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    A Florida state senator on Tuesday filed a bill seeking to include members of the press as a protected group in existing hate crime laws in the state in response to recent threats and attacks against journalists. State Sen. Janet Cruz (D) announced the proposed measure in a press release, writing that the legislation will allow for heightened penalties for threats and violence against members of the media, treating them as a protected class alongside race, religion and sexual orientation.  “It is a dark reality that members of the press in our country are facing a heightened risk of violent attacks as a result of irresponsible leadership throughout our country,” the press release stated.  Cruz said in a statement along with the release, “A free press, provided to us in the First Amendment, is vital for a strong democracy and society.”  “What sort of indictment is it on us if...
    Top elected officials in Florida are slamming President Joe Biden's administration, following reports that the White House is considering imposing domestic travel restrictions on the state, which has the most reported case of the 'UK variant' coronavirus. 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done purely for political purposes,' said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, at a press conference on Thursday. 'I think it's an absurd report that they would be doing that, I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise and it would be unjust,' he said.   Asked about the possible domestic travel ban, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said only: 'No decisions have been made around additional public health measures that would change domestic travel.' 'Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – It’s been almost three years since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Some of those directly affected by the tragedy are coming together to again push for a ban on assault weapons. RELATED: CBS4 Photojournalist Rafael Murciano Sequesters Amid His Musical Talents On Monday morning, gun safety advocates and elected officials made that push in a virtual event. Two pieces of legislation have been filed in Tallahassee that would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of military grade-weapons or large capacity magazines. RELATED: Florida Man Charged With Trespassing After Running On Super Bowl Field State Sen. Gary Farmer is one of the elected officials pushing for the bills to pass during the upcoming state legislative session. “When you look at these weapons, when you look at the manufacturer weapon specifications, they were designed for one thing and one thing only: to kill...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Governor Ron DeSantis has fired back at Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez’s accusations that he is playing politics with vaccine distribution. Hernandez said Hialeah paramedics and medical facilities are ready to vaccinate seniors but have not been provided with vaccines. “There’s been arguments that Hialeah has not received these vaccines because there’s a problem with me and the governor. I don’t have a problem with the governor. How can I have a problem with a person I have not seen since the beginning of the coronavirus issue. A person that’s been disappearing from this community?” said Mayor Hernandez. “We are the 5th largest city in the state of Florida and the one most affected and we have no communication and no help whatsoever from the Governor or his office,” Hernadez added. “It’s actually false,” said DeSantis said Thursday during a press conference in the...
    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...
    U.S. Senator Rick Scott is quarantining for the second time due to the novel coronavirus, but he remains upbeat about the state’s battle against it nonetheless. The Senator, appearing on the Fox Business Network Tuesday morning, contended that Florida “absolutely” would be “open for business” even as the state and the country struggle through a third wave of the pandemic. The Senator contended Florida would be open even as coronavirus case loads rise. Florida has reported upwards of 890,000 cases of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, with more than 4,600 of them tallied Monday. “We’re open for business,” Scott told host Stuart Varney. “We’re going to do this safely. We’re wearing our masks, social distancing.” And, he added, Floridians are isolating if the situation mandates it. “We’re quarantining like I am because I was around someone who tested positive,” Scott added. “That’s going on in our state.” Scott has been quarantining for a few...
    Loading the player... Michele Rayner-Goolsby is the first openly queer woman ever elected at any level of Florida’s legislature.  Rayner-Goolsby is now the state representative-elect for House District 70.  Michele Rayner-Goolsby (left), now a Florida state rep-elect, is the first openly queer woman ever elected at any level of its legislature, and Shevrin Jones (right) has been elected the state’s first openly LGBTQ state senator. Shevrin Jones has been elected the state’s first openly LGBTQ state senator. He tweeted that he is “humbled to have earned the trust of the people of SD 35,” and he said he is looking forward to serving in the Florida Senate.  Them.Us, a queer news, culture and entertainment website, did tracking of LGBTQ issues and candidates across the country on Election Night. More than 1,000 LGBTQ people ran for office in 2020.  Read More: California passes proposition to restore voting rights to parolees “2018 was...
    North Carolina will be added to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE’s moratorium preventing oil and gas drilling off its coast until mid 2032, joining Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Will Republicans' rank hypocrisy hinder their rush to replace Ginsburg? Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE (R-N.C.) said Monday.  “This morning, I spoke with President Trump and I asked him to extend the offshore drilling moratorium to North Carolina. I’m pleased to announce that the president will be doing just that,” Tillis said in a video posted to YouTube.  “Our coastal communities and our tourism are vital to...
    Florida’s corrections system has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 5,000 inmates and 1,300 staff members testing positive for the disease and at least two prisons reporting manpower shortages. Dade Correctional Institution and Jefferson Correctional Institution adopted emergency plans this month that required corrections officers to work 12-hour shifts up to six days a week to maintain “adequate staffing levels” after increased infection rates among inmates and staff. The corrections officer chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association has filed three COVID-19 unfair labor grievances against the Florida Department of Corrections since April. The complaints call for hazard pay for officers, many of whom are working overtime, sleeping in cars or hotels to avoid contact with families, being forced to share one-time use protective gear and issued uncomfortable, inadequate cloth masks, the complaints allege. “Officers are throwing up in the corner, still...
    (CBS Miami)– After Monday’s report of new coronavirus numbers, there are now over 269,000 cases of coronavirus in the state of Florida and over 64,000 in Miami-Dade County. Florida Senator Marco Rubio addressed the state’s battle with COVID-19 and several other topics on Monday morning in an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box. Senator Rubio was also specifically asked if he thinks Disney should close in Orlando due to the record surge in the state. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that any of the businesses we are talking about closing are in any way driving the infection surge,” said Senator Rubio. “I think the bottom line is what’s happening is people are going out and particularly younger people and they’re getting together. They’re getting together in public spaces and getting together in each other’s homes. When you are in close contact with someone indoors who is infected, they’re going to infect...
    (CNN)The Senate's oldest Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, told local reporters on Monday that he won't attend the 2020 Republican National Convention because of coronavirus concerns. Grassley is 86 years old. "I'm not going to go. And I'm not going to go because of the virus situation," Grassley said during a call with reporters, according to The Des Moines Register. The senator's office confirmed to CNN that the comments reported by the newspaper are accurate.President Donald Trump is set to accept the 2020 Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville, Florida, at a venue that holds 15,000 people. The President, who wants a full-scale convention, decided to change the location from Charlotte, North Carolina, after a dispute with the state's Democratic governor about social distancing guidelines put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.But health experts -- and Republican officials -- have expressed alarm over a recent spike of coronavirus cases...
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