Lawsuit on gun licenses for medical marijuana patients in Florida going to US appeals court
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and other plaintiffs will appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging federal prohibitions on medical-marijuana patients buying and possessing guns, according to a court notice filed Wednesday.sun-sentinel.com
What does the Florida primary tell us about November elections? Is that an ominous sign for Democrats?
After the months of fire and fury from Democrats declaring outrage over Gov. Ron DeSantis, the number of voters who participated in their party’s summer primary to pick a DeSantis challenger was slightly lower than in 2018.sun-sentinel.com
Nikki Fried’s campaign finance chairman couldn’t vote for her. ‘I’m mortified.’
Mitchell Berger, the prominent Fort Lauderdale lawyer who served as campaign finance chairman for Nikki Fried’s gubernatorial campaign, has been a registered Democrat since 1974, and he’s been heavily involved in political campaigns, candidate fundraising, and government for decades. And he’s intimately familiar with election law. He wasn't able to vote for her in Tuesday's primary, and wants to call attention to what happened.sun-sentinel.com
Florida primaries forecast a competitive midterm election
This past Tuesday, Aug. 23 voters took to the polls to decide the winner of several pivotal primary election matchups. Demmings defeated Brian Rush with 85% of the vote, according to the Associated Press. Sophomore Criminology and Political Science major Kasey Michaud was able to vote for the first time ever in this primary. Salazar is still projected to win in November by roughly 5 points, according to a recent poll by Florida for Economic Advancement. Students registered to vote with their University of Miami address were able to vote at the Watsco Center or St. Augustine Church.themiamihurricane.com
Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried proclaim Democrats are unified in quest to unseat Ron DeSantis
Florida Democrats are proclaiming to the world that they’re unified in the mission to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis. Their first big statewide unity event, Thursday night in Tamarac, comes after Charlie Crist resoundingly defeated Nikki Fried in the primary for governor.sun-sentinel.com
Florida Democrats choose Rep. Crist to challenge DeSantis
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall in a campaign the Republican incumbent is eyeing as the first step toward a potential White House run.
Crist, Fried campaign across South Florida in final push toward primary
Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried spent the last day of early voting in their primary contest for governor courting voters in South Florida, home to the largest concentration of Democratic voters in the state. A major focus for both candidates: Black voters, a critically important Democratic constituency.sun-sentinel.com
Feds say guns and pot a ‘dangerous’ mix, ask judge to dismiss Nikki Fried lawsuit
Arguing that the country has a long tradition of viewing intoxication and firearms as a “dangerous” mix, the U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried challenging federal prohibitions on medical-marijuana patients buying guns.sun-sentinel.com
Watch the video: Florida governor forum with Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried
Democratic candidates for Florida governor Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried appear at an election forum sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, Spectrum News 13 and Bay News 9. See what the duo have to say ahead of their primary this month.sun-sentinel.com
Jill Lewis-Daggs: Nikki Fried’s Plan for Black Floridians
Her plans for Black Floridians – from economic justice to fighting for Civil Rights, and more – are as aggressive as they are necessary. Of course, the fight for Black rights – including our Civil Rights – is far from relegated to history. Our Civil Rights – which many Americans fought, bled, and died for – are under attack once again, particularly at the ballot box. Nikki will always stand on the side of expanding our Civil Rights, not limiting them as Governor DeSantis has done. As Governor, Nikki knows the most important thing she can do is to improve economic outcomes for Black Floridians.thewestsidegazette.com
2 Minute Warning and the conversations continue
By Dixie Ann BlackThe 2- Minute Warning welcomed Ms. Nadine Hankerson, PhD., Nikki Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and guest moderator Corey Shearer to last Thursday’s political discussion. She holds a master’s degree from Clark Atlanta University, Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and a Georgia State University Project Management certification from the school of business. Hankerson has participated in her community, first from the age of 13 as a lifeguard with Parks and Recreation. The department of agriculture employs two million people and has a 380-billion-dollar impact on the state. What we do impacts people’s lives every single day.”Fried underscored the help the department of agriculture is giving to local food gardens.thewestsidegazette.com
Heated back and forth between Crist and Fried in their one debate before Democratic governor primary
Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried had a heated exchange in their only debate before voters pick one of them as the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Fried said Democrats can "keep losing," as she gestured toward her opponent. Crist said Fried showed "the voice of desperation. Unfortunately for Nikki, she’s losing this campaign."sun-sentinel.com
Nikki Fried wows Broward Democratic audience. Charlie Crist appears via video.
Nikki Fried won some converts among active voters who are sure to vote in the gubernatorial primary with an in-person appearance at a major Broward Democratic Club. "After tonight, I would do anything for her.” Charlie Crist appeared via video, which many in the audience didn't like.sun-sentinel.com
There’s one Crist-Fried debate before the primary. Here’s how to watch.
The vast majority of Florida’s Democratic primary voters will have only one chance to see their party’s candidates for governor side-by-side before the Aug. 23 primary. It comes Thursday evening, when the one debate between Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried is broadcast on TV and streamed online.sun-sentinel.com
Charlie Crist regrets some past decisions. He urges voters to boot his appointees to the Supreme Court.
Regrets, he’s got a few, admitted Charlie Crist, who’s probably held more elective offices during nearly 30 years in public service than the other major candidates running for governor combined.sun-sentinel.com
Nikki Fried says she’s divesting medical marijuana holdings, promises ‘day one’ action on abortion
Nikki Fried says she is liquidating her financial interest in the state’s biggest medical marijuana operator as she faces questions about potential conflicts of interest if she’s elected governor.sun-sentinel.com
Racing to the finish: Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist double down on outreach in Broward
Both Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist appeared at separate events in Broward County on Wednesday. Fried made one of her final appointments as agriculture commissioner in Fort Lauderdale and Crist held a campaign event to meet with Haitian faith and community leaders in North Lauderdale.sun-sentinel.com
Shock Poll: Charlie Crist leads Ron DeSantis Amid COVID-19 Surge
Ron DeSantis in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, according to the latest survey from St. Pete Polls. A previous St. Pete Polls survey taken in late May found Crist in a much weaker position. Comparing Crist’s performance in the latest poll to Fried’s shows she is failing to capture independent voters and is capturing fewer Republican voters. The St. Pete Polls survey reached 3,952 respondents over the phone. Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight include St. Pete Polls in their polling aggregations.thewestsidegazette.com
This Week in South Florida Podcast: June 19, 2022
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney are joined by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, MSD parent and gun control activist Max Schachter and Urban League of Greater Miami President T Willard Fair.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: June 19, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney are joined by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, MSD parent and gun control activist Max Schachter and Urban League of Greater Miami President T Willard Fair.
Does Nikki Fried have a path to winning Democratic nomination for governor over Charlie Crist?
With less than 10 weeks until the Democratic primary, gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried’s campaign is portraying her as a viable alternative to her much better-known competitor, Charlie Crist, with a path to victory that will defy conventional wisdom about the contest.sun-sentinel.com
Crist and Fried, together in West Palm Beach, agree on substance and harsh words for DeSantis but differ on style
Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried didn’t do much exchanging of ideas Wednesday night at a candidate forum. Instead, the two Democratic candidates for governor agreed, again and again. Their greatest agreement: repeated condemnations of the man they want to run against, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.sun-sentinel.com
Fred Guttenberg, father of Stoneman Douglas victim, endorses Nikki Fried for governor
Fred Guttenberg, one of the most recognizable, outspoken parents of children killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, is endorsing Nikki Fried for the Democratic nomination for governor. Guttenberg has become one of Florida’s most prominent activists on gun issues since his daughter, Jaime, was killed, along with 16 other people, at the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at her school.sun-sentinel.com
Candidate for Florida governor denounces ‘traitors’ who rioted at Capitol on Jan. 6
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried forcefully denounced the participants in the violent Jan. 6, 2021, protests at the U.S. Capitol, calling them “seditious traitors” who surrendered the right to be called “fellow countryman.”sun-sentinel.com
State Supreme Court justices skeptical of challenge to gun law. South Florida officials want it overturned.
Florida Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism about a challenge by led by South Florida cities and counties to a 2011 state law that threatens stiff penalties if local officials pass gun-related regulations. The potential penalties are so harsh they prevent, for all practical purposes, even discussing actions that could improve public safety by dealing with guns, local officials say.sun-sentinel.com
Governor candidate Nikki Fried calls for massive effort to ‘change the culture of America when it comes to guns’
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried wants to see a massive effort to “change the culture of America when it comes to guns,” along the scale of the efforts that turned cigarette smoking into something that’s less glamorous – and thus less popular – than it was decades ago. Fried said the newly retooled race for the Democratic nomination will help voters see clear distinctions between her and Charlie Crist but declined to directly say if third candidate Annette Taddeo's decision to drop out would benefit her.sun-sentinel.com
Gun control advocates call on Marco Rubio to join their fight to end gun violence
In impassioned speeches, a group of moms, teachers, students, and gun control advocates called on Sen. Marco Rubio to join their fight to end gun violence, even if it would mean turning his back on his donors at the National Rifle Association.sun-sentinel.com
Democratic Black Caucus of Florida Endorses Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried for the Democratic Primary at its 39th Annual Conference
By Louis C WardThe Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF)endorsed Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried for the Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, provided viable workshops and roundtables, and culminated its 39th Conference with an entertaining and enlightening Gala. Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried and Senator Annette Taddeo both delivered informative and persuasive presentations at the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. “This endorsement,” said Commissioner Fried, “means everything to me, my team, and our supporters fighting to beat Ron DeSantis. “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” said DBCF President Mallory, citing the Theme of the 2022 DBCF Conference. Ms. Francine Garcia, Treasurer of Lake County Democratic Black Caucus, said, “I thought this year’s conference was one of the better ones.thewestsidegazette.com
DeSantis’ trifecta: Canceling Disney’s district, masks mandate on planes, and half of Florida’s Black congressional delegation
It’s Monday, April 25, and this week political dominoes will start to fall as politicians start lining up for down-ballot races because of the now-enacted congressional map.news.yahoo.com
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: April 24, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg speak with Florida Rep. Randy Fine, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, filmmaker and activist Billy Corben and former Miami Marlins President David Samson.
‘This Is No Longer a Tragic Accident’: Tyre Sampson’s Mother Issues Strong Indictment Following Report Confirming Ride Operator Changed Safety Sensors on Ride That Killed Her Son
An investigation into the accidental death of a Black teen in an Orlando, Florida, amusement park has found a park employee tampered with the ride’s […]news.yahoo.com
Tropical Audubon asks court to reverse governor and cabinet’s order on SR-836
If built, the extension would breach the county’s Urban Development Boundary (UDB) and intrude into Everglades Wetlands and the county’s West Wellfield from which the county draws drinking water. “As South Florida’s Voice of Conservation, filing this appeal, honors Tropical Audubon Society’s legacy of protecting wetlands habitat that birds and other wildlife rely on, and safe-guarding clean drinking water that Miami-Dade County residents rely on,” said Tropical Audubon Society president José Francisco Barros. “The cabinet’s order defies the county’s CDMP and the state’s Everglades Restoration plans. If upheld, it would be a huge loss for our county’s wildlife and human residents.”The governor and cabinet’s decision, if upheld, would risk the region’s drinking water supply, jeopardize Everglades Restoration and threaten crucial habitat for birds and other wildlife. It would deepen the community’s dependence on single-vehicle commutes, and create insurmountable pressure for more development in West Kendall.communitynewspapers.com
Mayor, governor candidate call for probe of voter ID changes after Local 10 reports
State and local leaders are calling for an investigation into possible election interference after Local 10 News reported this week that South Florida senior citizens learned their political party was unknowingly changed to Republican.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: January 23, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg welcome Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Broward County Elections Supervisor Joe Scott, State Sen. Shevrin Jones and State Rep. David Borrero.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: April 4, 2021
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by Deputy Secretary for the Florida Department of Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson, state lawmakers Sen. Annette Taddeo and Rep. Daniel Perez, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried and South Florida Water Management District board member Ron Bergeron.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: April 4, 2021
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by Deputy Secretary for the Florida Department of Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson, state lawmakers Sen. Annette Taddeo and Rep. Daniel Perez, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried and South Florida Water Management District board member Ron Bergeron.
Sunshine State dims for Dems amid election losses, cash woes
Democrats hope to make deeper strides in changing their fortunes in a state that has become friendlier place for Republicans. And that was despite $100 million spent by Michael Bloomberg to help Democrats in the state. When the spending tally is complete, the last election cycle in Florida is expected to rank as among the most expensive in state history. Ad“I don’t know anybody who’s happy with investing $100 million and not winning,” said Manny Diaz, the new chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Diaz, the state party chairman, is trying to reverse the slide in its voter registration advantage over Republicans.
Florida Gov. DeSantis faces growing charges of vaccine favoritism
Bruce Rauner, last week gave the Florida governor's campaign committee $250,000. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried joined Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in calling for federal officials to probe the DeSantis administration’s vaccine distribution programs. AdDuring a Thursday news conference, DeSantis expressed no misgivings about the early vaccinations at the exclusive Key Largo community. In recent weeks, other reports have surfaced of wealthy retirement communities getting exclusive access to vaccine doses through pop-up vaccine sites. Bruce Rauner to the Florida governor's campaign committee.
Palm Beach County refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh
(AP Photo/Julie Smith, File)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh — a move that the governor's office called “petty.”The county's courthouse flags remained at full staff, ignoring Gov. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. Officials in the Town of Palm Beach, the wealthy island enclave where Limbaugh lived for two decades, issued a statement saying its policy is to comply with governor's orders to lower the flags. Trump also lives in Palm Beach at his Mar-a-Lago club and he and Limbaugh were close friends.
Did Nikki Fried fire first shot against Ron DeSantis in upcoming race for governor?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a possible prelude to Florida’s upcoming gubernatorial campaign, the state’s only Democrat holding statewide office is taking a shot at Gov. Ron DeSantis in a campaign-style video that casts the Republican as unempathetic amid a deadly pandemic and beholden to former President Donald Trump. In her 1-minute video, Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried did not do what many expect her to do sometime in the coming months: Announce a bid to challenge DeSantis for the governor’s mansion in next year’s election. But even if she fell short of making an announcement on a bid, it set off more speculation and could accelerate the jockeying within a Democratic field considering a run against DeSantis.
DeSantis bragging about Florida’s vaccination program upsets Nikki Fried
“If you look at what Florida has done, we have done by far the most for senior citizens,” DeSantis said. Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, a Democrat, accused the Republican governor of mismanaging the vaccine distribution. “This is not a positive roll-out ... Don’t call it a success,” Fried said. Vaccinations next week in South Florida are iffy because there are no new shipments of vaccines scheduled. So far, in Miami-Dade County more than 100,000 people have been vaccinated, more than 77,000 in Broward County, and about 3,000 in Monroe County.
Florida downplays reports of medical tourism for vaccines
State officials have moved quickly to disavow such scuttlebutt. Ron DeSantis said stories of people flying to Florida, getting vaccinated and returning home are overblown. “We are seeing lines all across the state of Florida. She praised Florida officials for allowing outsiders to get shots. This has nothing to do with where you’re from.”___Lush reported from St. Petersburg, Florida, and Calvan from Tallahassee, Florida.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: December 13, 2020
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Joining the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast are FIU infectious disease expert Dr. Aileen Marty, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, Feeding South Florida President Paco Velez, and journalists Nancy Ancrum from the Miami Herald and Steve Bousquet from the Sun Sentinel. Subscribe to the weekly TWISF Podcast on iOS or Android