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Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala is suing Gov. Rick Scott in federal and state courts over her removal from nearly two dozen death-penalty cases, including the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd. Ayala filed lawsuits Tuesday in federal court and the Florida Supreme […]

Voters: Trump has weakened country’s role in the world

Voters: Trump has weakened country’s role in the world

BY ANITA KUMAR TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – He hasn’t even been in office three months but half of the nation’s voters already say President Donald Trump has weakened the United States’ role in the world, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. Since he was inaugurated in January, Trump has been criticized for a series […]

UNCERTAIN AND ROCKY START

UNCERTAIN AND ROCKY START

President Trump reaches out to Black America via meetings with a wary Congressional Black Caucus and the Black Press, punctuated by his top-ranking Black aide walking away from a breakfast with Black newspaper publishers. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON – In two separate meetings last week with Black members of Congress in the Black Press, […]

Black activists hosting candidates school in St. Pete

Black activists hosting candidates school in St. Pete

BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF ST. PETERSBURG – On April 8 and 9, the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will conduct an electoral campaign school for Black activists “who want to open up a new front for the struggle for self-determination in the U.S.,” according to an organizational press release. […]

Judge backs Scott

Judge backs Scott

Prosecutor dumped from murder case BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ORLANDO – Siding with Gov. Rick Scott, a circuit judge Tuesday signed off on the removal of Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, refusing to put the case on hold while the prosecutor […]

Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The once-every-20-years process of updating Florida’s basic law began Monday, as the Constitution Revision Commission held its opening meeting in Tallahassee. The 37-member panel, appointed almost entirely by Republicans for the first time in history, is expected to submit proposals for amending the state Constitution […]

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With little discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that wades back into redistricting issues. The bill (SB 352) filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, would set guidelines for what happens when redistricting legal cases are unresolved in election years. For example, it would have the effect of ensuring […]

McGhee tapped as next House Democratic leader

McGhee tapped as next House Democratic leader

Florida House Democrats elected a future leader Monday night, tapping state Rep. Kionne McGhee to lead their caucus after the 2018 elections. McGhee, a 39-year-old attorney from Miami, edged out Rep. Bobby DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale, in a 23-17 vote. McGhee, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor who was first elected to the House in 2012, will lead the […]

New Dem chair reacts to Trump’s ‘rigged’ assertion

New Dem chair reacts to Trump’s ‘rigged’ assertion

BY LAURA KING TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump claimed on Feb. 26 that the race for Democratic National Committee chairman had been “rigged”—drawing a quick response from Tom Perez, who narrowly won the party’s leadership race. Trump insinuated that Perez’s election as chairman on the second ballot at a party conference in […]

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

Black senator reflects on ‘what’s possible’

What historic win meant for GOP leader from South BY JASON DICK CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott sees a lot of progress in his election and the election of the first African-American president more than eight years ago. Both show “what’s possible,” he said. Roll Call’s series of interviews with lawmakers and Capitol […]