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Andrew Gillum: Frank Artiles needs to go

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Andrew Gillum is refusing to forgive Miami Republican Frank Artiles, who apologized on the Senate floor Wednesday for using the N-word toward two black lawmakers. The Tallahassee mayor, an African-American who is running for governor next year, says Artiles needs to resign from the Florida Senate. “We have struggled with days when these words were too common,” Gillum said. “They are the ugliest words in our language and they tear at the fabric of our society. They have no place in 2017, just…

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Ray Rodrigues stance on medical marijuana angers Amendment 2 advocates

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Because polling in 2016 showed less than half of all Floridians want to legalize marijuana outright, Ray Rodrigues believes he is doing the right thing by pushing regulations that ban people from smoking cannabis or using edible pot. “Here’s what we know,” the Fort Myers House Republican told former Congressman David Jolly on AM 820 WWBA Thursday afternoon. “Amendment 2 passed with more than 70 percent of the vote. And for those of us who were polling this issue during the course…

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Senate panel passes red light camera preemption 4-3

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A key Senate panel narrowly passed a proposal to effectively end the use of red light cameras around the state of Florida on Thursday. The Senate Transportation Committee passed the bill by a 4-3 party-line vote. Bill sponsor St. Petersburg Sen. Jeff Brandes, who also chairs the panel, said the bill simply reflects the public policy reality that infraction detectors are not making intersections safer. “The Department of Highway Safety will not testify that there is a safety benefit,” said Brandes. “Red light…

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Opponent asks: Does Frank Artiles read the bills he votes on?

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Democratic HD 118 candidate Robert Asencio sent out an email blast Wednesday calling out his former opponent, incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Artiles, for not knowing some of the finer details in elections law. “It appears that our Republican opponent Frank Artiles does not read the bills he votes into law,” Asencio said in the email. Asencio’s revelation that our lawmakers my not read every word of the 2,000-plus bills filed every session stems from a jab the incumbent made on a Facebook post by Asencio…

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