Death of congressman Alcee Hastings sets off political showdown, as candidates line up to replace him

Many elected officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties are officially or unofficially running to succeed the late Congressman Alcee Hastings or are deciding if they’ll enter the race. Some of the talked-about names from the large field include, from left: Bobby Powell, state senator of Palm Beach County; Perry Thurston a state senator from Broward; Barbara Sharief a Broward County commissioner; Wayne Messam, Miramar mayor; and Dale Holness a Broward County commissioner. (STAFF/South... Read More

The sprawling federal case against Joel Greenberg: Here’s what each charge against him means

These counts occurred while Greenberg served as tax collector, accuse him of making two fake driver’s licenses: One, a Florida ID produced between Nov. 11, 2017, and his initial arrest on federal charges June 23, 2020, used Greenberg’s photo with R.Z.’s identifying information; the other, produced between Sept. 21, 2018, and Greenberg’s arrest, was a Puerto Rico driver’s license that used Greenberg’s picture and the identifying information of someone named by prosecutors as... Read More

Florida evangelicals on vaccine: Right thing to do or mark of the beast?

“We actually did a Q-and-A at our church – is the vaccine the mark of the beast, the end of all time, the apocalypse, and we’re like, no, that’s absolutely not true,” he said. “It’s not in the Bible. We’re not going to state anything with authority that we don’t see in Scripture. If we don’t see it there, we’ll take the principles of the Bible and apply them to that modern circumstance and then pray for wisdom and love and unity.” ... Read More

Many long-term care staffers refused the vaccine. Now they have more infections than residents.

Southern HealthCare Management, which operates 26 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities across Florida, first offered $25 gift cards to persuade workers to get vaccinated, said Thomas O’Neill, vice president of program development. A week ago, in a new “Second Chance At The Shot” campaign, the company also offered two hours of pay if workers got vaccinated on their own time. And it offered prizes of $1,000 to $3,000 to improve employee break rooms at the facilities that hit... Read More

Matt Gaetz speaks at pro-Trump women’s group event in Doral: I’m ‘not going anywhere’

“The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct,” said Chairman Rep. Ted Deutsch, D-Fla., and ranking Republican Rep. Jackie... Read More

‘I have not yet begun to fight,’ Matt Gaetz vows at Trump’s Doral golf club

“The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct,” said Chairman Rep. Ted Deutsch, D-Fla., and ranking Republican Rep. Jackie... Read More

Protest bill backed in Florida Senate after emotional debate

The bill, passed in a party-line vote by the House last month, proposes a host of changes to criminal and civil laws. The new crime of “mob intimidation” would make it unlawful “for a person, assembled with two or more other persons and acting with a common intent, to use force or threaten to use imminent force, to compel or induce, or attempt to compel or induce, another person to do or refrain from doing any act or to assume, abandon, or maintain a particular viewpoint against his or... Read More