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Friday, October 22, 2021

Florida election supervisors plead with GOP candidates to move away from 'stolen election' rhetoric

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 11:21 AM

As Republicans throughout the nation continue to refuse to acknowledge former President Donald Trump’s re-election loss to Democrat Joe Biden nearly a year ago, Florida supervisors of elections are pleading with candidates and elected officials to tamp down the rhetoric. “The Great American Experiment, our cherished democracy, is under...

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Florida Gov. threatens Orange County over vaccine mandates. Mayor Jerry Demings says 'bring it on'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 10:47 AM

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings was not cowed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' continued threats against the county over vaccine mandates. DeSantis called out Orange County at a rally earlier this week, noting the story of a fire and rescue battalion chief who was terminated for refusing to discipline...

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Lawsuit accusing Florida of withholding COVID-19 data at height of pandemic moves forward

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 10:09 AM

A Leon County circuit judge has scheduled a two-day hearing next month in a lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Health has violated public-records laws by refusing to provide detailed data about the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge John Cooper issued an order this week scheduling the hearing on Nov. 9...

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Florida's new surgeon general questions COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 4:42 PM

Florida's new surgeon general questioned the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines during a Ron DeSantis rally on Thursday. Joseph Ladapo, whose first act as the state's surgeon general was allowing children who had been exposed to COVID-19 to return to school without quarantining, posited that vaccines were not a solution...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to call special session of legislature to ban vaccine mandates

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 1:09 PM

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intention on Thursday to call a special session of the Florida legislature to pass a law barring vaccine mandates in the state. At a a rally in Clearwater, DeSantis told the crowd he plans to call legislators back for an emergency session in...

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Judge orders conservative thinktank to turn over communications with lawmakers around Florida's voter suppression bill

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 10:02 AM

A federal judge has ruled that the conservative Heritage Foundation and its lobbying arm are required to turn over documents to groups challenging the constitutionality of a new Florida elections law. The Florida State Conference of the NAACP, Common Cause and Disability Rights Florida asked U.S. District Judge Donald...

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Florida approves changes to civics education, seeking 'upright and desirable' citizens

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 9:51 AM

The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved a new rule aimed at shaping civic education in public schools. The rule, which centers in part on teaching students about characteristics that make an “upright and desirable” citizen, is the culmination of legislation passed by state lawmakers earlier this year....

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

School districts' challenge of Florida's school mask mandate ban will be heard in court

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 5:19 PM

An administrative law judge Wednesday rejected a request by the Florida Department of Health to dismiss a challenge by six school boards to a rule that seeks to prevent student mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision by Judge Brian Newman came a day before a hearing is scheduled...

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Orange County Fire & Rescue chief fired over refusal to discipline employees who bucked COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 12:10 PM

An Orange County Fire & Rescue battalion chief was fired for refusing to discipline firefighters who refused to get vaccinated. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Chief Stephen Davis was terminated by the department over insubordination. As Orange County employees, all OCFR members were required to begin the process of...

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Alt-right troll, congressional hopeful Laura Loomer has raised over $100k this quarter (but none of it came from her Central Florida district)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Laura Loomer has raised over $100,000 this quarter for her congressional campaign, but not one red cent of it came from the Central Florida district she plans to represent. That news comes courtesy of Florida Politics, who report that the alt-right troll and would-be representative has raised $106K in...

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