August 26, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged delegates and other attendees for the Republican National Convention to avoid unnecessary travel in the Tampa area in the coming days because of the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaac, but said that any further decisions regarding the scheduling of events are solely up to organizers. After a storm briefing with local, state and federal officials Sunday morning that also included Republican officials running the convention, Scott said high winds will probably be the greatest threat to the Tampa area from Isaac.
August 23, 2012 |
Tropical Storm Isaac's outreach is expected to be felt in Florida by late Sunday night -- just as Mitt Romney , Paul Ryan and the GOP faithful are gathering in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he will leave it up to Republican Party officials to decide whether to call off or delay the gathering in the face of a growing threat from Tropical Storm Isaac, according to the Associated Press. Just five days away from the start of Monday's convention, the weather predictions are far less certain than whom the Republicans will nominate to as their presidential candidate.
June 25, 2012 |
Carrying fierce winds and rain, Tropical Storm Debby continued to lash Florida on Monday, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency. In a proclamation emailed to reporters, Scott said the storm threatens Florida with a major disaster and that its effects have already been felt in the state. The declaration means that the state can suspend some laws to deal with the emergency and that agencies can cooperate more easily with the federal government. According to the declaration, Debby is about 90 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, Fla. It's carrying winds of about 50 miles an hour.
June 21, 2012 |
Few campaigns are more disciplined than Mitt Romney's about keeping tight control of their message. Apart from occasional candidate gaffes - “I like being able to fire people” will be remembered long after the November election - his campaign is ruthless about sticking to what it wants to say. But day after day, Romney is reminded that even the most disciplined campaign cannot fully control the day's message. President Obama knocked Romney off stride last week when he ordered a halt to deportations of many young illegal immigrants, forcing the Republican presidential candidate to address a topic he'd rather avoid.
June 20, 2012 |
The Florida police chief who faced heavy criticism for his officers' failure to arrest the man who killed Trayvon Martin has been fired, Sanford city officials told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday night. Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee met with the city manager earlier in the day to discuss the terms of his employment, officials said. “I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community,” City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a statement Wednesday night.
June 12, 2012 |
Trayvon Martin's parents appeared before a task force in Florida on Tuesday to denounce the way the state's controversial "stand your ground" law can be used to protect aggressors. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton believe that's what happened in the case of their son, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed in February by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "They need to amend these laws," Fulton said, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which was covering the task force hearing.