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On Monday, Rudolph “Rudy” Ferguson Sr., announced his candidacy for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1. Ferguson, a pastor and a former Leon County Commission candidate, announced his candidacy via a press release and in a post on Facebook with his wife, Katrina. Ferguson notes he and his wife have been married for 31 years, and they have four adult children. In the campaign press release, Ferguson addressed the three issues that were the focus of the 2022 city campaigns: economic growth, public safety, and city commission congeniality.
The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that former Tallahassee City Commissioner and Mayor Scott Maddox has been released from federal prison in Pensacola after serving 18 months of a five-year sentence. Maddox was a central figure I the City of Tallahassee’s FBI corruption probe. It is rumored he returned to Tallahassee and is on home confinement.
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A 55-year-old Perry woman was indicted by a federal grand jury for meth trafficking. Miranda Stafford, 55, is accused of conspiring to sell over 500 grams of meth and distributing more than 50 grams of meth in March and April. If convicted, Stafford is facing a minimum 25-year prison sentence.
With the end of the 2023 Florida legislative session, all eyes now turn to the presidential ambitions of Governor Ron DeSantis. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board recently wrote that, “His pitch for 2024 is that he delivers results, without all the drama.” However, within the opinion piece, the Journal highlights a cautionary note related to his record on abortion and his very public fight with Disney.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the State of Florida over a recently signed law that stopped Chinese-related entities from buying land in the state. “We’re suing Florida over a discriminatory property law that blocks most immigrants from China, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Russia, and North Korea from buying homes in much of the state. The law singles out Chinese people for the harshest restrictions and penalties,” the ACLU tweeted.
Voter registration groups are encouraging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation that will require voter-registration groups to provide receipts when they collect applications from people, shorten from 14 to 10 days the length of time groups have to turn applications in to elections supervisors, and impose a $50-per-day fine for each application that is turned in late.”
Florida State baseball’s starting pitcher Jackson Baumeister and third baseman Cam Smith earned All-ACC recognition Monday as the league announced its end-of-year honors. Baumeister, a sophomore pitcher, was a third-team starting pitcher, while Smith was named to the All-Freshman Team.