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Carl Domino: Bridging the justice gap pays off for Floridians in multiple ways

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When I was a member of the Florida Legislature, I always supported efforts to expand access to justice. It’s a right that’s enshrined in the Pledge of Allegiance, the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution: “The courts shall be open to every person for redress of any injury, and justice shall be administered without sale, denial or delay.” But let’s be honest. Our legal system can be complex and difficult to navigate without an attorney, and many people cannot afford…

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Florida may change Pledge of Allegiance school law

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Florida may soon change how it handles the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would change how families are notified of their right to skip the daily pledge. The measure is now headed to the full House. Students are required to recite the pledge unless a parent asks in writing for a child to be excused. A parent of a child at a Panhandle school told the school district it was…

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Today on Context Florida: Military power, needle exchange, Pledge of Allegiance and Autism Lab

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Today on Context Florida: Jac Wilder VerSteeg asks what to Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and some Florida lawmakers have in common. They’ve all said some pretty disturbing things recently about the use of military power. VerSteeg notes we should add Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the list. Dr. Hansel Tookes notes that Florida has the highest rate of new HIV infections of any state in America. In addition, Miami-Dade and Broward counties are ranked first and second, respectively,…

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Jacksonville city councilman quizzes commission nominees on gay marriage

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Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times Union reports that Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough asked a Jacksonville Human Rights Commission nominee about his views on same-sex marriage and his tenure on the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida’s board. Yarborough also asked the man and another nominee to disclose whether they support prayer in public buildings, the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on government seals and “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The questions came before the council’s…

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