Audio to come A Political Newcomer State senate candidate Jason Maughan is campaigning on a message of clean water. Maughan is challenging Fort Myers incumbent Lizbeth Benacquisto for senate district 27, which covers much of Lee County. The Sanibel lawyer wants to buy U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee to help relieve harmful discharges into the rivers bordering it. U.S. Sugar has been critical of past plans to buy the land. But, a political action committee or PAC has been attacking...
It's been another big week for voting laws — especially when it comes to the courts. More twists and turns are likely before the election. But for now, here's an update:Virginia: Felons' RightsDemocratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he's restored voting rights for 13,000 felons who've completed their sentences. He did so after Republicans challenged his earlier voting rights restoration plan — and won — in the Virginia Supreme Court. The court said McAuliffe didn't have the authority...
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Recently, we got some big news: The Department of Justice will end its use of private prisons. This means that about a dozen prisons – housing about 22,000 inmates – will be shut down. It's the biggest announcement in the history of private federal prisons.