Florida Democrats choose Rep. Crist to challenge DeSantis
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall in a campaign that the Republican incumbent is eyeing as the first step toward a potential White House run.
Former Florida chief justice Gerald Kogan dies at 87
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan, a champion of opening public access to legal proceedings, has died, a court spokesman said Friday. He was chief justice of the court from 1996 to 1998, after which he went into private legal practice. In 1997, Kogan ordered broadcasts of all Florida Supreme Court oral arguments over cable and satellite TV and via livestream. “Justice Kogan was a well-respected member of the Florida legal community," firm CEO Chris Poole said Friday in a statement. In 1980, he was named a circuit judge in Miami and then, a few years later, a justice on the Florida Supreme Court.
Many landmark restaurants, bars won't reopen after virus
FILE- In this June 3, 2020 file photo, workmen walk by the shuttered La Tropicana Cafe in Tampa, Fla. Now its doors are likely closed for good, like so many other bars and restaurants done in by the coronavirus pandemic. For years, his father, Roland Manteiga, kept a corner table reserved for himself, with a special red telephone to call in scoops. La Tropicana become a favorite hangout. !For regular customers or sometime visitors, historic restaurants and bars have made lasting memories for so many people as they crossed paths with celebrities or, like Joplin, the soon-to-be famous.
Machinists union president rallies striking shipyard workers
A picketer stands in front of a union office near Bath Iron Works, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local S6 is in its fifth week of the strike over a new contract. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)BATH, Maine The international president of the Machinists union rallied striking workers at Bath Iron Works, urging them to stay strong Saturday and saying there's no way in hell the union will back down. Bath Iron Works is one of the Navys largest shipbuilders and a major employer in Maine, with 6,800 workers. The company needs to be able to hire subcontractors to get caught up, the shipyard's president contends.
Wayne Mixson, Floridas governor for 3 days, has died
Wayne Mixson, whose three-day term was shortest in state history, died Wednesday at his home in Tallahassee. The two-term lieutenant governor said his three days as governor were fully packed. A conservative Democrat, Mixson made close to 200 appointments before Republican Bob Martinez was sworn in as governor. You were not acting governor, (but) constitutionally the same governor as anybody else in Florida.Margie Mixson released a statement asking for prayers. Governor Mixson dedicated his life to serving his community, his state and his country. Governor and Governor of Florida & was appointed U.S.