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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs law preempting local COVID-19 edicts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to suspend all remaining COVID-19 restrictions imposed by communities across his state, signing into law on Monday freshly passed legislation giving him sweeping powers to invalidate local emergency measures put in place during the pandemic — including mask mandates, limitations on business operations and the shuttering…

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Florida bill would fine social media platforms for banning politicians— with exemption for Disney

Florida is on the verge of passing legislation that would fine social media companies like Twitter and Facebook that “knowingly de-platform” political candidates. The bill was first proposed in February by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a supporter of former President Trump, although Florida Republicans insist the bill has nothing to do with the former president, a…

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Florida moves new law restricting ballot box and mail-in voting

Florida’s Legislature passed an election bill Thursday that includes restrictions on drop boxes and voting by mail over the concerns of Democrats and voting rights activists that the restrictions would amount to voter suppression.April 30, 2021

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Florida passes election bill imposing new restrictions on mail-in voting

A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he supports the bill.April 30, 2021, 1:11 AM• 7 min readDespite the push from activists, corporate leaders and Democrats to reject legislation imposing new restrictions on voting, late Thursday, the Florida legislature passed an omnibus election bill that, among other things, limits ballot drop boxes compared to…

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Florida and Texas Gain House Seats as People Flee New York and California

People enjoy South Beach during Spring Break in Miami, Fla., March 25, 2021. (Yana Paskova/Reuters) Florida and Texas gained House seats while California and New York lost one seat each as a result of population shifts, according to the 2020 census results announced on Monday. Texas gained two House seats in the census apportionment for…

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Florida bounces back to take Show

In the first game of the doubleheader, Aubrun used a two-home run inning to take a lead they wouldn’t give up. In the second leg, and the rubber match of the series, No. 15 Florida followed the same script. Nathan Hickey lifted the first pitch of the fourth inning over the wall in right field…

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Florida Senate passes contentious’anti-riot’ bill pushed in aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests

The Florida Senate on Thursday passed, largely along party lines, a controversial anti-riot bill that was pushed by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests last summer.The bill would increase criminal penalties for assaulting law enforcement officials while engaging in a “riot” and defacing monuments and other public property during…

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Florida college student charged with hitting office with skateboard during Capitol siege

April 8 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a Florida college student with striking a police officer in the head with a skateboard during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. The Justice Department said in a release that Grady Douglas Owens, 21, of Winter Park, Fla., was arrested Thursday after a federal grand jury returned…

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Florida sues CDC to allow cruises to resume U.S. sailings, business pushes for better remedy

Maiden voyage of the Symphony of the Seas, the world’s biggest cruise ship delivered by STX shipyards in Saint-Nazaire to the American ship-owner Royal Caribbean cruise Ltd (RCCL).Andia | Universal Images Group | Getty ImagesFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state will file a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demanding…

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Florida officials race to drain huge wastewater reservoir before potential collapse

Home News Port Manatee, where wastewater from a leaking reservoir is being drained (Image credit: Getty/Tinik) Late last week, a significant breach in the wall of a wastewater reservoir in Piney Point, Florida, threatened to spill hundreds of millions of gallons of tainted water into nearby communities.The water contains high levels of phosphorus and the…