Gov. Rick Scott

Scores of bills are dead or dying as lawmakers bring the 2017 session to a bumpy conclusion.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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More than 40 former judges and prosecutors are supporting State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott. The lawsuit is a de facto political battle over the death penalty.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
Renata Sago / WMFE

The Florida Supreme Court is allowing the House to support Gov. Rick Scott in the lawsuit brought by Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala. Ayala has filed both a federal and state lawsuit against Scott.

Governor Rick Scott is getting more militant as he defends Enterprise Florida, the business recruitment arm House Speaker Richard Corcoran is targeting for elimination.

Orlando police, investigators brief reporters on early morning shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
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Panama City State Representative Jay Trumball’s legislation makes it easier to set up more trauma centers in the state. But hospitals say it will destroy the quality of care patients get. Doctors took to the Capitol Tuesday to oppose the measure.

Sarah Mueller

Death penalty opponents rallied at Florida’s Capitol in support of Orlando State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Republican lawmakers are considering cutting her office’s budget due to her refusal to seek the death penalty in capital cases. But Ayala said a budget cut would hurt her office’s ability to prosecute crimes.

Sarah Mueller

Florida’s universities say they need more money to hire additional mental health counselors and law enforcement officers. University officials said they’re seeing a dramatic rise in students needing help coping with anxiety, depression and academic stress.

Advocates for the homeless are planning to gather in Tallahassee next month to protest steep budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump and Governor Rick Scott.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is widely believed to be eyeing a U.S. Senate seat, is taking to the airwaves next week to defend corporate incentives.

Awake The State

While Governor Rick Scott was outlining his priorities in the State of the State address, Awake The State, the progressive advocacy group, was offering a much different take.

Florida Trend

The war between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Governor Rick Scott over corporate tax breaks appears to be claiming another casualty.

House of Representatives

A war of words between two of Florida’s most powerful Republicans is heating up in a Leon County Circuit Court.

A coalition calling itself Stand Up North Florida went public Monday. It says it wants more state water conservation money to go to North and Central Florida. Representing the group were local and state politicians and business leaders. Environmentalists were notably absent.

This summer, more than 215 million gallons of wastewater poured into the Floridan Aquifer when a sinkhole opened up at the Mosaic fertilizer plant in Polk County.

Advocates are urging Governor Rick Scott to consider Florida’s growing Hispanic and African American population as he prepares to appoint a new Supreme Court justice.

James Clarke Ash

A combative and upbeat Donald Trump promised thousands of supporters at a Tallahassee rally that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, and continued to take aim at what he calls a corrupt media and rigged system.

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $16 million to preserve Horn Spring Woods, a vast, 11,000-acre swath of wilderness in Leon and Jefferson counties and the biggest purchase of its kind in more than a decade.

UPDATE

Democrats are asking a federal judge to let Floridians cast regular ballots during early voting next week, even if their registration hasn’t been processed. Republicans are warning about chaos.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hold a hearing at 9 a.m. today. More than 60,000 people responded to Walker's week-long extension of the registration deadline.

Calling Hurricane Matthew’s 115 mile-per-hour punch potentially “catastrophic,” Governor Rick Scott is urging Florida’s east coast residents to prepare for landfall in the next 24 hours.

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Governor Rick Scott is issuing an emergency order in the wake of two major toxic spills.

Nick Evans

Hermine is the first Hurricane to strike Florida in more than a decade. The storm plunged nearly all of North Florida, including the state’s capital city of Tallahassee, into darkness. Now the lights have come back on and they’re shining directly on to a Governor trying to make a bigger national mark, and a mayor considered a rising Democratic star.

The Tallahassee City Commission meets to discuss the response to Hurricane Hermine
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Hurricane Hermine has taken it’s toll on Tallahassee—leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake. That’s posed logistical challenges to teams trying to restore power, and frustrating residents who have been without for days. Now  city and county leaders are trying to address those concerns. But some say the efforts come too late.

Governor Rick Scott is warning Floridians to avoid unnecessary driving and downed power lines as officials begin to toll the damage from Hurricane Hermine.

Governor Rick Scott is staying the course and reappointing two members of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

The National Rifle Association can claim House Judiciary Chairman Charles McBurney as another notch in its gun belt.

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