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January 06, 2019 - 10:10 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — 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 education and the environment a priority. In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on...
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December 20, 2018 - 6:38 am
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy fatally shot his wife, granddaughter and daughter before he radioed dispatchers to say he'd hurt his family early Wednesday, then killed himself in front of fellow deputies near a high school, authorities said. The events unfolded before students had...
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December 16, 2018 - 10:24 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has named a state representative who is a member of the Army Reserves to be his veterans' affairs director. Republican state Rep. Danny Burgess became Saturday the third sitting legislator DeSantis has named to his administration. The 32-year-...
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December 03, 2018 - 7:04 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The fallout over Florida's turbulent recount is escalating after the state's outgoing Republican governor decided to oust a South Florida elections official. Gov. Rick Scott late Friday suspended embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes even though Snipes...
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November 22, 2018 - 4:36 am
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating Florida's high school massacre says he now believes trained, volunteer teachers should have access to guns so they can stop shooters who get past other safeguards. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the...
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November 20, 2018 - 5:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has two new leaders. Sen. Bill Galvano was selected Tuesday as the new Senate president, while Rep. Jose Oliva was chosen as the new House speaker. Galvano and Oliva were the sponsors of the major gun and school safety bill that...
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November 20, 2018 - 7:14 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — 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 as recounts...
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November 18, 2018 - 2:54 pm
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Rick Scott has defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, after a manual recount and Nelson calling to concede their extremely tight race. Scott issued a statement Sunday saying Nelson "graciously conceded" their Senate race shortly after the state's recount ended. Nelson...
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November 16, 2018 - 4:57 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest is headed to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by less than 13,000 votes. But the contest for governor between...
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November 13, 2018 - 7:10 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's election recount is chugging along as more irregularities are uncovered and a judge asked the warring sides to "ramp down the rhetoric," saying it erodes public confidence in the election for Senate and governor. One county revealed Monday that it had allowed...
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