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Fort Walton Beach legislator apologizes for tweet Joyner calls racist

Fort Walton Beach legislator apologizes for tweet Joyner calls racist

State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, apologized on May 1 for a Twitter post that drew criticism about possible racial overtones. The controversy started on April 30 when Gaetz tweeted about a lawsuit filed by Senate Democrats challenging a House decision to adjourn the regular legislative session early. “This lawsuit reads like it was […]

Stafford to seek fourth term as Miami legislator

Stafford to seek fourth term as Miami legislator

State Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, has filed paperwork, signaling that she will run again in 2016 in Miami-Dade County’s House District 109, according to the state Division of Elections website. Stafford, who was first elected in 2010, will seek a fourth term. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, drew a challenger in Polk County’s House […]

Senate in Florida backs online voter registration

Senate in Florida backs online voter registration

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With sponsor Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, saying the process would be secure and save money, the Senate on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill (SB 228) that would lead to online voter registration in Florida. Senators voted 34-3 for the proposal, with Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, […]

President gets laughs, first lady turns heads at dinner

President gets laughs, first lady turns heads at dinner

BY LYNETTE HOLLOWAY THE ROOT President Obama may have gotten big laughs on April 25 at the 89th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but first lady Michelle Obama stole the show in a shimmering silver gown and ringlets of curls. The president dished out one-liners about everything from 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary […]

Bush leads Republicans by an inch while Clinton leads Democrats by a mile

Bush leads Republicans by an inch while Clinton leads Democrats by a mile

BY ALI ELKIN BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a slight lead over Republican presidential hopefuls, and Hillary Clinton has a significant one over fellow Democrats, according to a CNN/ORC International poll published Monday. Seventeen percent of self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said they favored Bush, who has not formally declared himself a […]

Ferguson City Council will include three Blacks

Ferguson City Council will include three Blacks

BY STEPHEN DEERE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / TNS FERGUSON, MO.– For the first time in Ferguson’s 120-year history, its city council will have three Black members. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the results for the Ferguson City Council election was that 30 percent of the city’s 12,738 registered voters cast ballots – more than […]

Governor flip-flops on Medicaid expansion

Governor flip-flops on Medicaid expansion

Gov. Scott now backing off support of a proposal that would extend federally subsidized health insurance to nearly 800,000 poor Floridians. BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Adding more drama to a $5 billion budget standoff between Republican legislative leaders, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday reversed course on his one-time support […]

Buhari claims historic  win in Nigeria election

Buhari claims historic win in Nigeria election

BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS In a historic breakthrough for Nigerian democracy, President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat Tuesday in a hard-fought presidential election, signaling that he will peacefully turn over power to his victorious rival, Muhammadu Buhari. Jonathan, 57, the first sitting leader to be defeated at the ballot box, was hailed […]

AFGHANISTAN, THE GOP, IRAN

AFGHANISTAN, THE GOP, IRAN

President Obama’s full plate this week includes slowing down troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, fighting the GOP budget, and selling a nuclear deal with Iran. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON – Here’s a partial list of issues President Obama is grappling with this week. Troop pullout slows President Barack Obama has made the steady withdrawal of […]

Mandatory voting? Obama says yes

Mandatory voting? Obama says yes

TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE President Barack Obama recently called for mandatory voting in America. “Other countries have mandatory voting,” President Obama said. “It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything.” The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank for Black elected officials, reported […]