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Payton Alexander: Neil Gorsuch confirmation would be great for Latinos

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is coming up for a vote in the Senate this month, with lawmakers debating the nomination of the Colorado judge to the highest court in the country. Like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Gorsuch has a track record of interpreting the Constitution as written and intended by the founders. He also served in the Justice Department, and clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. For Latinos that value individual rights…

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Tom Jackson: At our time of choosing, will we guess wrong?

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And so, at last, it is upon us. Election Day. Time, fence-sitters, to decide. We’ve been counting down so long, all the way back to the spring of last year; it sometimes seemed we’d never get here. Great nation that we (still) are, however, propelled by momentum and time-honored systems that guide truer than any GPS, we’ve navigated the distance: From the GOP’s scrum-debates of last fall through the frigid caucuses and first primaries, through the snooze-fest conventions and the…

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Mark Ferrulo: Crippling the Supreme Court

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Before the ink on newspaper headlines had even dried about the Feb. 13 passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that the Senate should not consider any U.S. Supreme Court nominee until 2017, after a new President is sworn in. Since then, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined McConnell in his threat to block hearings and a vote on a new Justice. Considering it has never taken a Supreme Court nominee more than 125 days for…

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Today on Context Florida: Food insecurity, misinformation on guns and shrinking Florida newspapers

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Today on Context Florida: The United Nations had not yet been officially established when it formed the Food and Agriculture Organization, which Terri Susan Fine says suggest that ahead of individual human rights and world security, one of the most basic human rights is access to food and nutrition. The chronology of events speaks to food security as surpassing all other human rights. So what is the value of other human rights if the most basic goes unfulfilled? Rights, even those…

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Matt Gaetz files ‘open carry’ gun bill

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz is leading the latest attempt to pass an “open carry” gun law in Florida. The Shalimar Republican filed HB 163 on Monday; in part, the bill would allow a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon to “also openly carry such firearm or weapon.” In a Facebook post in July, Gaetz – who is seeking the Senate seat held by his father, former Senate President Don Gaetz – called Florida “an outlier” in prohibiting…

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Florida politicians react to Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family, the Court said in its majority ruling. “[Challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s…

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SCOTUS upholds same-sex marriage nationwide

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“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family … [Challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” — Supreme Court of the United States. Legal same-sex marriages must be recognized throughout the United States, according to a ruling by the Supreme Court Friday morning. In a major victory for the LGBT community, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled on whether states…

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