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In Some States, Sales Tax Holidays Lose Luster as Hype Overshadows Cost

| August 6, 2017

Tax holidays don’t increase buying but merely concentrate it around specific dates. They’re regressive. They’re more political than useful: in Florida, the Legislature turned down Gov. Scott’s request for 10 days.

Half of Floridians Now Off Land Lines, Underscoring Need For Stronger Cell Coverage

| August 3, 2017

An estimated 51 percent of homes in the state were wireless-only in 2015. Meanwhile, the number of traditional residential wirelines in the state dropped 15 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend: Here’s A Guide

| August 2, 2017

Florida’s 2017 sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing, shoes and personal computers and other select accessories is this weekend–starting at a minute after midnight Friday, Aug. 4, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

New Driver’s Licenses, With Double the Security Features, Intended to Cut Down on Fraud

| August 1, 2017

Each card will have better safeguards, from features that appear only when viewed under ultraviolet light to a pastel-colored linear rendering of the Florida state seal and a large orange “FL.”

Gov. Scott’s Emily Hysterics

| August 1, 2017

Even Tropical Storm/Depression Emily cried foul at Gov. Scott’s, sleazy, opportunistic hyping of what was no more than an overheated summer storm: look at how fast she high-tailed it out of the state.

Court To Decide Legality of Those Utility Bills For Nukes Plants That May Never Be Built

| July 31, 2017

A federal appeals court hears arguments in a class-action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida collecting money from customers for nuclear-power projects.

Renewed Push For Tougher Texting While Driving Penalties May Face Resistance in Flagler

| July 28, 2017

A Florida state legislator, Emily Slosberg, who survived a violent car crash caused by distracted driving, is campaigning across the state to make texting and driving a primary offense.

Hutson and Renner Try To Push Back Against Criticism on Home Rule, Taxes and Education

| July 27, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner took credit for–and defended–several controversial bills that passed in the last session of the Legislature as they spoke to Flagler’s political and business leaders this morning.

It’s Not Just Palm Coast: Credit Card Skimming at Gas Stations Up 160% in Florida

| July 26, 2017

State figures show 315 skimmers had been discovered at Florida gas pumps through July 18, compared to 120 skimmers discovered through the first seven months of 2016.

Florida Must Pay $1.1 Million In Legal Fees After Losing Battle in Glocks v. Docs Fight

| July 24, 2017

A federal court struck down a controversial state law, backed by the NRA, that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns.

Per Curiam: County Attorney Al Hadeed Is Awarded State Association’s Ethics in Government Honor

| July 24, 2017

Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed has been leaving legal footprints in Florida law going back to the 1970s, in defense of ethics and Sunshine Law standards.

Gov. Scott Defends Plan to Appoint Three Supreme Court Justices in Last Days In Office

| July 21, 2017

Those three members — justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince — are part of the court’s more-liberal majority, and some advocates are worried that Scott, a Republican, could tip the balance of power on the bench on his final day in office.

Appeals Court Skeptical Of Sitting In Judgment Over Florida’s Education Standards

| July 19, 2017

The issue is whether courts can evaluate the state’s obligation under a 1998 constitutional amendment that declares it a “paramount duty of the state” to education all children.

Obamacare Exchanges In Limbo as GOP Repeal Fails and Trump Ramps Up Sabotage Talk

| July 19, 2017

Even as premiums increase about 18 percent, Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, said those rates would go even higher if government subsidies disappeared.

With Sanford and Other Non-Mega Airport Posting Big Gains, Florida Passes Texas in Passengers

| July 17, 2017

Florida recorded a nearly 4 percent growth in its overall outbound passenger count, from 78.07 million in 2015 to 81.17 million last year, according to annual FAA data.

Judge Kim C. Hammond, Legend From Seminole Gridiron to Flagler Courtroom, Dies at 72

| July 17, 2017

Judge Kim C. Hammond was appointed to the bench by Gov. Bob Graham in 1979 and spent his entire judicial in Flagler County, where the county courthouse now bears his name.

End of Citrus as We Squeezed It: Florida Harvest Is Lowest in Decades

| July 13, 2017

Florida’s struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season — which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

Lawyer For Inmate Scheduled To Be Executed Accuses Pam Bondi of Hoodwinking Him

| July 11, 2017

A lawyer for a Death Row inmate scheduled to be executed next month is accusing Attorney General Pam Bondi of hoodwinking him into agreeing to a delay in a U.S. Supreme Court review.

Flagler Voters Opting to Cancel Registration in Response to Trump Commission’s Sweeping Records Request

| July 7, 2017

Flagler County through the state will comply with Trump’s federal commission request for vast amounts of voter registration information, but the decision is causing a backlash.

Why The Obsession Against Smokable Medical Pot? John Morgan Wants To Know.

| July 7, 2017

Morgan bankrolled the medical-marijuana ballot initiative and repeatedly threatened to sue over smoking, which he says was permitted in the amendment supported by more than 71 percent of Florida voters last fall.

A School Board Will Sue the State Over Charter-Tilted Education Bill Most Districts Opposed

| July 6, 2017

The new law overhauls swaths of state education, dealing with everything from mandatory recess for elementary school students and standardized testing to charter school funding and teacher bonuses.

Florida’s “Execution Machine” Back On As Gov. Scott Schedules First State Killing In 18 Months

| July 5, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott rescheduled the execution date of convicted killer Mark James Asay for Aug. 27. The killing was put on hold after the U.S. and Florida supreme courts declared the state’s execution methods unconstitutional.

Palm Coast’s Paul Renner is Named Speaker of Florida House in Historic Boost for Flagler

| June 30, 2017

Renner will serve in the powerful post for two years, starting in 2022. Local governments anticipate having more pull with state government appropriations.

Education, Tax Cuts, Secrecy, Medical Pot, Therapy Dogs: 125 New Laws Go In Effect

| June 30, 2017

Seventy-eight bills became law upon Scott’s signature, including rules for medical marijuana, 27 additional laws will go into effect on Oct. 1, including tougher penalties for fentanyl possession and distribution.

Justices Appear Skeptical of Prosecutor’s Claim of Absolute Discretion in Death Penalty Cases

| June 29, 2017

Even the Supreme Court’s more liberal justices grilled the lawyer for Aramis Ayala, the state attorney stripped of two dozen cases by Scott after she said she’d not seek capital punishment for defendants.

Florida Tourism Officials Worry About Donald Trump’s Impact on Travel

| June 28, 2017

Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said he and others have heard anecdotal reports, both positive and negative, about international travel due to Donald Trump.

Making Democrats Great Again: It’s Going To Take A While

| June 27, 2017

No wonder Republican leaders think they can get away with almost anything. They do because they can, argues Nancy Smith, and because Democrats’ absent strategy lets them.

Notching 3rd Appointment By Gov. Scott, Loyalist Jimmy Patronis Will Be Florida’s CFO

| June 26, 2017

Gov. Scott appointed his ally Jimmy Patronis in 2014 to the Florida Public Service Commission. and in march Scott appointed him to the state Constitution Revision Commission.

Rainy Season Douses Fiery Florida and Soaks Flagler, Where Drought Index Is Down to 72

| June 21, 2017

After months of drought conditions that helped fuel nearly 2,500 wildfires across the state (but only a handful in Flagler), Florida has quickly moved deep into its rainy season.

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