Florida Attorney General

Attorney General candidates, Republican Ashley Moody and Democrat Sean Shaw
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After winning their Primaries, two Tampa natives will now face off in November in the race for Florida’s top cop. Florida could either get its first black Attorney General or its second female Attorney General.

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Ryan Torrens, an attorney running to be Florida’s next attorney general, is back on the ballot. Torrens has been reinstated after a judge ordered him off last week.

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Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw is promising if elected he’ll create a task force to deal with gun violence.

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Ryan Torrens is a candidate for Florida Attorney General running in the primary against Democratic Representative Sean Shaw. Recently, Shaw filed a lawsuit alleging Torrens didn’t properly qualify as a candidate, and violated campaign finance law. Torrens has come to his own defense by releasing a public rebuttal, and has filed a motion to dismiss the case. It is set to be heard on August 22, just six days before the primary election.

Torrens recently sat down with WFSU’s Ryan Dailey to give his side of the story.

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A big splash in the Democratic primary race for Attorney General has come in the form of a lawsuit. Candidate Sean Shaw is suing his opponent Ryan Torrens, in an effort to get him off the ballot.

Shaw Announces Attorney General Candidacy

Jan 16, 2018
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Sean Shaw is the first Democrat to announce a run for Florida Attorney General in 2018.

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State Representative Ross Spano is the latest Republican to enter the 2018 race for Florida Attorney General.

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The Florida Attorney General office is warning bar members about an email scam that’s supposedly signed by Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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The Florida Attorney General’s Office says it’s part of a group of attorney’s general looking into how more than 140 million user records were compromised.

The data breach of eBay is one of the largest in history and Florida is one of three states investigating how hackers tapped into some 145 million  user records, including email addresses, birthdays and physical addresses. That’s more than enough information to wage large scale identity thefts.

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*Correction: It was originally reported that Florida has a total of 8,000 registered sex offenders and predators. But, those only represent offenders that are still on probation and under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. FDLE reports that there are 63,000 total registered offenders and predators. The original numbers were taken from the bill's staff analysis. 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi remains adamant that her office, not the legislature should decide how to spend $300 million. The money is Florida’s share of a $25 billion foreclosure settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage companies. State Representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda of Tallahassee wants a portion of the money to be spent on state employee pay raises, but Bondi says that’s not going to happen.

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The Florida Attorney General’s office is engaged in a tug-of-war with the state legislature over which group can decide how to spend a $300 million mortgage settlement, but one local  state lawmaker wants to divert part of the settlement to pay raises for state employees.

The $300 million is Florida’s share of a $25 billion dollar settlement with five of the nation’s biggest banks involved in the foreclosure crisis. And Tallahassee state representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda wants the legislature to put aside a portion of the money for state employee pay raises.

Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi says the law she pushed to crack down on human trafficking is working. Bondi is adding a human trafficking page to her website to show how the state is fighting it.

Bondi says she’s very excited about the results of the state’s human trafficking crackdown after a tougher law went into effect on July 1. Trafficking refers to the crime of moving and enslaving people against their will, often for sex work.