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Florida Supreme Court
Nick Evans / WFSU

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit are asking the Florida Supreme Court to uphold a lower court’s ruling that struck three amendments from the ballot.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

The City of Tallahassee is announcing its next community forum event. City leadership is encouraging all those interested to register for food and conversation at the fourth Longest Table gathering.

Lake Henrietta Park
Leon County website

Leon County is honoring its first black female commissioner next month in a dedication ceremony. A local park will now be renamed in Anita Davis’ honor.

A new study published by the ACLU of Florida shows a number of mail-in ballots are being rejected. Activists are asking voters to be informed about the vote-by-mail process.

Police sirens
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal has rolled out new training materials for employers of the state’s first responders. It’s to help those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee’s now-permanent City Manager Reese Goad is looking forward to hitting the ground running now that he’s dropped his ‘interim’ tag. Goad recently spoke with WFSU about his vision for the post, repairing public trust and working with new commissioners.

The inside of the Leon County Supervisor of Elections office with a vote sign
Leon County Supervisor of Elections twitter

Deadlines for vote-by-mail voters for Florida’s general election are approaching. 

Florida Senate

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano stands by his decision to keep funds in the so-called Guardian program.

This comes after Governor Rick Scott asked the Legislature to move the remaining funds to school districts so they can hire more officers.

Cannabis leaves and leaf
Drew Taylor / Unsplash

The legality of medical marijuana is still largely a gray area in the eyes of the federal government. The confusion impacting banks, dispensaries and policy is leading some, like democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agricuture Nikki Fried, to call for reform.

Former Mayor Dot Inman-Johnson speaks to Gillum supporters.
Eleanor Clark / WFSU

A former Tallahassee mayor joined activist groups Thursday to support democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

Amendment 10 at the Capitol
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Florida officials are rallying behind Amendment 10, which would require certain local offices be elected rather than appointed. A number of local agencies gathered at the Capitol Monday to launch a statewide initiative supporting the proposal.

MGN Online

As Gov. Rick Scott’s Cabinet meets for its last clemency board meeting before the state’s general election, the conversation surrounding felon voting rights is ramping up. One amendment on the ballot could put a new restoration system in place.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

Florida democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is making medical marijuana a key part of her platform. The South Florida lobbyist is calling for federal legislation and vowing to expand the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Twitter

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.

Florida Gov. candidates with their running mates [from left to right]: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King, while Fla. Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez.
Andrew Gillum's Twitter/Ron Desantis' Twitter

This week, Florida gubernatorial candidates from the two major political parties chose their running mates: Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez, while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King. Sascha Cordner spoke to University of Central Florida Political Scientist Aubrey Jewett to discuss the Republican and Democrat running mates, whether picking a Lieutenant Governor matters, and if the right choices were made on each ticket.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
45Committee Youtube screenshot

Through an ad, Florida’s Attorney General is wading into the debate about whether the U.S. Senate should confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Attorney General candidates, Republican Ashley Moody and Democrat Sean Shaw
Ashley Moody's campaign website/Sean Shaw's Facebook page

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.

Florida Supreme Court

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

Congressman Ron DeSantis is under fire for what some say was a racist description of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's policies. Gillum and DeSantis are running for Florida governor. (8/29/18)
FOX News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is facing national backlash following remarks he made about his opponent Andrew Gillum. The racial implications of DeSantis’s comment have sparked outcry from figures across the political spectrum.

[From left to right] Leon County Commission Candidates Rick Minor,  Emily Fritz, Kyle Frost, and Carlos Rey, with the exception of Rex Rekstis [missing from photo], appeared Tuesday on WFSU’s Perspectives show.
Lydell Rawls / WFSU

To win a nonpartisan seat during Leon County primaries, one candidate must get a majority – or, 50 percent plus one vote. But a local county commission race may be headed toward a recount.

Jeremy Matlow and Lisa Brown will face off for Tallahasee City Commission Seat 3 in November.
Jeremy Matlow Campaign/Lisa Brown Campaign

Jeremy Matlow and Lisa Brown will face off for Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3, Matlow said he’s confident and looks forward to pushing for change for the everyday people if elected.

Congressman Ron DeSantis is under fire for what some say was a racist description of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's policies. Gillum and DeSantis are running for Florida governor. (8/29/18)
FOX News

The general election race for the Florida governor’s mansion is already off to a nasty start Wednesday Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis took to FOX news to blast Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s policies. 

Rick Minor, winner of Leon County Commission Seat 3 race, speaks to a supporter.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The head of the Second Harvest of the Big Bend will join the Leon County Commission. Rick Minor won the seat currently held by Tallahassee Mayoral candidate John Dailey.

Tom Flanigan

Bob Rackleff is the Democratic nominee for Florida’s second congressional district. The former Leon County Commissioner edged out his challenger, Brandon Peters, by less than two percent in Tuesday’s primary election.

Al Lawson campaign
Shawn Mulcahy / WFSU

Congressman Al Lawson won Tuesday’s Democratic primary election for the fifth congressional district, besting former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Lawson is looking past November’s election with an ambitious agenda for his next session.

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