Archive 2016 July

Clemens, Slosberg duel for Senate seat

Democratic voters in Palm Beach County next month will decide a rare primary battle between an incumbent state senator and a member of the state House. And there is little affection between the key players in what is a three-way contest for the redrawn Senate District 31 seat. Sen. Jeff Clemens of Lake…

See full post

Poll shows Marco Rubio with hefty lead in Senate race

Marco Rubio’s decision to run for re-election has swung Florida’s Senate race decidedly in the GOP’s favor, according to a new poll that boosts Republicans hopes of keeping control of the Senate. The Quinnipiac University poll of more than 1,000 Florida voters shows Rubio with a double-digit lead over each of the two likely Democratic…

See full post

Jail hopes program helps heroin-addicted inmates get clean

The first time Jeremy Pries overdosed on heroin, his brother broke a bathroom door off its hinges to rescue him. “I was like, ‘I’m done. No more,’” he said, recalling his vow to stop using the street drug after the near-fatal episode in 2014. But he wasn’t done with heroin. Pries, 25, said…

See full post

Florida’s budget, new laws started July 1

Starting July 1 clergy who don’t want to marry same-sex couples will have state backing for their beliefs, high school students will have more choice over where they play sports or study, and local governments won’t be able to regulate the use of Styrofoam containers. Those are among the 159 new laws that…

See full post