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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Orange County machine recount wraps up without major shift in vote tallies

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Nine days removed from the Nov. 6 election, there's at last a light at the end of the midterms tunnel as the Orange County vote canvassing board has wrapped up its machine recounts of the state's most competitive races. According to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office, the...

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Orlando's first medical marijuana drive-thru officially opens today

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Orlando's first medical marijuana drive-thru will celebrate its grand opening Thursday afternoon. The Massachusetts company Curaleaf is inviting patients and media to tour its newest East Orlando medical marijuana dispensary with a drive-thru window at 775 N. Semoran Blvd. starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Curaleaf already has one dispensary in...

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Florida officials fight attempts to suspend ballot recount deadlines

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:39 AM

After taking the dispute to federal court, the Florida Department of State on Wednesday also went to a state appeals court to fight an attempt to suspend ballot-recount deadlines. The department’s attorneys filed a notice at the 1st District Court of Appeal as an initial step in challenging a...

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Federal judge gives Florida voters until Saturday to fix ballots rejected for mismatched signatures

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Siding with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign and national Democrats, a federal judge early Thursday gave voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to fix ballots that were rejected because of mismatched signatures. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling came hours before a 3 p.m. Thursday deadline for a machine recount...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Democratic ally back medical marijuana bills for veterans

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 5:07 PM

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and a Massachusetts Democrat on Wednesday introduced a package of legislation to change the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical marijuana practices in an attempt to make cannabis a more realistic treatment option for veterans. Gaetz, a Northwest Florida Republican, joined with U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton,...

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Gillum calls out Trump, Scott for undermining democracy in Florida recount

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Out of Florida's three major election recounts, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum probably has the least amount of hope in prevailing over his opponent. As of Wednesday afternoon, he still trailed behind Republican nominee Ron DeSantis by some 33,684 votes – a margin likely too great to overcome in the...

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Marco Rubio, the knowledgeable football man

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 3:03 PM

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a guy who once casually beaned a kid in the face with a football, has recently been peddling a string of unfounded conspiracy theories regarding the recent Florida recounts. Now it seems these crackpot theories have now morphed into incredibly horrible football metaphors. Last night,...

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Rick Scott will recuse himself from certifying the recount results in the Florida Senate race

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 12:31 PM

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott's lawyer told U.S. District Judge Mark Walker that the term-limited governor will recuse himself from the Elections Canvassing Commission next week, following days of speculation. Had he not recused himself, Scott, a Republican, would have had the chance to certify (or not certify) the...

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Florida Department of Law Enforcement 'deeply troubled' by Pam Bondi's assertions over voter fraud

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 11:02 AM

The commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said he is “deeply troubled” that Attorney General Pam Bondi thought he would not pursue investigations into potential criminal activity related to last week’s elections. In a letter Monday to Bondi, Commissioner Rick Swearingen wrote that his office was working...

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Leon County circuit court judge backs suspending Florida recount deadlines

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 11:01 AM

A Leon County circuit judge Tuesday ordered the suspension of recount deadlines in the races for governor, agriculture commissioner and a state House seat to give Palm Beach County elections officials time to finish recounting ballots. But attorneys for Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner filed a notice Tuesday...

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