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Orange tax collector Randolph takes over tags, license work

Jun 28, 2013 Comments Off on Orange tax collector Randolph takes over tags, license work Wes Hodge

Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph is taking over more vehicle-tag and license duties from the state, a move he said could serve customers better and bring in $1 million. …

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SCOTUS Decision: Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of DOMA, throws out Prop 8

Jun 26, 2013 Comments Off on SCOTUS Decision: Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of DOMA, throws out Prop 8 Wes Hodge

The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act forbidding federal recognition of gay marriages for couples residing in states that recognize their union. …

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Saunders says approving gay marriage in Florida is an economic issue

Jun 26, 2013 Comments Off on Saunders says approving gay marriage in Florida is an economic issue Wes Hodge

And here’s state Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, the first openly gay Central Floridian to be elected to the state Legislature, speaking of the DOMA ruling: “These rulings to strike down DOMA, and reinstate …

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Stewart praises SCOTUS decision on ‘intentionally discriminatory’ DOMA

Jun 26, 2013 Comments Off on Stewart praises SCOTUS decision on ‘intentionally discriminatory’ DOMA Wes Hodge

Freshman State Rep. Linda Stewart was quick to release a statment praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Orlando Democrat and former Orange …

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Supreme Court GUTS Voting Rights Act

Jun 25, 2013 Comments Off on Supreme Court GUTS Voting Rights Act Wes Hodge

The Supreme Court ruled on Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder Tuesday, striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. The court made the ruling by a vote of 5-4. The …

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Poll: Florida voters don’t approve of Rubio on immigration; Clinton leads him in 2016

Jun 19, 2013 Comments Off on Poll: Florida voters don’t approve of Rubio on immigration; Clinton leads him in 2016 Wes Hodge

Florida voters aren’t all-on-board with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s handling of the congressional immigration debate or his vote against beefing up background checks on gun purchases. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found …

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Don’t write off Alex Sink running for Florida governor just yet

Jun 19, 2013 Comments Off on Don’t write off Alex Sink running for Florida governor just yet Wes Hodge

Alex Sink barely lost the 2010 governor’s race to Rick Scott, and as she weighs whether to take him on again there is no shortage of armchair shrinks speculating about …

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Rep. Alan Grayson 2.0: Less fire-breathing, more self-restraint

Jun 19, 2013 Comments Off on Rep. Alan Grayson 2.0: Less fire-breathing, more self-restraint Wes Hodge

Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida waited just a few hours after being sworn in to go on MSNBC, a forum he used to become a national figure during a tumultuous …

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20-Week Abortion Ban Passes GOP House

Jun 18, 2013 Comments Off on 20-Week Abortion Ban Passes GOP House Wes Hodge

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday 228 to 196 that prohibits women from having abortions 20 weeks after conception. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, authored …

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Scott Maxwell: On sick time, legislative hypocrisy abounds

Jun 15, 2013 Comments Off on Scott Maxwell: On sick time, legislative hypocrisy abounds Wes Hodge

If you spend any amount of time in Tallahassee, you’ll hear ranting about top-down government. Legislators hate when Washington tells them what to do, arguing that one government should never …

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