Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika virus

   “I urge the American people to make next week a tough one on those who are home from Congress, who have refused to take meaningful action to confront Zika because they need to hear from you,” Rubio said last week on the Senate floor. In an unusual step, Rubio even is urging voters to […]
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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Groups say GOP convention protest area could foster clashes

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Organizers for two groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum are unhappy with a protest route designated for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, arguing it restricts their free-speech rights and creates the possibility of clashes.

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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Clinton Policies to End Pay Gap Would Just Make It Larger

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Date: 
May 26, 2016 – 7:00am

Women, lamented Hillary Clinton in an April 2014 tweet, make just 77 cents on the dollar to men. As a presidential candidate she has repeated that lament again and again, updating the numbers, in line with government statistics, to 78 cents in July 2015 and 79 cents this year.


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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

WHO: Some 1,000 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years

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Nearly 1,000 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years in violation of humanitarian norms, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday.

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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Report traces arc of Hillary Clinton server, agency failures

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Eight days before Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in January 2009, an aide to former President Bill Clinton quietly registered a new internet address for the couple. That trivial but deliberate online purchase is the earliest known hint of the private email system that now plagues the presumptive Democratic nominee’s presidential campaign.

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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Report traces arc of Hillary Clinton server, agency failures

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Eight days before Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in January 2009, an aide to former President Bill Clinton quietly registered a new internet address for the couple. That trivial but deliberate online purchase is the earliest known hint of the private email system that now plagues the presumptive Democratic nominee’s presidential campaign.

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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders in dead heat for California

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Clinton’s slim lead over Sanders well within margin of error

Both candidates see advantages in clinching June 7 primary

Sanders has slight edge in hypothetical fall matchup with Trump

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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Trump says he gave himself aliases often in business

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that he often used aliases to purchase real estate — but continued to deny he’d been caught on tape pretending to be an imaginary spokesman in a recently-released recording.

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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Supreme Court Ready to Wade into Major Cases

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Date: 
May 25, 2016 – 8:45pm

For legal junkies, the Florida Supreme Court will be the best show in town during a three-day period in June.

Justices are poised to hear arguments on a series of high-profile issues, including gambling, the death penalty, guns and medical malpractice, according to a schedule released Wednesday.

Here are five cases to watch:

— GAMBLING: Justices will take up a closely watched case about whether a pari-mutuel facility in rural Gadsden County should be able to offer slot machines — a case that could have implications for five other counties across the state.


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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Repressive Castro Regime Attempts to Silence Ladies in White Leader

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Date: 
May 25, 2016 – 7:00pm

According to reports, Berta Soler, the iconic leader of the Ladies in White, has been arrested and charged with bogus crimes, and stripped of her ability to travel.  


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The Weeknd, Belly cancel Kimmel performance because of Trump

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R&B singer The Weeknd and rapper Belly have canceled their performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" because Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode.

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Medical Marijuana Ballot Amendment Shaping Up to Be a Costly Fight

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Date: 
May 25, 2016 – 8:30pm

The general election isn’t until November, but the fight to legalize medical marijuana is already gearing up to be costlier than ever.

Two years ago, the same constitutional amendment to green light medical pot fell short of the 60 percent to pass by only three points — so this year, groups in support of and opposed to the measure will be putting everything they’ve got into their efforts.

To put it in perspective, the supporters and opponents of the amendment raised over $14 million in 2014. 


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Eight protesters arrested outside California Trump rally

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Several dozen people protested and eight were arrested Wednesday outside a Donald Trump rally in California where the demonstrators were outnumbered by police aiming to prevent the kind of trouble seen at other rallies for the candidate.

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Trump: Jeb Bush Will Come Around

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May 25, 2016 – 6:45pm

Jeb Bush will come around and back him, Donald Trump told a crowd in California on Wednesday. 

Unlike most of Trump’s others dispatched rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Bush hasn’t endorsed the presumptive nominee. Rick Santorum was the latest former rival to throw his support behind Trump, endorsing him earlier this week. 

Speaking in Anaheim, Trump insisted the former Florida governor will eventually support him in November even as he revisited his “low energy” attack on Bush,


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Nelson says Zika virus fight should force recess delay

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Sen. Nelson says recess may have to wait

Sen. Nelson says recess may have to wait

With the U.S. House and Senate deadlocked over the amount of money needed to combat the Zika virus, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday that next week’s recess should be delayed to work on an agreement.

Nelson wrote Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing his frustration at the stalled effort — with the Senate approving $1.1 billion compared to $622 million from the House. The Obama administration in February called for $1.9 billion for Zika.

“While we are just beginning to understand the virus, there is one thing that Congress knows for sure: time is of the essence,” Nelson told McConnell.

Nelson and fellow Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, have pushed for the $1.9 billion funding level, a rare moment that Rubio is siding with the White House.

But Florida has the biggest outbreak of the virus in the continental U.S., with 158 cases, including 36 pregnant women. On Tuesday, Rubio took to the Senate floor to criticize House members and call on voters to push for more funding over the Memorial Day recess.

 


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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Scott wants more university students out the door in four

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Gov. Scott wants state's four-year university graduation rate to increase

Gov. Scott wants state’s four-year university graduation rate to increase

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he wants Florida universities to improve their four-year graduation rates and will again ask state lawmakers to let Bright Futures scholarships cover summer classes.

Scott kicked off a two-day Degrees to Jobs summit at Universal Studios in Orlando.

The Republican governor has gathered business, political and education leaders together in a bid to better connect Florida students with meaningful jobs when they graduate.

“What’s your path, what’s your plan, how can you get out of here in four years? What can we do to help you?” Scott said is a question students should be asked. “By the way, it is going to cost you more if you stay longer.”

Only 44 percent of students attending Florida’s public universities graduate in four years. The six-year graduation rate, which many schools now embrace as normal, is 71 percent.

Scott said that one tactic which could help students is extending merit-based Bright Futures scholarships so they help pay for summer tuition and expenses.

The Legislature refused to go along with Scott’s idea this year, but the governor said he would make another pitch next spring.


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Trump backed by US Rep. Zinke on eve of Montana rally

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Rep. Ryan Zinke on Wednesday became the most prominent Montana Republican to endorse Donald Trump, one day before the presumptive nominee for the Republican presidential nomination arrives to rally supporters in the Treasure State.

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Labarga: Twitter and Facebook help courts “tell our story”

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Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said it is important for the state’s legal system to embrace social media age as part of its mission to deliver effective justice.

In a piece written for the Florida Bar Journal, Labarga said an expanded communication effort that he is spearheading across the courts is central to retaining Floridians’ confidence that legal rights are handled fairly and equitably in the state.

That could even include expanding the courts’ use of Twitter and Facebook to “tell our story,” said Labarga, a former Palm Beach County judge, prosecutor and public defender, who still lives in Wellington.

“Yes, it is true that we continue to deliver effective justice in the Florida state courts,” Labarga said in the piece.

“But it is also true that not enough people actually see and understand the ways in which we make justice happen. This lack of understanding can breed mistrust of the courts and of the legal profession. We allow this state of affairs to occur at our peril.”

Labarga, sworn in as the state’s first Cuban-American chief justice in June 2014, has campaigned to increase the public’s access to the court system while also fostering better communication.

Labarga in February was re-elected in February by his six colleagues on the Supreme Court for a second, two-year term. He’s the first chief justice to to serve back-to-back stints since Charles H. DuPont in 1865.


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Scott kicks off Degrees to Jobs Summit saying Floridians expect great education, great job

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Gov. Scott opens Degrees to Jobs Summit

Gov. Scott opens Degrees to Jobs Summit

Gov. Rick Scott kicked off a two-day Degrees to Jobs Summit in Orlando on Wednesday, urging the political, business and education leaders gathered to focus on a goal to “move this state forward.”

Scott’s summit is set for Wednesday and Thursday at Universal Studios in Orlando. A long list of invitees include the head football coaches from the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Miami, chancellors of the State University System and Florida College System, college and university presidents and administrators, and a wide range of top business leaders.

Faculty at Florida’s colleges and universities were not invited to the event — a point challenged by the United Faculty of Florida.

The overall theme of the summit is built around college affordability and how business leaders and education officials can better connect Florida students with meaningful jobs when they graduate.

In opening the event, Scott said Floridians expect “a great education and a great job.”


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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Gus Bilirakis Auditions for House Committee Chairmanship

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Gus Bilirakis
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May 25, 2016 – 6:00am

Even while he is enjoying a taste of the national spotlight, Gus Bilirakis has one of the easier assignments of any Florida congressional representative this year. 


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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Florida Could Pay Up to $213,000 in Same-Sex Marriage Battle

 The state of Florida will pay a whopping sum of $213,000 if it ever loses its on-going battle over same-sex marriage ban. This will be paid to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, as agreed by the state officials to cover attorney fees and other related legal costs. The office of the incumbent […]
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A Trump proposal for national debt would send rates soaring

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In the event that the U.S. economy crashed, Donald Trump has floated a recovery plan based on his own experience with corporate bankruptcy: Pay America’s creditors less than full value on the U.S. Treasurys they hold. … Click to Continue »


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Tepid endorsements for Trump – Marion County’s lynching memorial drama –Yellow dragon menaces your morning OJ – Top Dem says Clinton could lose FL – RIP Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV

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Tepid endorsements for Trump.


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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Trump looks for Indiana knockout

 thehill.com – The battle for the Republican nomination could come down to Tuesday’s primary in Indiana, where Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe beginning of the end for Ted Cruz Trump looks for Indiana knockout Pen…
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Florida Politics: During this week’s recess, Rubio wants Congress to hear from voters fearing Zika

Sanders raises $26M in April in primary bid against Clinton

 miamiherald.com – Bernie Sanders brought in about $26 million in April in his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton, marking one year on Sunday in his insurgent bid for the Democratic nomination. Sanders’ fundraising… Tweeted by @tweetfl https://twitter.com/tweetfl/status/726780973132709888
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