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David Richardson / http://www.davidforflorida.com

An openly gay Florida lawmaker is advocating for a new strategy to pass legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the state. Under Florida law, LGBTQ people can legally be denied employment, housing and public accommodations. For years Miami Beach Democratic Representative David Richardson has been trying to pass a comprehensive bill to change that, but he believes lawmakers should take a new approach.

Jaro Larnos via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jlarnos/

On paper, Florida’s economy has recovered since the great recession. But that progress isn’t obvious looking at the state’s public assistance enrollment.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine mulls a statewide run.
WLRN.org

The Florida Democratic party may be fractured right now, but there’s no shortage of potential gubernatorial candidates. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine says he’s considering a statewide run.

Visit Florida / http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us.html

The state’s publicly funded tourism agency has a new director. The leadership change comes as state lawmakers begin debating whether Visit Florida, and similar agencies, should exist at all.

Tony Vincelli via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/42957538@N03/

After experiencing the death of his grandparents, a South Florida lawmaker wants to the change how patients are treated at the end of life. 

Florida State University Office of the President / http://president.fsu.edu/

A two year lobbying ban on Florida State University President John Thrasher is up, freeing him to capitalize on his political ties, meaning university priorities could get special attention this legislative session.

Al Lawson via facebook / https://www.facebook.com/AlLawsonJr/

The 115th Congress took their oaths Tuesday, becoming the most diverse class of lawmakers yet. The cohort includes North Florida’s brand new delegation: Republicans Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, Neal Dunn of Panama City, and Democrat Al Lawson of Tallahassee. All are freshmen members of Congress, though Gaetz and Lawson both served in the Florida Legislature. Paul Ryan, the newly re-elected Speaker of the House, swore in the representatives together.

Wikipedia / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till

This week President Obama signed into law the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, which expands the ability of federal investigators to re-open the cases of decades-old hate crimes. The law could open up a new line of research opportunities for students at Florida State University.

BISNOW / https://www.bisnow.com/archives/newsletter/local-real-estate/miami/7732-the-developer-whos-about-to-transform-lincoln-road

The Florida Democratic Party is scrambling to find a new leader in the wake of the 2016 elections. After some last-minute maneuvering, a group of contenders is emerging.

Georgia Democrats via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/59795954@N07/

Former State Senator Dwight Bullard will not be able to run for chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Bullard’s failed bid for Miami-Dade Committeeman is a blow to progressives across the state.

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