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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 21, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 16, 2021. Editorial: The Legislature abused Floridians’ approval of medical marijuana. Now, the courts are too Whether medical marijuana is wise or necessary is not for Florida’s courts to say. The people of our...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 14, 2021. Editorial: The towering spirit of Mary McLeod Bethune of Florida ' Editorial Everyone in Florida — and America, for that matter — should take pride in what took place last weekend in the small Italian...

Allen West will challenge Texas Gov. Abbott in GOP primary

Jul. 04, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Allen West, the former Florida congressman and firebrand who rode into office on the tea party wave a decade ago, said Sunday that he will run for governor of Texas in a bid to again seize on restless anger from the right. His odds are...

$99 million in rental assistance for Floridians returned

Jul. 03, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — About $99 million in unspent rental assistance meant to help Floridians living in affordable housing was returned to the state after the agency overseeing the program struggled to disburse the money. The Florida Housing Finance Corporation, which...

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs 94 bills, vetoes 4 others

Jun. 30, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bills to help juveniles expunge their arrest records, make changes to car insurance laws and create a new high school civics program were vetoed Tuesday by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He also signed 94 bills ranging from a measure that seeks to prevent...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 18, 2021. Editorial: Florida election supervisors must keep asking hard questions Imagine for a moment that you do terrific work, but you have a job where the rules keep changing and the people changing the rules...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis errs in restricting race studies in schools At a time when Americans are crying out for an honest appraisal and greater understanding of the role race plays in our nation’s...

Boy ordered in custody after shooting at deputies with girl

Jun. 03, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy accused of joining a 14-year-old girl in a shootout with an assault weapon and shotgun against Florida deputies from a home they had broken into earlier this week will be held for 21 days at a secure detention facility pending a hearing, a judge...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 26, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

Sun Sentinel. May 21, 2021. Editorial: Shame on secretive senators for hiding gambling intentions The new gambling deal between Florida and the Seminole Tribe is for 30 years. That’s an eternity in a state that grows and changes so fast and is...

New Florida law protects against pandemic-related fraud

May. 25, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents and visitors are expected to have increased protections against fraud and scams during the coronavirus pandemic under a bill signed Tuesday. The bill went to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis after the Florida House and Senate both...