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ACLU, others sue Trump voting commission in Florida

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The American Civil Liberties Union and civil rights leaders have filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court challenging President Trump‘s commission on election fraud. The lawsuit filed Monday is the latest legal challenge to the commission over its request that all 50 states submit information about voters. The Florida lawsuit asks a judge to halt the commission’s work until it complies with federal laws and to stop transmission of voter data.

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Pam Bondi steps into federal case over state’s abortion law

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A federal case on the state’s new abortion law has taken another twist with a filing from Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office. Late Monday, her office notified the court of proposed rules related to the law that could affect Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle‘s consideration of a pending request for a preliminary injunction. The controversy in question involves part of the law that requires those engaged in abortion referral or counseling services to pay a fee to register with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and provides for criminal…

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Bob Buckhorn says if asked, he would have signed immigration letter to Donald Trump

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On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel traveled to Trump Tower to hand deliver a letter signed by 17 big-city Democratic mayors urging President-elect Donald Trump to reconsider his vow to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the provision that protects young, so-called Dreamers who came to the country before the age of 16 from deportation and allows them to study and work in the U.S. “Ending DACA would disrupt the lives of close to one million young people, and it would disrupt the sectors of…

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On eve of primary election, Kathy Castor laments low turnout so far in Hillsborough County

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Tampa Bay Democratic U.S. Representative Kathy Castor expressed disappointment on Monday that only 13 percent of eligible voters in Hillsborough County have voted by mail or at the polls heading into Election Day on Tuesday, the last day to vote in this year’s primary election. “We can do a lot better,” said Castor, who will face Republican Christine Quinn when she runs for her seat in Florida’s 14th Congressional District this November. “People need to value their right to vote, and they need to get…

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Transgender woman sues state prisons agency

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A transgender woman, currently held in a men’s prison, is suing the state Department of Corrections for denying her “hormone therapy and other medically necessary treatment.” The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which is representing Reiyn (pronounced “rain”) Keohane, filed suit on her behalf Monday in federal court in Tallahassee. The complaint says the state is violating her constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishments. Keohane seeks a court order for the Department of Corrections to provide her with “hormone therapy, access to female…

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Advocates call for repeal of Florida’s ban on automatic restoration of voting rights for ex-felons

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Florida is one of only three states in the nation where felons and ex-felons permanently lose their right to vote, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.  So on the last day to register to vote in the August 30 primary election, advocates throughout the Sunshine State called for a repeal of that law on Monday. “The voting ban is the single most powerful voter suppression tactic in the country,” said Dr. Joyce Hamilton Henry, Director of Advocacy for the ACLU of Florida, at a…

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ACLU challenges Marion County schools’ transgender bathroom rule

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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a challenge Thursday to block Marion County School District’s rule forbidding transgender students from using the restroom for the gender to which they identify. The complaint, filed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, contends that Marion schools’ rule violates the Civil Rights of students who are transgender. It was filed on behalf of a transgender student suspended for using a restroom consistent with his gender identity, days after the Marion County School…

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