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Floridians have until the end of the month to register to vote in Florida’s Primary Election or update their party affiliation.

Florida officials say electronic games like Gator Coin, often found in bars, are illegal slot machines. But the game operators argue they can’t be—because the people playing know whether they’ll win right from the start. Now  that question is before Talahassee’s First District Court of Appeal.

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Drivers, beware. For the rest of the week, Florida, Georgia, and three other Southern states will be pulling over motorists for speeding as part of the second annual “Operation Southern Shield.”

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Recent media reports detailing mistakes by Florida’s Department of Agriculture in issuing firearm permits have some advocacy organizations calling for further investigation. The League of Women Voters is asking Attorney General Pam Bondi to conduct the probe.

Tom Flanigan

Florida Democratic Candidate for Govenor Philip Levine made a whirlwind swing through the state on Saturday, July 14. That included a quick visit to the Capital City.

President Trump chose Judge Brett Kavanaugh (far left) as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. But, that decision is causing some mixed feelings.
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President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee is already causing partisan divides among Republicans and Democrats. That fight is also making its way to the Sunshine State.

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Images of bright-green water caused by harmful algal blooms have taken center stage in ecological and political conversations in Florida. This week, the federal government approved more than $1.5 billion to help fund a reservoir that will take overflow from Lake Okeechobee elsewhere in an effort to mitigate the algae’s effects. Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Florida Atlantic University’s interim director of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Dr. Jim Sullivan, to talk algae and what the reservoir stands to do to help.

Attorney Ron Meyer is representing the Florida Education Association and League of Women Voters in lawsuits
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The League of Women Voters of Florida is suing to block a constitutional amendment that could pave the way for more charter schools. The League says the ballot summary-which voters see on the actual ballot—is different from the language in the amendment, and is vague and misleading.

Attorney Ron Meyer is representing the League in the lawsuit. He’s also representing the state teachers union in a case against a Florida that targets the Florida Education Association. Lynn Hatter spoke with Meyer about both lawsuits, starting with the case against Amendment Eight. It’s comprised of three proposals—term limits for local school board members, and mandatory civics education. But it’s the language regarding school district oversight of public schools, that’s triggered the suit.

The League of Women Voters of Florida wants a constitutional amendment it says is misleading removed from the November ballot. The target is Amendment Eight which critics say could lead to the creation of more charter schools.

The League’s Attorney Rom Meyer says the ballot summary of Amendment Eight is vague and doesn’t tell voters the main purpose of the proposal.

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Progressive and civil rights organizations are speaking out against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Reproductive rights advocacy group Planned Parenthood is the latest to do so.

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Florida’s election supervisors are feeling the squeeze of a short deadline to submit an application for $19 million in federal cybersecurity funding. The applications are due to the Department of State by next Wednesday.

Someone giving an oral presentation during the 2013 Lionfish Summit hosted by FWC in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
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Florida’s wildlife agency will be holding a lionfish summit in the Fall. The goal is to find more ways to get rid of the spiny invasive species plaguing state waters.

Pictured is a wetland area
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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection is applying to take over duties from the federal government related to protecting its wetlands. But some environmental advocates are hoping the agency will pump the breaks.

Tom Flanigan

There is a newly-launched online news service covering state government in Tallahassee. The Florida Phoenix is the latest addition to a growing list of exclusively online news operations.

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A new Florida law seeks to make it easier for people to get their mugshots removed from certain websites. It’s the only bill from the 2017 legislative session to take effect this month.

A physics teacher writes on his chalkboard in a classroom.
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Florida’s statewide teacher’s union is once again suing the legislature—this time over a new law that could directly impact its membership. It’s the latest in a line of lawsuits filed over the state’s education policies.

Andre Francois

Seminole County is the first US government agency to accept cryptocurrency as payment for county services. And according to a coinmap.org study, Tampa and Miami are ranked in the top 10 bitcoin-friendly cities in the world. With cryptocurrency usage growing,  Florida’s Chief Financial Officer plans to regulate the industry.

A boy in black sitting on a ledge with his legs hanging down
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A new Florida law took effect Sunday requiring the creation of civil citation programs across the state.

Tom Flanigan

Rallies calling for an end to the separation of immigrant families happened across the country on Saturday. Florida's Historic Old Capitol was the scene of one such gathering.

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Kelly Crocker

A Department of State panel has agreed to allow a Confederate General statue currently in the U.S. Capitol to call a Florida museum its new home. But, that decision is receiving some pushback.

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The fire that ravaged Eastpoint, Florida has left some families with nothing, but numerous groups are helping victims through donations.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
Florida Channel

Florida’s two Republican candidates for governor say they don’t want recreational marijuana in the state. Congressman Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made their positions clear during their first debate of the race.

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Coastal Franklin County’s small Eastpoint community is picking up the pieces after a wildfire ravaged about 820 acres of land, destroying 36 homes. But for the hundreds displaced, there are more question marks in the aftermath than there are answers.

The statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
Architect of the Capitol

A Florida museum may be the new location for the statue of a Confederate General currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. On Thursday, a state panel approved the Lake County Historical Society and Museum’s application to become the new home of the likeness of Edmund Kirby Smith. Bob Grenier is the curator of the museum located in Tavares, which he says is a prime location for the statue.

A classroom of empty desks
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With a new law in place, Florida officials are still working to implement a lot of its components to ensuring the safety of Florida’s schools to avoid tragedies like the mass school shooting in Parkland.

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