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  • Sunday Political Brunch—Will Florida Mark the End of Trump Presidency? (Jeb? Hahahaha!)

    08/20/2017 12:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Telegram & Gazette ^ | August 20, 2017 | Mark Curtis
    The “brunch” is on the road for the next two weeks, assessing what’s going on in the politics of some key states. Those states might decide the fates and fortunes of the Trump Presidency and the Republican-led Congress in 2018 and 2020, so let’s “brunch” on that this week: “As Florida Goes; So, Goes the Nation” – The Sunshine State is becoming a bellwether of American politics, not only a key battleground for the White House, but for Congressional influence as well. In the last ten Presidential elections, Florida has been on the losing side only once. Now, as the...
  • High Point man removed from FL college after standing in front of Confederate monument in VA

    08/18/2017 10:05:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    WXII-TV ^ | August 17, 2017 | DaVonté McKenith
    HIGH POINT, North Carolina — A High Point man, who stood in front of the General Robert E. Lee statue at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, has been removed from his college in Florida. Allen Armentrout stood in front of the statue on Tuesday, days after a deadly rally Saturday where a car crashed into a crowd and killed a woman after unrest and violence between protesters and white nationalists and neo-Nazi organizations. Armentrout says he made the trip to Charlottesville to honor Lee, calling him "the greatest American that ever lived." Armentrout stood at the statue with a semi-automatic handgun,...
  • 2 Kissimmee Officers Shot to Death in Osceola Co., Officials Say (Update: One Killed, One Critical)

    08/18/2017 8:27:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 56 replies
    WFTS ^ | Friday, August 18, 2017 | WFTS Webteam
    One suspect is in custody after two Kissimmee Police Department officers have been shot to death, according to officials. The shooting took place in the area of Cypress Street around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • Charities Pull Fundraisers for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

    08/18/2017 5:00:53 PM PDT · by madison10 · 125 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/18/2017 | Greg Allen
    On Friday, three well-known charities — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen — announced they are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump's Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago.
  • Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

    08/18/2017 1:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | August 18, 2017 | George Bennett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans have faulted President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but there was little criticism — and even some praise — for Trump’s handling of the issue when more than 400 activists, donors and candidates gathered Thursday for a GOP dinner outside Boca Raton. There has been some “chaos and turmoil” of late, Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett acknowledged to the crowd at the party’s annual Lobsterfest event at the Polo Club. But, Barnett added, “God is on his throne, Republicans are in charge and...
  • McDonald's Drive-Thru Passenger Pulls Out Replica AR-15 Rifle After Ice Cream Dispute

    08/18/2017 9:26:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Local10 ^ | August 16, 2017
    Jerry Henry fetches gun from trunk after driver gets angry about no ice creamA Delray Beach man wasn't happy that a nearby McDonald's didn't have any ice cream, so he pulled out a replica AR-15 rifle while he waited in the drive-thru line, police said. Jerry Henry was arrested Monday after the incident at the McDonald's on Linton Boulevard. More Crime Headlines South Florida man confesses to accidentally shooting wife 30 years after… Riviera Beach man accused of setting apartment on fire with children inside Boynton Beach man accused of raping girlfriends' daughters Delray Beach police said Henry was a...
  • Woman Arrested for Snorting Cocaine in Parent Pick-Up Line at Florida School

    08/16/2017 10:25:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 16, 2017
    A sheriff’s deputy arrested a woman outside a Florida middle school after he allegedly spotted her chopping up and using cocaine while waiting in the parent pick-up line Tuesday. The Lee County deputy said he was patrolling Lexington Middle School just before 4 p.m. when he saw 39-year-old Christina Hester snort the drug off the screen of her iPhone with a straw, according to WFTX. The deputy took Hester to his office where he arrested her. A field test later determined that half a gram of white powder found in her purse was cocaine, according to WFTX. Hester has been...
  • Chewy to expand in South Florida, hire 1,100 new employees

    08/16/2017 10:13:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The South Florida Business Journal ^ | August 4, 2017 | Debora Lima
    Chewy will create a customer service hub in Hollywood and hire 1,100 people, a move that will make the online pet product retailer the largest private employer in the city, it was learned today. Expected to be up and running by October or November, the new customer service outpost will be in the Hollywood Mall at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Park Road, according to Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy. “[1,100 new jobs] is huge, for any city,” Levy wrote in a Facebook post making the announcement. “I am very excited for the surrounding restaurants and businesses who will benefit...
  • A GOP lawmaker wants Trump to stop listening to Steve Bannon

    08/14/2017 9:10:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 14, 2017 | Sophie Tatum
    Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, criticized White House aides Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller by name on Monday evening, arguing that it's "pretty clear" the two staffers think alt-right groups "should be accommodated." The GOP congressman's comments follow a weekend of unrest and violence in the United States as demonstrators took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, where a white supremacist rally was scheduled to take place. One person died and several more were injured when a car drove through a crowd of counterprotesters. "I think that the President would go a long way toward improving his approval rating...
  • Florida Senator Files Two New Gun Bills for 2018

    08/13/2017 2:49:28 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 13 Aug, 2017 | Erika Haas
    Florida lawmakers can now submit bills for the 2018 legislative session, and Republican state Senator Greg Steube has ensured gun measures will be on the agenda. On Wednesday, Steube, filed SB 120, which would make businesses, organizations, and other private entities that ban firearms legally responsible for a conceal carry permit holder’s safety. In other words, if a CCW permit holder was injured by another person – or an animal – while on a business’ property where guns are banned, they could sue the business since the owner took away their ability to defend themselves. “If a private business wants...
  • FHP Troopers Told To Write At Least 2 Citations Per Hour

    08/10/2017 2:09:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers have been told by a top official that they have to write more speeding tickets. FHP Major Mark Welch told troopers under his command in an email that “the patrol wants to see two citations each hour” during their shift. He added that the directive was not a quota. “The FHP’s top priority is saving lives on Florida’s roadways. To achieve this, FHP conducts education and enforcement efforts aimed at curbing dangerous driving behavior. The FHP absolutely does not establish quotas for its members, however, an interaction with an FHP Trooper, whether it is through a...
  • Florida family finds 6-foot boa constrictor that had been living in attic for years

    08/10/2017 1:06:14 PM PDT · by libstripper · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 10, 2017 | Fox News
    Published August 10, 2017 Fox News NOW PLAYING State Department: Our position on North Korea hasn't changed Close “Only in Florida.” That is what a Florida man said after he found a 6-foot-long boa constrictor that had been living unnoticed in his attic. Bob van der Herchen told FOX13 that he saw a portion of the snake in the ceiling. "I see it," van der Herchen said. "And I could only see about this much of it," he said while using his hands to make a small circle.
  • Teens in stolen car crash had 126 arrests; murder charges possible (w/video)

    08/08/2017 12:00:31 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 56 replies
    Teens in stolen car crash had 126 arrests; murder charges possible (w/video) ^ | 08 AUG 17 | By Zachary T. Sampson, Lisa Gartner, Laura Morel and Anastasia Dawson, Times Staff Writers
    The last thing Keondrae Brown remembers before he blacked out is lying in shattered glass on Tampa Road, next to the burning wreckage of a stolen car, lucky to be alive after a high-speed crash that killed his brother and two of his friends. Now Keondrae and two other boys in a second stolen car could face murder charges in the deaths of Keontae Brown, 16; Jimmie Goshey, 14; and Dejarae Thomas, 16. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri suggested the more serious charges against the surviving teens at a news conference Monday, a day after the Palm Harbor crash once again highlighted...
  • No Longer Sanctuary City, Miami to Receive DOJ Grant

    08/07/2017 4:28:42 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7 Aug 2017 | Jason Devaney
    Miami announced Friday it will receive a government grant because it has ended its sanctuary city policy. The Hill reported Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson sent Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez a letter that said the city is now eligible for Department of Justice grants based on its enforcement of federal immigration laws. The website cited a memo Gimenez then sent to the Miami Board of County Commissioners as saying the city will receive $481,347 in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) grants. Miami-Dade County commissioners voted in February to uphold the city's decision to enforce federal...
  • Jeb Bush slams ‘incompetence’ shown by Wasserman Schultz

    08/06/2017 6:20:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 6, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) slammed the "terrible judgement" by former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) regarding a technology aide on her staff who is under investigation for fraud. "The incompetence and terrible judgment displayed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Democrats is jarring," the 2016 presidential candidate said a tweet on Saturday. (TWEET-AT-LINK).....
  • Family looking for answers after Ocoee (FL) police kill their dog

    08/06/2017 1:21:56 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 94 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 4, 2017 | Byu Bianca Pedro Ocasio
    A devastated family wants answers after their beloved Catahoula hound dog was shot and killed last month in their front yard by an Ocoee police officer. But a police report released this week sheds little light on what happened. Stevens Bertrand, a school resource officer at Ocoee High, shot the 11-year-old dog named Duke in the head outside Charlie and Lisa Brooks’ home on July 17. “I couldn’t believe something like that happened. I was completely shocked,” Charlie Brooks said. The incident has prompted questions and outrage from the Brooks family, who expressed frustration at the Police Department’s vague description...
  • Gore: 'I think I carried Florida'

    08/05/2017 9:33:56 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2017
    Former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore told HBO's Bill Maher he thinks he carried the state of Florida in 2000, a state that would have given Gore the presidency over George W. Bush. Gore, 69, visited Maher on HBO's "Real Time" on Friday to discuss his follow-up climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" when the host broached the issue of rising sea levels. .... “So when the sea levels rise, obviously we could lose Venice. We could lose Florida. And who would know better about losing Florida?” Maher joked, leading to some groans from the live...
  • Chick-fil-A patrons trash restaurant over cold nuggets

    08/02/2017 6:23:13 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 69 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 2, 2017 | 8:38pm | Fox News
    A pair of Chick-fil-A customers in Florida were unsatisfied with their local restaurant’s service — so they decided to trash the place on their way out.
  • 100 New Jobs Coming to Dade City (Florida)

    08/01/2017 5:56:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Florida Trend ^ | August 1, 2017
    PASCO COUNTY -- Superior Precast is a new FDOT project supplier, manufacturing precast concrete products for The Reinforced Earth Company to be used in the construction of major road projects in Florida. After working closely with the Pasco EDC, Berkshire Hathaway Commercial Division, Pasco County, and Dade City, Superior decided to locate into 62,777 square feet of industrial space in the Dade City Business Center. “Big things are happening here in Dade City,” exclaimed Dade City Mayor, Camille Hernandez. “We’re happy to have them here, and to add that many jobs to our local economy is truly amazing.” Pasco County...
  • OJs Kids Buying Up Real Estate With Cash

    07/31/2017 7:28:29 PM PDT · by pawpawrick · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/31/2017 | pawpawrick
    O.J. Simpson’s children have gone on a real-estate spending spree over the past two years — and the families of murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman want to know where they got all the dough. Sydney Simpson, 31, and her brother Justin, 28, have built a mini-real estate empire in St. Petersburg, Fla., scooping up 13 properties since 2015, according to documents reviewed by The Post.