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Friday, January 22, 2021

Florida judge rules that, yes, the Nestle corporation can continue to draw water for bottling from Ginnie Springs

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 6:15 PM

Rejecting arguments by the Suwannee River Water Management District, an administrative law judge has backed renewing a permit for a North Florida business to pipe hundreds of thousands of gallons of spring water a day to a nearby bottling plant. Judge G.W. Chisenhall this week issued a 44-page order...

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Stephanie Murphy announces new legislation barring QAnon adherents from holding federal security clearances

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 4:08 PM

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, is introducing legislation to bar QAnon conspiracy theory adherents from obtaining or holding on to federal security clearances. QAnon ride-or-dies are having a tough week. Their entire world came crashing around them Great Pumpkin-style when Donald Trump did not, in fact, lead the...

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Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani fights to repeal mandatory minimum drug sentences

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 2:13 PM

State Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, D-Orlando, has filed a bill to remove mandatory minimum sentence for non-violent drug offenders (HB 6029) in the Florida House. Eskamani aims for the bill to be a step toward deterring drug-related crimes with rehabilitation programs and drug courts instead of draconian sentencing. This is...

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Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz throws Twitter shade at Senate President Wilton Simpson, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 2:05 PM

Hours before Wednesday’s presidential inauguration, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz sent social media aflutter by trolling toward the 2022 election cycle. Responding to a Sun Sentinel report that his name was being tossed around as a potential Republican primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Gaetz tweeted that the only...

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State Rep. Sabatini begins crusade to get Florida highway named after Donald Trump

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Even being in quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure couldn't stop Anthony Sabatini from fanboying over Donald Trump one last time! On Wednesday — the day Trump slunk ignominiously out of the White House for the final time — State Rep. Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, promised to "propose an amendment in the Florida House to rename U.S....

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Former Florida Republican House hopeful and Proud Boy arrested for role in Capitol attack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Gabriel Garcia, a South Florida man who ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House last year, was arrested Tuesday for taking part in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Garcia challenged Rep. Daniel Perez, who is in line to become a...

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Florida House set to take up overkill 'anti-protest' bill pushed by Republicans

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 11:43 AM

With backing from Republican leaders, a House panel next week will take up a controversial proposal that, at least in part, is aimed at cracking down on violent protests. The House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee is slated Jan. 27 to take up the bill (HB 1), sponsored...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Seminole County Democratic Party votes in new leadership, including Lynn Moira Dictor as Chair

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 3:57 PM

The Seminole County Democratic Party has new leadership, and the new Chair is a very familiar voice here in Orlando. A vote was held last week to select new leadership for the Seminole County Dem chapter, after party leaders announced in December that they would step aside to allow for...

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Central Florida resident and Proud Boy organizer Joe Biggs charged in Capitol riot

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 3:23 PM

This afternoon, federal authorities arrested a Central Florida resident and organizer with the far-right white nationalist gang the Proud Boys on charges related to the deadly storming of the U. S. Capitol. According to an affidavit from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ormond Beach native Joseph Randall Biggs, 37 was...

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Florida Gov. DeSantis promises to put an end to COVID-19 vaccine ‘tourism’

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 3:21 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis is working on guidelines meant to stop COVID-19 vaccination “tourism” in Florida. Appearing at two news conferences Tuesday, DeSantis said he wants to make sure the state’s COVID-19 vaccine supply is being directed to Florida residents. “That can include people who live here half the year,...

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