In Florida's Old South, a new political battleground emerges
“Black voters in this part of the state are critical to winning statewide,” said Adrianne Shropshire, the executive director of BlackPAC. Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 40,000 registered voters in Duval County, and more than half of the county's Democrats are African American. That was not the case when Hillary Clinton lost in Duval County to Trump in 2016. The area has also been a proving ground for Trump's attempt to peel off some Black voters — especially Black men — from Democrats. In Duval County, she won by a margin of fewer than 3,000 votes.
Governors who quickly reopened backpedal as virus surges
(Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)AUSTIN, Texas When Texas began lifting coronavirus restrictions, Republican Gov. He pointed out that the White House backed his plan and gave assurances there were safe ways to go out again. Doug Ducey, also a Republican, did the same, declaring the state on pause as hospitals accelerate toward capacity. But the Republican governor has resisted calls to require them, arguing that it would be difficult to enforce in a rural state. Hutchinson also says hes concerned such a mandate could spark a backlash, with people refusing to wear masks.
Shocking numbers, serious questions, on coronavirus in Florida | Editorial
Also over the weekend, the number of infected people living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes jumped from nine to 33. Duval County has 14, Broward has 12, Baker has 3, and Clay, Orange, Citrus and Bradford each report one. It makes you wonder, which facilities are these? Do the other patients know? How about family members, who have not been allowed to visit for two weeks now?sun-sentinel.com
Florida Department of Health, Two New Deaths Related to COVID-19 on March 21st
// // ////TALLAHASSEE As of 11 a.m. today (March 21st), the Florida Department of Health confirmed there are 658 total Florida cases and two people have died in COVID-19 related deaths, one in Broward County and one in Duval County. New Florida cases include:95 additional positive COVID-19 cases (93 Florida residents and 2 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health. There are currently 603 positive cases in Florida residents and 55 positive cases in non-Florida residents. Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. More Information on COVID-19To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Healths dedicated COVID-19 webpage.sflcn.com
Florida man charged with driving into GOP voter sign-up tent
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said via social media that 27-year-old Gregory William Loel Timm has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, one count of criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. The Republican party of Duval County said it had set up the tent on Saturday in order to register voters.sun-sentinel.com
Pastor working in Florida prison faces charges over inmate’s rape
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As a Florida Department of Corrections’ education supervisor, Rev. The inmate reported Carlisle was pretending to help him when he moved to overpower him and rape him on Aug. 6 at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County. The sexual assault forensic exam was performed the next day. Investigators collected Carlisle’s DNA on Jan. 29 and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported it was a match and issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday. He is facing charges of sexual battery and sexual misconduct in Bradford County.