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Florida's death penalty in limbo despite ruling

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:30:25 PDT

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's death penalty is effectively on hold, leaving nearly all involved — lawyers, judges, defendants and victims' families — awaiting guidance from the Florida Supreme Court and state lawmakers before executions can resume.

"The trial courts are going to be reticent to do anything...


Mica mailers feature Demings, despite her objections

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:09:00 PDT

Weeks after a mailer in support of Rep. John Mica drew the ire of one of the women featured on it, former Orlando police Chief Val Demings, the political advertisement continues to land in local mailboxes.

The mailer features images of Demings and other local leaders over a pink background and...


Polls split on Trump, Clinton in Florida

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:59:00 PDT

Who’s ahead in Florida? Two presidential polls released Wednesday gave conflicting answers.

 A survey by Florida Atlantic University found Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by 3 points, 46 to 43 percent.  Clinton’s lead was 6 points in the school’s last poll released Oct....


Preacher's pick for president doesn't make Florida ballot

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:09:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE – Michael Graham won't be able to vote for his preferred candidate for president this year.

The pastor of the Orlando Grace Church is normally a reliable Republican voter, but finds Donald Trump to be dangerous. Graham would like to vote for Evan McMullin, a former CIA employee supported...


President Obama to campaign for Hillary Clinton at UCF Friday

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:25:00 PDT

President Barack Obama will speak at the University of Central Florida on Friday in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her campaign announced.

Doors will open 3 p.m. Friday for Obama's speech at CFE Arena. The event is scheduled to run until 6 p.m.

In a statement, the Clinton's...


Trump promises space, tech jobs for Central Florida

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:15:00 PDT

SANFORD -- Donald Trump promised to bring space and technology jobs to Central Florida at an outdoor rally Tuesday in Sanford, mixing policy with bitter invective against his opponent and Washington.

“I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistical agency for low Earth-orbit...


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says Hillary Clinton will win Florida

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:15:00 PDT

TAVARES — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said Tuesday that he believes Hillary Clinton will easily win Florida and predicted a close race for the state's other U.S. Senate seat.

"I think it'll be Hillary, plus 5" percentage points over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Nelson said.


Pulse survivor from Orlando featured in new Human Rights Campaign ad

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:01:00 PDT

A survivor of the Pulse shootings in Orlando is the focus of a new ad from the Human Rights Campaign designed to get out the LGBT vote for this year’s election.

The Human Rights Campaign, or HRC, the country’s largest LGBT organization, released its new digital ad, “Ricardo,” in both 90-second and...


Donald Trump to hold rally in Sanford Tuesday

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:38:00 PDT

Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Sanford Tuesday as part of his multi-day swing through Florida.

The rally for the Republican presidential nominee is set for the Million Air hangar at Sanford Orlando International Airport at 3 p.m. Doors open at noon.

Tickets are available at Trump's...


Kaine to be at Dover Shores Community Center on Sunday

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:24:00 PDT

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is in Orlando on Sunday, part of the Hillary Clinton campaign's effort to encourage early voting, which begins this week in Central Florida.

Kaine is scheduled to be at the Dover Shores Community Center, 1400 Gaston Foster Road at 5:30 p.m. Sunday,...


Univision U.S. Senate debate scrapped over Spanish language issues

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:37:00 PDT

The Univision-sponsored Florida U.S. Senate debate appears to have been canceled in a dispute over whether Marco Rubio would be able to answer in Spanish.

Meanwhile, the Patrick Murphy campaign agreed almost immediately afterward to a town hall sponsored by Univision rival Telemundo in Orlando...


Bill Clinton in Florida: 'Don't fight fire with fire'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:14:22 PDT

Bill Clinton kicked off a Florida bus tour in Orlando on Friday by urging his audience to find common ground with political opponents amid this heated campaign season.

"Don't fight fire with fire," the former president told the audience of about 700 at the Florida Education Association convention...


Elections paperwork bumps up against early voting timeline

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:05:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE – Thousands of residents who registered to vote within the last week might not be officially on the rolls when early voting begins Monday in Central Florida and most of the state.

Due to the lag time in processing the thousands of forms that were submitted to the state after the voter...


Trump won’t pledge to accept election result in final debate with Clinton

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:42:00 PDT

Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the result of the election in his final debate with Hillary Clinton, as each candidate talked in near-apocalyptic terms about the possibility of the other becoming president.

In the third presidential debate at the University of Nevada at Las...


Mica releases new TV ad in U.S. House race

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:32:00 PDT

Republican Congressman John Mica, who is seeking re-election to U.S. House District 7 seat, released a new television advertisement on Wednesday that blasts his opponent, Democrat Stephanie Murphy,  as being funded by special interests in Washington D.C.

“D.C. special interests are throwing in...


Elections officials reject Trump’s charges of ‘rigged’ results

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:58:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE – Donald Trump’s claim of a "rigged" election has drawn wide criticism, but the allegations are especially upsetting to elections officials in Florida, land of hanging chads and butterfly ballots."This whole thing is very frustrating," said Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike...


Bill Clinton kicking off Florida bus tour in Orlando Friday

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:19:00 PDT

Former President Bill Clinton will launch a campaign bus tour of Florida from Orlando on Friday.

Bill Clinton will make stops in Jacksonville, the Panama City area and Pensacola on Friday and Saturday, the Hillary Clinton campaign said.

There was no public event in Orlando listed.

"President Clinton will...


Independent U.S. Senate candidate, armed guards barred from UCF debate

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:22:00 PDT

An independent U.S. Senate candidate's armed bodyguards should have been allowed to carry guns on the UCF campus after all, UCF police said Tuesday.

But U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Nathan and his guards were still trespassing at the U.S. Senate debate, police said.

Nathan, of Palm City, was turned...


Poll: Florida U.S. Senate race too close to call

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:02:00 PDT

A new poll released Tuesday shows the U.S. Senate race between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy is too close to call.

At the same time, though, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee said it was pulling another $2 million worth of ad buys for Murphy later this month.

A Quinnipiac University poll...


Murphy and Rubio spar over Trump, Pulse shootings in Orlando debate

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:17:00 PDT

For the first time, Marco Rubio pledged to serve a full six years in the U.S. Senate if re-elected, during a heated first debate filled with personal attacks against challenger U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Orlando on Monday night."I'm going to serve six years in the Senate, God willing, and I look...


New Murphy Senate ad features Pulse victim's mother

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:11:00 PDT

A new ad from the Patrick Murphy U.S. Senate campaign features Christine Leinonen, who lost her son Christopher “Drew” Leinonen in the Pulse nightclub shooting in June.

“He was shot nine times,” Leinonen says in the ad, entitled "Heart." “He didn’t have a chance. And he’s just one of over a hundred...


Judge scolds state, gives Democrats win in ballot signature case

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:53:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s law allowing some mail ballots to be rejected is “obscene,” and voters who submit defective ballots by mail must be given a chance to correct them, a federal judge ruled late Sunday.

Under state law, voters who submit ballots by mail with signatures that don’t match those...


Murphy attacks, Rubio defends Trump endorsement going into 1st debate

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:56:46 PDT

A few weeks ago, Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio had such a comfortable lead over opponent U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy that Democratic operatives canceled ads backing Murphy.

In recent days, however, the polls have tightened heading into Monday night's first debate between the two Senate candidates...


Gov. Scott asks panel to begin judge picking process

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:46:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott wants a panel that will help name the next Florida Supreme Court justice to get to work.

In a letter to Jason Unger, chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Scott said he wants the nine-member panel to give him recommendations no later than Dec. 13. Also, he wants...


Clinton leads Trump by 6 points in latest Florida poll

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:34:00 PDT

TALLAHASSEE -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has opened a six-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida, according to a poll released Thursday by Florida Atlantic University. The poll showed Clinton leading Trump by a margin of 49 percent to 43 percent among likely voters,...