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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Morgan Jones scored 16 points with eight rebounds and all 13 players scored as 25th-ranked Florida State defeated Charleston Southern 83-32 on Sunday. Jones has scored in double figures in seven straight games for the Seminoles (6-2), who are 5-0 at home this season. Valencia Myers added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and River Baldwin scored 13, making 6-of-8. Izabela Niciletti scored a layup with 43 seconds left to make sure the entire Florida State roster showed up in the scoring column. Myers, Kourtney Weber and Makayla Timpson each had two of Florida State’s eight blocked shots. Florida State leads ACC teams with an average of 6.1 blocks per game. Florida State held winless Charleston Southern (0-7) to five points in the second quarter and six in the third on a combined 3-for-20 shooting. The Seminoles forced 23 turnovers for 25 points. Skylar Baltezegar scored eight to lead the Buccaneers, who are seeking their first win for new head coach Clarisse Garcia. After a week off for final exams, the Seminoles visit in-state rival Florida on...
    SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cassidy Hardin made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 18 points, Madison Layden added four 3-pointers and 16 points, and Purdue beat No. 17 Florida State 66-61 on Saturday at the St. Pete Showcase. It was Purdue’s first win over a ranked team since 2019. Ra Shaya Kyle had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (5-2). Jeanae Terry added eight points with 10 assists. Purdue was 12 of 33 from distance. Kyle scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter, the last by spinning past her defender for a layup with 31 seconds left for a 64-61 lead. After a FSU miss under the basket, Layden was fouled and made two free throws at 23.3 seconds. FSU had two more looks on its next possession but couldn’t knock them down. Morgan Jones had 14 points and seven rebounds for Florida State (4-2). Kourtney Weber and Sara Bejedi each scored 11, and Valencia Myers had eight points and 10 rebounds. Florida State plays at Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday. Purdue hosts...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shaylee Gonzales scored 24 points, including three clutch free throws in the final 42 seconds, and BYU knocked off the No. 17-ranked Florida State women 61-54 at the St. Pete Showcase on Thursday night. The 24 points matched Gonzales season high, and she also had a season-high five steals as BYU swiped the ball a season-best 14 times, scoring 25 points off as many Florida State turnovers. The Cougars (6-0) had their own rough stretch with turnovers, losing the ball on three straight possessions as the Seminoles (4-1) cut an 13-point gap down to 58-54 with 1:45 remaining. Maria Albiero scored 10 for BYU, Lauren Gustin added six points and 11 rebounds. Sammie Puisis led Florida State with 16 points, hitting four of eight 3-point shots. Morgan Jones added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. A 10-0 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth put BYU ahead 51-38 with the Seminoles going scoreless for roughly five minutes. The teams battled through four lead changes and three...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Elissa Cunane scored 18 points, Kia Crutchfield had 17 and No. 5 North Carolina State routed Florida 85-52 on Sunday. The Wolfpack (2-1) closed the first quarter on a 19-3 run for a 29-15 edge and kept pulling away. N.C. State coach Wes Moore earned his 750th career victory. Now in his ninth season with the Wolfpack, he’s 750-235 with previous stops at Maryville College, Francis Marion and Chattanooga. Kayla Jones scored 10 points for N.C. State, which connected on 11 of 18 attempts from 3-point range. Crutchfield was 4 for 4 from long range. Kiara Smith scored 16 points and Nina Rickards had 12 points for Florida (1-2), which made only 32.2% of its shots from the field. Cunane grabbed 12 rebounds as part of the Wolfpack’s 41-30 advantage on the boards. Crutchfield scored 10 points in the first quarter. N.C. State hit six 3-point baskets in the first half, including on both of its last two possessions for a 48-27 lead. BIG PICTURE Florida: The Gators have had issues on the defensive end. Two...
    TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Morgan Jones hit her first three shots and scored 19 points as the No. 16-ranked Florida State women dominated early to defeat Milwaukee 79-42 on Sunday. Ten players scored for Florida State (2-0) with River Baldwin and Makayla Timpson each adding 12 points and Bianca Jackson 10 with six assists. The Seminoles led 21-9 after a quarter and shot 59% from the field (34-58) for the game. Jones finished with 9-of-12 shooting and blocked three shots. Baldwin was 6-for-8 shooting from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. FSU dominated the paint, outscoring the Panthers 44-10 inside and controlled rebounds 42-30. The Seminoles led wire-to-wire and scored 23 fast-break points, using their control of the glass to set the pace. Sydney Staver scored 13 and Megan Walstad 10 points for Milwaukee (0-3). ___ More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sydni Harvey scored 16 of her 22 points in the first quarter to lead No. 21 South Florida in a 72-37 rout of Alabama State on Thursday night. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu added 14 points and three steals for South Florida (2-0). Maria Alvarez scored 10 points. Harvey made all four of her 3-point attempts in the first quarter as the Bulls built a 21-5 lead and pushed it to 39-14 at intermission. She was 7 of 11 from the field and 6 of 8 from long range overall. Ayana Emmanuel scored 12 points for Alabama State (0-2). South Florida faces No. 15 Tennessee on the road in the AAC/SEC Shootout on Monday. The Bulls honored alum and WNBA All-Star, Courtney Williams during the game. Williams, who led the Bulls to four straight 20-win seasons (2012-16), will be inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame. ___ More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bianca Jackson scored 13 points, freshman Makayla Timpson added 10 in her collegiate debut and No. 16 Florida State beat North Florida 78-50 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams. Morgan Jones added eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Valencia Myers had nine points and eight rebounds for Florida State. Timpson’s layup amid a 13-0 run gave the Seminoles a 10-point lead late in the first quarter and they scored 13 straight points in the second to make it 33-12 with 3:10 left in the half. Tiffany Tolbert, Jazz Bond and Rhetta Moore each scored 10 points for North Florida. FSU scored 22 points off 23 Ospreys turnovers, outrebounded them 48-32 and built a 40-16 advantage in points in the paint. Longtime Florida State coach Sue Semrau returned after she took a leave of absence last season to be with her mother as she recovered from ovarian cancer. ___ More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Football programs could come to Florida’s state college system after top education officials Wednesday repealed a rule that has prohibited colleges from having teams — but it’s likely schools will launch flag football teams to start. The State Board of Education approved repealing the decades-old rule. READ MORE: Florida Board Of Education Approves Civic Curriculum Changes“Currently, the rule restricts the ability for Florida College System institutions from having a NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) football team. Upon review, it was determined that the Florida Department of Education no longer has statutory authority to have this rule,” an overview of the repeal proposal said. Rob Chaney, associate director and athletics commissioner for the Florida College System Activities Association, said the change is likely a move to set up the creation of women’s flag football teams on state college campuses. “I don’t anticipate anyone moving forward with looking at men’s college football. I think this is really going to make it a little easier and a little cleaner for schools who might want to pursue the women’s flag...
    An Indiana teen reported missing since April has been found safe in Florida, and police arrested two women in relation to her disappearance.  Indiana State police on Friday finally canceled a Silver Alert for 14-year-old Aaliyah Ramiraz, who had last been seen in Syracuse, Indiana on April 27.  Aaliyah Ramirez, 14, was found this week in Florida after going missing for four months.  (Indiana State Police) Palm Beach County Police arrested two women, whom they say are related to Ramirez: Allissa Sands, 25, and Elizabeth Sands, 47, who is Aaliyah’s grandmother, WPTA 21 reported.  CALIFORNIA AUTHORITIES TURN ON CELLPHONE DATA AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN MYSTERIOUS DEATHS OF FAMILY No charges have been filed against the women, though, police have said.  Ramirez had last been seen on a doorbell camera video that captured her leaving home in April to walk to her bus stop, but she reportedly never arrived. Many believed that she had run away, but an official with the Syracuse Police Department told WANE that Ramirez was not a runaway and was believed to be in danger. ...
    Florida State and Oklahoma softball teams play for the national championship on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know and how you can watch the Women’s College World Series. With a stellar performance Wednesday evening, the Oklahoma Sooners forced a game three against the Florida State Seminoles in the Women’s College World Series finals. The Seminoles grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a two-run home run. Up until the late innings, it appeared as if Florid State was going to wrap up the Women’s College World Series in just two games. But, Oklahoma was able to bounce back from that 2-0 deficit by getting one run back in the top of the third and then charging ahead by scoring four runs in the top of the sixth. In the midst of the scoring charge, OU’s Jocelyn Alo hit a two-run shot of her own to give the Sooners the lead. Oklahoma went on to win 6-2. Now just one game remains in the 2021 Women’s College World Series. The Seminoles and the...
    The Oklahoma Sooners are looking to force a game three after the Florida State Seminoles got an 8-4 win over OU in the first game of the Women’s College World Series finals. After a thrilling opening game to the Women’s College World Series finals, the Florida State Seminoles have a nice advantage over the Oklahoma Sooners. With just one more win, Florida State can claim a national title. The Sooners, meanwhile, need to win tonight to simply stay alive in the WCWS. With more than 12,000 fans in attendance, Florida State jumped out to a solid lead over the Sooners and didn’t look back. Halfway through the fourth inning, FSU had claimed a 7-0 advantage, a deficit OU would try to overcome. Oklahoma was able to work its way back into the game, cutting that lead down to two runs as the Sooners set the score at 7-4 at the end of the sixth. But in the top of the seventh, FSU tacked on another run and Oklahoma was unable to score in the bottom half of the final inning. Florida...
    Florida State and Oklahoma will get the 2021 Women’s College World Series finals started Tuesday evening. Here’s what you need to know to watch Game 1 of the finals. Florida State and Oklahoma will being their best-of-three series in the finals of the Women’s College World Series on Tuesday evening. Florida State enters the finals as a bit of an underdog. The Seminoles have been great all season and wouldn’t be in this position if they weren’t one of the best teams in the country, but FSU will need to find a way to go score for score with the top-ranked Sooners, which isn’t easy to do. So far this season, Oklahoma was able to hit 155 home runs, three shy of the record. This team is a threat to score every at bat. Florida State, meanwhile, has hit 45 homers. FSU has scored 293 runs this year while OU has scored 623. The Seminoles might have their hands full as they try to keep up with Oklahoma. Here’s what you need to watch Florida State and Oklahoma play in...
    Everything you need to know about the Women’s College World Series finals between Oklahoma and Florida State, including the schedule and TV information. Just a few weeks back, 64 teams all (theoretically) had a shot at playing for a national championship as the 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament got underway. Now, two teams remain and are set to play in the Women’s College World Series finals. The finals series has plenty of potential to be thrilling, but it’ll require both teams to be playing at an equal level. If Florida State can perform against Oklahoma the way it did against Alabama, then the Seminoles may have a real shot at winning it all. But that’s a tough thing to do. The Sooners have so much offensive firepower at the plate that they can be hard to keep up with or slow down. Next: 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament bracket revealed: Predictions, schedule, top storylines to watch For more NCAA softball or NCAA baseball news, analysis, opinion and unique coverage by FanSided click the links and bookmark these pages.
    After Florida State found a way to beat Alabama on Sunday, the Seminoles and the Crimson Tide will clash again in the Women’s College World Series semifinals.  The Florida State Seminoles keep surviving in the 2021 Women’s College World Series. FSU struggled early on and was shut out by the UCLA Bruins, losing 4-0 in its first game in Oklahoma City this year. But Florida State then beat Arizona 4-3, Oklahoma State 4-2, and most recently Alabama 2-0. The Crimson Tide were cruising through the Women’s College World Series prior to their meeting with the Seminoles. Thanks in large part to the dominant pitching of Montana Fouts, who has certainly been a star all year, Alabama beat Arizona 5-1 (a game in which Fouts struck out 16) and then UCLA 6-0 (when Fouts had a perfect game). The Seminoles will almost certainly get to face Fouts in this game as the loser will be headed home. In FSU’s 2-0 win over Alabama, the Crimson Tide chose to go with Lexi Kilfoyl, who pitched admirably but received no run support as...
    After being defeated on the first day of the Women’s College World Series, the Arizona Wildcats and Florida State Seminoles are facing elimination. The opening round of the Women’s College World Series wasn’t too kind to the Arizona Wildcats or the Florida State Seminoles. Both Arizona and FSU were handed deflating four-run losses where they struggled to score against their respective opponents. Florida State was shutout by the UCLA Bruins. FSU was able to string together a total of five hits, but they couldn’t do anything with anyone on base and were sent to the elimination bracket with a 4-0 loss to UCLA. Arizona was actually able to get on the board against Alabama, but the Wildcats couldn’t really do much damage against the Crimson Tide. Jessie Harper hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but it was too little too late as Arizona fell 5-1 to the Crimson Tide. Here’s what you need to watch the Arizona Wildcats and the Florida State Seminoles in the 2021 Women’s College World Series.Arizona Wildcats vs. Florida State Seminoles:...
    The final game of the first day of the 2021 Women’s College World Series features Florida State and UCLA. The Florida State Seminoles will take on the UCLA Bruins to close out the first day of the Women’s College World Series. Both FSU and UCLA have made long trips to get to this point and both are looking to head home champions. UCLA showed up in OKC with a 46-5 record. The Bruins, crowned Pac-12 champs, have been a force to be reckoned with throughout the entirety of the 2021 NCAA Softball season. So far, only four teams have managed to hand the Bruins a loss. FSU looks to become the fifth. But even thought Florida State is eyeing that opportunity to get a win to start the WCWS, that might be easier said than done. It is worth noting that FSU did get a series win against Arizona earlier this year, but so did UCLA. This match up could certainly be a closely contested one. Here’s what you need to be able to watch the Florida State Seminoles and the...
    Appearing Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David announced the organization will sue the state of Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation designed to protect women’s sports. A transcript is as follows: MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Let’s talk about a lawsuit. State of Florida. What’s going on? ALPHONSO DAVID: Yesterday, Governor DeSantis signed a bill into law that would ban transgender female athletes from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. Now, you would ask, “why is he doing this?” He’s doing this for political gain. All of the medical associations, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, they all oppose these bills. It’s not based on science. And yet, he’s advancing this bill and now signed this bill, which is blatantly unlawful, it’s arbitrary, and based on bias. So we’re suing him and bringing the state of Florida to court.
    More On: transgender rights NJ principal who dumped beer countersues group who filmed his wife’s transgender rant Tennessee moves to the forefront with anti-transgender laws Transgender treatment ban fails in Alabama Legislature Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s Republican governor signed a bill Tuesday barring transgender females from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls, plunging the state into the national culture war over transgender rights. “In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports and boys are going to play boys sports,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said as he signed the bill into law at a private Christian academy in Jacksonville that would not be subject to the law. “We’re going to make sure that that’s the reality.” The new law, sure to be challenged as unconstitutional, inflames an already contentious discussion unfolding nationally as Republican-controlled states move to limit the rights of LGBTQ people, whose advocates were particularly annoyed that the legislation was signed on the first day of Gay Pride Month. The NCAA, which oversees college athletics,...
    Anna Faris Most Candid Quotes About Marriage Since Chris Pratt Split AMCs apes gave it a lifeline. Now, its CEO wants to use the meme frenzy as a springboard for growth © Provided by Sports Illustrated It's the most populous state to pass such a law. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill on Tuesday banning transgender girls and women from competing in women's scholastic sports. (Elementary school athletes are not included.) “In Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports, and boys are going to play boys’ sports,” DeSantis said, according to the Miami Herald. DeSantis signed the bill on the first day of Pride Month, but he denied that he was trying to send a message with the timing.  "It’s not a message to anything other than saying we’re going to protect fairness in women’s sports," he said.  The same day, the LGBTQ civil rights group the Human Rights Campaign announced its intention to sue the state.  “Governor DeSantis and Florida lawmakers are legislating based on a false, discriminatory premise that puts the safety and well-being...
    Florida's Republican governor has signed a bill barring transgender females from playing on public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls, plunging the state into the national culture war over transgender rights. 'In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports and boys are going to play boys sports,' Governor Ron DeSantis said as he signed the bill into law at a Christian academy in Jacksonville on Tuesday. 'We're going to make sure that that's the reality.' The new law, sure to face court challenges, inflames an already contentious discussion unfolding nationally as Republican-controlled states move to limit the rights of LGBTQ people. It also could impose severe financial consequences on Florida. Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia have already passed similar legislation and South Dakota's governor has signed an executive order supporting a sports ban. All have Republican governors.  Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill barring transgender females from playing on Florida public school teams intended for student athletes born as girls RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Biden and...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law Tuesday that bans transgender girls and women from competing on female high school and college sports teams and he did it on the first day of Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBTQ community. DeSantis signed the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. READ MORE: They’re Cowards, They’re Murderers, And Killers: Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez On Hunt For Gunmen In Sundays Mass Shooting The new law (SB 1028) makes female athletes’ eligibility for sports teams’ contingent on their “biological sex” on birth certificates issued “at or near the time of the student’s birth.” It’s not clear whether all females must show their birth certificates, or only those whose gender is questioned. “We believe in the state of Florida protecting the fairness and integrity of women’s athletics,” said DeSantis. “I can tell you that in Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports and boys are going to play boys’ sports. We’re going to make sure that that’s the reality.” DeSantis said the bill...
    WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pelosi and her fellow Democrats addressed the need for heightened security surrounding the nation’s voting systems ahead of the 2018 midterms. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) What does it say that there are 24 women serving in the United States Senate presently and not one of them is Black?  It says to me as a Black woman that we need to be building a talented bench of Black female state legislators, members of Congress, as well as notable business, civic and community leaders to run statewide each cycle. Make sure they are well funded. Make sure their values, regardless of political party line-up with the issues most women care about. The last Black woman to serve in the Senate, Kamala D. Harris, is now serving as vice president of the United States. And before her, there was another Black woman, Carol Mosely Braun of Illinois who served in the Senate 1993-1999 when the Senate...
    Santa Clara’s Jerry Smith is one of three NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer coaches with at least 500 victories. He knows what it takes to win. So expect the 11th-seeded Broncos to come out running Monday in the NCAA championship game against No. 1 Florida State. “We will be on the front foot,” Smith said Sunday. The Seminoles (13-0-2) won’t be surprised by the strategy from an offense that has outscored four NCAA tournament opponents 10-2. Santa Clara (10-1-0) is led by seniors Kelsey Turnbow (nine goals) and Julie Doyle and freshman Sally Menti. But it has been sophomore attacking midfielder Izzy D’Aquila (eight goals) who has caused chaos for opposing defenses by her ability to break through the back lines. Then there is the play of reserve midfielder Skylar Smith, who has four goals this season but three coming during the tournament. Florida State, which has a better goals-per-game average (2.7 to 2.6), has not scored in its past two games, defeating Duke and Virginia on penalty kicks. Florida State has been led...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — Federal investigators want to talk to two key witnesses regarding the Matt Gaetz investigation. Sources say investigators are nearly finished collecting evidence on the Florida representative. READ MORE: 25 Years Later, Families, First Responders To Remember ValuJet Crash In Everglades They are looking into whether he broke federal sex trafficking, prostitution and public corruption laws and whether he had sex with a minor. Sources familiar with the matter say authorities are seeking cooperation from Gaetz’s ex-girlfriend, a former Capitol Hill intern. The former girlfriend, who did not work in Gaetz’s office on Capitol Hill, is of interest to investigators because she was on a trip Gaetz took to the Bahamas in 2018 and is believed to have knowledge of drug use and arrangements with women, according to CNN sources. The Bahamas trip has become a focus of investigators, who are scrutinizing whether women were paid to travel for sex with Gaetz and others, and whether the trip was part of an effort to illegally influence Gaetz in the area of medical marijuana, CNN has previously reported. Gaetz...
    The Florida House passed a bill that would bar transgender athletes from competing in women’s and girl’s scholastic sports. “This is about giving women and girls an equal chance to succeed,” said state Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, a former tennis player and coach. “It’s simple. It’s clear. I’ve reviewed it.” The bill passed the Republican-controlled state House on Wednesday, 77-40. If passed, the bill would require public schools and college sports teams to admit athletes based on biological sex, not gender identity. TRANSGENDER INMATES NOW GET PRISON OF THEIR GENDER CHOICE IN CALIFORNIA “It is the intent of the Legislature to maintain opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength, and athletic abilities while also providing them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long-term benefits that result from success in athletic endeavors and to promote sex equality by requiring the designation of separate sex-specific athletic teams or sports,” HB 1475, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, states. Democrats have pushed back against the legislation, with state Rep. Carlos Guillermo...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers moved closer to requiring transgender athletes to undergo testosterone or genetic testing — as well as submit to having their genitalia examined — to participate on sports teams in public schools and colleges. The proposal in Florida, approved overwhelmingly Wednesday by the state’s Republican-led House, is part of a continuing national debate over transgender rights, including access to restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities. A companion bill in the Florida’s state Senate awaits another committee hearing. The latest battleground is in the arena of school athletics. Supporters asserted that the measure was about acknowledging biological and scientific differences between males and females, contending that it was about fairness and retaining a level playing field in competitive sports for student athletes born as girls. Allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports diminishes the protections and opportunities guaranteed by Title IX, the 1972 federal doctrine that barred discrimination against women in school programs, including sports, said Republican Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka. “It’s about giving women and girls an even chance to succeed,” said Persons-Mulicka, who had...
    Matt Gaetz discussed putting a third-party candidate into a Florida state Senate race to help an associate of his who was running for the seat, the latest in a series of allegations against the Republican congressman. Federal investigators are looking into the 2020 Florida state Senate race, the New York Times reported, in which Gaetz's associate Jason Brodeur, a Republican, ran for the open seat. Gaetz and Florida lobbyist Chris Dorworth talked about putting a third party candidate into the contest to siphon votes from the Democratic opponent to help Brodeur. Recruiting a third-party candidate, even to funnel votes from another contender, is generally legal, but secretly paying the 'ghost candidates' - who are usually paid to make a third-party bid, is usually a violation of campaign finance laws.    In that Florida state Senate race, a third party candidate did appear on the ballot: Jestine Iannotti.  She did little campaigning and raised few funds but fliers depicting her as a Democrat were sent to voters. One featured a stock photo of a Black woman and read: 'Jestine Iannotti will always be there...
    WASHINGTON— Rep. Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) on Friday said he wouldn’t resign in the face of rising pressure over reports that the FBI has been investigating him since last summer, in part over whether he broke federal sex-trafficking laws. "Of course not," Mr. Gaetz said in a text message Friday, addressing whether he would leave office. He declined to say more, citing Good Friday. His lawyer also said Mr. Gaetz wouldn’t step down. With the House in recess, members have been largely silent about Mr. Gaetz since Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) earlier in the week referred to "serious implications" in connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry. But in the state capital of Tallahassee, Republicans were already discussing who would replace Mr. Gaetz, people familiar with the conversations said. "His political brethren are already jockeying to take his seat," said former Florida Rep. David Jolly. "They’re not insulating him—they’re already assuming that Matt’s political career is over." "These scandals hit a certain point where there’s no escape," Mr. Jolly said. "We’ve clearly hit that point for Matt in Florida politics." "These scandals hit...
    Democratic Florida State Rep. Anna Eskamani talked to MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday about the “cringeworthy” voicemail left by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and his friend, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, in 2019. In the voicemail, obtained by the Daily Beast, Greenberg referred to himself as Eskamani’s “favorite tax collector” and to Gaetz as her “favorite U.S. congressman. Greenberg said that he and Gaetz were discussing Eskamani’s “lovely qualities,” which Gaetz followed by saying “We think you’re the future of the Democratic Party in Florida!” Reid asked Eskamani what she thought Greenberg and Gaetz wanted to accomplish by leaving that voicemail. “It’s an uncomfortable question but I think it’s an important one, when it comes to the experiences of many women in politics,” Eskamani, who has called for Gaetz to resign, told Reid. “We’re constantly objectified. We’re constantly not seen as valid contributors to policy, but instead as objects of pleasure and something to look at, versus to respect. So yes, I absolutely got the feeling that it was very much an attempt at an intimate conversation,...
    Amid an ongoing federal probe into GOP Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan DOJ probe into Gaetz involves cash payments to women: report Gaetz showed lawmakers nude photos of women he claimed to have slept with: report MORE (Fla.) for potential sex trafficking and other related charges, allegations have resurfaced that the congressman participated in a “game” while serving in the Florida state House in which he allegedly scored his female sexual conquests.  ABC News reported Friday that sources said that during his time in the state House, Gaetz and a group of other young male lawmakers participated in the game, in which they would allegedly grant points for different women, including interns, staffers and other female colleagues in the state House.  One source said that a group of women that the male lawmakers believed were “virgins” were also targets of the alleged scoring game.  Sources also told ABC News that Gaetz, who served in the state House while his father was in the Florida Senate, was often...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A Florida Senate panel Wednesday signed off on a proposal aimed at keeping most transgender females from participating in high-school and college sports, but the measure stops short of an all-out ban being considered by the House. The measures have become one of the 2021 legislative session’s most contentious issues and put Florida in line with at least two dozen other Republican-controlled statehouses that have passed or are considering similar proposals. READ MORE: Change Provides Medicaid To Former Foster Children In Florida Opponents of the bills maintain the proposed restrictions could endanger teenagers and young adults who are already vulnerable to bullying and abuse and cause the state to lose out on lucrative college championship games. But advocates of the plans contend that preventing transgender females from competing in high school and college athletics is necessary to ensure that “biologically” female girls and young women have a fair chance to win scholarships and excel in sports. A bill moving in the House (HB 1475) would require high-school and college sports teams to be designated based on students’...
    Aleah Goodman scored 24 points with five rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers, Taylor Jones added 18 points and eight boards, and No. 8-seed Oregon State beat ninth-seeded Florida State 83-59 on Sunday in the opening round of the women's NCAA Tournament. Oregon State (12-7) advances to play the top seed in the Hemisfair Region, South Carolina, while Florida State (10-9) is exiting after the first round for the first time in its last 17 appearances. Oregon State scored 20 of the first 26 points of the second quarter, including an 11-0 run, to take the first double-digit lead of the game after a 16-all first. Goodman scored seven of her 14 first-half points during the spurt. Goodman also had four rebounds and three assists and Jones added 11 points with seven rebounds as Oregon State built a 41-27 lead. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I’m just so proud of this team, especially after the first quarter, I feel like we kind of had a little bit of a feel-out quarter, and then we just came out...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Aleah Goodman scored 24 points with five rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers, Taylor Jones added 18 points and eight boards, and No. 8-seed Oregon State beat ninth-seeded Florida State 83-59 on Sunday in the opening round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Oregon State (12-7) advances to play the top seed in the Hemisfair Region, South Carolina, while Florida State (10-9) is exiting after the first round for the first time in its last 17 appearances. Oregon State scored 20 of the first 26 points of the second quarter, including an 11-0 run, to take the first double-digit lead of the game after a 16-all first. Goodman scored seven of her 14 first-half points during the spurt. Goodman also had four rebounds and three assists and Jones added 11 points with seven rebounds as Oregon State built a 41-27 lead. The Beavers dominated the glass in the first half with a 26-16 advantage — including 23 defensive rebounds. Florida State’s second-leading scorer, Morgan Jones, was held to two points on 1-of-6 shooting. Oregon State...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sydni Harvey scored 14 points and No. 20 South Florida, the top seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament, avoided a major upset on Tuesday with a 48-44 win over ninth-seeded Wichita State in the quarterfinals. Elena Tsineke added 12 points for the Bulls (16-3), who overcame 24.6% shooting (15 of 61) and 16 turnovers. They will play fourth-seeded Temple in the semifinals on Wednesday. Bethy Mununga, who averages 11.2 points, was limited to three points on three shots, but she grabbed 15 rebounds, seven on the offensive end where the Bulls had an 18-9 advantage for a 14-5 difference in second-chance points. It was South Florida’s worst shooting game of the season and they barely avoided a season-low in points from the regular-season finale when they lost to UCF 58-45, shooting 25.5%. Trajata Colbert scored 13 points for the Shockers (5-14), Mariah McCully added 11 and Seraphine Bastin 10 with eight rebounds and six assists. Asia Strong had 13 rebounds. Wichita State was just 1 of 11 from 3-point range, shot 32.8% overall...
    Amid a chaotic vaccine rollout, states find ways to connect shots with arms US right-wing platform Gab acknowledges it was hacked Florida State played its annual Florida State Match-Up for the first time on its new Seminole Legacy Club in Tallahassee, Florida, this weekend and the demands of the newly renovated course were apparent. The Seminoles stuck to their gameplan and used home-course knowledge to author a 37-shot victory over runner-up Kent State. © Provided by Golfweek Beatrice Wallin, Florida State Florida State junior Beatrice Wallin claimed the individual title with rounds of 66-68-70 and at 12 under for 54 holes, set a tournament scoring record. This marked the first time Wallin got to play her team’s home event at Florida State’s actual home course considering it had previously been under renovation. “We were all super excited and then when we all played well, it was just awesome to see,” she said. “My own game was really good so I was just … enjoying every single moment.” Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings: Women’s team | Women’s individual College golf blog: The Road to Grayhawk MORE:Women's...
    Republicans continued to invoke the Bible in their speeches in support of discrimination against the LGBTQ community Thursday. When I hear people make appeals to scripture to justify their deep-seated bigotry, I often think of Patton Oswalt’s great bit about opposition to homosexuality based on biblical teaching. "These lunatics always go, 'Well, ‘cause it says in the Bible.' Oh, okay, stop, hang on. I'm glad you like a book, I really am. ... But just because you like something in a book doesn't mean you can have the thing you like in the book happen in real life. That's what crazy people want! I can't go to the White House with a bunch of Green Lantern comics and go, 'I want a Green Lantern ring! I saw it in a book I like! Make the thing in the book I like be here now!' I would be justifiably tased if I did that." Yeah, that’s pretty much my reaction, too. People can, of course, live their lives with slavish devotion to biblical principles, but it’s really fucking hard to do. One guy did it once,...
    Florida is apparently the best state in the country for singles. According to a study from WalletHub based on dating opportunities, dating economics and romance and fun, Florida came out in the top spot. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New York rounded out the top five. The worst state in America for singles? That’d be New Mexico. West Virginia was named the second worst state in the USA for people looking for a date. It not really hard to see why Florida is in the top spot. There’s plenty of money in the state, there’s no state income tax, the weather is great and there are multiple majors universities that draw people to the state. I only know a handful of women from Florida, but they’re all smoke shows. It must just be something in the water down there. As for Wisconsin coming at fourth, anyone who has ever visited the Badger State knows damn well it’s a paradise for meeting people as long as you live in a major...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After federal officials last week released a report about staff members sexually abusing women inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution, state Sen. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, sent a letter calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to “act decisively” and request the resignation of the prison’s warden. “The women at Lowell Correctional Institution fully recognize that their own actions have resulted in their removal from society, but the persistent sexual abuse they have been subjected to is inhumane and detrimental to the reputation of our state,” Cruz wrote in the letter dated Sunday. “These women deserve better.” An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Florida federal prosecutors found reasonable cause to believe “varied and disturbing reports” of sexual abuse – including rape – by sergeants, correctional officers and other staff at Lowell, which is in Marion County. The 34-page report of the investigation, which began in 2018, also noted that state Department of Corrections officials have documented and been aware of sexual abuse at Lowell since at least 2006. More from CBSMiami.com You May Need A...
    400 years after the ‘first thanksgiving,’ the tribe who fed the pilgrims continues fight for their land Heres what resources Bidens team gets now that the formal transition is underway NCAA women’s basketball teams impacted by COVID-19 include UConn, Middle Tennessee State, and Florida A&M © Provided by Awful Announcing UConn women's basketball There have been plenty of cancellations and postponements in NCAA men’s basketball ahead of its planned season start Wednesday, and NCAA women’s basketball is facing some of the same issues. One of the biggest impacts there comes from No. 3 UConn, which announced Monday night that they’ve paused team activities after positive COVID-19 tests and cancelled their first four scheduled games (including clashes with Quinnipiac and either No. 6 Mississippi State or Maine this weekend in the Mohegan Sun “Bubbleball” event, broadcast on FloHoops and ESPN platforms). Here’s more from UConn’s statement, which also knocks out their planned game against No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 4 and their Big East opener at Seton Hall on Dec. 6:  The UConn women’s basketball program has temporarily suspended team...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau is taking a leave of absence to be with her mother, who is recovering from ovarian cancer, the school announced Tuesday. Semrau, who will spend time with her family in Seattle, has led the program for the past 23 years. She’ll be replaced by Brooke Wyckoff, who has been an assistant for 10 years and associate head coach since 2018. “For the past several months I’ve found it increasingly difficult to commute back and forth due to the tedious and ever-changing restrictions due to COVID-19,” Semrau said in a letter to the team. “I’ve prayerfully wrestled with how I can meet my family’s needs and continue to lead our team. In these uncertain times, I haven’t found an answer that works for everyone, but I always preach that family comes first.” The 58-year-old Semrau has a 453-257 career record. Her teams twice won the ACC regular season title and reached the NCAA Tournament regional finals three times, most recently in 2017. As part of her leave agreement, Semrau requested...
    A former tax collector of a Florida county allegedly paid for sex with an underage girl and illegally used the state’s DMV database to look up information on the minor and women with whom he was engaged in ‘sugar daddy’ relationships with. The charges were unveiled against Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector of Seminole County until his resignation in June, in a criminal indictment filed by the US Attorney’s office on Friday. The document, which alleges six new counts against Greenberg in addition to six counts from two previous federal grand jury indictments, doesn’t offer specifics about the sex trafficking charge. However, the alleged incident involves a girl, aged between 14 and 17, and purportedly took place across a six month period in 2017. That charge alone is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The charges were unveiled against Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector of Seminole County until his resignation in June, in a criminal indictment filed by the US Attorney’s office on Friday Greenberg, who is married, is also accused of violating the Driver’s...
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