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Jose Garcia

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July 2, 2020

Appeals court halts Florida felons from registering to vote, pending further review

Source: The Miami Herald

Appeals court halts Florida felons from registering to vote, pending further review
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Singer John Legend attended a special hearing in Miami-Dade in November 2019 and spoke about restoring voting rights for former felons under Florida’s Amendment 4. BY JACK BROOK

A federal appellate court has temporarily stopped a judge’s order that granted hundreds of thousands of felons the right to vote, the latest turn in Florida’s battle over felon voting rights.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in favor of state officials and Gov. Ron DeSantis, who asked the court to stop a ruling in May by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle. Hinkle ruled that DeSantis and Florida elections officials can’t keep felons from voting if they can’t afford to pay all court fees, fines and restitution, finding that the requirement is unconstitutional.

The court’s order also states that the entire panel of 11th Circuit judges will hear the case, a rare decision that was requested by DeSantis. The panel, which is known as one of the more conservative appellate courts in the nation, includes two judges that DeSantis had first appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court.

The decision is a setback for the hundreds of thousands of felons who were granted the ability to vote under Hinkle’s order. A spokesman for Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who oversees the state’s Division of Elections, did not respond to questions about the ruling.

Read more: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article243940477.html

July 1, 2020

Two Arrested In Connection With Provo Protest Shooting

Source: KSL-TV

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Police said two people have been arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred in Provo during Monday night’s protests.

Jesse Taggart, 33, of Salt Lake City, and 27-year-old Samantha Darling, of Ogden, were arrested Tuesday, according to officials with the Provo Police Department.

Sgt. Nisha King with the Provo Police Department said Taggart was booked into the Utah County Jail on multiple charges, including attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault, rioting, firing a weapon near a highway and criminal mischief.

Darling was booked on charges of obstruction of justice and rioting.

Read more: https://ksltv.com/440537/two-arrested-in-connection-with-provo-protest-shooting/

June 29, 2020

Jacksonville, site of Republican convention, to require masks indoors and in public

Source: The Hill

Residents and visitors in Jacksonville, Fla., will be required to wear masks indoors and in public spaces to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the city announced Monday, potentially complicating President Trump's desire to hold the Republican National Convention there in August without masks or social distancing.

The mandatory mask policy will take effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, city officials said. It's unclear how long it will remain in place.

"At 5 p.m. today, the City of Jacksonville will be adopting a mandatory mask requirement for public & indoor locations, and in other situations where individuals cannot socially distance," the city tweeted. "Please continue to practice personal responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus."

The GOP announced earlier this month that the main events surrounding this year's convention, including Trump's speech accepting the party's nomination, would take place in Jacksonville.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/505034-jacksonville-site-of-republican-convention-to-require-masks-indoors-and-in

June 26, 2020

Florida bans drinking at bars again as COVID-19 cases spike

Source: The Herald-Tribune

Florida is banning drinking at bars again as the state experiences a big surge in coronavirus cases.

Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, made the announcement about bars on Twitter Friday.

“Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide,” Beshears tweeted.

Florida’s bars were shutdown for two months to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed them to reopen in early June, but since then Florida has experienced a big wave of new coronavirus cases.

Read more: https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20200626/florida-bans-drinking-at-bars-again-as-covid-19-cases-spike

June 24, 2020

Wisconsin state senator attacked by protesters as demonstrations in Madison turn violent

Source: The Washington Post

Amid heated demonstrations that left two statues destroyed and windows smashed in Madison, a Democratic state senator was reportedly attacked by protesters near the Wisconsin State Capitol.

State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he had been heading to the Capitol to work late Tuesday when he stopped to snap a photo of the protesters.

“I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,” said Carpenter, 60.

“This has got to stop before someone gets killed,” he wrote. “Sad thing I’m on their side for peaceful demonstrations -- am a Gay Progressive Dem Senator served 36 years in the legislature.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/24/madison-police-protest-senator/

June 22, 2020

Another Shooting at Seattle's Protest 'Autonomous Zone'

Source: The New York Times

SEATTLE — Another night of gunfire at Seattle’s protester-led “autonomous zone” sent one person to the hospital with injuries, the second round of gun violence over the weekend in an area where officers had pulled out of the police station.

Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center, said one person who had been shot in or near the zone was brought by private vehicle for treatment late Sunday night. The victim was in serious condition, Ms. Gregg said. The Seattle Police Department said it was investigating a reported shooting inside the zone.

On Saturday morning, separate shootings left a 19-year-old man dead and another in critical condition.

The zone was declared this month in the wake of clashes between protesters and the police after the death of George Floyd, a black man whose death in police custody in Minneapolis touched off protests around the globe.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/us/seattle-autonomous-zone-chop-shootings.html

June 20, 2020

Police enter cop-free zone in Seattle after shooting kills one, injures another

Source: Washington Post

Seattle Police entered a police-free zone occupied by protesters to investigate a shooting that killed a 19-year-old man and injured another early Saturday morning, authorities confirmed.

Officers initially had trouble getting to the scene because they “were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims,” according to a statement by the Seattle Police Department. The shooting took place in “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” — or CHAZ — a zone near downtown Seattle set aside for protesters against police brutality.

The police officers’ arrival into the zone, filmed by people occupying it, didn’t appear to show violence. Police later learned the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center, a nearby trauma unit.

At about 3 a.m., two men with gunshot wounds were driven to the University of Washington-affiliated hospital in private vehicles, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg confirmed to The Washington Post. The 19-year-old died shortly after arrival while the other man is in critical condition in the intensive care unit, Gregg said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/20/chop-shooting-seattle/?outputType=amp

June 8, 2020

Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is 'very rare,' WHO says

Source: CNBC

Coronavirus patients without symptoms aren't driving the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Monday, casting doubt on concerns by some researchers that the disease could be difficult to contain due to asymptomatic infections.

Some people, particularly young and otherwise healthy individuals, who are infected by the coronavirus never develop symptoms or only develop mild symptoms. Others might not develop symptoms until days after they were actually infected.

Preliminary evidence from the earliest outbreaks indicated that the virus could spread from person-to-person contact, even if the carrier didn't have symptoms. But WHO officials now say that while asymptomatic spread can occur, it is not the main way it's being transmitted.

"From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual," Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO's emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a news briefing from the United Nations agency's Geneva headquarters. "It's very rare."

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/06/08/asymptomatic-coronavirus-patients-arent-spreading-new-infections-who-says.html

May 30, 2020

KARE 11 Investigates: Records show arrests so far are mostly in-state

Source: KARE-TV

MINNEAPOLIS — In casting blame on those responsible for the worst damage from the riots, local and state leaders attributed it to people not from Minnesota.

But publicly available data does not support those claims, KARE 11 Investigates has found.

“I think our best estimate of what we heard are about 20 percent are Minnesotans, and 80 percent are outside,” Gov. Tim Walz said during a Saturday morning press conference.

“I want to be very, very clear,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said during the press conference. “The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents. They are coming in largely from outside of this city, outside of the region, to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades.”

Read more: https://www.kare11.com/mobile/article/news/investigations/kare-11-investigates-records-show-arrests-mostly-minnesotans-as-george-floyd-protests-riots-continue-minneapolis-st-paul/89-73f3e0e8-0664-41d5-8d3e-4467d04da7cb

May 27, 2020

Tulsi Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Rep. Tulsi Gabbard dropped the defamation lawsuit she filed against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, ending a short-lived legal battle where the congresswoman contended the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee "lied about her ties to Russia" during a 2019 interview.

The lawsuit stemmed from Clinton saying that Gabbard, then a 2020 presidential candidate, was being groomed to run as a third-party candidate and was a favorite of the Russians. Clinton, in the same interview, suggested that the person she was talking about was a "Russian asset," while not naming the Hawaii Democrat.

"Plaintiffs Tulsi Gabbard and Tulsi Now, Inc. dismiss this action," Gabbard's lawyers, Dan Terzian and Janice Roven, wrote in a court filing on Wednesday. "While they remain certain of the action's legal merit, they are just as certain that this new COVID and post-COVID world require them to focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here."

Terzian and Roven did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the voluntary dismissal. A spokesperson for Gabbard also did not respond to a request for comment.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/05/27/politics/tulsi-gabbard-clinton-lawsuit/index.html

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