Capital Report: 07-29-2016

Jul 29, 2016

Florida has a big role to play in the upcoming Presidential election, and beyond. And as Lynn Hatter reports while the state’s televised presence during the Democratic National Convention may have been limited, the state is still expected to keep its role as a national player.

While this week was a big one for Democrats, it turned out to be big trouble for one particular Democrat and by extension a rocky start for the Florida delegation.  Regan McCarthy reports….

Hillary Clinton is now the first female presidential nominee of a major American political party. Kate Payne looks at how her historic run could impact Florida’s next governing generation.

In Tallahassee, a race for country judge is already generating an elections commission complaint and anonymous dumps of opposition research. In rural Jasper, a judge faces suspension for running as an anti-abortion conservative. They’re the latest examples of the pitfalls of Cannon 7, the guidelines that say judicial races should be plain vanilla. Jim Ash has more.

The number of people returning to prison based on technical violations has contributed to an uptick in this year’s new prison admissions. As Sascha Cordner reports, looking for solutions to that problem came up during this year’s legislative session and is a priority for the head of the Florida Department of Corrections.

The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Tallahassee.  After two years of waiting, patients throughout Florida will be able to get the drug, but Nick Evans reports there are new challenges ahead.