Legislators react to federal investigation of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death

Legislators are urging the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting death of a Miami teenager as a hate crime following an announcement late Monday that federal officials will conduct a review of the case that has unleashed a firestorm of national attention.

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"On the last day of a once-a-decade redistricting session, the Florida Supreme Court officially ordered overtime by releasing an opinion finding the state Senate’s newly drawn districts “facially invalid.”"

Supreme Court throws out Senate redistricting plan - OrlandoSentinel.com

Records: Workforce contract skirted state restrictions

The organizations abandoned plans for three large payments and signed a contract calling for 13 installments, each less than $5,000. The amount was significant because a March 17 order required Workforce to seek state approval for any expense greater than $5,000.

The new contract divided the $50,000 sponsorship into $4,000 increments, so the state was never notified.

At the time, Workforce was under investigation for its spending on vehicles, prompting the $5,000 spending limit. And it was about to be consumed by the uproar over a public-relations campaign that proposed giving shiny red superhero capes to the unemployed.

(Source: orlandosentinel.com)

"But Bogan’s bank and many other community banks eventually held the line on fees — and have reaped the benefits from it, according to a J.D. Power & Associates survey released Monday. In an “increased exodus” from the big banks, customers flocked to small banks and credit unions last year, boosting new accounts by 10.3 percent, the survey said. At the same time, 10 percent of big bank customers switched their accounts, mostly to smaller institutions, according to J.D. Power."

Customer exodus from big banks: J.D. Power survey outlines customer exodus from big banks - OrlandoSentinel.com

"Why does anyone at all support H.B. 1355? Voter fraud hardly exists, yet H.B. 1355 reaches above and beyond the reasonable amount of voter fraud prevention, to the point where it suppresses minorities, students, people with disabilities, the elderly, etc. H.B. 1355 also does not make the offices of SoE’s any more productive than they already are. H.B. 1355 might help save a little money, but at what cost — the direct suppression of Florida’s voters? I don’t think so. I believe that this hearing was a step towards reclaiming what is ours—our VOTE—a right that was never supposed to be taken away from us in the first place."

Why support H.B. 1355? – Orlando Opinionators – Orlando Sentinel

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2012 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum’s town hall meeting in Lady Lake ended with an unexpected twist, Monday afternoon, when two protesters rushed the stage, throwing glitter and shouting at the candidate. 
See more photos from the glitter bombing here.

2012 Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum’s town hall meeting in Lady Lake ended with an unexpected twist, Monday afternoon, when two protesters rushed the stage, throwing glitter and shouting at the candidate. 

See more photos from the glitter bombing here.