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Tuesday Briefing: Food Truck Tuesday, Chairmanship Votes at School Board, Voltaire’s Birthday, Bill Ryan’s Trip

| November 21, 2017

The School Board votes to decide whether to stick with Trevor Tucker or pick a new chairperson, Bill Ryan takes you on a trip around Flagler’s historical sights, food in Central Park.

Monday Briefing: No School All Week, Short-Term Rentals Workshop, Mickey Mouse’s Carmen

| November 20, 2017

There may be no school all week but that doesn’t mean Flagler politicians won’t be immersing themselves once again in discussions about short-term rentals. Mickey Mouse gives a musical break.

Unnecessary ‘Proof of Citizenship’ Voting Laws May Surge Under Trump, Suppressing Turnout

| November 19, 2017

Some lawmakers have been emboldened both by President Donald Trump’s false claim that millions of noncitizens voted in 2016 and by his creation of a panel to investigate alleged fraud.

Stephen Bittell, Party Chair and High Hope for Florida Democrats, Is Latest Disgraced Over Leering Behavior

| November 19, 2017

Bittel’s boorish behavior was hardly a secret in Democratic circles. It was impossible for him to remain the chairman after all four Democratic gubernatorial candidates demanded that he step down.

Trump Administration Plan to Add Medicaid Work Requirement Stirs Fears

| November 16, 2017

advocates who see the changes as a way for states to kick millions of adults off the program and undermine its mission of providing health coverage to the poor.

Statue of Mary McLeod Bethune May Replace That of Confederate General in U.S. Capitol

| November 16, 2017

Over the objection of a senator who decried “cultural purging,” a Senate panel approved 18-1 replacing the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

Arresting Speakers at a Government Meeting: Supreme Court Takes Up Florida 1st Amendment Case

| November 14, 2017

Fane Lozman alleges that a south Florida city violated his First Amendment rights by retaliating against him for his outspoken criticism during his public comment period.

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

| November 14, 2017

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

Where Buying Marijuana is Legal, But There’s Nowhere to Smoke It

| November 11, 2017

Even where it’s legal to sell it, it’s typically illegal to smoke or ingest the drug in dispensaries, bars, restaurants, city parks and public streets. Why?

Florida’s Opioid Crisis: Thousands of Babies Born to Addicts or Removed From Users’ Homes

| November 9, 2017

More than 4,000 babies were born addicted to opioids in Florida last year, with a 38 percent increase in the number of children under 5 removed from homes because of drugs.

Appeals Court Rejects Patrick Hannon Stay, Will Be 26th Executed On Gov. Scott’s Watch

| November 8, 2017

A federal appeals court rejected Hannon’s claim that a new state death-penalty requirements relating to the unanimity of juries should be applied to his case. He murdered two men in 1991.

House Tax Bill: Penalty For No Health Coverage Stays, Medical-Cost Deduction Goes

| November 6, 2017

The medical deduction, originally created in World War II, is available only to taxpayers whose expenses are above 10 percent of their adjusted gross income.

Truck Terror Attacks May Be a Sign of ISIS Weakness, But They’re Very Hard to Stop

| November 5, 2017

As ISIS loses territory on the battlefield, lone-actor assaults are expected to increase. The question for cities is what more can be done to protect against such attacks.

Can Gov. Scott Appoint 3 Justices On Last Days in Office? Supreme Court Takes On Potential Constitutional Crisis

| November 2, 2017

The three justices, who face a mandatory retirement age, are part of what is widely considered a liberal bloc, which now holds a slim 4-3 majority.

Potential Ballot Proposals Include Older Retirement Age For Judges, Ending Death Penalty, Restoring Bright Futures

| November 1, 2017

the Florida Constitution Revision Commission have filed 64 proposals, but a measure needs support from 22 of the 37 commission members to make it to the 2018 election ballot.

Obamacare Enrollment Opens Wednesday For 5th Year: 5 Things You Should Know

| October 31, 2017

Despite the efforts of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. But there are changes.

Uncertainty On Generators at Nursing Homes After Governor’s Order Is Invalidated

| October 31, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott’s administration appealed the order to the 1st District Court of Appeal and claims the rules remain in effect during the appeal.

At State Conference, Democrats Mostly In Lockstep Begin to Line Up For Governor’s Race

| October 30, 2017

There were few differences in the responses from former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Winter Park businessman Chris King.

Lawmakers Moving To Put a Leash On
Bogus Service Dogs As Abuses Proliferate

| October 30, 2017

Though Florida two years ago tightened some service dog regulations, it’s still easy to acquire or pass off any animal as a service animal. Other states are working to tighten their laws.

Monday Briefing: L’Darius Smith Trial, Hall of Terror, Local Mitigation, FEMA Deadline, Daniil Trifonov

| October 30, 2017

L’Darius Smith, a former foorball player for FPC, is on trial on accusations that he held a gun while forcing a pre-teen girl to masturbate him, Palm Coast’s Hall of Terror on its first of two nights.

Fantasyland and the Liberal Delusion

| October 29, 2017

Liberals’s hopes that the likes of Jeff Flake or Bob Corker in any way speak for today’s vanilla-white GOP is a refusal to concede that the Age of Trump is here to stay.

Treatment Overkill: Unneeded Scans, Therapy and Surgery Only Add To Patients’ Ills

| October 28, 2017

Though ample evidence shows breast-cancer radiation treatment for many can be drastically cut down, less than half those eligible received it despite the additional cost and inconvenience.

FPL Seeking To Charge Customers Extra $50 to $60 a Year Through 2020 To Pay Irma Costs

| October 27, 2017

The $1.3 billion FPL wants to recover would start showing up in customers’ bills in March — just as they get done paying off an extra $40 a year from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Weekend Briefing: Drug Court Graduation, “Plaza Suite” at the Playhouse, Bed Race, Chamber Players, Bras

| October 27, 2017

Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” opens at the Flagler Playhouse, the 8th Fun Coast Bed Race in Flagler Beach, The Chamber Players of Palm Coast present another baroque concert.

A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

| October 25, 2017

If you were surprised to learn the U.S. has nearly a thousand troops in Niger, you’re not alone. But we’ve deployed troops to literally most of the planet, and our leading lawmakers don;t know it.

Florida Lawmakers Looking To Add Treatment Programs To Fight Opioid Epidemic

| October 25, 2017

A combination of short-term intensive treatment beds, long-term outpatient services and medically assisted treatment could be the blueprint for a solution, a powerful lawmaker says.

Senators Angry At Delays In Medical Marijuana Licenses, Blaming Complacency

| October 24, 2017

The head of the state’s medical-use office is blaming the delays on litigation over the constitutional amendment. Senators aren’t buying it, blaming complacency.

Washington, Jefferson, Madison: There’s No Defending Founders Who Practiced Slavery

| October 23, 2017

It is still common, if not a norm, to hear founders’ ownership of slaves excused as part of the prevailing practices of their times rather than a contradiction with founders’ ideals.

Florida State Colleges Seeking Restoration of $30 Million Cut To Address “Employment Gap”

| October 23, 2017

The money would help hire more faculty, provide more counseling services and create more programs aimed at closing the “employment gap” in high-demand jobs.

Monday Briefing: Navy Bombing In Ocala Forest, Stamp and Coin’s Last Meeting, Bunnell’s Manager

| October 23, 2017

Live bombing, part of the Navy’s training, takes place all week at Ocala forest range, which may rattle Flagler windows, Bunnell’s manager’s job will be discussed in a commission meeting.

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