Politics

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A justice watchdog group is calling on the Constitution revision commission to tweak the process that sends new judges to the bench.

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Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are joining the call to reject the president’s request for voter information. 

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State officials are taking applications for a newly vacated seat on the Public Service Commission.

The Red Devils training at Tyndall Air Force Base.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott is signing off on nearly half a million dollars in grants aimed at insulating military bases from future closures.  The bulk of the money is headed for the panhandle.

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Executions are set to resume in August after Governor Rick Scott issued his first death warrant in more than a year and a half.

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State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week.  But the pay bump comes with a tradeoff.

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The First District Court of Appeals is revisiting the issue of storing firearms in cars on university campuses.  A Florida State University directive in 2015 initially—and incorrectly—prohibited guns in violation of the courts.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

Gov. Scott flanked by lawmakers speaking at the end of last week's special session.
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Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

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House and Senate lawmakers are taking another crack at implementing last year’s medical marijuana amendment.

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The Florida Senate is setting the stage to override Governor Rick Scott’s veto of public school funding.  But House lawmakers say the Senate is on its own.

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After a bare knuckle legislative fight, lawmakers are revisiting their decision to slash funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  The governor sees the agencies as vital to growing the state economy.

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Enterprise Florida’s board of directors are trying to accentuate the positives at their meeting in Tallahassee this week.  The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.

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Florida homeless agencies are working to shelter people in the state. But proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development could leave the state with fewer federal resources.

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After weeks in a holding pattern, Florida Governor Rick Scott has the budget for the coming fiscal year on his desk.

Affordable housing programs could be getting nearly $6 million more than they did last year.
Nick Evans

The Tallahassee Housing Authority is planning to open the waiting list to the low-income housing program and redevelop some public housing units. But cuts at the federal level could thwart more area residents qualifying for housing assistance.

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The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

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Florida Tax Watch is calling for Governor Rick Scott to veto money for more than 100 projects it calls “budget turkeys” that didn’t go through the legislature’s proper vetting process. But the watchdog group says the process was more transparent this year.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
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The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is regrouping after a data breach under its roof.  The commissioner, who is also running for higher office, is working to allay concerns.

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Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil said his office is partnering with community members to reduce crime. He says his office will also focus on quality of life issues.

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The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

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The South Florida statehouse delegation is playing musical chairs after the resignation of a state senator.

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Florida Republican members of Congress are calling for former FBI director James Comey to testify about alleged White House interference into its Russia investigation. But Sen. Marco Rubio said people shouldn’t rush to judgment on media reports.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is tapping a former aide and water management district chief to head up the state’s environmental agency.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo
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Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo’s leadership of the city’s police department drew criticism and praise from residents at an open forum Tuesday. DeLeo said he likes to hold forums to build relationships with community members.

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