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Gov. DeSantis sends more Florida Highway Patrol and National Guardsmen to southern border

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida Highway Patrol and National Guardsman are heading to the southern border.
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Does the Florida Legislature want to give Gov. Ron DeSantis his own army?

Independent reporter Jason Garcia is tracking the impact Gov. Ron Desantis' return from the presidential campaign trail is having on the Florida Legislature.
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“It’s repulsive” — State House advances bill to limit use of Pride flags

A bill advanced that would put restrictions on LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter, and other flags on some Florida buildings.
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LGBTQ Trans Pride Flag

A Florida Senate committee advances a bill to allow people to kill bears on their property

Opponents called instead for better-managing trash in rural counties where interactions between bears and humans have reportedly increased.
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Florida black bear

Police have recovered a sex video with Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler, sources say

A sex video involving Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler and an unidentified woman has been recovered.
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Bridget Ziegler

How a tiny non-profit startup broke the year’s biggest Florida politics story

Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida Center for Government Accountability, appeared on WMNF WaveMakers.
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Barbara Petersen
Barbara Petersen

How a tiny non-profit startup broke the year’s biggest Florida politics story

Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida Center for Government Accountability, appeared on WMNF WaveMakers.
TECO power plant in Apollo Beach Florida burns coal and releases water vapor plus greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change

Speaker Paul Renner’s focus for the Florida Legislature in 2024? Energy and social media

In the 2024 legislative session, the House will support energy companies and place limits on children's access to social media sites.
Florida redistricting

Florida continues its fight over redistricting in federal court

Voting rights groups are challenging Florida's congressional redistricting plan in separate lawsuits in state and federal courts.
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Democrat Gary Curry will challenge State Rep. Kevin Steele (R-Dade City)

Trinity Democrat Gary Curry opened a campaign account Monday to run in Pasco County’s House District 55 against Kevin Steele.

The Politics of Incarceration and Re-entry

Florida has an incarceration rate of 795 per 100.000 people including prisons, jails, immigration detention and juvenile justice. This means Florida locks up a higher percentage of it’s people than any democracy on earth. Many...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Mon., December 4, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Ziegler won’t resign Christian Ziegler, chair of Florida’s Republican Party, says he will not resign over a woman’s allegation that he raped her. Ziegler told detectives the sex was consensual. His wife, Bridget Ziegler, told...
Seminole gambling

Florida fires back in its fight over sports betting

Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative leaders urged the Florida Supreme Court to reject a challenge to a deal allowing the Seminole Tribe to offer online sports betting statewide,
Christian Ziegler

Florida GOP chief Christian Ziegler plans to remain in his post despite a rape investigation

Republican Party of Florida Chair Christian Ziegler indicated Saturday he does not plan to step aside from his leadership post.
Aerial photo of downtown Tallahassee, Florida and the State Capitol

Death of Florida official in the Capitol raises questions, calls for transparency

Listen:   A Florida official was dead or dying in a hallway in the governor’s office complex for 24 minutes before anyone noticed he had collapsed after leaving a meeting last year. Now one Florida...
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Tampa 5 protestors talk about nationwide support, free speech in Florida and more

July selection starts on Dec. 12 in the trial of the Tampa 5 protesters, five women facing a mix of misdemeanor and felony charges including disrupting a school or campus function and resisting an officer...
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Fri., December 1, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Florida GOP chair is subject of rape investigation The chair of Florida’s Republican Party, Christian Ziegler, is the subject of a rape investigation. A heavily redacted incident report from the Sarasota Police Department has several...
Monique Worrell

Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Monique Worrell is challenged on due process and First Amendment grounds

The Southern Poverty Law Center case contends DeSantis' suspension of Worrell violated due process and First Amendment rights.

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