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At forum, Democratic gubernatorial candidates fail to differentiate themselves

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Despite the moderator’s polite prodding, the three leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor expressed few differences Monday on their main issues in next year’s election – education, jobs and the economy. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando businessman Chris King also agreed on what should happen to Confederate monuments on government property – they should be moved to museums where they could be put into historical context and not seen as celebrations of a divided…

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Exit polls: Donald Trump wins Florida helped by white, older voters

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Republican Donald Trump won Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes in a tight race for the nation’s largest battleground state with the help of white, older voters and men with no party affiliation. Here’s a look at results of exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. SUPPORTERS, A GREAT DIVIDE There was a sizable gap in age and race between Trump and Clinton voters, and white and older voters helped push Trump to a razor-thin victory. Trump…

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Hispanics lead gains in Florida’s registered voters

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Since she was a little girl, Kaisha Toledo dreamed of voting for president, a civic act she couldn’t do while growing up in Puerto Rico. After she moved to the Orlando area two years ago, registering to vote was among the first thing she did, and she is prepared to pick a U.S. president for the first time next month. Puerto Ricans can chose candidates in the presidential primaries but not in the general election for president since the island is a…

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Ed James blasts Ray Pilon on Confederate Statue vote

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Sarasota resident Edward James III is blasting HD 72 incumbent Ray Pilon regarding his vote in support of maintaining a Confederate statue, becoming the second Democratic challenger to hit a Republican on the issue in as many days. On Wednesday, Pilon voted in the minority in the Florida House of Representatives regarding a proposal to remove and replace a statue of Confederate Army General Edmund Kirby Smith in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Only 32 members opposed the measure, while 82 supported it. Each…

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Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by SeaWorld patrons

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A federal judge in San Diego has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by SeaWorld patrons who claimed they were deceived about how the marine park treats orcas and wanted refunds. The federal judge last week said that the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of patrons of SeaWorld parks in San Antonio, San Diego and Orlando. The plaintiffs claimed that hundreds of thousands of patrons wouldn’t have purchased tickets to SeaWorld parks if they knew how…

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Which drivers in Florida suffer through the longest commute?

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Surely it must be the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, where the traffic jams are legendary. Or Orlando, where thousands of often lost and wandering tourists mix with residents to create a glacial sludge of cars. And if not those, it must be the Tampa Bay area, where many commuters contend with bridges and causeways as they go from one side of the water to the other. No, no and no. The longest average commute in Florida is found in the relatively…

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Shooter was fixated on George Zimmerman, police report says

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A Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman last week had “a fixation” on the former neighborhood watch leader and had recently been admitted to a mental institution, according to a police report made public Tuesday. The Lake Mary Police Department report said that 36-year-old Matthew Apperson had shown signs of paranoia, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Apperson’s attorney, Mark NeJame, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Zimmerman told officers he had been driving in the Orlando suburb…

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