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  • Florida House candidate accused of lying about college degree apologizes for 'mistake'

    08/14/2018 4:35:10 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2018-08-14
    Melissa Howard, the GOP candidate for a Florida state House seat who was accused of lying about her college degree and NRA rating apologized on Monday, pledging to stay in the race “and lead by example from now on.” After questions arose about Howard’s academic credentials, the state House candidate posted a photo of what she said was a copy of her transcripts to Facebook. She also sent photos of what she said was her diploma to media outlets, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.
  • Florida is registering more and more Democratic voters, right? Wrong.

    08/13/2018 8:12:42 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 08/12/2018 | Langston Taylor
    That long-awaited blue wave Florida Democrats hope will lift them to sweeping victories in the U.S. Congress, Legislature and governor’s mansion has yet to appear in the state’s voter rolls. In fact, with less than 100 days before the Nov. 6 election, Democrats are actually seeing their share of the Florida electorate shrink. The percentage of Democratic voters slipped in Florida, according to final voter registration numbers for the Aug. 28 primary released over the weekend by the state’s Division of Elections
  • Political dispute went from Facebook to firearms (Democrat does shooting)

    08/08/2018 9:25:35 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/8/2018 | Amy Lieu
    A dispute over politics on Facebook went from virtual to physical this week when one man shot another in the thigh and buttocks, officials said. Authorities said Brian Sebring, 44, shot Alex Stephens, 46, after their political argument became too heated, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Sebring is a registered Democrat, the report said, while Stephens, a former felon, has no party affiliation, the report said, citing corrections records. "After receiving several explicit messages and threats, the defendant responded to the victim’s home to confront him in reference to the messages," a police official said, according to the Times.
  • Parkland Shooter Asked for Help, but Was Denied Before Shooting

    08/05/2018 8:10:29 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    the daily beast ^ | 4 Aug 2018 | ALLISON QUINN
    School officials “did not follow through” when Nikolas Cruz asked for special assistance months before the massacre, a new report finds. While more than half of the report was redacted, the blacked-out sections of the document could still easily be read by copying and pasting into a separate document, a trick used by The Sun-Sentinel to release the unredacted report on Friday. In Cruz’s junior year, after he had already begun exhibiting behavior so disturbing it led to guidance counselors wanting to have him committed,
  • Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study

    08/03/2018 6:55:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jon Herskovitz
    A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the U.S. South, according to a new study. Tegu lizards, which currently live in two large colonies in Florida, could expand into an area from the Carolinas to Central Texas, according to the scientific report published in July on the website for the journal Nature.
  • CNN's Acosta: I'm worried Trump's rhetoric toward media 'will result in somebody getting hurt'

    07/31/2018 9:49:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 99 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Max Greenwood
    CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta expressed concern on Tuesday with the way President Trump's supporters heckle members of the press, warning that the president's rhetoric could "result in somebody getting hurt." Acosta posted a video from Trump's rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday showing supporters shouting down members of the press. At one point, one man in the crowd looks into the camera and yells, "stop lying." "Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa," Acosta tweeted. "I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative...
  • A Tale Of Two Tallahassee Gun Rallies

    07/30/2018 3:39:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    WFSU.com ^ | 7/28/18 | ANNMARIE WELSER
    The “Big Pro Gun Rally” and the March for Our Lives rally both took place in downtown Tallahassee this weekend... Local leaders, Pulse nightclub survivors and students from Parkland High School all spoke at the March for Our Lives rally.... Meanwhile down the street “The Big Pro Gun Rally” had 14 speakers including gun activist Kaitlin Bennett. “Gun rights means to me self protection, self preservation of not only myself but also my country,” Bennett says, “We have the most firearms in the nation and we are one of the freest countries because of that.” This rally also advocated for...
  • Ron DeSantis opens lead in governor's race, poll finds

    07/28/2018 4:49:51 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 26 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 27, 2018 | OS reporter
    On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. DeSantis, at 41 percent, has a 12-point lead over Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam at 29 percent. Two percent favor Stuart physical therapist Bruce Nathan, and 28 percent are undecided, the poll found. Once considered the underdog, DeSantis has surged of late, in part by picking up the endorsement of President Donald Trump, who plans to campaign for the congressman Tuesday in Tampa. “It is likely that [Trump’s] endorsement of DeSantis is the driving factor behind the shift in the race,’’ the poll says.
  • Old guard Republicans aren’t welcome in the Florida party of Trump

    07/27/2018 4:43:25 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 75 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 26, 2018 | Adam C. Smith
    Donald Trump will campaign in Tampa Tuesday, having transformed, in a way no one could have imagined just a few years ago, the Republican Party of Florida into the Florida Party of Trump. You can see it in every Republican primary in every corner of the state, as rivals argue over who supports the president more. You can see it in the Republican gubernatorial primary, where the No. 1 issue is who will fight illegal immigrants harder. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, long a rising star seemingly on a trajectory to the governor’s mansion, is losing to a relative newcomer, U.S....
  • Two TRUMP RALLIES Just Ahead!

    07/26/2018 5:04:25 AM PDT · by caww · 47 replies
    TRUMP News 24/7 ‏ ^ | 7/26/2018 | MichaelDelauzon
    2 TRUMP RALLIES!! Tues. July 31 - Tampa, Florida Free tickets Tampa: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/tampa-fl-2018/ … Thurs, August 2 - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Free tickets Wilkes-Barre: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/wilkes-barre-pa-august-2018/ …
  • Adam Putnam’s Agency Raised Concerns It Couldn’t Keep Up With Surge In Weapons Permits

    07/25/2018 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Vlad The Inhaler · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Tim ^ | July 25, 2018 | Steve Contorno
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's agency told lawmakers in September that the record surge in requests for concealed weapons permits was one of his agency's "chief ongoing concerns." Equipment used to process weapons permits and other licenses was "redundant," inefficient and outdated, leading to higher costs and "greater operational risk." A $13.3 million fix was needed to meet demand, his agency said in a 2017 budget request. That blunt assessment, previously unreported, conflicts with how Putnam has characterized the concealed weapons program amid reports his department mishandled applications for licenses. When the Tampa Bay Times first reported last month that...
  • ‘Stand Your Ground’ Did Not Kill Markeis McGlockton

    07/25/2018 9:36:45 AM PDT · by libstripper · 227 replies
    Reason ^ | Jul. 25, 2018 | Jacob Sullum
    Markeis McGlockton and Michael Drejka both overreacted during their brief, fatal encounter in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store last week. McGlockton overreacted by pushing Drejka to the ground, and Drejka overreacted by drawing a pistol and shooting McGlockton in the chest. Although it is hard to see how Drejka's use of lethal force could have been justified, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to arrest him, claiming his hands were tied by Florida's Stand Your Ground law. But that is not true, and Gualtieri's misrepresentation of the law has renewed misguided criticism of Florida's approach to self-defense,...
  • Is Ron DeSantis surging over Adam Putnam? Some think so

    07/18/2018 6:01:57 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 35 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Jul 18, 2018 | Mark Skoneki
    The latest independent polls done last month in the Republican race for Florida governor had Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam with a comfortable lead over U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. But now, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, there’s a growing feeling that DeSantis is gaining fast on Putnam. If so, the move would be reminiscent of Rick Scott’s overtaking of Bill McCollum in 2010. Like Putnam this year, McCollum was the establishment GOP candidate, only to have Scott soar past him for the nomination. This year, though, the biggest factor in the DeSantis surge seems to be the...
  • AR15 Clone Used to Rescue Treed Teen Girl from Big Alligator

    07/13/2018 2:51:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image of 11 foot Alligator from Victoria Advocate, 2009 On Friday afternoon, 29 June, 2018, a 15 year old girl, Jordan Broderick, was floating on a raft in Freek creek in the Ocala National Forest. That section of the creek is in Lake County Florida. Alligators chased her up a tree. Her mother called 911 and reported that alligators had treed her daughter, and were aggressive. From foxnews.com: "My daughter's stuck in a frickin' tree and there's gators surrounding her!" Broderick's mother reportedly told a 911 dispatcher. "Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!" Deputy Mitch Blackmon responded to...
  • Army Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee(what a mess)

    07/09/2018 7:28:33 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 92 replies
    GLADES COUNTY, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will suspend water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries starting Monday morning. "As we look at operations in the system, we believe we can pause discharges for a short time to get additional input from staff on available options for moving water," said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District Commander. "We have implemented higher stages in the canal along the Tamiami Trail and we have implemented deviations to generate flexibility in operations at the southern end of the system to move additional water south. We want...
  • Miami Beach Police Detain Legal Open Carriers, Chill First Amendment

    07/06/2018 5:08:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On June 24, at about 10 a.m. citizens peacefully openly and legally carrying holstered pistols were detained by police for two hours. The police closed the pier where the Second Amendment activists were fishing. The legal open carriers were eventually released and allowed to continue their activities. However, police remained at the scene and actively discouraged other members of the public from making contact with the Second Amendment activists. From miamiherald.com: Police reopened the pier, but left a couple of officers there and stated, “We are encouraging visitors to use other portions of South Pointe Park.” The men cited...
  • Florida Democrat Arrested For Threatening to Murder Republican Congressman’s Children

    06/26/2018 8:10:33 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    BIG LEAGUE NATIONAL SECURITYFlorida Democrat Arrested For Threatening to Murder Republican Congressman’s ChildrenPublished 1 day ago on Jun 25, 2018 By Laura Loomer ShareTweet A Florida man was arrested on Tuesday after he reportedly threatened to kill Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and his three minor children. Police say Laurence Key of Stuart, Florida, called Congressman Mast’s DC office out of anger regarding President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, and told the office intern, “If you are going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids.” Along with making death threats against the Congressman and his children, documents...
  • Trump's approval rating above 50% in new Florida poll

    06/26/2018 6:02:17 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 36 replies
    Ocala .com ^ | June 25, 2018 | By Zac Anderson
    A CBS News poll conducted between June 19 and June 22 provides the latest piece of good news for Republicans hoping to beat back a predicted "blue wave." Among likely voters, Trump has an approval rating of 53 percent in the poll while 48 percent disapprove of the president's job performance. The online survey of 1,002 registered voted - conducted for CBS News by YouGov - comes on the heels of a Politico poll released last week that had Trump at 48 percent approval in Florida and 49 percent disapproval. Factoring in the margin of error in both polls, Trump...
  • Florida pro gun rally July 28

    06/04/2018 12:19:12 PM PDT · by Ferndina · 9 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6/4/18 | Ferndina
    There is a big pro gun rally scheduled for July 28th, please come and make this a big success.
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, hurricane forecasters say

    05/25/2018 9:50:01 AM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/25/18 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, hurricane forecasters said at 9 a.m. Friday. Alberto is the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, and has formed ahead of the traditional hurricane season which begins June 1. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and rip currents to the Gulf Coast through Memorial Day weekend. Here's the current forecast cone for the storm:The main difference between a subtropical storm and tropical storm is core temperature, according to Shawn O'Neil, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Slidell. Subtropical storms have slightly lower core temperatures than...