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While Florida lawmakers approved funding for the so-called Hope Scholarship program as part of the House budget proposal, bills creating the program are still making their way through the committee process.

The Florida Senate chambers Tuesday.
Nick Evans

Legislation by a St. Augustine lawmaker targeting illegal immigrants convicted of certain crimes in Florida barely made it out of a senate committee Tuesday.

Sarah Mueller

Many people considered the rhetoric during 2016 campaign cycle brutal. After voters elected Donald Trump as president, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than a thousand hate incidents of white nationalism and harassment of minority groups.

KKK Fliers Found In Wakulla County

Nov 25, 2015
WCSO's website

Homeowners in one Crawfordville community found sixty plus Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers in their neighborhood Sunday. 

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A hate crime report compiled by the Florida Attorney General’s office shows a 22 percent statewide increase in hate crimes in one year. But hate crime experts say such reports are severely flawed because most offenses go unreported or unprosecuted.

In the summer of 2012, a white Port St. Joe man shot one of his black neighbors in the head. The Gulf County Sherriff’s report says Walton Butler left the man bleeding while he finished his dinner. When Butler was arrested, he told police he didn’t see what the big deal was because he “only shot a [racial slur].”

Florida’s 2013 legislative session is more than halfway over and that has some advocates of legislation scrambling to get their bills heard. One group is making a last-ditch plea for lawmakers to take up four measures dealing with changes to the state’s juvenile justice system.

“I was arrested for being involved in a fight in school last year. But it wasn’t really a fight, I was the only person who was hit.”