ㅤ"Among those who have already voted, Scott sits at the magic number of 50 percent…"
ㅤ"Democratic House candidate Donna Shalala is in a dead heat with Republican challenger, Maria Elvira Salazar, in the race for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, according to a new poll.
ㅤShalala trails Salazar by two percentage points, according to a Mason Dixon-Telemundo 51 poll published by the Miami Herald on Thursday."
ㅤFull story at The Hill. Posted here on 10/12/18. See "donna shalala, maria elvira salazar, florida, cuban-american."
ㅤ”Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it moved toward the Florida Panhandle, where it could blow ashore as the strongest storm to hit the United States this year.
ㅤMichael had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph early Wednesday, hours before its expected landfall in the afternoon, and was expected to grow even stronger.
ㅤIf it makes landfall as a Category 4, it’ll be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. It would also be the strongest storm in terms of wind speed to make landfall in the country this year.”
ㅤFull story at CNN. Posted here on 10/10/18. See “hurricane, hurricane michael, florida.”
ㅤ"Florida law enforcement officials responded to a shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, where nine people were reportedly shot and four were killed.
ㅤThe shooting reportedly happened at Chicago Pizza during a Madden NFL online video gaming tournament, News4Jax reported.
ㅤThe Los Angeles Times reports that the suspected gunman was a gamer who participated in the tournament, lost, and then committed suicide after shooting multiple people."
ㅤFull story at Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, image from dailywire(.com) – 8/26/18. See "jacksonville, florida, shooting, chicago pizza."
ㅤ"’As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring,’ Scott said in the statement.
ㅤ’If any Florida family doesn’t have an emergency preparedness plan, now is the time to act. Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice. Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted – everyone in our state must be prepared,’ he added."ㅤ
Full story at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 5/26/18. See "rick scott, florida, alberto."ㅤHomeㅤ
ㅤ”Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for the former student charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month even though attorneys for Nikolas Cruz indicated he would plead guilty if his life was spared.
ㅤCruz, 19, is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 first-degree murder charges. The office of Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz filed the formal notice of its intentions Tuesday, though the action does not necessarily mean a plea deal will not be reached.
ㅤThe only other penalty option for Cruz, if convicted, is life in prison with no possibility of parole.”
Full story at The Washington Times, image from nbcmiami(.com) – 3/13/18.
ㅤTags: nikolas cruz, broward county, florida.
ㅤ”The National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against Florida for the state’s new law which prohibits gun sales to adults between the ages of 18 and 21.
ㅤThe complaint says the new ban, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott hours before the complaint was filed, violates 18 to 21 year-olds’ ‘fundamental rights’ to purchase a firearm.”
Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from huffpost(.com) – 3/9/18.
ㅤTags: gun control, nra, second amendment, florida.
ㅤ”The Florida House Appropriations Committee approved a bill Tuesday to implement measures to prevent future school shootings, including a $67 million program to train teachers to carry guns.
ㅤThe Tampa Bay Times reported that the Republican-controlled committee voted along party lines to approve a ‘school marshal’ program. The bill proposes putting 10 teachers trained to carry a gun in every school. The state’s Senate Appropriations Committee passed a similar bill on Tuesday.
ㅤThe state would reportedly cover the costs of background checks, drug testing, psychological exams and 132 hours of training, but doesn’t address whether teachers would have to buy a gun for themselves.
ㅤThe bill also includes provisions that impose a three-day waiting period for gun purchases in the state, raises the age requirement to buy a gun from 18 to 21 and calls for $400 million to improve school security.”
Full story at The Hill, image from pinterest(.com) – 2/28/18.
ㅤTags: school shootings, florida, arm teachers.
ㅤ”Aerial footage from WSVN showed a number of people lying on the ground outside the school, being treated for injuries and moved to ambulances. As students streamed away from the school, some ran while others walked quickly in orderly lines with their hands on or above their heads.”
Full story at CNN, image from cnn(.com) – 2/14/18.
ㅤTags: broward county, florida, marjory stoneman douglas, parkland, shooting.
ㅤ”‘Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Law enforcement is on site,’ Broward County Public Schools tweeted.”