Anti-death penalty prosecutor proud to challenge status quo

U.S. 05/29/19, 14:34

Florida's first African American state attorney says she's proud to have challenged the status quo with her opposition to the death penalty, even though she eventually lost a legal fight with Florida's governor on the matter.State Attorney Aramis Ayala told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her decision not to ...

Florida governor signs smokable medical pot bill into law

U.S. 03/18/19, 16:38

Florida's ban on the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients ended Monday when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill repealing it.The Republican governor's signature on the first legislative bill he has approved since taking office in January was a top priority. DeSantis also announced the state ...

Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard

U.S. 01/09/19, 20:53

Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis must grant former ...

Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida’s new governor

U.S. 01/08/19, 12:34

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make schools and the environment a priority. In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on illegal immigration and to ...

Judge asked to reinstate embattled Florida election head

U.S. 01/07/19, 19:29

A Florida federal judge will decide whether or not outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott unfairly "targeted" the top elections official in one of the state's Democratic strongholds. Attorneys for former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes and Scott squared off for nearly two hours in federal court Monday during a hearing ...

Let’s get to work! Gov. Scott delays US Senate oath

U.S. 01/03/19, 16:47

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term. So what's he doing while other senators take their oath in Washington? His official ...

Incoming Florida gov wants pardon review for Groveland Four

U.S. 12/20/18, 19:09

Florida's incoming governor wants to consider a pardon for four young African-American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis said in a statement Thursday he would make the cases of the Groveland Four a priority at the first meeting of ...

Florida’s US Sen. Marco Rubio seeks pardon for Groveland 4

U.S. 12/19/18, 04:42

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on Florida officials to formally pardon four young African-American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.The Florida Republican made the request Tuesday on the floor of the Senate. The move is significant because GOP Florida Gov. Rick ...

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

U.S. 12/18/18, 10:05

A former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a lengthy federal lawsuit on Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.The lawsuit contends that Snipes' due process rights were ...

Florida Senate won’t block election chief’s suspension

U.S. 12/13/18, 18:43

The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday.Brenda Snipes, who had been in charge of elections in the Democratic stronghold of Broward County, had ...

Embattled Florida elections supervisor will fight governor

U.S. 12/01/18, 16:45

An attorney for an embattled Florida elections supervisor says her client is going to fight Gov. Rick Scott's decision to suspend the Broward County official. During a Saturday press conference, attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks also said Brenda Snipes was rescinding her proposed resignation. Snipes had planned to resign in early January, but ...

Elections supervisor suspended following recount problems

U.S. 11/30/18, 18:40

An embattled county elections official at the center of Florida's recall has been suspended.Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday immediately suspending Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.Snipes has been the top elections official in the south Florida county ...

Update: Officials certify contentious Florida elections

U.S. 11/20/18, 09:07

The Latest on Florida's certification of election results (all times local):9:05 a.m.Florida's election is officially in the books two weeks after a contentious election that led to recounts and finger-pointing.The Elections Canvassing Commission met Tuesday morning to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, which was thrown into disarray ...

With recounts over, Florida to certify 2018 election results

U.S. 11/20/18, 00:06

Two weeks after a contentious election that led to recounts and finger-pointing, Florida's election will officially be in the books.The Elections Canvassing Commission will meet Tuesday morning to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, which was thrown into disarray as tight margins spurred recounts to determine the next ...

Final results show GOP Gov. Scott leads in US Senate race

U.S. 11/18/18, 13:53

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott appears to have ended the lengthy political career of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson after final official results posted on Sunday showed Scott ahead of the three-term incumbent by more than 10,000 votes. Florida counties had until noon to file official results with the state following a ...

Explains: Workers try to decipher intent in hand recount

U.S. 11/16/18, 14:44

Sometimes voters put a check next to a candidate's name instead of filling in an oval that a voting machine can read. Other times, they mistake the abbreviation for "Republican Party" with the abbreviation for "Reform Party" and pick both in the same race. Some voters just cast blank ballots.On ...

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