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Tallahassee’s bus system will offer free bus rides on all of its routes this Saturday. In honor of the 62nd anniversary of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott, StarMetro’s free-fare day is a part of a series of local commemoration events held through May 26th. 

A house under construction
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Single-family home prices are climbing upward with demand, according to the City of Tallahassee. An update from the City’s Office of Economic Vitality says single-family home construction permits are at their highest number since 2007.

A view of Doak Stadium from above
Erich Martin

A state ethics hearing on former Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez is expected early next month. Fernandez has been accused of a number of ethics violations including accepting tickets to an FSU football game. In the meantime, the city ethics board is leaving cases relating to the issue open as the city board awaits the state’s findings.

Gov. Rick Scott speaking during the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
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While Hurricane Season is two weeks ago, Florida is already starting to see tropical depressions and bands of heavy rain across the state. And, looking back at the 2017 season, officials want to make sure not only are stakeholders prepared this year, but Florida’s citizens as well.

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As races for statewide office heat up, two candidates have found common ground on criminal justice reform. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris King was joined this week by fellow Dem and attorney general candidate Sean Shaw in kicking off a tour to roll out King’s platform.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King has entered the television ad market. King went after Florida’s politicians whose committees accept millions from the sugar industry.

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The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce continues examining whether consolidating city and county services would be a good fit for the area. But it’s efforts have drawn pushback from some local officials—city mayor Andrew Gillum and county commissioner Bill Proctor most notably. But what’s the big deal?

(left to right) Orlando businessman Chris King, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination
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During this National Teacher Appreciation week, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the wide-open primary tried to score points with educators. Meanwhile, the GOP race was solidified at two candidates who are just beginning to hone their criticisms of each other.

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After teasing a big announcement for this week, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran revealed Wednesday he won’t be joining the race for Governor. Corcoran is instead throwing his support behind Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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Just like the people who suffer from it, the reasons for homelessness in the Big Bend are complicated. What ultimately stays constant is that diverse groups of individuals are stuck in unstable situations.

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Florida’s U.S. Senatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill Nelson have both offered their takes on President Donald Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal. Their respective stances could become a central issue between the opposing campaigns.

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (left) and Senate President Joe Negron (right) after signing 2018's House Bill 7055 and Senate Bill 4.   3/11/18
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When Governor Rick Scott rolled out the first television ad in his campaign for U.S. Senate in April, it centered entirely on his desire to bring 12-year term limits to Congress. Meanwhile, this week saw the retirement of Senate President Joe Negron who says he is a “big believer in term limits.” The conversation has even reached the Constitution Revision Commission, with a proposal that would limit school board members to 8-year terms. Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey recently talked with Professor Daniel Smith, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida to talk about why the conversation about term limits is bubbling up in every level of Florida politics.

Pace bikes in front of the challenger learning center
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May is bike month and in Tallahassee one way to take advantage of the warmer weather is by renting a Pace bike.

Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart)
Nick Evans

Senate President Joe Negron announced his retirement today, leaving two years of his current term on the table. Negron, who was put in office during a 2009 special election, attributes those additional two years to “reapportionment litigation.”

Car tag for the Florida Police Benevolent Association
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Florida’s largest police union is throwing its support to Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Gwen Graham and Republican contender Adam Putnam. The former Congresswoman and the state Agriculture commissioner are among the slate of statewide office endorsements. 

View of downtown Tallahassee
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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is accusing the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce of trying to make a power grab by pushing the consolidation of city and county government. 

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The organization behind a petition drive to put an assault rifle ban on the 2020 ballot announced its steering committee Monday. 

Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Governor Rick Scott has announced his three nominees for Florida’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame. All three nominations have made significant contributions to minorities in the state.

The 2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Group photo.
Constitution Revision Commission

Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials  and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution.  Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling?  Many of the amendments are grouped together and observers worry the result will end up confusing voters. 

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The fight to restore voting rights for those with a felony in their past has become a rapidly intensifying factor in shaping upcoming state elections. After an apparent political victory for Gov. Rick Scott’s cabinet, Democratic challengers are hitting back.

View of downtown Tallahassee
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The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is undeterred in its quest to explore consolidating city and county services.  Despite high-level opposition the Chamber has moved ahead with a study committee.

Picture of the sunset at Cascades Park
Erich Martin

Tallahassee commissioners will discuss the development of two new parks during their Wednesday meeting. 

Ken Detzner
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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is advising those who intend to run for office that they can begin submitting their paperwork now.

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The number of fires in Tallahassee is up this year compared to the same time last year.  firefighters are hoping to extinguish that trend with a fire safety workshop Tuesday.

(left to right) Orlando businessman Chris King, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination
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The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. They discussed that during their first televised debate.

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