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Florida gets another legal challenge to new elections rules

Jun. 14, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two more groups sued Florida over its new restrictive elections laws Monday, adding to a growing chorus of voter rights advocates who say the rules could keep some people from casting ballots. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in...

Florida man gets 30 years for drug, dogfighting conviction

Jun. 08, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A 32-year-old Florida man faces 30 years in federal prison for his role in a massive drug trafficking and dogfighting operation that led to the arrest of 20 others. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida said the group...

DeSantis signs $101.5B Florida budget after vetoing $1.5B

Jun. 02, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a $101.5 billion budget Wednesday after vetoing $1.5 billion, including $1 billion in federal money for an emergency response fund he said had strings attached that made it unusable. DeSantis held a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 02, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 1, 2021. Editorial: Diversity finds another enemy: The Florida Supreme Court In a coordinated effort to cater to the prejudiced elements of their voter base, Republican politicians in Florida and across the nation are...

As pandemic wanes, Florida's DeSantis seizes national stage

May. 30, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis struggled to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats readied to pounce. The state's economy was in tatters, infections and deaths were on the rise and there were doubts about the Republican's plan to lead Florida out of crisis. ...

Florida sued over law to ban social media content blocking

May. 27, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two groups representing online companies sued Florida on Thursday over a new law that seeks to punish large social media businesses like Facebook and Twitter if they remove content or ban politicians. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill...

AP Top 25 Podcast: Start 2021 season with 5 games in 5 days

May. 26, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

From Knoxville, Tennessee, to Tallahassee, Florida, with stops in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Atlanta along the way. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, USA Today’s Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo to plan a road trip for the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 19, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. May 18, 2021. Editorial: Do some good with gambling: Expand Medicaid The Seminole gambling compact that the Florida Legislature is considering in special session this week anticipates $2.5 billion in new state revenue over...

Former deputy guilty of planting drugs in stopped cars

May. 18, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida sheriff’s deputy whose patrol car was found to contain a stash of narcotics was convicted Tuesday of planting drugs during traffic stops. A Jackson County jury found fired deputy Zachary Wester guilty on 19 of 67 total counts,...

Ex-Florida House speaker Ralph Turlington dies at 100

May. 15, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida House speaker and education commissioner Ralph Turlington, who pushed through the state lottery, corporate income tax and open records law, has died at 100, his family said. Turlington represented Alachua County in the House from...