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Gov. Rick Scott A No-Show For Private Emails Deposition

Gov. Rick Scott skipped out on a deposition Friday that is part of a lawsuit concerning his alleged use of private emails and texts to conduct state business. Instead, Scott—who is currently locked in a heated and closely contested re-election bid— attended a fundraiser.

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Florida Newspaper Wins Open Records Lawsuit

The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville recently won a legal battle over Sunshine laws. According to the paper, city officials improperly held private meetings regarding pensions.

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New York Times: Tallahassee Police Bungle Another Case Involving An FSU Football Player

Tallahassee law enforcement made national news again for failing to properly investigate criminal cases involving Florida State University football players.

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Child Death Stats In Florida Don’t Tell The Whole Truth

Despite reform efforts aimed at creating more transparency surrounding the death of children the state is monitoring, those deaths are still being undercounted, according to The Miami Herald.

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Eric Barton Discusses Florida’s Controversial Toll Lane Projects on NPR Show

Eric Barton was a guest on “Here and Now” to discuss his story FCIR “Florida’s Toll Lane Boom.”

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Medical Marijuana Foes Are Making Gains In Florida

A couple of months ago polls suggested Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure was going to sail through to passage this year. However, after well-funded attacks on the measure, its passage is now less than a sure thing.

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Times/Herald: Economic Incentives Program Still Troubled

A state program that shells out big bucks to private companies in the hopes they will create jobs in Florida is under scrutiny, again. The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald reports the program isn’t getting the return on investment taxpayers were promised.

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Florida Court Charges Non-Profit News Org $132K For Public Records

A news organization seeking information about foreclosure policies in Florida got slammed with a prohibitively high fee for its public records request.

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Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 4: The Overview

Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.

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Scott’s Legal Battle Over Private Email Accounts Heads To California Court

Gov. Rick Scott has sought an attorney in California to try to protect some private email accounts allegedly used by the governor and his staff to conduct public business.

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