Florida lawmakers want to drop rifle-buying age from 21 to 18, a change made after Parkland mass shooting
Two House Republicans have filed a proposal to lower the minimum age from 21 to 18 to buy rifles and other “long” guns, potentially scrapping a high-profile change passed after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.sun-sentinel.com
Florida accused of violating order in ‘Stop WOKE Act’ case
Plaintiffs challenging a state law restricting how race-related concepts can be taught in higher education accused Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration Wednesday of violating a federal judge’s order that blocked parts of the law from being enforced.sun-sentinel.com
Witness calls Florida university surveys ‘highly problematic’
A federal judge began hearing testimony in a trial over the constitutionality of a 2021 state law requiring colleges and universities to survey students and staff members about “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” on campus.sun-sentinel.com
NRA using Texas case to build its challenge to Florida law restricting gun buyers to age 21 and older
The National Rifle Association is pointing to a Texas case to try to bolster its constitutional challenge to a 2018 Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns. The law was enacted after 17 people were killed and another 17 injured at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz was 19 at the time of the shooting.sun-sentinel.com
Appeals court reinstates Florida’s 2021 election law provisions struck down by judge
A federal appeals court on Friday overruled a judge who struck down much of Florida’s controversial 2021 election law, allowing the provisions to go into effect while a lawsuit makes its way through the courts.sun-sentinel.com
North Carolina Senate race tests Trump's endorsement power
When Ted Budd won a surprise endorsement from former President Donald Trump last year, he was a little-known congressman running for a Senate seat in North Carolina against some of the state’s most recognizable Republicans, including a former governor.
Judge strikes down Florida election law changes
Saying that “Florida has a grotesque history of racial discrimination,” a federal district judge struck down most of a controversial election law passed in the state last year, and said the state can’t make any major changes to election regulations for the next 10 years unless a judge clears them first.washingtonpost.com
North Carolina Democratic voters yearn for a new type of Senate candidate after years of defeats. Now they have two.
Cheri Beasley, a former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, would be her state’s first Black senator. State Sen. Jeff Jackson, meanwhile, is trying to re-create Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 Texas magic.washingtonpost.com
Transgender prisoner attacked guards after razors were taken away meaning she could not shave
A transgender inmate at a maximum security prison attacked a guard after her razors were removed, meaning she could no longer shave, a court has heard. Marcia Walker, 47, a child rapist formally known as Mark Walker, is legally recognised as female by the prison authorities, but has been in a long running dispute over access to gender realignment surgery. Durham Crown Court was told how Walker reacted angrily when prison officers from Frankland jail objected to her having razor blades. Walker claimed being unable to shave herself worsened her gender dysphoria, and when prison officers entered her cell, Walker spat at one telling him: “I have Covid.” During the same incident Walker also made a specific threat to kill the prison’s custody manager Michael Roachford, as well as threatening another inmate. The court heard that Walker was already angry that copies of National Geographic magazine - sent into jail by a charity - had been confiscated from her cell because they contained pictures of naked children. During interview, Walker had insisted she had no sexual interest in the images in the magazine and added: “They cannot take my razors from me.” In a statement read to the court, Mr Roachford described Walker as “a white, transgender inmate legally recognised as a female.” He said: “In my role as custody manager I should not expect threats to kill me. Marcia has a history of making threats.” Fiona Lamb, mitigating, said: “The defendant has had quite an unpleasant experience being in custody. I’m sure no one enjoys it but because of the defendant's personal circumstances it has been very difficult for her.” Walker, who appeared by video link admitted assault on a prison officer, threatening to kill Mr Roachford and fellow inmate Liam Edwards, as well as breaching a sexual harm prevention order. Sentencing Walker, Judge Ray Singh said he had "real concerns" over releasing her into the community, but also acknowledged there were issues over her continued detention within the prison system. However he said he was taking "a chance" on her and imposed consecutive three-month sentences for all offences, totalling 15 months, suspended for two years, with 30 rehabilitation activity days with the Probation Service. Walker will also be subject to post-sentence supervision. The court was told Kent Police, her original offender managers, from the first offence in 2003, will now take her to an agreed accommodation facility in Guildford, Surrey. She will leave Durham Prison, where she's been on remand within the next 24 hours. Judge Singh added that any breaches would land her back before him and he would activate the full 15-months. Walker told him she would not breach, adding: "You have my word on that". Walker was first jailed for 13 years as a man in 2003 for two rapes against girls under the age of 16, one aged just four, as well as 10 counts of making indecent photographs of children, seven of taking indecent photographs of children and two of distributing indecent photographs of children. In 2012, Walker was jailed for an extra six months for claiming a bomb had been sent to the then Home Secretary Theresa May’s home. In 2017 Walker received a further prison term for making hoax bomb threats against Long Lartin prison where she was being held at the time.news.yahoo.com
Another Trump on the ballot? Lara Trump eyes Senate seat
The former president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is eyeing the North Carolina Senate seat being vacated by Republican Richard Burr. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)RALEIGH, N.C. – A Trump may be on the ballot next year — but not Donald Trump. The former president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is eyeing the North Carolina Senate seat being vacated by Republican Richard Burr. The answer to that question has implications that extend far beyond Lara Trump's political future. The 38-year-old Lara Trump is married to the former president's son, Eric.
Impeachment vote becomes defining moment for GOP senator
But the North Carolina Republican’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump should not have come as a shock. AdWith Burr retiring at the end of his term in 2022, it’s a vote that could end up defining his career. Exactly a year later, as the Russia investigation was wrapping up, Burr’s time leading the committee came to an abrupt end. He sided with most Republicans in a vote to dismiss the trial, creating an expectation he’d also vote to acquit. AdSo when Burr stood up to vote for Trump's conviction, many in the chamber wondered if there would be other surprises.
Too big to read: Giant bill a leap of faith for Congress
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON – The $900 billion pandemic relief package that was rushed through Congress Monday created a familiar year-end conundrum for lawmakers: It was a bill too big to fail, and also too big to read. The Senate Historical Office says it's the longest bill they could find record of passing Congress. The bill was released at 2 p.m., just hours before the House and Senate began voting on it. Also in the bill: hundreds of unrelated legislative items negotiated by leadership to win support from various constituencies. “Members of Congress need to see & read the bills we are expected to vote on.
Army beats Navy 15-0 at Michie Stadium
It was the first meeting between the teams at West Point since 1943. They had lost all three games played previously at West Point to the Midshipmen, including 13-0 in 1943 during World War II. Xavier Arline started for Navy, just the fifth freshman to start at quarterback for the Mids against Army. Army: The Black Knights have overcome a schedule that had to be almost totally revamped to rebound after a subpar 2019. He first took his place with cadets on the Army side of the stadium for much of the first quarter before joining Navy midshipmen in the second quarter.
House Latest: Republican Lauren Boebert wins Colorado House
She soundly defeated Tipton, a co-chair of President Donald Trump’s Colorado reelection campaign, in the Republican primary in June. Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice earned a reputation as a political moderate in her two terms in the Oklahoma Senate. ___11:20 p.m. TuesdayRepublican Maria Elvira Salazar has defeated Democrat Donna Shalala for a House seat in Florida. Republican Ronny Jackson has won a House seat in West Texas, where he moved after leaving the White House in 2018. The solidly Republican district is currently held by Mac Thornberry, one of six GOP congressmen in Texas retiring this year.
Ariana Grande pumped up civic passion, but official says misconfigured servers brought down Florida’s registration website
“When the website became really slow, we were seeing 1.1 million visits per hour, so for the six hours it was down, that’s 6.6 million visits. That’s about the entire state of Colorado trying to get on the website during that six-hour window, which was unusual,” he told Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in federal court.sun-sentinel.com
Florida Sen. Rubio introduces NIL bill to push NCAA changes
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a bill that would open up that market for college athletes in the state. The bill gives the NCAA until June 2021 to have new rules in place that will supersede states laws. These kids deserve to make a little bit of money while they're in college, Rubio said. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) examining names, image and likeness compensation for college athletes, though Rubio's bill was separate from that group.
AP Exclusive: Power Five spend big on lobbying Congress
The Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender, hiring three lobbying firms and paying them a total of $140,000, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. The Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender, hiring three lobbying firms and paying them a total of $140,000, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. The Big Ten paid $20,000 to the firms working for all the Power Five but did not hire its own dedicated lobbyist. The ACC and the Big 12 each spent $60,000 $40,000 on their own lobbyists and $20,000 on the Power Five firms. Both conferences had the same lobbyists last year, the first year either had spent significant money to influence members of Congress.
Trump disavows 'send her back' rally chant, many Republicans alarmed
Known on Capitol Hill as the squad, the four lawmakers are sharp critics of both Trump and the Democratic House leadership. And I disagreed with.TRUMPS DEMAGOGUERYAt the rally, Trump intensified his vilification of the four congresswomen and underscored that such attacks will be a key part of his strategy for winning re-election in 2020. When the chant started, Trump paused for several seconds and looked across the crowd silently from the podium. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, and the crowd responded with "send her back", at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S., July 17, 2019. Republican Senator Mitt Romney, asked about the send her back chant, said, Its very unfortunate for our country.feeds.reuters.com
'Send her back' chant at Trump rally catches Republicans off guard
The House Republicans stopped short of blaming the president and Trump at midday tried to distance himself from the chant. I felt a little bit badly about it, Trump told reporters at the White House. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, and the crowd responded with "send her back", at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S., July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan DrakeThe Democratic-controlled House voted on Tuesday to condemn Trumps tweets as racist. On Wednesday, the House voted to kill for now a resolution brought by Democratic Representative Al Green that called for Trumps impeachment.feeds.reuters.com