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Gov. DeSantis Threatens To Sanction Airbnb Over West Bank Policy

Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened on Tuesday to sanction Airbnb over what he called the home-sharing platform's anti-Semitic move to cease its operations along Israel's West Bank. The company has removed more than 200 listings in Israeli settlements in recent months, due to the dispute the homes have fueled with Palestinians. Flanked by South Florida Jewish community leaders at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, DeSantis said Airbnb's decision violates a state law that...

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D.C. Judge Tells Furloughed Workers They Must Stay On The Job

A Washington, D.C., judge ruled Tuesday that furloughed federal workers who are not getting paid because of a government shutdown must continue to do their jobs. It's a setback for the workers who brought the lawsuit against the Trump administration. "Calling people back to work, as the federal government is doing, without paying them is unlawful," attorney Gregory O'Duden tells NPR. O'Duden is general counsel for the National Treasury Employees Union that brought the suit in consolidation...

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Mitt Romney and the Hurricane in the Room

Nov 1, 2012

The University of Miami was part of a crucial day for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. It was the second stop following the Hurricane Sandy campaign hiatus. Romney spent Wednesday traveling Florida with a who's who of Florida Republicans that included Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush.

In a state uniquely associated with hurricanes, at a university nicknamed "the hurricanes", former Governor Mitt Romney dealt with the hurricane in the room: how will he switch from a sensitive public figure dealing with Hurricane Sandy back to stump speeches and political barbs.

A poll released this morning shows President Barack Obama with a very slim lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney in Florida. The same poll shows Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson opening a wide lead over his Republican opponent Congressman Connie Mack IV.

The Quinnipiac University/ New York Times/ CBS News poll shows President Obama with a one point lead in Florida over Republican Governor Mitt Romney. That’s well within the poll’s 3-point margin of error making the presidential race a virtual tie in Florida six days before the election. 
President Obama now has 48% support in the poll to Gov. Romney’s 47%. 

Sheriff Busts Peewee Football Gambling Operation

Nov 1, 2012

An 18-month investigation called Operation Dirty Play is coming to a close after authorities arrested several men accused of betting on youth football while coaching it. The issue was first brought to light by an ESPN report last year.

Authorities say a Lauderhill barbershop was the front business for the gambling operation which took place in a secret backroom at Red Carpet Kutz.

Chinese Dry Wall Bill Stalled in the Senate

Nov 1, 2012

Legislation to help families in the region affected by toxic Chinese drywall passed the U.S. House before lawmakers left Washington. After this year's election all eyes will be on the Senate. 

Abortion Amendment – Amendment 6

Nov 1, 2012

 

One of the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November takes on a very controversial political issue: abortion. Amendment 6, if passed, would prohibit public funding for abortions in the state, but it would also take away a right to privacy explicitly in Florida’s Constitution. This has women’s rights activists in the state up in arms.

Florida's Sugar Industry Waiting for Farm Bill

Nov 1, 2012

Many South Florida lawmakers were upset U-S House leaders decided to campaign instead of working on a long term farm bill. The legislation is important to farmers in South Florida.

Chidlren's Advocates Want to Expand Kidcare

Nov 1, 2012

Children's advocates Tuesday released a plan to extend Florida KidCare, the state's subsidized health insurance program for children, to the hundreds of thousands of kids who don't have it.

Last year just three states had a higher percentage of uninsured children than Florida - about 579,000 statewide, including 358,000 youngsters who qualified for the coverage.

Diana Ragbeer of The Children's Trust says advocates want to make it easier for families to enroll in KidCare and stay enrolled.

While air travel throughout the country remains affected by Superstorm Sandy, officials at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers say the number of cancellations is decreasing and operations are beginning to return to normal. 

Superstorm Sandy’s impact on the Northeast United States has grounded more than 18,000 flights around the world and Southwest Florida has been no exception.  Southwest Florida International Airport experienced 49 cancellations on Monday, 57 on Tuesday and is down to 21 flight cancellations Wednesday. 

Supreme Court Amendment – Amendment 5

Oct 31, 2012

In 2011, the Florida Legislature set out to restructure the Florida Supreme Court.  Even though that effort failed, Republican Lawmakers did get a proposal for big changes onto this year’s ballot. However, some say this effort could politicize and change the face of Florida’s highest court. If Amendment 5 passes, members of the state Senate will have to confirm any Florida Supreme Court justice the Governor appoints from now on. Right now, the governor can appoint a justice without review by any governing body.

Ron Meyer has been an attorney for more than forty years and practices constitutional and election law in Tallahassee. He has argued many cases in the Florida Supreme Court. Meyer, as well as Democratic activists, says the amendment is part of a larger effort to remove liberals from the high court. He said Amendment Five will make the court less impartial because politicians will now have more of a say about who can become a justice.

The "mystery monkey" who had been on the loose in the Tampa Bay area for more than three years was captured Wednesday, our friends at WUSF report.

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