Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Edwards, Bonilla head to run-off for Orange County Commission seat

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:16 AM

After coming close but ultimately failing to get more than 50 percent of the vote, Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards heads to a run-off election against his challenger, environmental activist Emily Bonilla.  Edwards, who represents District 5, got 42 percent of the vote, while Bonilla received 28 percent, according...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Soto, Liebnitzky beat challengers in race for Congress

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Democrat Darren Soto and Republican Wayne Liebnitzky won the respective nominations from their parties Tuesday night in the race for Congressional District 9.  District 9, which includes parts of Orange, Osceola and Polk Counties, is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat.  State Sen. Soto narrowly beat...

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Val Demings wins Democratic nomination for District 10 in landslide

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings wiped out her Democratic competition Tuesday night in the primary race for Florida's Congressional District 10.  Demings beat out Bob Poe, former chair of the Florida Democratic Party, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson and lawyer Fatima Fahmy by garnering 57 percent of the vote, according to the...

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Florida voters give green light to solar tax break

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Primary-election voters Tuesday approved the expansion of a renewable-energy tax break that backers say will help businesses and spark the expanded use of solar energy in Florida. But while the measure had support from an array of groups, they are divided on an unrelated solar amendment on the November general-election...

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Aramis Ayala bests Jeff Ashton in race for Orange-Osceola State Attorney

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 9:15 PM

In the greatest local primary upset, newcomer Aramis Ayala easily bested her former employer and incumbent Jeff Ashton in the Democratic race for Orange-Osceola State Attorney.  Ashton, elected to the position in 2012, lost to Ayala, a former prosecutor and public defender, by a margin of 43 percent to 57...

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Murphy beats Grayson in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate race

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:32 PM

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy snagged the Democratic nomination Tuesday night in the race for incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's seat in the Senate.  The Jupiter Democrat beat out challengers U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and newcomer Pam Keith handily. Murphy gained 59 percent of Democratic voters, while Grayson and...

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Rubio wins Republican primary to seek second term in U.S. Senate

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 8:18 PM

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio beat his competitors by a landslide in Florida's Republican primary as he seeks a second term.  With 71 percent of GOP voters at 8:18 p.m., Rubio easily overtook developer Carlos Beruff, who garnered 19 percent of the vote.  Rubio will go on to face the...

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Florida woman hopes to break Guinness World Record for longest tongue

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 6:02 PM

A 20-year-old Florida woman claiming to have the world's longest tongue is hoping to break the Guinness World record.  Gerkary Blequett, of Ocala, Florida, has gained a healthy social media stemming from her endowment, so much so she's now getting recognized. She tells Barcroft Media, who measured her tongue in...

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Candlelight vigil for Big Makk to be held in Casselberry tonight

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 4:58 PM

The Orlando Weekly has just been informed by Dizzlephunk that there will be a candlelight vigil tonight to mark the unfortunate passing of local musician and DJ Big Makk in Casselberry.  As we reported yesterday, Big Makk was involved in a car crash on Monday. August 29, that, unfortunately, took the...

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Upcoming Orlando foodie events to mark on your calendar

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 3:42 PM

The three-day-long Florida Local Food Summit will bring together farmers, food entrepreneurs, policy makers, chefs and food-conscious folks of all stripes, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 8-10, at East End Market and other Audubon Park Garden District locales. Cost is $53.25. Some of the celebrity chefs appearing at this year's Epcot...

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