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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 21, 2024 07:14 AM EST

Miami Herald. February 19, 2024. Editorial: Florida anti-free speech bill targets ‘liberal media’ but guess who’s really mad at it? There are no lessons learned in the Florida Legislature. Last year, lawmakers, prodded by their hostility toward...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 14, 2024 07:17 AM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. February 8, 2024. Editorial: Let Florida voters decide abortion rights question The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect reproductive freedom should make it...

Judge rules that restrictions on after-hour drop boxes don't keep Floridians from voting

Feb. 13, 2024 12:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Restrictions on after-hour drop boxes may make it inconvenient to return ballots outside business hours, but they don't keep Floridians from voting, a federal judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker previously had ruled that restrictions in...

Republican effort to restore abortion rights in Missouri folds

Feb. 08, 2024 15:38 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican-led campaign to restore abortion rights in Missouri ended Thursday, clearing the path for a competing, more sweeping constitutional amendment to get on the state's November ballot. “Having two initiatives on the ballot would create...

Florida asks state Supreme Court to keep abortion rights amendment off the November ballot

Feb. 07, 2024 13:07 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers trying to keep an abortion-rights measure off the Florida ballot told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday that the proposed amendment is deceptive, and that voters won't realize just how far it will expand access to the procedure. But the justices...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 07, 2024 07:26 AM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. February 2, 2024. Editorial: State-sanctioned bigotry targets transgender people It’s cruel. It’s vicious. It’s state-sanctioned bigotry. Using the flimsy pretense of modifying the insurance laws, intolerant Florida...

Tiger King's Carole Baskin asks Florida Supreme Court to review defamation lawsuit ruling

Feb. 06, 2024 12:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Carole Baskin, who became a pop culture sensation due to Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King,” has asked the Florida Supreme Court to review an appellate court's ruling that said she isn't protected from a defamation lawsuit brought by a former assistant. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 24, 2024 07:12 AM EST

Palm Beach Post. January 18, 2024. Editorial: Keep key addiction recovery reform to hold treatment providers accountable Imagine a state agency that has been content to sit on the sidelines for too long in overseeing Florida’s troubled addiction recovery industry...

Florida GOP lawmakers seek to ban rainbow flags in schools, saying they're bad for students

Jan. 17, 2024 18:00 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill advanced by Florida Republicans on Wednesday would ban teachers and other government employees from displaying a rainbow flag -- even wearing one as a lapel pin for a day -- but they could hang the full-size flag of any “recognized nation” as long as they want,...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 17, 2024 07:23 AM EST

Palm Beach Post. January 12, 2024. Editorial: Don’t weaken Florida gun laws It took the spilled blood of far too many to convince even a minimum of Florida lawmakers that changes to our gun laws were needed. Mass shootings in Colorado, Connecticut...