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Capital Report: 12-23-2016

The vitriol surrounding November’s election didn’t dissipate after the votes came in. If anything, it grew stronger. But… as Sarah Mueller reports…some of the focus turned from the presidential candidates to the members of the Electoral College. 

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. Kate Payne reports.

Florida’s high court has decided how it’s death penalty ruling will apply and outgoing justice James Perry is using what is probably his final opinion to declare his opposition to the entire practice.  We catch up with Nick Evans for an update.

Florida lawmakers are facing a difficult budget year. But state’s Government Efficiency Task Force says it has a plan that could help the legislature find an extra two billion dollars.  Regan McCarthy has more

Florida Senate President Joe Negron says he’s willing to fight for a two-point-four-billion-dollar reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in the wake of a potentially devastating financial report.  More on that story from Jim Ash.

For the first time in two decades, the Republican-led Florida Senate is getting its first black Democratic criminal justice chair. As Sascha Cordner reports, former state Representative Randolph Bracy is now a Senate freshman.