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Orange County tourist tax disappears almost entirely

Orange County’s tourist tax revenue all but vanished in April as the coronavirus crisis and the ensuing shutdowns emptied the county’s hotels, motels, and vacation rentals. The county’s tourist development tax proceeds — normally the greatest in the state and one of the greatest in the nation — fell an astonishing 97% in April compared with the …

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Alianza for Progress demands congressional investigation of David Rivera Venezuela deal

Alianza for Progress, a Latinx advocacy group, says Congress should investigate a deal between former U.S. Rep. David Rivera‘s consulting firm and a Venezuela oil company. The group also called out U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a longtime ally of Rivera’s who now serves as interim chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rivera’s firm, Interamerican Consulting, …

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Last Call for 6.3.20 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics. First Shot During a Wednesday news conference at Universal Studios, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida is ready to enter Phase Two of reopening. Starting Friday, bars, pubs, casinos, movie theaters, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, tanning salons and tattoo parlors join the list …

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Broward County lifts three-night-long curfew, Miami-Dade curfew pushed back to midnight

Broward County officials are lifting a 9 p.m. curfew instituted in response to protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Officials established a week-long curfew Sunday night, which ran from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday afternoon, County Administrator Bertha Henry cut the directive short after just three days. In Miami-Dade County, a 9 p.m. …

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Joe Biden running ads in Florida based on George Floyd responses

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden‘s campaign is running a digital ad in Florida based spotlightig the nation’s response to the George Floyd slaying and his Philadelphia speech on that Tuesday. The new 60-second digital commercial “Build The Future” is running on social media in key battleground states including Florida, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and …

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Cash piles up for Jacksonville school tax push

The Jacksonville political establishment is determined to prove it wants to fund local schools at long last, with momentum building for a November sales tax referendum to fund capital needs. The latest evidence was the announcement of a $200,000 matching grant from Wayne Weaver and Delores Barr Weaver, former owners of the local National Football League franchise. …

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Pro-Democrat PAC accuses Donald Trump of voter fraud

The Pro-Democrat PAC American Bridge is calling out President Donald Trump after a Washington Post report found Trump attempted to register to vote in Florida while using an out-of-state address. State law requires Florida voters to be in-state residents. “Donald Trump is always projecting and that’s clearly no different when it comes to his dangerous, …

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Nation’s streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful

Protests were largely peaceful and the nation’s streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans. An earlier curfew and efforts by protesters to contain the violence prevented more widespread damage to businesses in New York …

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Iowa voters oust Steve King, shunned for insensitive remarks

Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades in Congress. The nine-term congressman, shunned by his party leadership in Washington and many of his longtime supporters at home, …

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Florida Democrats seek to tie David Rivera to Ana Maria Rodriguez in new ad

A new Florida Democratic Party (FDP) ad is attempting to handcuff GOP candidate Ana Maria Rodriguez to former U.S. Rep. David Rivera after Rivera agreed to a $50 million consulting deal with the Venezuelan government. Rodriguez, however, has countered that Rivera has “no ties” to her current campaign for Senate District 39. A search through …

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