’ right to vote.

Felons’ Right To Vote and Paul Renner’s Cynical End Run Around Amendment 4

| April 6, 2019

Paul Renner, Flagler’s GOP representative and future Speaker of the House, is being dishonest and disingenuous in his defense of a bill that would make felons’ right to vote dependent on paying back all financial obligations.

Mayor Milissa Holland’s 2019 State of the City Address: ‘We Are One Palm Coast’

| April 5, 2019

The full text of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland’s State of the City Address, presented at the Palm Coast Community Center Friday. The theme of the address is “One Palm Coast.”

Weekend Briefing: Culture Club, State of the City, County Fair and Rockin Rib Fest, Turtlefest, Cheer at the Pier

| April 5, 2019

The Flagler County Fair all weekend, Rockin Ribfest on Friday, Mayor Holland delivers Palm Coast’s State of the City, “Tick Tick Boom” at City Repertory Theatre, Turtlefest and Cheer at the Pier in Flagler Beach, and plenty more.

Thursday Briefing: Classroom to Careers Symposium, Social Media Marketing, Daytona Tortugas Opener

| April 4, 2019

The Flagler County school district hosts the 5th annual Classroom to Careers symposium at Flagler Palm Coast High School, Indivisible Flagler has a protest scheduled on Palm Coast Parkway in case the Mueller report isn’t released, the Daytona Tortugas open their season.

House Prepared To Raise Threshold For Felony Shoplifting From $300 to $1,000

| April 3, 2019

Efforts to raise the threshold amount for the first time since 1986 have stalled in the Legislature in the past. This year’s proposal (HB 589) has steadily moved forward in the House, as criminal-justice reform advocates say there is momentum to pass such measures.

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