JACKSONVILLE (AP)—A federal judge has denied a request for a new trial by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who was found guilty of taking money from a sham charity that was purported to be aiding poor students.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan’s ruling was issued Wednesday.
The 70-year-old Ms. Brown was convicted of taking money from the One Door for Education Foundation and lying on her taxes and congressional financial-disclosure forms....
Congressman Charlie Crist was at his St. Petersburg condo building today when a painter suddenly said, "Can you believe what he said yesterday?"
Immediately Crist knew the man was talking about President Donald Trump and his extraordinary comments Tuesday on race and Charlottesville.
"He said, 'I just can't believe it,' " Crist recalled in an interview. "I hear that in the grocery store, I hear it everywhere. People are upset."...
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez sought to straddle the contentious politics of immigration, saying on Fox News that he holds “different views” than the Trump administration, he agrees with a policy of detaining undocumented immigrants for federal authorities.
Gimenez appeared on Fox & Friends ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ 3 p.m. speech on "sanctuary cities" in Miami. He called Sessions’ message about law and order “very important.”...
Sen. Marco Rubio this evening pointendly criticized President Trump for not placing all blame on the white nationalists who provoked violence in Charlottesville.
"The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons," Rubio began a series of tweets after Trump's remarks today in which he again said both sides of the conflict share in the blame....
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants the Florida Legislature to convene a special session to vote on removing a confederate statue from the U.S. Capitol.
“While the events in Charlottesville represent our nation’s original sin, we know these hateful acts do not define who we are as a country," the South Florida Democrat said in statement Tuesday. "We must denounce white supremacy and domestic terrorism and stand up for love and compassion – not just with our words, but with our deeds....
WASHINGTON - Today marks the 5th anniversary of DACA, the program that has protected nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation, and activists will hold events in Washington and cities across the country.
“I remember that day extremely vividly,” said Juan Escalante, 28, who lives in Tallahassee and came to Florida with his Venezuelan parents in 2000. An activist himself, he had gotten a phone call from an undisclosed number. It was someone at the White House who told him to turn on the television where President Obama was announcing the program....
David Jolly, cable TV's favorite Republican, was on MSNBC last night and said President Trump was "two days too late" on addressing racial violence in Charlottesville.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit PortMiami on Wednesday to highlight Miami-Dade's reversal as a so-called sanctuary city.
Sessions will “give remarks highlighting jurisdictions like Miami-Dade that have increased their cooperation and information sharing with federal immigration authorities and have demonstrated a fundamental commitment to the rule of law and lowering violent crime,” the Justice Department said in a release....
Gary Morse, the man who developed the Villages, died in 2014 but his family continues to play a role in politics, and recently gave $100,000 to a super PAC chaired by Gov. Rick Scott.
The Holding Company of the Villages contributed to the New Republican PAC, which Scott announced in May, and is the biggest single donation to date. The super PAC took in $270,000 in the first six months of 2017....
As white nationals stoke violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio offered a study in contrasts.
Trump was more general in his language while Rubio directly condemned Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists. As the day wore on, Rubio said Trump needed to act more decisively....
Donald Trump on Friday threatened military action in Venezuela, calling it a “mess.”
“This is our neighbor. We’re all over the world and we have troops all over the world that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering. And they’re dying,” Trump said.
“We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” Trump said....
Reg Brown, once deputy counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush, has been immersed in some of the biggest action in Washington this year.
He represented Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearings (remember the Marco Rubio drama and then Rubio voting for Tillerson?). Lately, Brown has represented the beleaguered Paul Manafort.
Until now. Brown's firm, WilmerHale, is no longer representing Manafort....
WASHINGTON - Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio sounded deep concern over the situation with North Korea and say all options should be on the table, including a U.S. military strike.
“North Korea poses a serious threat to the U.S. and all options should be on the table to protect the American people,” Nelson said in a statement. “We either do nothing, go to war or negotiate a stand down, and so far we’ve seen no sign that they’re willing to negotiate.”...
Jeb Bush struck out a second time in his attempt to buy the Miami Marlins.
A partnership he formed with Wayne Rothbaum dropped out of the running, the Miami Herald and Associated Press reported yesterday, with a cause unclear except billionaire Rothbaum had gotten "impatient with the process after bidding $1.17 billion."...
Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have restocked the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, which recommends U.S. district judges.
The panel will not recommend U.S. attorney vacancies, a change led by Rubio, whose GOP now runs Washington.
JNC members for the Northern District:Leonard Collins, Conference Chair
Martha W. Barnett
Philip A. Bates
Brian R. D’Isernia
Joseph W. Hatchett
Melanie Ann Hines
Donald M. Hinkle
William W. Large
Christopher R. Moya
J. Collier Merrill
Daryl D. Parks
Linda L. Shelley
Steve Southerland, II
R. Waylon Thompson
Dawn M. Vallejos-Nichols
JNC members for the Middle District:
Domingo Sanchez, Conference Chair
Rosemary E. Armstrong
Jay Demetree, Jr.
John M. Fitzgibbons
David A. Gemunder
William C. Gentry
Daniel J. Gerber
Jennifer M. Guy
Charles W. McBurney, Jr.
Nora H. Miller
Benjamin W. Newman
Hubert C. Normile, Jr.
Edward J. Page
Stephen J. Pajcic, III
S. Daniel Ponce
Adam McGill Ross
Marsha G. Rydberg
Harry L. Shorstein
Bruce A. Smathers
V. Ross Spano
William B. Wilson
JNC members for the Southern District:
Manny Kadre, Conference Chair
Georgina A. Angones
Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Reginald J. Clyne
Kendall B. Coffey
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz
Renier Diaz de la Portilla
Albert E. Dotson, Jr.
Peter M. Feaman
Robert H. Fernandez
Marilyn J. Holifield
Eduardo R. Lacasa
Ira H. Leesfield
Dexter W. Lehtinen
David S. Leibowitz
Richard J. Lydecker
Thomas F. Panza
David C. Prather
Dennis Alan Richard
Robert T. Rigal
Jon A. Sale
Christian D. Searcy
Harley S. Tropin
Joanne R. Urquiola
Steve L. Waserstein
Stephen N. Zack...