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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: Gay marriage would cause harm

May 30, 2014 Comments Off on Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: Gay marriage would cause harm Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) – The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would disrupt existing marriage laws and “impose significant …

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Group plotted takeover of Orlando expressway authority, sworn statements say – Orlando Sentinel

May 25, 2014 Comments Off on Group plotted takeover of Orlando expressway authority, sworn statements say – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

A handful of politicians, lobbyists and government officials plotted to take over Orlando’sExpressway Authority and use the agency’s $300 million budget to their advantage, according to records and testimony released by …

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Suspended Orlando expressway board member tried to bribe engineering consultant, documents say – Orlando Sentinel

May 21, 2014 Comments Off on Suspended Orlando expressway board member tried to bribe engineering consultant, documents say – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board member Scott Batterson offered the agency’s multimillion-dollar engineering contract to another company — if the firm were willing to hire some of his associates, according to …

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Orange School board member Rick Roach to run for state Senate in 2016 – Orlando Sentinel

May 21, 2014 Comments Off on Orange School board member Rick Roach to run for state Senate in 2016 – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Longtime Orange County School Board member Rick Roach filed papers this week to run two years from now in 2016 for a Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Andy …

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Orange wins Hispanic voting rights lawsuit – Orlando Sentinel

May 20, 2014 Comments Off on Orange wins Hispanic voting rights lawsuit – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

A federal judge has sided with Orange County and rebuffed claims that elected officials had diluted Hispanic voting power in drawing its new County Commission districts, sources say. The voting …

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Val Demings drops out of Orange County mayor race – Orlando Sentinel

May 20, 2014 Comments Off on Val Demings drops out of Orange County mayor race – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Former Orlando police Chief Val Demings stunned many of her supporters and announced Tuesday that she was ending her campaign to unseat Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, explaining that it was “not the right race …

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Rick Singh says “tax cheats” cost county millions – FOX 35 News Orlando

May 12, 2014 Comments Off on Rick Singh says “tax cheats” cost county millions – FOX 35 News Orlando Wes Hodge

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) –One Orange County leader has a plan to bring in one billion dollars. He’s not slashing the budget or cutting jobs, we’re told …

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Orange’s Hispanic voting rights lawsuit begins – Orlando Sentinel

May 12, 2014 Comments Off on Orange’s Hispanic voting rights lawsuit begins – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

A federal voting-rights lawsuit begins Monday that pits Orange County commissioners against local Hispanic residents. The plaintiffs, represented by the New York City-based civil-rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF, allege that Orange …

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West Orlando voters wanted one of their own when they elected Regina Hill. – Orlando Sentinel

May 10, 2014 Comments Off on West Orlando voters wanted one of their own when they elected Regina Hill. – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

When Regina Hill was elected this week to represent Orlando’s poorest district on the City Council, she rode a wave of dissatisfaction from residents who feel ignored by City Hall. …

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Orange County property appraiser sues Darden Restaurants – Orlando Sentinel

May 8, 2014 Comments Off on Orange County property appraiser sues Darden Restaurants – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh is suing Darden Restaurants, saying the company should pay more taxes on equipment inside its headquarters. Singh is contesting an independent board’s decision to lower …

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