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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.

A Better Way To Fight Homelessness: Decriminalize It

| October 18, 2018

Law enforcement is often used as a first response to address homelessness. Many communities criminalize it instead of connecting the homeless with essential services, assuming they’re available.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

| October 13, 2018

Giving crime victims constitutional rights equal to those of defendants sets up a clash over the accused person’s Sixth Amendment right to due process and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Palm Coast Government Will Fly 3 Drones For Civil Uses, Excluding Code Enforcement And Private Property

| October 10, 2018

Palm Coast government will use drones in IT, planning, PR. utilities, construction and with its fire department, but officials stress that private property is excluded, as is surveillance of any sort.

Open Court Proceedings Require NRA-Backed Gun Litigants To Be Named, Florida Argues

| September 26, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office is asking a federal appeals court to reject arguments that two 19-year-olds should be able to remain anonymous in a challenge to a new state gun law.

Without Fear Or Favor. Or Whining.

| August 26, 2018

Defending the press against Donald Trump’s “enemy of the people” attacks may have its place, but reporters’ best bet is to shut up and do their job well: it’s the most eloquent response.

Judge Will Decide Whether to Remove Victim’s Rights Proposal From November Ballot

| August 24, 2018

Lawyers opposing the measure known as Marsy’s Law say it restricts the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes while misleading voters about its intent.

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.

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.

School Massacre Commission Told Emergency Communications Problems Are Not Restricted To Broward

| July 11, 2018

Emergency calls from Parkland are shepherded by two separate communication centers, depending on whether the caller uses a cell phone or landline.

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.

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.

Questioning War Is No Disrespect to Veterans. It’s a Civic Duty.

| June 5, 2018

Americans remain unconcerned about wars the U.S. is currently fighting (at last count, we’re bombing at least 7 countries) though they foot the bill both in tax dollars and lives.

No Move to Plug Budget Despite Warnings About Cuts to Prisons’ Substance-Abuse Programs

| May 11, 2018

The Senate appropriations chairman said lawmakers aren’t planning to plug a $28 million budget gap at the Florida Department of Corrections until next year.

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.

AR-15s in Flagler Schools, Traffic Cops in Mustangs, New Marine Unit: Sheriff Staly’s State of Policing

| April 19, 2018

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly spoke to some 75 people Thursday on a re-energized state of policing in Palm Coast and the county, summing up initiatives and coming developments.

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.

Students Raise Concerns, But Flagler School Board Approves Social Media Surveillance

| April 18, 2018

The Flagler County School Board Tuesday approved a three-year, $55,500 contract with Vermont-based Social Sentinel to troll eight different types of social media accounts.

Flagler School Board Wants To Snoop on Students’ Social Media, And Maybe Yours. Wrong Move.

| April 16, 2018

The School Board is set to contract with Social Sentinel, a company that will troll social media accounts across Flagler for $18,500 and issue “alerts” to select officials. It’s an inappropriate move down a slippery slope.

For Sheriff and Flagler Schools, Clear Accord: No to Arming Teachers, Yes to More Deputies

| March 5, 2018

At a joint news conference later this week, Sheriff Rick Staly and Superintendent Jim Tager will outline new security measures and initiatives and a plan for additional school deputies, but no weaponizing of teachers.

As Calls For Broward Sheriff’s Removal Mount, Scott Orders Investigation of School Shooting Response

| February 26, 2018

The directive came as House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter co-signed by 73 Republican House members requesting that Scott suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, a Democrat.

Unusual Degree of Mayhem, But Also Success, Reflected in Sheriff’s Quarterly Awards

| January 25, 2018

An award ceremony seemed to reflect the particular vigor and style of policing Rick Staly ushered in just over a year ago, when he became sheriff.

Cops’ Stop and Frisk Is Cut Back. Crime Doesn’t Spike. It Tumbles.

| January 21, 2018

Police have radically cut back their controversial use of stop-and-frisk policies in New York. To the surprise of some, crime didn’t spike, but tumbled yet again.

District Picks 100 Parents to Pilot App That Monitors and Controls Their Child’s Computer

| December 19, 2017

Through a free app called Mosyle, parents will have the ability to control and lock down their child’s school issued device, with all parents given access by next fall.

All-Cash Business? Not So: Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Shops to Open Bank Accounts

| December 16, 2017

Almost 400 banks and credit unions now serve the medical marijuana industry, according to the U.S. Treasury — a number that has more than tripled since 2014.

In Florida, You Can Lose Your Driver’s License For Jaywalking–Especially If You’re Black

| December 14, 2017

Sen. Jeff Brandes has repeatedly introduced measures that would prohibit driver’s license suspensions for non-driving offenses. But Clerks of court stand to lose $40 million annually if the law is modified.

Robert L. Emmanuel, 60, Is Murdered at His Home. Bunnell Police Refuse To Release Information.

| November 17, 2017

Robert Emanuel was the victim of a brutal beating at his home in mid-September, and died either this week or last, but Bunnell police has refused the sheriff’s assistance in investigating a case it may have bungled.

Arresting Speakers at a Government Meeting: Supreme Court Takes Up Florida 1st Amendment Case

| November 14, 2017

Fane Lozman alleges that a south Florida city violated his First Amendment rights by retaliating against him for his outspoken criticism during his public comment period.

Flagler School District Enters Brave New World of Student Computer Controls and Surveillance

| August 15, 2017

Responding to parents’ concerns, the Flagler school district is rolling out a pair of systems that will vastly increase potential controls and limits on students’ computer usage at school and at home.

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.

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