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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adam Putnam sees 'pathway' for Florida to get open carry

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam sees a "pathway" for Florida gun owners to openly carry firearms in public. The Tampa Bay Times reports the state's Agriculture Commissioner endorsed open carry and carrying firearms on college campuses at an appearance at the Florida National Guard Armory in Tallahassee. Both pieces...

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Florida's mandatory recess rule doesn't require kids to go outside

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Earlier this year, Florida legislators passed a bill that requires elementary schools to set aside at least 20 minutes a day for "free play recess," which apparently doesn't require anyone going outside. According to the Associated Press, the Florida Department of Education informed superintendents last week that they can still...

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Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago visitor logs could soon be public

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:51 AM

Visitor logs from President Donald Trump's oceanside resort Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach could soon be made public by a government watchdog group. The Palm Beach Post reports Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, announced it will make public any visitor logs it receives from the Department of Homeland...

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UCF suspends student who graded ex-girlfriend's apology letter

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:43 AM

The University of Central Florida has suspended Nick Lutz, a business marketing major, who, back in February, savagely graded his ex-girlfriend's apology letter and then posted it on Twitter. Essentially, Lutz marked up the letter with a red pen and gave her a D-minus. The tweet has since gone viral,...

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Orlando helps Florida hop past Texas in airport passenger numbers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Gov. Rick Scott spent the past week touting the state's move ahead of Texas in the overall number of passengers boarding airplanes. While many large commercial airports in Florida have been steadily climbing, the vault to second in the nation in 2016 came with growth predominantly at facilities in Central...

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Abortion waiting period, on hold in Florida for two years and counting, goes back to court

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 6:26 AM

The Florida Supreme Court put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, but a Tallahassee judge will hold a hearing Wednesday on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional. February's Supreme Court decision was the second time a majority...

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Monday, July 17, 2017

'Watermark' cuts ties with editor-in-chief Billy Manes

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 1:42 PM

UPDATE: A statement from Watermark has been appended to the end of this post. Billy Manes, a longtime columnist and news writer for Orlando Weekly, announced that he is no longer employed by Watermark. Manes made the announcement on his personal Facebook page last Sunday, July 16. "I was effectively...

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine tours Florida amid rumors of gubernatorial bid

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine rolled into the backyard of two potential Democratic gubernatorial opponents to talk sausage and sports on Friday. While he didn't shy away from discussing a potential run for governor, any announcement about a 2018 candidacy won't come until the fall, he said. His “A Day...

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Trump is suing over property taxes at his Florida golf course

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 2:53 PM

President Trump just can't seem to make up his mind about how much his golf club is worth. The Palm Beach Post reports that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida has been estimated at $18.4 million, but Trump thinks that's too high even though he's said in the past...

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This is an actual photo of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 2:16 PM

Yesterday, for some reason, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer decided to tweet a photo of himself, a photo of himself at a much younger age, during a much funkier time. Responding to a tweet about how Buddy's hairstylist is soon moving out of town, the Mayor of Orlando decided to dig...

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