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Anthony Fennick’s Death and
The Sheriff’s Green Roof Inn Smear

| February 15, 2019

Much is unknown in the death of inmate Anthony Fennick, but much is known, including the sheriff’s responsibility for hiring trouble-ridden Armor Health–and for showing inmates contempt from the outset with his “Green Roof Inn” sign.

Renner Wants ‘Objectivity’ To Drive Felons’ Voter Restoration, But Hurdles Are Multiplying

| February 14, 2019

Elections officials could face a Herculean task trying to verify whether people who’ve registered to vote have met all the conditions required to make them eligible to cast ballots.

Trump Said He Would Protect Families, Then Deported My Husband

| February 12, 2019

A year ago, my husband Jorge was torn from our family and deported to Mexico after living peacefully in the United States for nearly 30 years, working and raising a family with me in suburban Detroit, the author writes.

Flagler Jail’s Private Provider Says Its Nurses Did Nothing Wrong in Fennick’s Death–and Asks for Reimbursements

| February 11, 2019

Armor Correctional Health relieved two nurses of duty at the Flagler jail at the sheriff’s request, placing them on administrative leave and asking the sheriff to pay their salaries and their replacements’ salaries.

State GOP Targets ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Even Though There Are None in Florida

| February 10, 2019

Critics of the bill argue efforts to outlaw “sanctuary cities” have more to do with partisanship than with thwarting an existing problem as there are no counties or cities in Florida that act as “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants.

GPS Ankle Monitors Give Local Cops Stronger Means of Enforcing No-Contact Orders

| February 6, 2019

Alleged domestic violence and other offenders released from jail to await trial usually must stay away from their victims, but such no-contact orders were harder to enforce until GPS devices have been attached to the offenders.

Ramping Up Surveillance, Sheriff Will Have Access to Live Video and Data From 44 Palm Coast Traffic Intersections

| January 30, 2019

Palm Coast government and the Flagler Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to use a “traffic-optimization” camera network at intersection as a surveillance mechanism as well.

DeSantis Would Eliminate Ban on Smoking Medical Pot, Supporting Senate Bill

| January 29, 2019

But legislative leaders may not be keen on completely doing away with vertical integration, a move that could destabilize a growing and lucrative market in which one marijuana license recently sold for $63 million in cash.

Trump’s Fabulous Wall Fables

| January 25, 2019

We’re in a post-factual presidency where alternative facts are the equivalent of papal bulls. It’s about belief, not reality. For the sake of appearances though, let’s argue the facts about the wall for a moment.

Transgender Ban in Military Is About Bigotry and Distraction, Not Readiness or Cost

| January 24, 2019

Trump is using the ban purely to provoke the left, throw red meat to his base, and distract us all from the real issues in our nation, like the government shutdown.

In Restoration of Felons’ Voting Rights, Meaning of ‘Murder’ Becomes Stumbling Block

| January 23, 2019

A new constitutional amendment grants “automatic” restoration of voting rights to felons who’ve completed their sentence, but it excludes people “convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.”

With Carlos Muniz as 3rd Pick, DeSantis Touts ‘Newly Constituted’ Supreme Court

| January 22, 2019

The appointment of Muniz, 49, solidifies a conservative majority on the court after years of justices regularly thwarting the Republican-led Legislature and the GOP governor.

MLK’s Dream Of Economic Justice Deferred By Increasing Inequalities

| January 21, 2019

King foreshadowed that if we maintain our exploitative economic and political systems, then we’d get not only racial apartheid, but economic apartheid as well.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 21, 2019

A brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the MLK monument at the Washington Mall, with full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Transgender Inmate Spurs Appeal as Florida Prisons Seek to Deny Her Gender Identity

| January 3, 2019

Inmate Reiyn Keohane contends that her rights have been violated at least in part because she has not been allowed to wear women’s undergarments and groom as a woman.

In Novel Argument, Constitutional Amendment Spurs Call for Stay of Execution

| December 11, 2018

The arguments center on part of Amendment 11, which was approved by 62 percent of voters and which changed a more than century-old provision dealing with how revisions in criminal laws should be applied to older crimes.

The Migrant Caravan’s Lessons from South of the Border

| December 6, 2018

In Tijuana, some Mexicans have embraced the Trump line on Central American migrants. But others have welcomed them with open arms.

Putnam Stays Out Fight Over Concealed Weapons Permits as His Office Goes to a Democrat

| December 5, 2018

After the concealed-weapons permitting processed revealed serious flaws under Adam Putnam, attempts are afoot to move the process to state police, out of the agriculture commissioner’s purview.

Supervisors of Election Seek Answer on Amendment Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote

| December 4, 2018

Florida officials don’t have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of felonies.

Florida Supreme Court Will have No
Black Justice For First Time in 36 Years

| November 30, 2018

None of the nine candidates from whom Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis will select three justices is black, although six of the original 59 applicants were African-Americans.

I’m Making It My Business To Stand Up For Immigrants

| November 21, 2018

A new immigrant wealth test is a cruel maneuver to diminish instead of making the country stronger. We shouldn’t take food and health from people and denies them citizenship because they aren’t rich.

Emails May Be ‘Disgusting,’ But Judge Dismisses Part of NRA Lobbyist Hammer’s Lawsuit

| November 21, 2018

A federal judge said Hammer was not threatened and the ugly emails she received are protected by the First Amendment. She received emails she objected to from three other men.

Judge Rules Palm Coast Has No Choice But To Execute Dangerous Dog Cooper, Ending Notorious Case

| November 20, 2018

A circuit judge ruled that Palm Coast animal control was right to condemn Cooper, a dangerous dog, to death, and the Palm Coast City Council was right to stay out of it. The dog will soon be killed.

Flagler Schools Will Reluctantly Adopt Religious Freedom Policy Imposed By State

| November 15, 2018

The Flagler County school district is following state law in adopting a new but vague policy protecting religious expression, though some school board members say it’s an unnecessary imposition.

Amendments: Felons Will Get Voting Rights, Dogs Won’t Race Anymore, Homestead Expansion Fails

| November 7, 2018

More than 64 percent of Florida voters had cast ballots for Amendment 4, which is designed to restore voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million felons who have completed their sentences.

Being Trans in America Was Already Scary. Now It’s Terrifying.

| November 6, 2018

On any given afternoon, the author is regularly and publicly catcalled, mocked, laughed at, and treated as an object of social disgust. Donald Trump is about to deny her right to exist.

Yes, Your Car Can Be A Weapon, Florida Supreme Court Rules, Altering ’95 Definition

| November 4, 2018

The Supreme Court made the somewhat-unusual move of backing away from a 1995 decision, which said a weapon must be “commonly understood to be an instrument for combat.”

Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote:
Why I’m Voting Yes on Amendment 4

| November 2, 2018

In 46 other states, the right is restored either immediately or on completion of probation. Florida stands out for harshness, accounting for a quarter of America’s disenfranchised.

Showdown Over Local Control as State Aims to Stop Miami Beach From Raising Minimum Wage

| October 31, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi claims a state law bars Miami Beach from gradually increasing its minimum wage to $13.31 an hour in 2021. The case also has drawn attention from local governments, which have sided with Miami Beach.

Journalists Say Trump’s Caravan Claims Are ‘Evidence-Free.’ It’s a Lot Worse Than That.

| October 30, 2018

Journalists have a duty to give context, not just to report on whether a sound bite contains truth on a sliding scale. Otherwise, it’s journalistic malpractice.

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