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Florida Fines Key County $3.5 Million For Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines

Leon County has been ordered to pay up for violating the state's "vaccine passport" law, FL's Dept. of Health said.
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Top Stories this AM: House committee threatens charges over ignored Jan. 6 subpoenas; DeSantis fines Florida county for firing unvaxxed; Musk's mansion for sale - if you have a spare $32 million

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: Musk's mansion for sale - again. Elon Musk is putting up his Bay Area mansion up for sale again - it's now 15% cheaper at $32 million. The revised price comes just days after Musk announced Tesla is moving its headquarters from California to Texas. What a bargain. Cheney brings out the big guns. GOP R...
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Florida issued a $3.5 million fine against a county that enforced COVID-19 vaccine passports

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned government agencies from imposing vaccine passports. On Tuesday, the state fined Leon County over $3.5 million for violating that policy. Leon County fired 14 employees who did not show proof of vaccination by the October 1 deadline. A Florida county was fined over $3.5 million by the state's health department for violating Gov. Ron DeSantis's executive ord...
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Florida fines county $3.5 million for requiring proof of vaccination

Administrator Vincent Long said Leon County believes its vaccination mandate is "legally justifiable."
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Florida fines county $3.5 million for enforcing vaccine passports

The Florida Health Department has levied a $3.5 million fine against Leon County for violating the state's ban on vaccine passports.
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Florida schools can mandate masks after judge blocks DeSantis ban

A Leon County judge blocked Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mandatory masks at schools from remaining in place.       [Author: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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Florida judge orders immediate lifting of DeSantis ban on school mask mandates

Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper would not issue the state a stay on his order to lift its mask mandate ban until an appeal...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won't give up on his school mask mandate ban

DeSantis places his mask back on after speaking during a press conference on January 6, 2021. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is appealing a court order that blocks his ban on school mask mandates. The state said it was going to ignore the ban and punish non-complying school districts anyways. The appeal "triggers an automatic stay," meaning that DeSantis' ban is temporarily law once more. See more stories on Insider's business page. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won't give up on his school mask mandate ban. He appealed a court decision striking his order down.

DeSantis places his mask back on after speaking during a press conference on January 6, 2021. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is appealing a court order that blocks his ban on school mask mandates. The state said it was going to ignore the ban and punish non-complying school districts anyways. The appeal "triggers an automatic stay," meaning that DeSantis' ban is temporarily law once more. See more stories on Insider's business page. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a...
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Judge rules against Florida Gov. DeSantis' ban on mask mandates in schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates in schools will not remain in place, Leon County's 2nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Cooper ruled Friday.
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Judge blocks Florida from banning mask mandates

By Terry Spencer and Curt Anderson | Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — School districts in Florida may impose mask mandates, a judge said Friday, ruling that Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority by issuing an executive order banning the mandates. Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper agreed with a group of parents who claimed in a lawsuit that DeSantis’ order is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. The governor’s order gave parents the sole right to decide if their child we...
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A judge just struck down Gov. DeSantis' mask mandates ban, saying he didn't have the power to order it

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Joe Raedle/Getty Images A judge ruled that Gov. DeSantis' mask mandate ban was unconstitutional. Schools may impose mask mandates for their districts, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper said. The move comes after 10 Florida districts defied the governor and imposed mask mandates anyways. See more stories on Insider's business page. A judge ruled that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order to ban mask m...
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Judge throws out Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates in Florida schools

A Leon County judge rules Friday on Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mandatory masks in Florida schools following a trial that stretched into four days.       [Author: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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Florida doctor loses job after Covid mask medical excuse letters sold for $50 online

After a mask mandate was imposed Sunday in Florida's Leon County, a notice appeared on an anti-mask site offering to sell opt-out letters to parents, signed by a doctor. The notice received more widespread attention that its author expected, and today emergency room physician Dr. — Read the rest
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Another Florida School District Bucks DeSantis By Nixing Mask Mandate Opt-Out

The hits just keep on coming for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Leon County Schools superintendent Rocky Hanna on Sunday announced that the school district’s mask mandate is now mandatory, ending the option for parents to opt their children out. The district’s new mandatory mask mandate makes exceptions for medical reasons and defies DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
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Fired Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones turns herself in to authorities

The former Florida data analyst who has accused state officials of covering up the extent of the pandemic has turned herself in authorities in Leon County days after a warrant was issued for her arrest, according to a news release from Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
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Gov. Ron DeSantis had trouble voting because someone had falsely submitted a change of address under his name

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on the Army Corps' building of a coronavirus field hospital inside the facility, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Miami Beach, Florida, on April 8, 2020. Al Diaz/Pool via REUTERS Florida Governor Ron DeSantis learned his primary address had been changed without his consent when he went to vote on Monday.  Investigators found his address had been changed through a web b...
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Florida accused of sowing confusion with last-minute voting changes

The Republican secretary of state has issued controversial guidance about ex-felons’ rights and ballot dropboxes in what critics call an attempt at voter suppressionFlorida’s top election official is facing accusations of voter suppression after two last-minute moves critics say will lead to intimidation and confusion.Alarm bells went off last week after the office of Florida’s secretary of state, Laurel Lee, abruptly notified election officials the state was beginning to flag voters for potenti...
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Florida Breaks Opening Day Record For Early Voting

Florida smashed the state’s previous records on Monday, with at least 350,000 people casting ballots for in-person early voting, Politico reports. Some of the voters on Monday reportedly munched on pizza — a treat from pop icon Ariana Grande while they waited to cast what grew to at least 350,000 ballots by the day’s end. The totals — which were still being counted into the late hours of the night — far exceed the number of ballots cast on for the first day of in-person early voting in 2016 w...
Tags: Florida, News, Democrats, Ariana Grande, Biden, Jacksonville, Kamala Harris, Orlando, Pensacola, Trump, HARRIS, Tallahassee, Leon County, Matt Gaetz, Trump Victory, Emma Vaughn


Canada’s Gun Control Debate Acknowledges 2A Keeps U.S. Antis in Check

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pushed through new gun controls. The Second Amendment prevents that from happening in the U.S. (Screen snip, YouTube, Global News) U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- A Duke University law professor may have unintentionally explained to a writer at Foreign Policy.com why Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was able to push through new gun control measures following the deadly Nova Scotia shooting spree, when such arbitrary actions would never be permitted in...
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NRA/USF Ask Leon County Tax Collector to Stop Violating Constitution

The NRA / USF is formally responding to Florida's Leon County Tax Collector's email blast stating she would not process concealed weapon applications. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)-On May 13, 2020, Leon County Tax Collector, Doris Maloy, sent out an email blast  to a group of government officials informing them that she would be re-opening her offices on June 1st, but was refusing to process “concealed weapon original applications.” The following letter was sent out this morning to Tax Co...
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Controlled fluff burning in Spain

If you’re like us, watching this video will leave you with many questions, chief among them: What on earth is going on? The footage, filmed in Spain and posted to Twitter by user Kyle Hill, appears to show the grass of a public park alight and burning at an alarmingly fast rate. The thing is, as the line of fire moves across the green, the grass, picnic tables, and trees remain unharmed. There appears to be a white film atop the grass that is actually doing the burning, and once it’s gone, t...
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Suit seeks to remove Sanders from Florida Democratic ballot

In a state where elections and litigation are intertwined, add this to Florida's ballot box saga: A pair of Floridians are asking a court to remove Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic front-runner for president, from the state's March 17 primary ballot. Although Sanders is registered as a Democrat with the Federal Election Commission, a lawsuit filed in Leon County asserts he is a political interloper and not a bona fide Democrat. Sanders, who has spent three decades in the U.S. Capitol, first...
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Florida jury spares life of man who killed law professor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury took a half hour Tuesday to spare the life of a man they convicted last week in the slaying of a Florida State University law professor who was gunned down in his garage. Instead, a Leon County judge sentenced Sigfredo Garcia to spend the rest of his life […]
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Hurricane Michael Hits Florida Panhandle With Winds Over 150 MPH

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Vincent Long, the administrator of Leon County in Florida, where Hurricane Michael has already hit.
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Hurricane Michael Upgraded To A Category 3 Storm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A fast and furious Hurricane Michael sped toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday with 120 mph winds and a potential storm surge of 13 feet, giving tens of thousands of people precious little time to get out or board up. Drawing energy from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm strengthened rapidly into a potentially devastating Category 3 by evening. It was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday near Panama City Beach, along a lightly populated str...
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Michael strengthens into a hurricane, menaces Florida

By JENNIFER KAY and GARY FINEOUT MIAMI — A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael on Monday is likely to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected strike on Florida’s Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Michael could strengthen into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 mph by Tuesday night before an expected strike Wednesday on the Panhandle or Big Bend, according to the National Hurricane Center. Since the storm will spend two to three days over the Gu...
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Florida judge lifts stay on smokable medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians allowed to use medical marijuana are one step closer to being able to smoke it. Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday lifted a stay on her May 25 ruling that the Florida Legislature’s provision banning smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. The state’s Department of Health had filed […]
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Florida school districts: Leave backpacks at home

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Several Florida school districts are telling students to leave their backpacks at home during the final days of the school year. A north Florida school district announced Thursday that students would not be allowed to bring backpacks next week. In a statement sent to parents Leon County school officials said there […]
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Florida districts keep up fight against charter school law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eleven school districts in Florida are refusing to give up their legal battle over an education law that steered more money to charter schools. A Leon County circuit judge in April threw out the lawsuit filed last year against the Florida Legislature. The districts challenged several parts of the law pushed […]
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