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Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Struck Down By Federal Judge

Dec 31, 2013 Comments Off on Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Struck Down By Federal Judge Wes Hodge

A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.Florida Governor Rick Scott, a …

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Editorial: Fla. needs domestic partners registry – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 26, 2013 Comments Off on Editorial: Fla. needs domestic partners registry – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Many unmarried Floridians who live with partners in committed relationships are unjustly denied rights that married couples take for granted. We’re talking about basics. The right to visit one another …

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Obama highlights common ground with Pope Francis – latimes.com

Dec 26, 2013 Comments Off on Obama highlights common ground with Pope Francis – latimes.com Wes Hodge

WASHINGTON — When a White House speechwriter turned in a draft of a major speech on economic policy this month, President Obama sent it back with an unusual instruction: Add a reference to the …

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Settlement talks start in Orange ‘textgate’ lawsuit – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 23, 2013 Comments Off on Settlement talks start in Orange ‘textgate’ lawsuit – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

All sides in a pending “textgate” civil lawsuit against Orange County leaders have agreed to enter settlement talks. A mediation hearing set for Thursday marks the first time that the …

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Orange County Democrats tap Saunders aide as new chairman – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 22, 2013 Comments Off on Orange County Democrats tap Saunders aide as new chairman – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE — Orange County Democrats have gone with a youth movement to try and recruit candidates and raise cash. Carlos Smith, 32, a 2003 University of Central Florida graduate, has …

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Florida Democrats to push civil-rights bills this year – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 22, 2013 Comments Off on Florida Democrats to push civil-rights bills this year – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democrats are banking on the 50th anniversary of the federal Civil Rights Act to breathe new life into an array of roadblocked social issues in the Capitol, …

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Apopka Mayor John Land, 93, to run again – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 19, 2013 Comments Off on Apopka Mayor John Land, 93, to run again – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Apopka Mayor John Land, believed to be the nation’s oldest and Florida’s longest-serving mayor, wants another four years. Land, who turned 93 in November, will seek his 20th term as mayor of Orange …

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New Orange PAC wants venue projects put to vote – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 19, 2013 Comments Off on New Orange PAC wants venue projects put to vote – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

A newly-formed political action committee in Orange County wants to make sure that all big venue projects paid for with local tourist taxes go to voters first for approval. Former …

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Linda Stewart files domestic partnership registry bill – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 18, 2013 Comments Off on Linda Stewart files domestic partnership registry bill – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Linda Stewart has filed a bill to create a state domestic partnership registry that would allow unmarried, cohabiting couples the ability to visit each other in hospitals, make …

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Oops. GOP Lawmakers destroyed redistricting records – Orlando Sentinel

Dec 18, 2013 Comments Off on Oops. GOP Lawmakers destroyed redistricting records – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE — In new court filings, House and Senate Republican leaders are conceding they deleted records related to the 2012 re-drawing of congressional and legislative maps. But their lawyers argue …

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