Category Archives: Politics

Former Wyoming Senator Speaks With Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

By on October 7th, 2015 | Last updated: October 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson spoke at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday about the federal budget, tax code, Social Security and health care. Simpson discussed the nation’s fiscal situation and how it affects local businesses with Gainesville regional leaders.

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Panel Discusses Mass Incarceration and Discrimination in Democracy

By on September 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: September 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Students Taking Action Against Racism held a panel at the Bob Graham Center to discuss the issue of mass incarceration. Panelists lamented the lack of true due process in American society.

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Why The Pope’s Visit to the U.S. Inspires Gainesville Catholics

By on September 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: September 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Joel Ainsworth plays piano at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wednesday morning. He said Pope Francis is welcoming more people to the Catholic Church. Elena Castello, a sophomore at UF, has wanted to see the pope since she was a young girl. […]

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Gainesville Responds To Low Voter Turnout With Registration Drive

By on September 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: September 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

About 86,000 of the 140,000 registered voters in Gainesville voted in the last presidential election. In response to the low voter turnout rates, the city of Gainesville has partnered with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to offer a voter registration drive.

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Florida Senate Approves Policy Change To Campus Concealed Carry

By on September 17th, 2015 | Last updated: September 17, 2015 at 4:25 pm

An amendment to the policy on concealed weapons on college campuses may be presented in the 2016 Florida legislative session. Already passed by Florida Senate and House committees, the policy needs to be approved by three more committees to be considered.

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UF Political Parties Weigh in on Expectations Ahead of Republican Debate

By on September 16th, 2015 | Last updated: September 17, 2015 at 10:36 am

The second round of Republican debates will air tonight on CNN. Viewers and the media are expecting this debate to be an intense battle between 11 candidates.

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Ocala Mayor To Return To Office

By on September 16th, 2015 | Last updated: September 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

In the Ocala city elections on Tuesday, voters show approval for Mayor Kent Guinn and elect him for a third term and elect a new councilman for District 4.

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Alachua County Sheriff Candidate Proposes Changes to ACSO Budget

By on September 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: September 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Alachua County Sheriff candidate Zac Zedalis argued during a county commission meeting that 10 deputies would be able to keep their jobs if resources were reallocated within the departmental budget. Sheriff Sadie Darnell said the positions would have to be cut without extra funding.

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Big Cat Rescue Works To Pass Protection Act

By on August 6th, 2015 | Last updated: August 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm

One of the largest accredited wildlife sanctuaries, Big Cat Rescue, want to end private possession and breeding of big cats by November. To reach their goal, the sanctuary and a partnered coalition are pushing to get the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” passed.

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Thousands Sign Initiative To Get Florida Marijuana On 2016 Ballot

By on August 4th, 2015 | Last updated: August 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

United For Care has turned in about 100,000 out of 683,149 validated signatures needed to put the Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions bill on the 2016 ballot. So far, Marion, Levy and Alachua counties have not yet received any signatures, according to the supervisor of elections offices in these counties.

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