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A group of lawmakers and advocates held a Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Capitol Tuesday to honor those killed by anti-trans violence. Democratic State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith says Florida lawmakers can do more to protect transgender Floridians. First and foremost, Smith says, the Legislature can pass the Florida Competitive Workforce Act.

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Florida’s Senate has a new president in Republican Bill Galvano, who was sworn in last week —and he's already looking at what’s to come out of this legislative session. Just a week after State officials touted unemployment numbers they say are the lowest since 2007, Galvano said he would take a balanced approach in considering tax cuts.

County commissioner Nick Maddox (l), Leon County Judge Lane Smith (c) and Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley (r) make up the county canvassing board and are evaluating questionable ballots
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Florida lawmakers will take up election changes in the upcoming session following a contentious 2018 cycle, and Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley has some suggestions for avoiding many of the problems and pitfalls that popped up.

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A New York Times best-selling author whose detective tales have attracted a cult-like fan following is coming to Tallahassee. But it seems Louise Penny underwent considerable trauma in her own life before she could take up the profession that would make her so famous.

Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott.
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Florida’s newest U.S. Senator is Governor Rick Scott. He defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in a close and contentious election. 

Florida Gov. candidates with their running mates [from left to right]: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King, while Fla. Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez.
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Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded the governor’s race for a second time following a state- mandated recount. 

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Florida’s Senate President-elect Bill Galvano hosted members of the Capitol Press Corps Friday, fielding questions about the election, upcoming session and beyond.

Nine days after Election Day, and one machine recount later, it is all but official: Ron DeSantis is Florida’s next governor.

Manatees gather in warm water at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River in March, 2015. Kayakers can be seen in the background, separated from the manatees.
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It’s been a tough year for Florida manatees. Red tide and cold snaps have led to their highest death rate since 2013, and that death rate could still go up. 

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The 2018 mid-term election is barely settled but longtime political watchers are already reading the tea-leaves for 2020. Noted Republican and Democratic  political strategists say the legal battles of this year are only a prelude for upcoming elections, with no sign of political divides healing anytime soon. 

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The Libyan coast guard forcibly removed more than 70 migrants from a ship that had rescued them after the migrants refused to disembark, saying they had been imprisoned and tortured in Libya before and feared going back.

The migrants have now been placed in Libyan detention centers, which are notorious for human rights abuses including torture and slavery. Several migrants were reportedly injured in the forced removal and have been hospitalized.

President Trump has made explicit that the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia will be defined by business deals and a shared opposition to Iran — and not the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"If we abandon Saudi Arabia, it would be a terrible mistake," Trump told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday. "We're with Saudi Arabia. We're staying with Saudi Arabia."

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