Author: Jessica Stuart

Judy Mount, FDP Interim Chair? Not So Fast, Say Party Bylaws | Sunshine State News

Judy Mount says she is the interim chair of the Florida Democratic Party, but party bylaws say otherwise — and it appears the FDP will actually be without a chair until they meet to select a replacement for Stephen Bittel in December. FDP Chair Stephen Bittel announced he would be stepping down as head of the state party on Friday after six former Democratic staffers and consultants told Politico Florida he displayed “creepy” and “demeaning” behavior which led to an uncomfortable work environment.  “When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida...

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Vern Buchanan, Earl Blumenauer stand against Trump, FWS ending elephant trophy ban

From his perch as chairman of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a Florida Republican is stressing his opposition to the Trump administration ending the ban on African elephant trophies.  Noting more than 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks each year, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., called out the administration’s decision on Friday “We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures,” Buchanan said. “We don’t get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.” Buchanan and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oreg., the co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, also released a join statement.  “African elephants are...

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Jameis Winston Grabbed My Crotch, Female Uber Driver Says | Sunshine State News

Three years after the New York Times descended on Florida to tell the nation Tallahassee law enforcement deliberately, perhaps even illegally, coddled FSU star athlete Jameis Winston and slipped him out of a 2012 sexual assault charge, the NFL is investigating another sexual assault complaint against Winston. A female Uber driver now alleges Winston, quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, grabbed her crotch while she was chauffeuring him in 2016. Identified only as Kate in an interview with Buzzfeed News, the woman recalled making her way to Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 13, 2016, where a lively party was still...

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Rat Race to Replace Stephen Bittel as FDP Chair Begins | Sunshine State News

It’s deja vu all over again as the Florida Democratic Party is once more looking for a new chairman. Former FDP chair Stephen Bittel resigned Friday after a Politico Florida story detailed allegations of “creepy” behavior towards former Democratic party staffers and consultants were published in a Politico Florida article.  It wasn’t even a day until Bittel called it quits, admitting his personal situation had become “distracting” to the core mission of electing Democrats. “I am proud of what we have built as a Party and the wins we have had for Florida families, but I apologize for all...

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