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Inside Atomwaffen As It Celebrates a Member for Allegedly Killing a Gay Jewish
College Student

| February 25, 2018

When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month, Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group’s cover might have been blown.

Zambrano Orders Judge Scott DuPont to Clear Out of His Offices In Flagler and Putnam

| February 23, 2018

Chief Judge Raul Zambrano’s order, delivered to DuPont by letter today, is as close to the firing of a judge short of a Supreme Court impeachment, and follows an investigation’s withering recommendation for removal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flagler Sheriff and County Officials Worry That Prison Reforms Could Shift Inmates,
and Costs, to County

| February 19, 2018

A spate of criminal-justice reform bills in the Florida Senate has Flagler’s sheriff and a county commissioner worried about what that could mean for the local jail population and budgets.

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.

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.

Flagler Airport Chief Roy Sieger Calls Fuel Tax Cut Proposed By Renner Committee “Ridiculous,” and Loses

| February 15, 2018

Airport Director Sieger spoke before Paul Renner’s Ways and Means Committee, but Renner, the Palm Coast Republican, voted with the committee to approve the tax cut.

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.

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.

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.

Should Plastic Bags Be Banned? State and Local Officials Have Different Answers

| February 11, 2018

Local governments, including Coral Gables in Florida, are banning single-use plastic bags, but state legislators are either questioning or banning the bans.

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.

Flagler Loses Hutson and Lopsided Vote as Vacation Rental Deregulation Advances

| February 8, 2018

Sen. Travis Hutson voted with the 9-1 majority of his Senate committee today to advance a bill that would strip local governments of regulatory authority of vacation-rental homes.

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.

Urging Opposition, Flagler Beach’s Jane Mealy Says Vacation-Rental Proposals Could Change City’s Look

| February 7, 2018

In an open plea to residents circulated by letter, Flagler Beach Commission Chair Jane Mealy warns of vacation-rental proposals that could change the make-up of the city, eliminating distinctions between residential and commercial zones.

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.

Lawmakers Level Withering Criticism Against State Agency Responsible For Medical Pot Rules

| February 5, 2018

A legislative oversight committee delivered a public shaming to Florida pot czar Christian Bax on Monday, repeatedly chiding him others over poor rules and delays.

Betting On That Super Bowl: States Moving To Legalize Sports Gambling Ahead of Court

| February 4, 2018

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that may open the way for states to authorize sports betting. Bills have been filed in 20 states in anticipation of the ruling.

At Coastal Cloud in the Hammock, a Culture More Cutting Edge Than Cutthroat Breeds Startling Success at 5-Year Mark

| February 2, 2018

Palm Coast’s Coastal Cloud marked its 5-year anniversary with startling successes, including 40 percent annual growth, 140 employees and near-parity between men and women in the ranks.

Bills Opening Way For Guns in Churches Near Schools Chambered For Floor Votes

| February 2, 2018

Under current law, people with concealed-weapons licenses can carry guns at churches but not if schools are on the property.

Federal Judge Declares Florida’s Arbitrary and Governor-Controlled Method of Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights Unconstitutional

| February 1, 2018

In a stinging blow to Gov. Rick Scott, a federal judge ruled that the governor’s near-exclusive authority to restore, and more often deny, voting rights to ex-felon is unconstitutional.

Mary McLeod Bethune’s Statue Halfway To Replacing Confederate Smith at Capitol

| January 31, 2018

The Florida Senate voted 37-0 on Wednesday to pass a measure (SB 472) to have Bethune’s statue replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith at the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

Bill Targeting Florida “Sanctuary Cities,” An Election-Year Wedge, Stalls In Senate

| January 31, 2018

Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, tabled his proposed sanctuary-city ban after facing bipartisan opposition to the measure aimed at requiring local governments to comply with federal immigration laws.

1st Round in New Session’s Vacation Rental Saga Goes Against Flagler Government

| January 30, 2018

A Senate committee approved a bill that would nearly eliminate local government regulation of vacation rentals and enable a single licensee to have hundreds of rentals across the state.

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