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Daisy Morales Qualifies, Loans Campaign $50,000, Blasts Rita Harris On “Dead Bills”

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Incumbent Rep. Rita Harris (D) and former Rep. Daisy Morales (D), 2022 then-incumbent

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former Representative Daisy Morales wasted no time attacking her opponent, incumbent Representative Rita Harris, blasting her for delivering a pile of dead bills each Legislative Session (2023 and 2024) in a heated rematch for Florida House District 44.

On Tuesday, Morales campaign fired off a loaded press release blasting Harris as a “bad actress playing lawmaker” for the Democratic establishment. The two Democrats will face-off in the August Primary Election. At this point, no other candidate qualified before the qualifying deadline June 14.

Morales’ Full Press Release

Former state Representative Daisy Morales has qualified for the August 20, 2024 ballot in a rematch election against Rita Harris for the Florida House District 44 seat.

The Daisy Morales Campaign paid a qualifying fee of $1781.82 on May 31, ahead of her opponent.

Daisy Morales also plans to self fund her campaign up to $50,000.

She first won her House seat with 65% of the vote in 2020.

The former State Representative and former Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor has a eight year history of defeating her Democrat and Republican opponents who gathered more donors and endorsements.

Daisy Morales is an old name that has been cemented in Orange County politics. In this race name recognition and community engagement matters, especially to Hispanic voters.

My campaign team is excited and fired up to take back Florida House District 44 from an ineffective Democratic lawmaker, Rita Harris. She has delivered a pile of dead bills each Legislative Session. Zero bills passed.

It’s time for District 44 voters to pink slip this bad actress playing lawmaker for the Democratic establishment. The people deserve better.”

I am running for State Representative because of my love for public service. I’ve spent over 30 years of my life working for the people at the local, state, and federal levels. I’m simply a dedicated public servant committed to making the government work for all people in District 44.”

As former State Representative, Daisy sponsored and cosponsored over 100 bipartisan bills (2021 and 2022) that became state law in her first term.

As the Mother of a Military Veteran, and a State Lawmaker, Daisy will continue to fight every day to make sure our Veterans have access to programs and services that meet their needs.

Related story: Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Six Bills to Support Florida’s Military Families

I’m proud that the Governor included my bill, HB 45 in a 2022 bill signing ceremony. House Bill 45 provides educational opportunities for disabled veterans by providing additional assistance to achieve a 100 percent award for tuition and fees.

HB 45 National Model For States
“Florida’s HB 45 of the 2022 legislative session could serve as a national model to provide educational opportunities to our disabled veterans and provide an avenue for their future success,” said Louisiana State Representative Beau Beaullieu.

Also, a South Carolina State Lawmaker is considering HB 45 for their disabled veterans in 2024.

I look forward to returning back to the Florida House to deliver results for the people of Florida.”

Related Story: Last Call for 6.11.24 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

It’s shots fired in House District 44, as former Rep. Daisy Morales is looking to paint her Primary opponent, Democratic Rep. Rita Harris, as “ineffective.” “She has delivered a pile of dead bills each Legislative Session. Zero bills passed,” Morales said. Maybe it’s time for a Fireball with all that heat.

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Zaxby’s Voted as Having the Speediest Drive-Thru in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Zaxby’s has been recognized for having the fastest drive-thru service in Orlando, delivering quick and efficient service to its customers. This accolade highlights Zaxby’s commitment to providing a great dining experience with minimal wait times.

According to research by SIXT, the average fast food drive-thru wait time typically ranges between 3 to 5 minutes. However, the car rental brand has identified that Zaxby’s outpaces all other fast food chains in Orlando with an impressive average drive-thru time of just 52 seconds.

Zaxby’s Claims the Fastest Drive-Thru Time in Orlando, Averaging Just 52 Seconds!

Zaxby’s is known for its signature chicken fingers, wings, and distinctive sauces, offering a menu centered around Southern-style comfort food in a fast-casual dining experience.

They strive to provide fast, casual, and friendly service. Zaxby’s locations across the Orlando area take service to the next level; not only are they speedy with a 52-second drive-thru time, but they also maintain a stellar 4-star reputation.

Where else in Orlando can you receive speedy drive-thru service? See below.

Rank

Restaurant

Average Drive-thru Speed of Orlando Area Chains

Avg. Review Score (Out of 5)

1

Zaxbys

52 seconds

4

2

Popeyes

90 seconds

3.9

3

Chick-Fil-A

2 minutes and 52 seconds

4.4

4

McDonald’s

3 minutes 22 seconds

3.7

5

Arby’s

3 minutes 30 seconds

4.1

6

Dairy Queen

4 minutes

4.2

7

Taco Bell

4 minutes and 40 seconds

3.5

8

Wendys

4 minutes and 50 seconds

3.6

9

Burger King

4 minutes and 50 seconds

3.0

10

Culver’s

5 minutes

4.5

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State Attorney’s Office Hosts Free Workshop to Help Citizens Clear Non-Violent Arrest Records

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Orange & Osceola State Attorney Andrew Bain was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the NAACP Orange County Branch, in Orlando. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce a free sealing and expungement workshop for people seeking to seal or expunge an eligible non-violent single arrest record in Orange County.

Event Details:

WHAT:
Sealing & Expungement Workshop

WHEN:
Friday, July 12
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:
Holden Heights Community Center
1201 20th Street
Orlando, FL 32805

CareerSource Central Florida will also host federal bonding workshops at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to help those with a criminal record secure employment.

This event is only available for eligible Orange County cases. While it is free, a nonrefundable money order or cashier’s check for $75 made payable to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) must accompany the application. Please note, FDLE does not accept cash, gift cards or temporary personal checks.

Adult and juvenile walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is strongly encouraged at www.SAO9th.com/register. A government-issued ID is required for all attendees.

Please visit our website for additional details and eligibility requirements.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following community partners: Orange County Clerk of Courts, Central Florida Urban League, African American Council of Christian Clergy, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Orange County Branch, Orange County Parks and Recreation, Florida Voters League, Inc., Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida, CareerSource Central Florida and Community Legal Services.

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Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell Re-Elected Unopposed & Installed as President of Statewide Clerks Association

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ORLANDO – Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell, Esq., has been re-elected unopposed to another term as the Orange County Clerk of Courts. With no challenger in the race, Clerk Russell was re-elected and will serve another four-year term.

Clerk Russell has also been installed as President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) Association 2024-2025 Board of Directors. Clerk Russell was also sworn in to serve another term on the Executive Council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC) which is a statutory entity that oversees Florida clerks’ budgets.

“It is such an honor to serve my community and as President of the FCCC. One of my top priorities is to elevate the Clerk of Courts brand in order to amplify our statewide influence which in turn helps our local offices serve the local community. I will also focus on strengthening our posture as digital record keepers especially in a time when cyber security is a threat. I look forward to leading my local office and this great organization of elected Clerks and Comptrollers,” said Clerk Russell.

The FCCC is an association representing Florida’s 68 independently elected Clerks of Court and Comptrollers who provide critical public services that have a positive impact on public safety, commerce, and access to justice. Clerks and Comptrollers have over 1,000 statutory responsibilities in service to constituents, the court system, and justice partners.

Clerk Russell was sworn in by Judge Alicia Latimore, 9th Judicial Circuit on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, and her FCCC presiding term begins July 1, 2024. During the conference, Clerk Russell also announced her presidential theme which will guide initiatives during her tenure: “Let’s Change the Game Together.”

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