CPAC in Orlando prepares for Trump’s return speech, future of the Republican party

All eyes are on Orlando this weekend as one of the largest gatherings of conservative activists comes to town.

  Study highlights Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine disparity

On Friday, FEMA announced it would be opening vaccine distribution centers in four Florida cities: Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami.

  Florida legislators join other states to end using taxpayer dollars as incentive to move companies across states

On Monday, members of the Florida legislature joined their counterparts in other states to call for a multi-state plan to end corporate incentives that move companies from one state to the other using taxpayer funds.

  Gov. DeSantis, former head of Florida GOP put support behind sweeping election changes

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the former head of the Florida GOP want to make sweeping changes to how elections results are tallied going forward.

  Facing $3 billion shortfall lawmakers look to close online sales tax loophole

  Rubio and Scott call second impeachment trial unconstitutional, as majority of Senate votes to allow trail to proceed

The Tuesday vote paves the way for House Impeachment Managers to begin presenting their case on Wednesday in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, who was impeached on January 13 for “inciting violence against the Government of the United States” according to the single article of the impeachment.

  Purple Alert to protect adults with disabilities passes first committee

For many adults with disabilities, getting lost can prove to be deadly.

  As vaccine distribution increases, reaching specific populations becomes more difficult

More than a million Floridians have already received both the 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  More time for testing, but Florida concerned students are falling behind

Florida is preparing to find out what kind of a toll the pandemic has had on public education, with state leaders on Monday getting a glimpse of what has been lost and who is paying the price.

  Impeachment trial day 2: House draws timeline of false statements made by Trump leading to Capitol riot

The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump continued into its second day on Wednesday.

  Pandemic opening up opportunities for hackers

As technology evolves, the issue of hacking is not going away.

  Pulse and Parkland survivors join Democrats in calling for an assault weapons ban

On Monday, Manuel Joined Democratic lawmakers and other families in calling for a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

  Florida unemployment rises as seasonal jobs end, pandemic impact continues

Florida has seen more people apply for unemployment benefits for the second week in a row.

  After being shot down multiple times, bill to install alarms to save children from hot car deaths back on the table

In 2018, lawmakers presented bills to require alarm systems that would force a driver to sweep the entire vehicle before exiting.

  Who pays the real price when a student is suspended for making a post on social media?

Neil’s parents were upset, not with the school but with their son. When they learned he’d be suspended for 10 days, they agreed with the punishment.

  Orlando clergy members issue concerns over bill aimed at cracking down on protesting in Florida

Channel 9 political reporter, Christopher Heath, spokes with supporters and critics of the bill as it gets its first hearing today in Tallahassee.

  More people turning to social media for COVID-19 information, survey shows

About 75% of all Americans say they use social media to get information on COVID-19, even though that same percentage also says they don’t trust what they read there.

  Governor DeSantis budget projects $4.3 billion more this year, much of it to help fight COVID

Governor DeSantis releases his budget plan for 2021-2022, increasing spending to fight COVID

  Video: Gov. DeSantis budget breakdown

Gov. DeSantis lays out budget proposal for 2021-2022

  White House and DeSantis disagree on assessment of Florida’s vaccine distribution plan

Florida has only distributed half of the 2.9 million vaccines it has received, but as the state has pointed out it is keeping some 900,000 vaccines in reserve for the required second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Last Minute Pardons Raise Questions, Again

In the waning days of his administration, President Trump issued pardons for former associates Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon.

  Last minute pardons raise questions, again

In the waning days of his administration, President Trump issued pardons for former associates Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon.

  After months of stagnant job growth, Florida unemployment ticks down in December

After months of stagnant job growth, Florida unemployment ticked down just a little in December.

  Sentenced to 845 Years in Prison, released by Trump

Sholam Weiss was convicted of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from an insurer through worthless stocks and mortgages.

  Lessons from 2020 election key to securing Latino vote

Gains by Trump overshadowed just how strong Joe Biden was in Central Florida, especially amongst the Puerto Rican community.

  $1,400 stimulus payments could be the last

The “American Rescue Plan” introduced by President-Elect Joe Biden fulfills one of the demands of lawmakers in 2020, larger stimulus payments.

  $1,400 Stimulus Payments Could be the Last

The “American Rescue Plan” introduced by President-Elect Joe Biden fulfills one of the demands of lawmakers in 2020, larger stimulus payments.

  An extra $1,400 Biden stimulus plan comes as area continues to recover

This week, President-elect Joe Biden proposed a sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.

  USF study: Vaccine messaging failing to move the needle

A nationwide study released on Thursday from the University of South Florida shows just 59% of people will definitely or probably get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  9 things to know about today’s proceedings to impeach President Trump on ‘insurrection’ charge

The U.S. House of Representatives is debating a single article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting an insurrection last week at the U.S. Capitol.

  Impeachment: Senate rules could save Trump

On January 20th Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, at that moment Donald Trump will become a private citizen, a distinction that may prove very important.

  What’s the likelihood of President Trump being impeached, removed from office? UCF professor weighs in

Hanley said the House can pass an article of impeachment with a simple majority, which Democrats have, although some house Republicans have indicated they might be willing to sign on.

  Social media posts lead to charges, arrests after riot at US Capitol

Three men from Florida have been arrested following the riot at the U.S. Capitol this week.

  ‘How did they get in?’: Lawmakers demand answers after violent mob storms Capitol

A violent mob of what had been peaceful protesters stormed the building, smashing glass, breaking doors and vandalizing as they went.

  9 things to know about the 25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment was passed by Congress on July 6, 1965, and ratified on Feb. 10, 1967.

9 things to know about the Electoral College challenge

House Republicans are Florida Reps. Matt Gaetz, Kat Cammack, John Rutherford, Brian Mast, and Byron Donalds have indicated they will object to the count of the Electoral College on Wednesday.

  The Republican plan to challenge the presidential election results rests on these 3 key points

On Wednesday, more than 100 Republicans in Congress are planning to reject these results.

  Last election could indicate new Republican party emerging, expert says

For all the attention paid to South Florida and the I-4 corridor during this year’s presidential election, it was actually one Central Florida county that showed one of the biggest swings.

  Florida Republicans prepare to challenge election results

It’s been more than two months since the November presidential election and some Republicans are planning a last-ditch effort to overturn the outcome.

  VIDEO: Florida Republicans prepare to challenge election results

It’s been more than two months since the November presidential election and some Republicans are planning a last-ditch effort to overturn the outcome.

9 things to know about Georgia’s Senate runoff election

The state of Georgia is holding runoff elections Tuesday that will determine which party holds control of the United States Senate when Joe Biden takes over the presidency.

  Unemployed Floridians say the state owes them thousands in unpaid benefits

Despite millions of dollars spent on a broken unemployment system, Florida is second worst in the nation when it comes to paying claims in a timely manner.

  Unemployed Floridians say the state owes them thousands in unpaid benefits

Despite millions of dollars spent on a broken unemployment system, Florida is second worst in the nation when it comes to paying claims in a timely manner.

  Smaller stimulus checks could further stall Florida’s already slow economic recovery, experts say

For the thousands of Central Floridians who remain out of work, the latest stimulus should continue the economic recovery, but experts warn it’ll remain slow.

  Smaller stimulus checks could further stall Florida’s already slow economic recovery, experts say

For the thousands of Central Floridians who remain out of work, the latest stimulus should continue the economic recovery, but experts warn it’ll remain slow.

  Stimulus checks: Who gets one, how much, and when?

For the second time this year, Congress is sending every American a stimulus check.

  Stimulus checks: Who gets one, how much, and when?

For the second time this year, Congress is sending every American a stimulus check.

  Unemployment rate unchanged as recovery stalls

The economy continues to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but the pace has slowed significantly.

  Unemployment rate unchanged as recovery stalls

The economy continues to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but the pace has slowed significantly.

  Military and federal workers brace for tax hit

Military and federal workers are facing a major tax hit that will come due after the new year.

  Military and federal workers brace for tax hit

Military and federal workers are facing a major tax hit that will come due after the new year.

  Stimulus update: Latest proposal includes stimulus checks, small business loans, but is it enough?

Congress is said to be close to approving another round of COVID-19 relief that could include stimulus checks.

  Stimulus update: Latest proposal includes stimulus checks, small business loans, but is it enough?

Congress is said to be close to approving another round of COVID-19 relief that could include stimulus checks.

  As the COVID vaccine rolls out, Florida Cabinet meets facing difficult budget choices

A day after the first COVID-19 vaccines went out across the state, the Florida Cabinet met Tuesday morning to get an update on the state of the state.

  As the COVID vaccine rolls out, Florida Cabinet meets facing difficult budget choices

A day after the first COVID-19 vaccines went out across the state, the Florida Cabinet met Tuesday morning to get an update on the state of the state.

  Florida’s electoral votes officially go to Trump, but not without incident

Florida officially submitted its 29 electoral votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Monday, but the meeting of Florida’s electors in Tallahassee was not without incident.

  Florida’s electoral votes officially go to Trump, but not without incident

Florida officially submitted its 29 electoral votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence Monday.

  Florida Attorney General backs Texas challenge to 2020 election results

The State of Florida has signed on to a lawsuit that would invalidate millions of votes in four states that voted for President-Elect Joe Biden.

  Florida Attorney General backs Texas challenge to 2020 election results

The State of Florida has signed on to a lawsuit that would invalidate millions of votes in four states that voted for President-Elect Joe Biden.

  Florida ranks near last at making timely unemployment payments, Labor Dept. says

Florida ranks near last in its ability to quickly pay unemployment claims, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  Florida ranks near last at making timely unemployment payments, Labor Dept. says

Florida ranks near last in its ability to quickly pay unemployment claims, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  As Florida remains open, area businesses seek legal protection from potential COVID-19 lawsuits

Throughout the summer and into the fall, lawsuits have been a leading concern for area businesses.

  Into the ‘Safe harbor’ and on to Inauguration Day

On Tuesday, states move into what is known as “Safe Harbor”, where-if the state has finished counting votes and certified the results, they're legally binding.

  Into the ‘Safe harbor’ and on to Inauguration Day

On Tuesday, states move into what is known as “Safe Harbor”, where-if the state has finished counting votes and certified the results, they're legally binding.

  Unemployment dips slightly in November, but COVID-19 continues to hinder economic recovery

The U.S. unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.7 percent in November, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.

  Unemployment dips slightly in November, but COVID-19 continues to hinder economic recovery

The U.S. unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.7 percent in November, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.

  Presidential transition won’t disrupt COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Florida lawmakers say

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could be available within a few weeks, but mass distribution isn’t likely until after President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

  Presidential transition won’t disrupt COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Florida lawmakers say

Florida lawmakers say they’re taking steps now to ensure there’s no disruption to COVID-19 vaccine distribution across presidential administrations.

  Florida Congresswoman optimistic more coronavirus relief could be passed soon

Central Florida congresswoman Stephanie Murphy was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who introduced a $900 billion stimulus plan Tuesday.

  Florida Congresswoman optimistic more coronavirus relief could be passed soon

Central Florida congresswoman Stephanie Murphy was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who introduced a $900 billion coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday.

  DACA: What’s next for the controversial program as Biden administration prepares to take office?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy protects thousands of Central Floridians who were brought to the U.S. as children from the risk of deportation.

  DACA: What’s next for the controversial program as Biden administration prepares to take office?

With a new administration set to take office, legal experts say DACA is on solid footing, but still faces some vulnerabilities.

  As Congress returns to DC, COVID-19 relief and vaccine distribution are top issues

For the first time since the election, Congress is headed back to Washington, D.C.

  As coronavirus spreads, Florida lawmakers meet with tough budget choices ahead

With Florida’s COVID crisis far from over, and thousands still out of work, state lawmakers met Tuesday facing billions in budget shortfalls.

  As coronavirus spreads, Florida lawmakers meet with tough budget choices ahead

With Florida’s COVID crisis far from over, and thousands still out of work, state lawmakers met Tuesday facing billions in budget shortfalls.

  Election 2020: What we learned from this year’s vote

As more states certify election results there is some surprising information about voters, voting patterns, and vote by mail rejection rates nationwide.

  The polls were wrong, again

For an industry reliant on public trust, polling has come under increased scrutiny. Most of it, deserved.

  The polls were wrong, again

For an industry reliant on public trust, polling has come under increased scrutiny. Most of it, deserved.

  Senate passes bill to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Central Florida Army Sergeant

A Central Florida veteran who died saving his fellow soldiers could soon receive the nation’s highest honor.

  Senate passes bill to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Central Florida Army Sergeant

A Central Florida veteran who died saving his fellow soldiers could soon receive the nation’s highest honor.

  Florida leads nation in ACA sign-ups as Supreme Court hears case

Almost 2 million Floridians are waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

  Florida leads nation in ACA signups as Supreme Court hears case

Almost 2 million Floridians are waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

  Central Florida election officials respond to Trump campaign’s legal challenges

Nearly a full week after election day, President Donald Trump’s campaign continues to pursue legal challenges to the results in several states.

  Central Florida election officials respond to Trump campaign’s legal challenges

Nearly a full week after election day, President Donald Trump’s campaign continues to pursue legal challenges to the results in several states.

  Florida’s growing Latino electorate presents challenges for both parties

Election analysts are looking closely at Florida and Texas, both states where the Latino vote swung heavily for Donald Trump.

  Florida’s growing Latino electorate presents challenges for both parties

Election analysts are looking closely at Florida and Texas, both states where the Latino vote swung heavily for Donald Trump.

  Analysis: Florida election data reveals where Trump, Biden performed well

A closer look at Florida’s election data shows the areas where President Trump over-performed, and where Biden turned the tables.

  Election latest: Biden optimistic, President Trump planning legal action

Nearly 24 hours after the first polls closed on election day, Americans were still left wondering who their next president would be.

  Election update: Biden optimistic, President Trump planning legal action

Nearly 24 hours after the first polls closed on election day, Americans were still left wondering who their next president would be.

  WATCH: Former Democractic nominee John Kerry recalls election day as a candidate

Channel 9 political reporter Christopher Heath sat down with former Democratic nominee John Kerry to ask what election day is like for a presidential candidate.

Jason Brodeur declares victory after Patricia Sigman concedes from State Senate District 9 race

Former Florida House member Jason Brodeur delivered a win for the GOP on Tuesday night, holding on to a key seat in the Florida Senate with his win in Senate District 9.

  Florida is no stranger to election drama; but what’s the biggest threat facing the state’s election this year?

Recounts, election fraud and foreign interference: Florida is no stranger to election drama.

  State of the race: Early voting in Florida nearly matches 2016 turnout totals

As usual, Florida is being closely monitored as a state that could go for either candidate in the presidential election.

  State of the race: Early voting in Florida nearly matches total 2016 turnout

As usual, Florida is being closely monitored as a state that could go for either candidate in the presidential election.

  Central Florida lawmakers briefed on foreign election interference efforts

Congressional representatives from Central Florida heard from federal officials Friday about actions by Russia and Iran to interfere in Florida’s election.

  Ever fallen for a conspiracy theory? Here’s why it can be so difficult to tell fact from fiction

Misinformation is spreading online and on social media at an alarming rate.

  State of the Race: Both Presidential campaigns make final push for Florida

Both President Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden were in Florida Thursday for a final push to the election

  9 ways the 2020 presidential race could turn out

There’s less than a week until the presidential election and it’s still up in the air which way the results will go.

  Unemployed Floridians left waiting as stimulus talks remain stalled

With Central Florida leading the state in unemployment and COVID-19 cases on the rise, there’s growing concern that another economic stimulus will have to wait until after the election.

  Truth Test: Pro-Biden ad hits Trump Administration on healthcare policy

A new ad in support of Joe Biden from democratic PAC Priorities USA focuses on healthcare, specifically the Affordable Care Act.
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