Monday, November 20, 2017

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Florida Democratic president resigns

Florida Democratic president resigns

The crisis at the top of the Florida Democratic Party continued Monday with the resignation of Sally Boynton Brown, the party's president and chief administrator.Her exit followed last week's decision by chairman Stephen Bittel to quit...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A lawyer for the nursing home that overheated after Irma sent a letter to Congress. Here are 3 eye-grabbing quotes.

A lawyer for the nursing home that overheated after Irma sent a letter to Congress. Here are 3 eye-grabbing quotes.

A lawyer for the Hollywood Hills nursing home that saw 14 of its patients die in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma sent a letter to congressional officials Monday that pushed back on allegations that officials with the home are to blame for the deaths....
Updated: 2 hours ago
Gwen Graham takes firm stance on Medicaid expansion

Gwen Graham takes firm stance on Medicaid expansion

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham drew a line in the sand on Medicaid expansion Monday.The Democratic candidate for governor said she would veto Republican legislative priorities if lawmakers refused to work with her to expand the h...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Virginia deputy reassigned after going to party in blackface as Frederica Wilson

Virginia deputy reassigned after going to party in blackface as Frederica Wilson

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — A white Virginia sheriff's deputy has been reassigned after attending a Halloween party in blackface.The Washington Post reports Deputy Jean Browning, a 20-year veteran of the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office in southeast Vir...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Florida let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers millions.

Florida let hepatitis C go untreated in prisons. Now it may cost taxpayers millions.

The state of Florida may have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in treatment costs to as many as 20,000 sick inmates after a federal judge ruled Friday that prison officials had failed to properly care for felons infected with the hepatitis C vi...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Adam Putnam, Dennis Ross blast lack of citrus aid

Adam Putnam, Dennis Ross blast lack of citrus aid

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Dennis Ross on Friday criticized a lack of funding for the state's storm-ravaged citrus industry in the latest disaster-relief package proposed by the White House.Putnam said a $44 billion ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Stephen Bittel's rocky tenure as Florida Democratic Party chairman ended in disgrace Friday after he resigned following accusations from women that he leered at them, made suggestive comments and created an unprofessional work environment.Bittel...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Al Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

Al Franken cancels Miami Book Fair appearance

From our friends at the Miami Herald:Sen. Al Franken canceled his Sunday appearance at Miami Book Fair amid allegations over sexual misconduct.The call to Book Fair officials came Friday afternoon, said Juan Mendieta, director of communications for M...
Published: 11/17/17
Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

From the Miami Herald's Carol Marbin Miller and Caitlin Ostroff:On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents get in and out of wheelchair...
Published: 11/17/17
Debris removal from Irma going just fine, says top Florida official

Debris removal from Irma going just fine, says top Florida official

Florida's transportation secretary is giving his agency a passing mark for debris removal after Hurricane Irma.But with debris still along some roads, particularly in pockets of the Florida Keys, Department of Transportation Secretary Michael Dew sai...
Published: 11/17/17