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Immigrant Youth Shelters: “If You’re a Predator, It’s a Gold Mine”

| July 29, 2018

An investigation of police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children provides a snapshot of what has largely been kept from the public as well as members of Congress.

In Restoration of Florida Felons’ Voting Rights, Lawyers Make Novel 1st Amendment Argument

| July 26, 2018

Lawyers for the plaintiffs maintain that Florida’s discretionary process violates the First Amendment, despite a dearth of cases anywhere in the country supporting that argument.

Protest and the Double-Edged Sword of ‘Civility’

| July 25, 2018

Uncivil action may be a necessary strategy, just as civil disobedience, bearing witness, and making politicians uncomfortable were critical to the civil rights movement.

Fearing Lawsuit, a Commissioner Questions Streaming Government Meetings

| July 23, 2018

A deputy clerk in Bunnell and a city commissioners wanted to end streaming government meetings from fear of getting sued until the city attorney saw an overreaction.

Local Police Should Not Collaborate With Immigration and Customs Enforcement

| July 18, 2018

As reports of abuse at ICE emerge and increase, robust sanctuary policies that end the collusion with local law enforcement that ICE relies on gain urgency.

What’s At Stake If Brett Kavanaugh Joins the Supreme Court

| July 11, 2018

All Americans say they value personal freedom, especially the right to make our own decisions about our private lives. Expect that to end.

Flagler Government Will Crack Down On Mobile Campaign Billboards And Other Signs

| July 11, 2018

Flagler County commissioners will approve new rules next Monday regulating or banning campaign-sign-blaring vehicles and campaign signs from county properties.

Drug War Blowback: Why Those Central American Immigrants Are Still Coming

| July 10, 2018

Between the drug war and the backing of brutal regimes, the U.S. created conditions in Central America that families are desperate to flee — even if they risk being separated.

Abolish ICE

| July 8, 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is supposed to keep Americans safe. Instead, it’s terrorizing refugees, families, and small children.

Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns

| July 1, 2018

The epidemic of gun violence that kills 96 people a day is focused on mental illness. But a little-known problem is what to do about firearms in homes of aging Americans with dementia.

Zero Tolerance: Here’s What It’s Like to Work at a Shelter for Immigrant Kids

| June 30, 2018

A window into a system pushed into overdrive, straining to serve traumatized kids amid the uncertainty of America’s immigration system.

A Dagger in the Heart of Unions, Workers and Democracy: Behind the Janus Ruling

| June 28, 2018

Their end game is to overturn a fundamental premise of majority rule, and lock in place permanent Constitutional changes to bar any limits on oligarchical rule.

Being Separated From My Child Nearly Destroyed Me

| June 26, 2018

The administration’s policy of separating families is torture, and Trump’s executive order to incarcerate families together doesn’t solve the crisis.

For a 6-Year-Old Snared in the Immigration Maze, Lifeline in a Memorized Phone Number

| June 23, 2018

As the U.S. attempts to reunite migrant families, children will bear the burden of helping to identify who and where their parents are. One 6-year-old girl has an advantage.

Flagler County Passes Precedent-Setting Ordinance Protecting Public Use of Private Beaches, But Its Future Is Uncertain

| June 21, 2018

Flagler’s customary-use ordinance forbids the walling off of private sections of beaches, though a new state law allows just such segregation from public use. Flagler expects its ordinance to be challenged.

Floridian Wins 2nd Case at Supreme Court Over Arrest During Public Comment

| June 19, 2018

Justices, in an 8-1 decision, sided with Fane Lozman, who filed a lawsuit against the city contending that the arrest involved retaliation for his outspoken criticism of officials in the Palm Beach County community.

Cruel and Usual Trump

| June 17, 2018

The Trump-Sessions zero-tolerance policy of separating children from their parents at the border has no precedent except in America’s slavery times.

The Truth About ‘Sanctuary Cities’

| June 11, 2018

The term “sanctuary city” typically refers to a jurisdiction that wants to limit the use of local law enforcement resources to carry out federal law enforcement work, in violation of constitutional protections.

Pious Homophobes Win One

| June 10, 2018

The Supreme Court in its wedding-cake ruling declared gays once again second-class citizens, at least when their sexuality has to compete with someone else’s more stone-throwing version of Christianity.

Bunnell Short-Lists Six Men For City Manager, But May Have Violated Sunshine Law

| June 7, 2018

The Bunnell City Commission short-listed six city manager candidates out of 18 outside of a public meeting, a method courts have found to violate the Sunshine law.

Court Largely Sides With Florida State In Weapons Dispute With Florida Carry

| May 29, 2018

An appeals court Friday backed Florida State University in much of a legal battle with a gun-rights group about weapons on campus, though the case goes back to circuit court.

To Protect Public Use of Private Beachfronts, Flagler Calls on Memories of
Long-Timers’ Customs

| May 23, 2018

To ward off a new state law potentially allowing private property owners to fence off beach sands, the Flagler County Commission is enacting an ordinance to preserve public use and forbid fencing.

Brushing Aside 1st Amendment Claim, Appeals Court Uphold Florida Ban on a Prison Magazine

| May 22, 2018

Florida alone among 50 states bans Prison Legal News. Paul Wright, the publisher of the magazine, intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Israel’s Mass Shootings

| May 20, 2018

You can always depend on Israel periodically to mass-murder bunches of Arabs in proportions as lopsided and unforgiving as our own mass shootings in the U.S., then scapegoat the bloodletting.

Haspel, Spies and the Destruction of Evidence

| May 13, 2018

The CIA official who ordered the destruction of videotapes that had documented the treatment of terror suspects, says he told Gina Haspel what he intended to do.

State Objects to Anonymity of 19 Year Old Woman Seeking to Join NRA Lawsuit

| May 7, 2018

Lawyers for Attorney General Pam Bondi asked a federal judge to deny the anonymity request, calling it unjustified, and open court proceedings more important.

Compromise Over School Deputies in Flagler, But Look Beyond False Security of “Hardening”

| May 3, 2018

There’s an effective way to end the stalemate between the Flagler Sheriff and the school board over deputies in schools without breaking the bank or compromising security.

With Sharpton Headlining, Rally Calls For Restoring Felon Rights After Stinging Court Defeat

| April 26, 2018

The long-planned march followed a late-night ruling from a federal appeals court that gave Gov. Scott a victory in a bitterly fought challenge to the state’s voter-restoration system.

With Social Media Surveillance, Flagler School District Is Breaching Community Trust

| April 22, 2018

With its contract with Social Sentinel, a social media snooping company, the Flagler school district is going into the secretive surveillance business for a much heavier cost than advertised.

A Palm Coast Resident Says “School Shooting” In a Facebook Video That Has Nothing To Do with School Shootings. Cops Show Up.

| April 18, 2018

Tony Lagano, 35, was upset over a family court issue and alluded to a school shooting in a sarcastic Facebook video last week, only to be visited by sheriff’s deputies.

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