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Sanctuary Cities Brace For Trump Order Targeting Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation

| February 19, 2017

Many cities, counties and college campuses nationwide are pledging to limit cooperation with immigration enforcers in the face of President Trump’s pledge to quickly deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants.

Congress Signals Opposition to Assisted Suicide; Proponents Fear State Laws in Jeopardy

| February 19, 2017

A congressional committee voted to overturn an assisted-suicide measure in Washington, D.C., last week, signalling more willingness in Congress to possibly reverse more liberal state laws.

Protesters, True Patriots

| February 17, 2017

Freedom for the thought we agree with is as cheap as a Facebook click on the like button. Freedom for the thought that we hate is what separate Americans from thuggery.

1st Amendment Trumps 2nd: Court Says Doctors Have Right To Ask About Guns at Home

| February 17, 2017

Major portions of a controversial Florida law restricting physicians and other health-care providers from asking patients about guns is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled.

Florida House Moves to End Participation In Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

| February 16, 2017

The bill sponsor acknowledged there is no evidence terrorists have used the refugee program to enter Florida and that the withdrawal wouldn’t halt the federal government from locating refugees in the state.

Spate of Bills Would Allow Floridians to Carry Guns at Colleges, Airports, Bars, Courthouses, Stadiums

| February 14, 2017

One of the proposals would decriminalize the penalty for people who briefly display a firearm in public, others would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns in courthouses, jails and government meetings, among other places.

Travel Ban Sham By The Numbers: Trump Is Inventing Refugees’ Threat to National Security

| February 12, 2017

Contrary to President Trump’s factually misleading claims, a rational evaluation of his travel ban indicates its measures would have virtually no effect on improving U.S. national security.

Judge Rules No Discrimination In Bakers’ Refusal to Call Gays “Abomination” on a Cake

| February 10, 2017

A customer had accused an Orlando bakery of religious discrimination when the owners refused to make a cake with the words “Homosexuality is an abomination unto the Lord.”

Proposal to Require Unanimity from Florida Juries in Death Penalty Cases Advances

| February 6, 2017

But efforts to broaden the legislation to address other issues involved in a series of court rulings that prompted this year’s measure appear, at least for now, to be doomed.

Don’t Play Into Trump’s Hands on the Muslim Ban

| February 3, 2017

Dina El-Rifai, a Muslim woman, writes of being terrified, heartbroken, and outraged by Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban.” But, she notes, The Obama administration’s wars were often justified through the demonization and dehumanization of Muslims.

After NY Cop Salutes Violence Against Anti-Trump Protester, His Online Post Comes Under Review

| February 3, 2017

An anti-Trump marcher got punched in the face. A Port Authority cop posted “Grow up bitches and get a job.” The department’s inspector general gets a referral.

Cops’ Dash-Cam Video Evidence Gets Big Boost in 5-2 Ruling By Florida Supreme Court

| February 1, 2017

“We cannot expect officers to retain information as if he or she were a computer,” the court ruled, granting power to judges to review video evidence when available.

Federal Judge Dubious of Florida Law Requiring Abortion Counselors To Register

| January 30, 2017

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle repeatedly challenged an attorney fpor Attorney general Pam Bondi over the seemingly prosecutorial intent of the law, which penalizes those who don’t register.

Trump’s Middle Finger to Muslims, and Law

| January 29, 2017

The executive order Trump signed on Friday does the opposite of what it aims for: it belittles American law, projects a nation in cowardly fear, alienates its own Muslim communities and endangers our security.

Trump Order Blocks 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents from Returning to America

| January 29, 2017

In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards.

Full Text of Trump Executive Order Banning Certain Refugees, Muslims and Green Card Holders

| January 29, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” banning certrain Muslims, refugees and immigrants from entry in the United States and cutting refugee admissions in half this year. Here’s the full text.

President Fake

| January 27, 2017

We’ve been worried about fake news from all the wrong places. The most promiscuous peddler of fake news is the president himself, Donald J. Trump. That’s dangerous for media, for America and for democracy.

Lawmakers File Bill to Ban AR-15-Like
Weapon Used in Orlando Massacre

| January 10, 2017

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, announced they are sponsoring a proposal (SB 254) that would ban so-called assault rifles and “large capacity” ammunition magazines.

Teacher May Be Disciplined But Not Fired Over Disparaging Transgender Student

| January 9, 2017

An administrative law judge reversed the decision of the Lee County School Board, which had moved to terminate Angel Villanueva, a Junior ROTC instructor at East Lee County High School.

Alleged Chicago Assault Reignites
Issue of Hate Crimes Against Whites

| January 9, 2017

As Chicago authorities waited before filing hate-crime charges against four young adult blacks for an alleged attack on a white disabled man, the Internet raged.

Israel’s Suicide Mission

| January 7, 2017

Israel’s right-wing government never seriously considered the two-state solution, which it has now abandoned as it imposes a de-facto annexation of the Palestinian West Bank, enshrining apartheid.

In Bizarre Move, Court Stops Prosecutors From Seeking Death Penalty, Then Rescinds Order

| January 5, 2017

The release of the Florida Supreme Court order, a mistake, according to a court spokesman, further muddled Florida’s embattled death penalty, on hold for nearly a year following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last January.

Pot Amendment Goes Into Effect Amid Mass Confusion and “Dangerous Legal Area”

| January 4, 2017

Proponents of Amendment 2 as well as some marijuana operators are demanding that the state health department provide adequate guidance to the industry about the proposal approved by more than 70 percent of Floridians in November.

Striking at Balance of Powers, Florida Lawmaker Files Measures to Nullify Court Decisions

| December 28, 2016

Gonzalez’s bills are a reflection of the Legislature’s latest assault on judicial power. But taking aim at separation of powers considered fundamental, if not sacred, to American government may be more of a partisan than a realistic exercise.

Trump Effect: A Reporter on the Hate Beat Finds Stories Too Close to Home

| December 26, 2016

Something profound appears to be changing in American life as a wave of ugly incidents has washed over the country in the weeks since Donald J. Trump was elected–agains minorities, but also at times against Trump supporters.

Justice James E.C. Perry’s Last Dissent Denounces Florida’s Death Penalty

| December 23, 2016

Justice Justice James E.C. Perry in a blistering condemnation of the death penalty in general rendered a blistering analysis of the manner in which capital punishment is carried out in Florida.

3 Flagler Death Sentences Among More Than 200 Invalidated By Florida Supreme Court

| December 22, 2016

The invalidation of 55% of death sentences affect those of two Flagler double-murderers–William Gregory, of Flagler Beach, David Snelgrove of Palm Coast–and Cornelius Baker, who killed a woman in Flagler.

Flagler School Board Finds New Way to Recite The Pledge: With Pixels and iPhone For All

| December 20, 2016

In a retreat at Cattlemen’s Hall on the county fairgrounds today, the Flagler School Board faced a dilemma: there was no flag to which to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A minor debate ensued, then Superintendent Jacob Oliva found a solution.

Palm Coast Man Falsely Arrested Sues Sheriff, Saying Deputies “Did Not Act Reasonably”

| December 19, 2016

Dakota Ward, 19, was arrested in March when he was mistaken for a man called De’Coda Ward, and was booked at the jail. A Sheriff’s internali investigation faulted a deputy’s carelessness for enabling the error.

The Unnecessary Controversy Over “Sanctuary Campuses”

| December 18, 2016

Even if colleges were targeted by the Trump administration, numerous privacy and legal obstacles remain before administrators would be enlisted in identifying students for deportation.

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