Supervisor of Elections 2018
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Protesters Return to Broward Elections Office As Candidates Vie For Outgoing Chief's Job

The recount is over, but Tuesday evening a small group of protesters gathered once again outside of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Lauderhill.

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Election Changes Eyed As 2018 Results Finalized

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After months of mudslinging, weeks of court wrangling and days of ballot counting that again landed Florida in an unwelcome national spotlight, a state panel matter-of-factly finalized the 2018 election results in a five-minute meeting Tuesday.

The certification came on time, but problems with other election-related deadlines in two large, heavily Democratic counties --- Palm Beach and Broward --- are prompting county supervisors and legislative leaders to ponder possible solutions to the state’s ballot-box woes.

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Jan Jordan, the Broward Sheriff’s Office captain who was criticized as “ineffective” for her handling of the police response to the Parkland school shooting, has resigned — and one of her former subordinates, Sgt. Brian Miller, has been placed on restricted duty, BSO said in a statement Tuesday. 

Jordan told Sheriff Scott Israel Monday night that she would resign, according to BSO. She wrote in her separation form she was stepping down for “personal reasons.”

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After 17 of their peers were gunned down in the classrooms and hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, a group of teenagers from the Parkland school banded together to change the nation’s gun laws and offer a platform for students who worry their school will be next.

They rallied outside a local courthouse, appeared on Sunday news shows and motivated hundreds of thousands of people to march on Washington and in cities nationwide as part of an unprecedented day of action. 

Mabel Román Padró wishes she hadn't had to sue Puerto Rico's government.

But because she did, it translated an important report about Hurricane Maria into Spanish so she and most of the island's residents could read it.

"Access to information has always been hard here," Román said.

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After the recent mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in which 11 people were killed at a country music bar, President Donald Trump struck a familiar refrain: “It’s a mental health problem,” he said of the gunman, Ian David Long. “He was a very sick puppy.”

Similarly, after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and staff members in February, Trump tweeted that there were “so many signs that the shooter was mentally disturbed.”

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Busted and clogged pipes cost the Miami-Dade County sewage system $600,000 last year, and one of the main culprits was grease.

That's why Miami-Dade Water and Sewer is asking residents to properly dispose of their cooking waste this holiday season.

Jennifer Messemer-Skold, the county agency's spokesperson, likened a pipe clogged with grease to an unhealthy heart.

"If you have a very high fat-content diet, your arteries start to clog up," she said.

Elizabeth Koh / Miami Herald

Miami Lakes Republican Jose Oliva called for civility among lawmakers as he vowed to continue his party’s push for limited government after being formally elected Tuesday to serve as House speaker for the next two years.

Florida Highway Patrol

If Florida traffic wasn’t hectic enough, add a deadly crash, a soda spill and a swarm of bees just miles apart in Charlotte County.

Thousands of soda cans lay scattered along County Road 74 after a fatal crash involving three semi trucks Tuesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Another crash on State Road 31 released a swarm of bees. 

Read more at our news partner, The Miami Herald.

Florida Certifies Results Of Contentious 2018 Election

11 hours ago

Trump-allied Republican Ron DeSantis was formally elected governor of Florida and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott elected U.S. senator on Tuesday when the state certified election results two weeks after tight margins prompted tumultuous recounts.

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President Trump and televised spectacle go together like peas and carrots. And those just happen to be the names of the unflappable turkeys that Trump pardoned — on camera — Tuesday afternoon.

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