Florida

Thinking of memorializing your vote for the upcoming presidential election? You might want to think twice about that.

Florida is one of 18 states where it's illegal to take a selfie with your mail-in ballot or while you're in the voting booth.

Judge: State Must Pay Planned Parenthood Legal Fees

Oct 31, 2016

The state will have to pay Planned Parenthood's legal fees after a federal judge this summer blocked a law that would have led to increased inspections of clinic records and prevented abortion providers from receiving public money for other health services.

Toxic Algae Found To Be Growing Global Concern

Oct 26, 2016

New research shows toxic algae blooms like those that plagued Florida’s coastal estuaries this summer are a growing global problem.

Research from the U.S. Geological Survey shows toxic algae blooms have been reported nationwide and are implicated in human and animal illness and death in at least 43 states.

An invasive fern is at the heart of a dispute threatening a national wildlife refuge in the Florida Everglades. 

The South Florida Water Management District owns the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the 144,000-acre refuge, but now the water management district is threatening to terminate its 65-year lease. 

Several amendments to the state constitution will be on the ballot on election day, including one that would regulate solar energy. The wording of Amendment 1 has created some confusion, so WUSF's Steve Newborn shines a little light on that with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillin.

Hillary Clinton spent her 69th birthday in Tampa.

The Democratic presidential nominee was at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa Wednesday to urge Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting.

When Florida voters look at their ballots for the general election, they'll see six names printed in the presidential race box. But there are an equal number of qualified "write-in" candidates for president. Names you've probably never heard before.

Authorities plan to destroy a helicopter-like aircraft that made headlines when its owner flew it on to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in 2015 as a political protest.


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Fifty people, including the gunman, died in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and Florida gun control advocates hoped lawmakers would be compelled to propose stricter gun laws. They urged a special legislative session.

But Governor Rick Scott rejected the idea. At a press conference three weeks after the shooting he explained why:

“The Second Amendment has been around for over 200 years. The Second Amendment didn’t kill anybody. Evil does.”

A prominent Florida eye doctor linked to corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wants his bail conditions eased in a separate health care fraud case.

While we have spent months talking about races for president, senate or mayor in some cases, if you take a closer look at the Florida ballot there are actually very few candidate races. In fact, the majority of what you’ll be voting for on November 8th are ballot initiatives: changes to the state constitution, county charter or various municipal questions.

It’s lunchtime at Jacksonville’s Lee High School, and Principal Scott Schneider walks down the school’s math hall. He says Lee has had its share of teacher vacancies.


A federal judge has rejected a request from the Florida Democratic Party to change some voting rules in advance of the November 8th general election.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied the emergency motion during a Thursday morning hearing in Tallahassee.

Democrats were concerned that some new voters would not have their registration applications processed before early voting starts next week.

This means some citizens may be forced to vote provisional ballots, which require greater scrutiny from election officials.

Kyle Holsten / WLRN

Strong rains were not enough to keep away a crowd of more than 2,800 people that gathered Thursday afternoon at Florida Memorial University's arena in Miami Gardens to participate in a rally with president Barack Obama. 

"Tolerance is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot," said Obama, who in several instances of his speech reiterated to the crowd the need to vote in this election. "Don't believe your vote doesn't matter, that all politicians are the same. They want you to stay home, to not vote."

A Jumbotron Kind Of Debate For FAU Students In Boca Raton

Oct 20, 2016
Miranda Schumes / WLRN

Over 500 Florida Atlantic University students gathered at the university’s football stadium on Wednesday to watch the third Presidential Debate on the jumbo screen. 

Prior to the event,  organized by FAU’s Division of Student Affairs, freshman Physics major James Brady said that his expectations for the debate were low. “To be honest, I don’t expect anything really — nothing outside of insults for each other that have already been spouted in the other two debates,” he said.

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