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CAN DEMOCRATS TAKE ADVANTAGE?

CAN DEMOCRATS TAKE ADVANTAGE?

A profane rant from a South Florida Republican senator gives Florida’s Democrats a chance to test their new leadership. COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – Calling his presence a “distraction” days after apologizing for a public tirade that included racially charged and vulgar expletives uttered in the presence of two experienced Black legislators, […]

BACK IN THE MIX

BACK IN THE MIX

Obama talks about service to others Former President Barack Obama led a panel discussion on civic engagement on April 24 at the Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus. It was his first public event since leaving the presidency and taking a three-month vacation. (ZBIGNIEW BZDAK/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS)

Trump backs down

Trump backs down

Obamacare subsidies stay for now BY LESLEY CLARK MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – Two days before the federal government would run out of money, lawmakers remained at odds Wednesday night – the Florida Courier’s press time – over some details, although one major sticking point between the White House and Democrats was resolved, […]

Three named to Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Three named to Civil Rights Hall of Fame

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER TALLAHASSEE – A former state lawmaker, an NAACP leader and a prominent civil-rights activist were named last week by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Scott announced the selection of Dr. Arnett Girardeau, Willie H. Williams, and Patricia Stephens Due. They were chosen from a list of […]

Justices approve initiative on felons’ voting rights

Justices approve initiative on felons’ voting rights

Gambling expansion amendment also could appear on 2018 ballot BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE –  In a pair of high-profile issues that could go on the ballot next year, the Florida Supreme Court last week approved proposed constitutional amendments that would restore felons’ voting rights and restrict the expansion of gambling […]

Florida teen’s dress depicting Black Lives Matters goes viral

Florida teen’s dress depicting Black Lives Matters goes viral

BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM It’s prom season and a Florida teenager’s prom dress went viral on April 21 because of its Black Lives Matter message. Seventeen-year-old Milan Morris rocked a floor-length gown, designed by Florida-based Terrance Torrence, and it featured black and white images of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, and others who died […]

Fallen officers remembered at Capitol

Fallen officers remembered at Capitol

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Hundreds of law-enforcement officers from across Florida gathered Monday at the state Capitol to remember seven of their colleagues who died in the line of duty in 2016, along with three officers who died decades ago. Bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” while survivors placed roses on a flower-covered memorial to honor […]

FAILING GRADES

FAILING GRADES

Maybe many of Florida’s cities, counties and publicly-traded companies don’t believe in hiring a diverse workforce or doing business with Black-owned businesses and media outlets. Or maybe they just don’t want to talk about it. SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER FORT LAUDERDALE – The Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches’ latest Diversity Matters Report Card […]

Notables pick sides in Scott vs. Ayala

Notables pick sides in Scott vs. Ayala

FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On one side, there’s the Florida Cabinet, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives. On the other side, there’s the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches, the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, Color of Change, the Dream Defenders, Service Employees International Union, and more […]

State House apologizes for abuse, racism

State House apologizes for abuse, racism

School and law enforcement atrocities cited FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, the Florida House of Representatives recognized and apologized for the state government’s collaboration and involvement in two notorious incidents in Florida’s recent history. Torture at boys school With 17 former students of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys watching […]

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