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Florida voters have clear choices among the major party candidates for governor.

Conservative Republican Ron DeSantis and progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum couldn’t be more different in their ideologies, and that could leave a large swath of voters scratching their heads in November.

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A Leon County Circuit Judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit attempting to remove six constitutional amendments from the ballot in November. 

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Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner says he wants to set the record straight about what happened when close to 300 background checks were revoked due to an issue at his agency.  Still, despite ongoing criticisms, could Adam Putnam face political fallout over this issue?

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Florida’s U-S Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have added a bipartisan proposal to a nationwide opioid bill that could go before the Senate.

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All four Democratic gubernatorial candidates will have their first debate Wednesday.

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This week, members of Congress grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about a data privacy scandal where millions of Facebook users data were compromised by a political consultant firm. Here's some of back and forth between Zuckerberg and Florida’s U.S. Senators and Representatives.

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Florida business leaders are pushing back against a potential change to Florida’s constitution. It would require businesses to verify new workers are eligible to work in the U.S.

Sunday marked the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. And the week of awareness is part of a push to expand victims’ rights in Florida’s constitution.

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Governor Rick Scott’s $89 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year has received its yearly report card from the nonprofit research institute TaxWatch. And, the group has recommendations.

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Florida college students can take extra classes without having to worry about excess credit surcharges under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Are black students getting a voice in the gun violence debate, after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland?

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Florida prisoners will have new education opportunities under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott. 

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While a new law allows Florida schools to arm their teachers, the Leon County School Board has unanimously approved a resolution stating they won’t be doing that in their school district.

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Governor Rick Scott signed into law Tuesday a bill that expands workers’ compensation for first responders. 

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The latest effort to reform Florida’s gun laws failed this week. It was in response to last month’s deadly mass school shooting in South Florida. As some clamored for an assault weapons ban and background checks, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission refused to take up any measures that would do just that.

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Governor Rick Scott says putting a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune in National Statuary Hall is the right thing to do for Floridians. The activist could make history, if she replaces a Confederate General as one of two statues representing Florida in Washington D.C.

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Term limits for a policy-making body would bring in fresh blood, say supporters of a proposal to cap school board members’ terms at eight years. The proposal is moving forward in the Constitution Revision Commission.

Sen. Montford To Make Mayoral Decision This Weekend

Mar 21, 2018
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Tallahassee state Senator, Bill Montford, has picked a date to decide whether he will step away from his Senate seat and run for mayor. When speaking to reporters at an event on Wednesday, Montford said he would have his decision by the weekend.

Governor Rick Scott Signs Payday Loan Bill Into Law

Mar 20, 2018
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Governor Rick Scott has approved a bill that will allow payday loan providers to increase loan amounts and extend the repayment time frame. 

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Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a controversial measure regulating pregnancy support centers. But pro-choice advocates worry it limits access to all available options.

Indoor Vaping Ban Moves Forward In CRC

Mar 20, 2018
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A Constitution Revision Commission proposal to ban the vaping of e-cigarettes in all of Florida’s indoor businesses is one step closer to appearing on voter ballots. Former Florida Senator Lisa Carlton is the proposal’s sponsor. She says since the first e-cigarettes hit U.S. markets more than a decade ago, research and Surgeon General Reports have proven their adverse health effects.

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A Constitution Revision Commission proposal to extend the retirement age of Florida’s Supreme Court justices from 70 to 75 is moving forward, and may soon be in front of voters. Commissioner Darryl Rouson says he trusts the move won’t negatively affect diversity in the position.

Governor Rick Scott Signs Opioid Legislation

Mar 19, 2018
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Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions. Prescriptions for acute pain cases will receive up to a seven-day supply of opioid medication and enter the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) says this is only the beginning of a long battle.

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Florida’s full 37-member Constitution Revision Commission is meeting this week to consider proposed amendments that could be placed on the 2018 ballot. One proposal addresses a conflict in Florida’s Constitution dealing with elections.

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed the $88.7 billion state budget, and stakeholders in education are crying foul.  Superintendents, teachers unions and gubernatorial candidates fear cuts to K-12 programs. Now, they’re condemning Scott after calls for a veto and special session went unheeded.

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