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No joy: Festivus pole will be absent from Capitol this year

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An all-black “Festivus” pole will not be appearing in the Capitol rotunda this holiday season, according to a Department of Management Services spokeswoman. Maggie Mickler said Friday that South Florida-based activist Chaz Stevens emailed the department Thursday evening. He said “he will not be traveling to Tallahassee” to install the display. The department oversees state property and approves proposed holiday displays in the Capitol. Stevens said in a statement that unexpected family health issues prevented him from bringing the pole to Tallahassee this year. “And truthfully, with [Donald] Trump‘s…

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Approved: Black “Festivus” pole will be placed in Capitol

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The state has OK’d a politically charged “Festivus” pole for display in the Capitol this holiday season. The Department of Management Services, which oversees state property, cleared the pole to have a place in the plaza-level rotunda, spokeswoman Maggie Mickler said Thursday. The all black, six-foot-tall pole “will contain the names of all unarmed black men killed by police in 2016,” according to the application from South Florida activist and former blogger Chaz Stevens. Stevens now runs the Religious Liberty Project, which plans to put a…

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Capitol holiday display would pay homage to police shooting victims

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A South Florida activist and former blogger has again filed to erect a “Festivus” pole in the state Capitol this year as a holiday display. But this year’s pole has a politically charged twist, according to Chaz Stevens‘ application to the state. “The all black, six-foot-tall Festivus-inspired pole will contain the names of all unarmed black men killed by police in 2016,” Stevens wrote. The application has not yet been acted on by the Department of Management Services, which oversees state property. For the last few years,…

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I finally figured out who Donald Trump is (hint, it’s a “Seinfeld” character)

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When the story of Jeb Bush‘s presidential campaign is written, what will have likely constituted the fatal blow is the devastating description of the former Florida governor as “low-energy” by Donald Trump. In a video released in September, Trump implored Bush supporters to “wake up” in a comical spin on a sleep-aide commercial mocking Bush. The video’s release came right after a woman was filmed nodding off behind Bush as he spoke at a rally. Of all the negatives one would have expected to be…

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“Disco pole” approved, “spaghetti monster” applies for Capitol holiday displays

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A rainbow-colored pole with a disco ball on top has been cleared for display this holiday season in the state Capitol rotunda, its sponsor told FloridaPolitics.com on Thursday. South Florida blogger Chaz Stevens said the Department of Management Services, which oversees state property, OK’d his Gay Pride Festivus pole to be shown Dec. 21-28. Stevens was previously approved to put up a 6-foot-tall pole made of empty Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, meant to mark Festivus, the fictional holiday from a 1997 episode of…

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Group files to place menorah in Capitol rotunda

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A rainbow-colored pole with a disco ball on top may not be the only holiday display in the Florida Capitol rotunda this season. On Monday, a Department of Management Services spokeswoman said one other group had filed to place a display: Chabad Lubavitch of Tallahassee and FSU filed to place a 9-foot-tall menorah, representing the traditional nine-taper candle holder used during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Hanukkah began Sunday evening and ends next Monday evening, Dec. 14. The application was not filed until this past Thursday and…

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Gay pride pole is only Capitol holiday display submitted so far

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T’is the season (almost), but so far the Gay Pride version of the Festivus pole is the only display to ask for placement in the Capitol Rotunda. As of Tuesday, South Florida blogger Chaz Stevens had submitted the only application for a holiday display, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Management Services, the state’s real estate manager. Even then, there’s no guarantee his offering for this year — a rainbow-colored pole with a disco ball on top — will make it…

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