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GRAHAM TRIES TO MAKE HISTORY IN BID FOR GOVERNOR

Christine Sexton News Service of Florida August 16, 2018 ORLANDO --- Gwen Graham is embarrassed. Diet Coke in one hand, the Democratic candidate for governor scoops up the dental floss in the backseat of her campaign SUV. She also sheepishly notes the tear in the upholstery...


MORE THAN 20 DISTRICTS MOVE FORWARD WITH ‘GUARDIANS’

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida August 15, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- About a third of Florida’s school districts are taking steps to deploy armed “guardians” on school campuses to prevent incidents such as mass shootings, according to the state Office of Safe Schools. Damien Kelly, a veteran law-enforcement officer who is the first director...


Judge blasts Sun Sentinel for publishing confidential information in Parkland school shooting case

Rafael Olmeda Sun Sentinel August 16, 2018 A furious judge scolded the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Wednesday for publishing confidential but legally obtained information about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz...


GOP RACE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL GETS PERSONAL

Jim Turner News Service of Florida August 14, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- With Attorney General Pam Bondi barred from running for another term, former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody and state Rep. Frank White are locked in an expensive and personally contentious...


DEMOCRATS VOW TO ‘FIGHT’ IF ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL

Jim Turner News Service of Florida August 14, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- As Florida Democrats go to the polls, their two attorney-general candidates continue traveling the state attempting...


PUTNAM BANKS ON ‘FLORIDA FIRST’ IN GOVERNOR’S RACE

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida August 14, 2018 WAUSAU --- Clad in jeans and a blue-checkered shirt with rolled-up sleeves, Adam Putnam easily blended...


FIRST AMENDMENT ARGUMENTS REJECTED IN CHARTER SCHOOL CASE

News Service of Florida August 13, 2018 A federal appeals court has ruled against two Miami-Dade County educators who argued that their First Amendment rights were violated when they were disciplined for working to convert a school...


BY THE NUMBERS: VOTER REGISTRATION TOPS 13 MILLION

Jim Saunders News Service of Florida August 13, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual election day. Some won’t vote at all...


SLAIN STUDENTS’ FAMILIES HAMMER SCHOOL BOARD

Nathalie Sczublewski News Service of Florida August 9, 2018 Family members whose loved ones were killed during a massacre at a Parkland high school in February slammed the Broward County School board for failing to make schools safe, just one...


Five takeaways from the final Republican debate

Peter Schorsch Florida Politics August 9, 2018 — Who won? Neither candidate scored a knockout punch. Adam Putnam tried to attack early but didn’t succeed in highlighting policy differences between him and poll-leader Ron DeSantis. They’re both Republican. They both support Donald Trump. They both love the Second Amendment. And DeSantis has a big lead in the polls with less than three week...


LESSONS FROM COLUMBINE OFFERED IN WAKE OF PARKLAND

News Service of Florida Nathalie Sczublewski August 8, 2018 SUNRISE --- Guy Grace, a school-security official whose Colorado community was rocked by the 1999 murders at Columbine High School, shared school-hardening solutions Wednesday...


Florida Risks Losing $1.1 Billion in Federal Funds Over ESSA Spat

By Daarel Burnette II Education Week July 23, 2018 When the Every Student Succeeds Act was first passed in late 2015, Florida officials pledged that they'll do everything in their power to keep their long-standing accountability....


LAWSUIT CHALLENGES EDUCATION AMENDMENT

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida July 12, 2018 Tallahassee - A constitutional amendment that could create more charter schools should be removed from the November ballot because it is misleading...


Galvano, Oliva Look to Trim Lease Tax

Jim Turner News Service of Florida June 29, 2018 KISSIMMEE --- Florida lawmakers will continue to chip away at a commercial lease tax that has been a target of the business community...


Galvano, Oliva Look to Trim Lease Tax

Jim Turner News Service of Florida June 29, 2018 KISSIMMEE --- Florida lawmakers will continue to chip away at a commercial lease tax that has been a target of the business community...


 

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