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Council Ousts DeBary Mayor Over City Charter Violations

Councilmembers in a small, central Florida city voted to oust their mayor after finding him guilty of eight counts of violating the city’s charter. The 4-0 vote to boot Clint Johnson came late Wednesday in DeBary, which is north of Orlando. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Vice Mayor Lita Handy-Peters will …

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Racism Allegations Against Judge Enter Death Row Case

A lawyer for Death Row inmate Terrance Phillips wants the Florida Supreme Court to order an investigation into allegations of racism involving the circuit judge who sentenced the Jacksonville man to death — including accusations that the judge once said blacks should “go back to Africa.” Judge Mark Hulsey, elected …

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Despite Abuse Claims, Grayson Staying In Florida Senate Race

Democratic leaders want Rep. Alan Grayson to go away. His ex-wife says he's abusive. Ethics questions dog him. Yet the liberal lawmaker is refusing to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate, potentially upending party hopes that moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy will emerge as the nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

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As Zika Fears Escalate, Lawmakers Point Fingers From Afar

Nurse practitioner Juliana Duque, right, gives a patient, who is in her first trimester of pregnancy insecticide and and information about mosquito protection at the Borinquen Medical Center, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in Miami. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to the nearby neighborhood of Wynwood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. The patient also had a test for the Zika virus following her exam. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

As the Zika virus escalates into a public health crisis, members of Congress remain entrenched politically, with Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers over the failure to act as the number of mosquito-transmitted cases in the U.S. grows. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell warned lawmakers on Wednesday that her budget for fighting Zika is running out quickly. Without more money fast, she said, the "nation's ability to effectively respond to Zika will be impaired."

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More Than 100,000 Already Cast Primary Ballots

Slightly more than 100,000 people had already voted in the Aug. 30 primaries as of Wednesday, according to the state Division of Elections website. Of those who have returned vote-by-mail ballots, 46,730 are Republicans, 38,917 are Democrats and 11,750 are without party affiliation. An additional 2,658 ballots have been returned …

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