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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi with supporters. Photo by Amy Green

Bondi: Supreme Court Should Resolve Low Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling would resolve lower court rulings on gay marriage. Bondi spoke Friday at a campaign event in Orlando on a federal judge’s finding that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled the state constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. Bondi has appealed previous rulings striking down the ban in South Florida. “You don’t want rulings all around the country that are different and contrary to each other.” Bondi says she supports the ban because her job includes protecting the state constitution. The Tallahassee judge’s ruling applies statewide. But he issued a stay with his …
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FDLE Arrests Former Childcare Case Worker

Police have arrested a former child welfare caseworker for falsifying home visit records in the case of Sanford toddler whose body was later found in a shallow grave. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers arrested 27 year old Jonathan Irizarry on charges he falsified an official record contributing to the great bodily harm or death of an individual in the care of a state agency. Irizarry was a dependency case manager for the Childrens’ Home of Central Florida, and was supervising Rachel Fryer’s three children. He documented checking the children on January 23rd and February 6th this year, noting the children were free of bruises. But FDLE says a photo on Fryer’s phone from January 19th showed her two year …
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Sample Democratic Primary Ballot for Orange County Voters. ocfelections.com

Primary Voters Head to Polls Tuesday

Tuesday is primary election day in Florida. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Governor Charlie Crist is the heavy favorite against former state Senator Nan Rich. The other statewide Democratic primary will pick a challenger for Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi. She’s better funded than both House Minority Leader Perry Thurston and former secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon. A Democratic race to watch is the District 12 state Senate match-up between incumbent Geraldine Thompson and former Senator Gary Siplin. It’s close, but Thompson has an edge in fundraising and party support. Florida is a closed primary state, but all voters have a say in nonpartisan judicial and municipal races. Orange County has two ballot initiatives. …
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