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Politics
6:01 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Bill to give gov the ability to fire local officials faces uphill battle

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at local governments that have been declared to be in a state of financial emergency. The bill would let the governor boot local government leaders who fail to fix the situation. The measure passed the Senate, but Regan McCarthy reports its moving difficulty through the House.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Court upholds Fair Districts; ruling sets stage of redistricting showdown

A Federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a challenge to Florida’s Amendment 6. It’s one of the Fair Districts Amendments added to the constitution by voters to curb gerrymandering. A three-judge panel rebuffed efforts by U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Corrine Brown to throw out the guidelines for drawing legislative and congressional districts. James Call reports the ruling was handed down two days before the Florida House is scheduled to debate new political maps for the fall election.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Food stamp ban riles lawmakers

A proposal limiting when, for what and where the state’s food and cash assistance benefits, also known as welfare, can be used, has passed a House committee. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes after a report on the misuse of the electronic benefits card, or EBT.

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Politics
11:18 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Florida's election law a success in GOP primary

Secretary of State Kurt Browning
Trimmel Gomes

Florida’s Elections Chief is celebrating what he calls a near perfect day as voters cast their ballots in the state’s Republican Presidential Primary. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports the Secretary of State says the quick returns were all thanks to a recent overhaul of the state’s elections law.

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Politics
8:18 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Court upholds Fair Districts amendments

A federal appeals court has upheld a Florida constitutional amendment imposing new rules on how congressional districts are redrawn. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports the panel of judges unanimously rejected the assertion that the state’s anti-gerrymandering reforms were unconstitutional.

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