Florida AG candidate Sean Shaw fights ‘for the people, not the powerful’ if elected

By : Layla Ferris
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TAMPA | Rep. Sean Shaw (D-Tampa) pledges to fight “for the people, not the powerful” if elected as Florida’s next attorney general.

Shaw, a Sunshine State native who studied law at the University of Florida, has represented District 61 for the State House of Representatives since 2016. While in office Shaw supported The Florida Competitive Workforce Act and voted to ban conversion therapy statewide.

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Never again, but why now?

By : Jamie Hyman
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In the weeks since a shooter killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., survivors have been featured in a town hall on national television, visited the Florida Legislature and led a march of more than a million protesters nationwide, demanding sensible gun control.

In the weeks following the shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016, the levels of advocacy and response were far more muted, which is forcing members of the LGBTQ community to wonder why, after a mass shooting that at the time was the deadliest in U.S. history, government officials, the media and the nation failed to rally behind the Pulse survivors with the volume and intensity that are leading millions to take action today.

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State Representatives Carlos Guillermo Smith and Amy Mercado hold roundtable ahead of gun bill vote

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: State House Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith listens to survivors of the Pulse shooting at a Central Florida roundtable on gun control in Orlando March 3. Photo by Jeremy Williams

ORLANDO | Florida House Democrats Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Rep. Amy Mercado held a roundtable March 3 in Orlando with survivors and families of victims of the Pulse tragedy, along with parents, students, teachers and advocates to discuss current gun safety proposals introduced by the Florida legislature.

“Many of you are impacted by gun violence because you survived the horrific shooting at Pulse. Many of you are implicated by this legislation that the Florida Legislature is considering because you are students, teachers or parents,” Smith said in his opening remarks to the guests. “Today is about lifting all of your voices right now so that we as lawmakers can take the feedback to Tallahassee.”

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