Tag: Rick Swearingen
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Scott PowersJanuary 3, 2019
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The transition committee advising Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on school safety raised concerns Thursday about clashing cultures of law enforcement, mental health professionals and educators, and argued that state officials must force changes in mindsets. Several members of DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety and state staff members advising the panel made stark assessments Thursday of progress made […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 20, 2018

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Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis‘ transition-based public safety panel convened Thursday to move forward on one of the candidate’s winning issues. Support from police unions and sheriffs proved pivotal in DeSantis’ win over Democrat Andrew Gillum last month, with a constant drumbeat insisting that Gillum was soft on crime. The committee is heavy on professional law enforcement officers, along with […]

Danny McAuliffeNovember 29, 2018
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State Sen. Lauren Book on Thursday filed a measure that would shift the state’s concealed firearms licensing program to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Currently, the licensing program is overseen by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, helmed by outgoing Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Book, a Plantation Democrat, said she filed the bill (SB […]

Jim RosicaNovember 13, 2018
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After a public scolding of the statewide police agency, Attorney General Pam Bondi now says her office is “actively engaged” with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to watch for recount shenanigans.  Several recounts are underway, including in the U.S. Senate, Governor’s and Agriculture Commissioner’s races. A joint Attorney General’s Office/FDLE statement released Monday night said […]

Jacob OglesNovember 12, 2018
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Outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi on Sunday scolded the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for declining so far to investigate the tabulation of votes in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Bondi, a Tampa Republican, also demanded Secretary of State Ken Detzner report all election irregularities in the Democratic-leaning counties to the Office of Statewide Prosecution, […]

Scott PowersMarch 20, 2018
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Three fathers of murdered students, three sheriffs, and state Sen. Lauren Book are among the appointees to the newly created Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission established to investigate the Feb. 14 massacre and identify and address what could have been done differently. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will chair the commission established through […]

Florence SnyderMarch 10, 2017
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While Bald Badasses Rick Scott and Rick (“We know the terrorists are here!”) Swearingen are busy playing dress-up like Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne, Florida’s criminal justice basics are increasingly under the command of the Keystone Kops. The governor and FDLE commissioner are looking to raid state trust funds to “fight terrorism” by adding 46 […]


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