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Lawyer: Florida man in gyrocopter flight to Capitol to plead guilty

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Douglas Hughes has said repeatedly in recent months that he objected to doing “significant hard jail time” for landing a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol to call attention to what he considers the influence of big money on politics. Hughes protested that no one got hurt in his “spectacular” act of civil disobedience on April 15, but prosecutors charged him with crimes that carried a potential of 9½ years in prison. On Thursday, his lawyer said in an email to…

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Today on Context Florida: Free speech, Doug Hughes, FHIX is in and walking home alone

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Today on Context Florida: Americans cherish their basic rights and fundamental freedoms; with the most cherished right is the freedom to speak their minds openly. In that spirit, John Knight wants to state clearly that he supports the right of those who want to protest the walk in Tallahassee organized by Lauren’s Kids. Doug Hughes is the Ruskin postal carrier who risked his neck to fly through the nation’s most restricted air space to land on the Capitol grounds in order…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.20.15 — Tampa’s Bicycle Blitzkrieg

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Happy 420 Day. There have been some interesting stories being produced by our friends over at the Tampa Bay Times over the past week. The paper returned to its coverage of Doug Hughes yesterday. Hughes is the Ruskin postal worker who hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by violating national airspace to land his gyrocopter on Capital Hill. And while there has been some discussion about campaign finance reform in the wake of his actions,…

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Gyrocopter pilot is frustrated message not getting through

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The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message isn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security. “We’ve…

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Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in ‘under the radar’

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that a gyrocopter that landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol “apparently literally flew in under the radar.” Johnson said it’s too soon to say whether Wednesday’s incident should prompt changes in security procedures. “I want to know all the facts before I reach an assessment of what can and should be done about gyrocopters in the future,” he said. Johnson confirmed that the pilot, Florida postal worker Doug Hughes, was interviewed…

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Friend feared capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

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A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is “a patriot” who came up with the idea about a year ago, a friend said. Doug Hughes, 61, called his friend Mike Shanahan on Wednesday and said he was in the D.C. area and ready to take off, Shanahan was quoted by the Tampa Bay Times as saying. Shanahan said he feared law…

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