Government and politics

UF Faculty Senate approves vote of no confidence in presidential selection process

The University of Florida Faculty Senate passed a resolution Thursday indicating it has no confidence in a selection process that designated Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, as the sole nominee to be UF’s 13th president. After two-and-a-half hours of debate, the Senate voted 72-16 to approve the resolution drafted last week stating the faculty was dissatisfied with a lack of openness in the selection process. Many faculty members were also displeased with Sasse’s lack of support for abortion and LGBTQ rights.

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UF students and faculty voice their opposition before Sasse’s return to campus

Students and faculty at the University of Florida are preparing to again display their disapproval of the university’s sole presidential finalist -- U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse R-Nebraska.  Opposition grew this week as the UF Faculty Senate was poised for an emergency meeting Thursday to consider a vote of no confidence in the selection process. This came as students were preparing another protest when Sasse returns to campus on Nov. 1 for a final interview with the UF Board of Trustees. 

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Local NAACP to pursue legal action for ‘deceptive’ political advertisements on single-member districting; GOP rejects accusations

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s chapter for Alachua County announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that it will pursue legal action against an advertising campaign that quoted political leaders of the local Black community to garner support for single-member districts, a referendum on November’s ballot.  …

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University of Florida bans protests in on-campus buildings as Sasse awaits presidential appointment

GAINESVILLE, Fla – Protestors will not be allowed inside University of Florida buildings after more than 300 students disrupted a meeting with sole presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse during his first on-campus appearance earlier this month.  The two-decade-old regulation will be upheld for the first time in recent years, …

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Eagle-Glenn, Alford rematch for District 1 seat

The race for the Alachua County District 1 commissioner race features a familiar matchup, as 42-year-old incumbent Republican Raemi Eagle-Glenn faces 61-year-old Democrat Mary Alford. In 2020, the pair met in the same race — that time, both challenged Democrat incumbent Mike Byerly. After defeating Eagle-Glenn in the 2020 election …

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