News Service of Florida

Man Arrested In ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooting

Man Arrested In ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooting

By on August 13, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Clearwater, FL – In a case that led to protests and calls for revisiting Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, Pinellas County authorities Monday arrested Michael Drejka on a charge of manslaughter in the July 19 fatal shooting of a black man in the parking lot of a Clearwater convenience store. The shooting death of […]

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Mail-In Ballots Show GOP Lead In Volusia & Florida

Mail-In Ballots Show GOP Lead In Volusia & Florida

DeLand, FL – If the vote-by-mail ballots are any indication, the primary elections later this month are going to see more Volusia County voters than in the recent past. As of August 9th, just over 25% of the over 81,000 ballots mailed so far by the Volusia Supervisor of Elections have been returned to the […]

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Volusia County’s Amendment 10 Challenge Struck Down

Volusia County’s Amendment 10 Challenge Struck Down

Tallahassee, FL – Florida voters have the right to decide whether all local constitutional officers, including sheriffs and tax collectors, should be elected, a Leon County judge ruled. Circuit Judge James Shelfer on Thursday rejected a challenge from Volusia and Broward counties that sought to have what is known as Amendment 10 removed from the […]

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Special Session Ruled Out On “Stand Your Ground”

Special Session Ruled Out On “Stand Your Ground”

By on August 10, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Lawmakers won’t hold a special session on the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, as Republican opposition has made it impossible for Democrats to force a session. As of Thursday night, 49 House members had voted against the proposal, blocking the possibility of reaching the three-fifths support required from both legislative chambers […]

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Detzner Questions Claims Of Election Hacking

Detzner Questions Claims Of Election Hacking

By on August 10, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner wants clarification from the U.S. Senate on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s comments to reporters that Russians have “penetrated” some voter-registration systems. Detzner sent a letter Thursday to Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., requesting that federal officials share with his agency any “relevant, classified information about current […]

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Calls For Repealing “Stand Your Ground” Hit Capitol

Calls For Repealing “Stand Your Ground” Hit Capitol

Tallahassee, FL – Joined by the longtime girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead in a dispute over a parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Gov. Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Tensions […]

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Supreme Court Halts Release Of Parkland Video

Supreme Court Halts Release Of Parkland Video

By on August 9, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahasse, FL – The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday at least temporarily blocked the release of surveillance video related to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as a legal battle continues about whether the footage should be turned over to media organizations. A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal last month […]

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DeSantis, Putnam Use Final Debate To Lob Charges

DeSantis, Putnam Use Final Debate To Lob Charges

Jacksonville, FL –  In their second and final debate for the Republican nomination for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis clashed Wednesday over President Donald Trump, Florida’s water crisis and campaign contributions. Putnam, a two-term Cabinet member and former member of Congress, accused DeSantis, a three-term member of Congress, of running […]

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Supreme Court To Take Up Greyhound Racing Ban

Supreme Court To Take Up Greyhound Racing Ban

By on August 8, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Just a day after receiving the case, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously agreed to take up a battle about whether a proposed ban on greyhound racing should go on the November ballot. Justices scheduled arguments in the case on Aug. 29 and set a rapid-fire series of deadlines for the parties […]

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GOP Has Early Lead In Mail-In Ballots

GOP Has Early Lead In Mail-In Ballots

By on August 7, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Nearly 260,000 people have already voted in the Aug. 28 primary elections, with Republicans having an early edge over Democrats in returning vote-by-mail ballots, according to figures updated Monday morning by the Florida Division of Elections. With nearly 2.5 million ballots sent out, the state reported that Republicans had returned 120,939 ballots, compared […]

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