Murder-suicide at Florida shopping mall

Murder-suicide at Florida shopping mall

A Florida man who had “several pockets full of ammunition” targeted his wife in a shooting that killed two people at a mall food court where the woman worked, police said. Authorities said the Saturday morning shooting happened about a half hour before the mall was to open to customers. Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, 57, of Palm […]

Gay marriages underway now in Florida

Gay marriages underway now in Florida

Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and court clerks in some Florida counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples overnight. But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until the statewide ban expired. […]

Did sex, racism drive black woman to kill white doctor?

Did sex, racism drive black woman to kill white doctor?

On a sticky hot Sunday in August 1952, a wealthy black woman named Ruby McCollum walked through the “colored entrance” of a doctor’s office in the small north Florida town of Live Oak and fatally shot a white doctor, state Sen.-elect Clifford Leroy Adams. Prosecutors told the all-white, all-male jury that McCollum shot the doctor […]

Supremes clear way for gay marriage in Florida

Supremes clear way for gay marriage in Florida

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start […]

Lots of interest in elections in Florida

Lots of interest in elections in Florida

Midterm elections are almost three weeks away, yet more than 904,000 Americans already have cast their ballots, with almost 60 percent of those early votes in Florida, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from election officials in 11 states. Those numbers are climbing daily as more states begin their advance voting periods and […]

Democrats rally around Charlie Crist

'This kind of unity doesn't ordinarily happen in the Democratic Party'

Democrats rally around Charlie Crist

Florida Democrats launched a “unity tour” on Thursday to close ranks around Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of the state who is running as the Democratic candidate in this year’s election. Crist shared hugs and a kiss with the opponent that he resoundingly defeated in Tuesday’s primaries, former state legislator Nan Rich, who introduced […]

Charlie Christ becomes a successful Democrat

It's a contest that's already been brutally negative

Charlie Christ becomes a successful Democrat

If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office. Crist easily defeated former state Sen. Nan Rich on Tuesday, […]

Voters from four states head to polls today

Florida is one of four states where voters will cast primary and runoff ballots Tuesday.

Voters from four states head to polls today

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to find out how much momentum he has for a political comeback, as Democratic primary voters decide whether to nominate the former Republican for a chance to reclaim his old job. Florida is one of four states where voters will cast primary and runoff ballots Tuesday. With a […]

Florida Republicans OK new electoral map

Florida Republicans OK new electoral map

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state’s congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP. The changes would reshape the boundaries of seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but it’s not certain if the revised map […]

Florida legislators meeting to revamp state map

Florida legislators meeting to revamp state map

Confronted with a judge’s ruling to swiftly redraw the state’s congressional districts, Florida’s House speaker disclosed extraordinary plans late Sunday to convene a rare summer special session to devise a new map. The speaker, Will Weatherford, sent out an email to legislators advising that they will hold a special session starting Thursday to address the […]

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