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Joe Henderson: Newest strategy in war on drugs could look a lot like the old strategy

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A story in Sunday’s Washington Post focused on a new strategy that is being put in play by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the fight against drug abuse. It sounds like a return to the old strategy that was discarded because it was costly and largely ineffective, but the current administration likes to play hardball in all things. So, welcome to the newest war on drugs. Such a development is always going to be of interest here in Florida, where…

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As Donald Trump revokes transgender student protection, Florida LGBTQ community wonders what’s next?

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Late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning, the most popular night spots in St. Petersburg were slow, but one topic was making the rounds: Donald Trump’s policy reversal decision on transgender students and what it means in a broader context. Michael Jones, a well-known entertainer and drag whose stage name is “Meagan Towers,” was in street clothes, sipping on a drink at Pepperz Cabaret in Gulfport, the heart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the greater St.…

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Fed lawyers deciding next step in Donald Trump travel ban fight

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Government lawyers fighting to defend President Donald Trump‘s executive order on immigration said Friday that “all options” are being considered after a federal appeals court ruled against the president’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. A Justice Department lawyer who spoke at a hearing in Virginia said the administration was weighing whether to challenge a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a temporary block on Trump’s ban, saying it was unlikely to survive a legal…

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Episodes of voter intimidation reported in Florida on Election Day

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In Jacksonville, a man not authorized as a poll watcher took up a position inside a polling place in a majority African-American precinct and initially refused to leave. In Palm Beach County, officials at a voting site told Florida Atlantic University students that they could cast only provisional ballots because their a dorm addresses qualified as a hotel. In Miami-Dade, security guards turned voters away from a site inside a gated community, and people used megaphones to chase away potential…

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It’s hard out there for a Trump … but not so much in Ocala

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  Donald Trump made it clear Wednesday it’s really hard to be Donald Trump and run for president, except when he’s in front of thousands of adoring and enthusiastic supporters like those at the Southeast Livestock Pavilion in Ocala. The conspiracy he described of those who are trying to defeat him, or best just not help him, includes the usual suspects, the campaign of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, and all the media. But Trump also tosses in the…

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