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Joe Henderson: What damage could follow as Frank Artiles’ rant reverberates around the globe?

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The damage wrought by state Sen. Frank Artiles’ racist rant has ripples that extend far beyond the seats of power in Tallahassee. All it took to confirm that was to type his “Senator Frank Artiles” into Google. Within seconds, a collection of stories popped up that confirms how much impact the bile from his bigoted psyche had when he called African-American colleagues … aw, you know what he said by now. You know what else though? Readers who follow the…

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3rd Florida man guilty for burning cross in couple’s yard

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A third Florida man has pleaded guilty to setting a wooden cross on fire in an interracial couple’s yard. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that 56-year-old William Dennis of Port Richey pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights. Two other men previously pleaded guilty. Officials say the men were living in a largely white community in Pasco County when an African-American couple moved into a…

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Report says Florida’s voting ban disenfranchise 1.6 million

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A new report says no state disenfranchises more of its citizens than Florida, due to its voting ban for people with past felony convictions. The report released last week by the Brennan Center for Justice says 1.6 million people have lost their right to vote in Florida. The report also says one-fifth of African-American adults in Florida have lost their right to vote. Floridians with felonies on their record can only get their voting rights restored, after waiting five to…

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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump use whatever they’ve got in the final push

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Knock on every door. Marshal every volunteer. Lob every attack. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are opening the final weekend of a marathon campaign by pulling out every tool they have to get their supporters to vote. Polls show critical battleground states may still be up for grabs ahead of Tuesday’s election. Clinton and her allies rushed to shore up support among African-Americans, acknowledging signs of weaker-than-expected turnout in early vote data. That has raised a red flag about diminished…

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Bill Rufty: Diverse Florida electorate crucial in presidential election

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If you are a presidential candidate, you can’t come to Florida with a single, cookie-cutter campaign and speak to issues based on national surveys. Florida is one of the most diverse and perhaps, with 29 electoral votes, the most crucial swing state in the presidential election, University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus told a large audience Thursday evening. MacManus was the leadoff speaker for the new season of the Florida Lecture Series hosted by the Lawton M.…

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Hendry County Commissioner blogs scathing rebuke of Joe Negron Lake O plan

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Longtime Hendry County Commissioner Janet Taylor published a scathing condemnation Wednesday of incoming Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to buy up farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. In a blog entry for the Huffington Post, Taylor said the proposed $2.4 billion land purchase was “a plan designed to benefit the wealthy at the expense of another proud African-American community.” Negron’s plan involves buying up about 60,000 acres of land south of the lake to store and treat water that later will…

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Pam Keith slams Congressional Black Caucus’ endorsement of Patrick Murphy for Senate

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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) PAC is endorsing Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate, and Pam Keith isn’t impressed. Murphy said he was proud to get the backing of the caucus Wednesday, saying, “In the Senate, I will fight for our progressive priorities, like fixing our broken criminal justice system, raising the minimum wage, and strengthening our middle class for hardworking families. “All Floridians deserve the opportunity to succeed, and I will fight for our families every day in the U.S. Senate.” It’s an important endorsement…

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