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State says marijuana amendment clears signature hurdle; next step is court approval | Naked Politics

Jan 25, 2014 Comments Off on State says marijuana amendment clears signature hurdle; next step is court approval | Naked Politics Wes Hodge

The Florida Division of Elections today confirmed that the proposed constitutional amendment to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes has received enough valid signatures to make it to the ballot. That …

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Conservation measure is Amendment 1 – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 25, 2014 Comments Off on Conservation measure is Amendment 1 – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Right there at the top: the proposed constitutional amendment setting aside some of the document stamp tax for land and water conservation has been designated Amendment #1 for the November …

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Florida’s Obamacare sign-ups ‘a good trend,’ HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius says – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 23, 2014 Comments Off on Florida’s Obamacare sign-ups ‘a good trend,’ HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius says – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Despite initial glitches that stopped many people from signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange, 158,030 Floridians have enrolled, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius …

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Six South Florida gay couples sue in Miami-Dade circuit court for right to marry – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com

Jan 22, 2014 Comments Off on Six South Florida gay couples sue in Miami-Dade circuit court for right to marry – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com Wes Hodge

Six same-sex couples on Tuesday sued in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for the right to marry in Florida, once again thrusting the Sunshine State into the national gay-rights spotlight. “We are …

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Katie Porta: Disabilities advocate speaks for voiceless – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 19, 2014 Comments Off on Katie Porta: Disabilities advocate speaks for voiceless – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Winter Park Memorial Hospital officials had their dukes up, on the defensive. On the line, a caller with an ominous question: “What are you doing at the hospital to my …

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Disney, Darden support ban on LGBT discrimination – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 19, 2014 Comments Off on Disney, Darden support ban on LGBT discrimination – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Some of Florida’s biggest and most influential businesses — including Walt Disney World andDarden Restaurants — on Monday threw their weight behind long-stalled legislation to prohibit discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians. …

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State Attorney: Hold off hiring Precourt at expressway – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 17, 2014 Comments Off on State Attorney: Hold off hiring Precourt at expressway – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

State Attorney Jeff Ashton told Orlando’s Expressway Authority on Friday to hold off hiring former state Rep. Steve Precourt as its next director because of an investigation his office is conducting of …

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Scratch-off lottery ticket would help with breast cancer fight – FOX 35 News Orlando

Jan 13, 2014 Comments Off on Scratch-off lottery ticket would help with breast cancer fight – FOX 35 News Orlando Wes Hodge

State Senator Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, is a breast cancer survivor.  She tells FOX 35 that her idea for a lottery scratch-off ticket to pay for breast cancer research could help …

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Nonstop stench at Orlando Expressway Authority shows toll board needs to be disbanded – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 12, 2014 Comments Off on Nonstop stench at Orlando Expressway Authority shows toll board needs to be disbanded – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

I have a plan — one that will save you money and give over-tolled drivers more control. But first let’s talk about last week’s ethically stinky decision — one so …

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Demings kicks off Orange mayoral campaign – Orlando Sentinel

Jan 10, 2014 Comments Off on Demings kicks off Orange mayoral campaign – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Former police Chief Val Demings said today she’s running for Orange County mayor to bolster public safety and schools, and to ensure that all citizens and small businesses have a voice. “I …

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