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GOP-Led Legislature Passes New Congressional Maps, But Challenges Likely To Follow

The Florida Legislature’s special session to redraw the state’s congressional districts has ended now that lawmakers passed a new set of maps. However, Democrats and others, argue the maps still mirror Florida’s actual political makeup.

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Media Organizations File Amicus Brief In Public Records Case

Fourteen media organizations have filed an amicus brief backing the Brevard County Clerk in a case regarding whether a local public/private economic development agency’s documents are subject to the state’s public records laws.

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Rick Scott Offers Environmental Plan That’s A Stark Departure From Years Past

After years of dealing blows to state environmental agencies and regulations, Gov. Rick Scott recently announced an ambitious environmental agenda aimed at protecting Florida’s land and water.

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State Lawmakers To Begin Redrawing Unconstitutional Congressional Maps This Week

Last Friday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that members of the Florida Legislature need to immediately redraw two congressional districts he deemed unconstitutional. Lewis ordered state lawmakers to submit a revised map by Aug. 15. He also ruled the secretary of state propose a special election plan for the affected congressional districts.

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Billionaire Gives Money To Campaign To Oust Gov. Rick Scott Over Climate Change

Money aimed at ousting Gov. Rick Scott because of his views on climate change has begun trickling into Florida’s gubernatorial race.

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Florida Lawmakers Won’t Talk About Hunting Trips With Big Sugar

The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.

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Voting Groups Want New Election Schedule, Judge Is ‘Skeptical’

The Florida League of Women Voters and others asked Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis to push back August primaries in Florida, so the state’s congressional map can be redrawn. However, this week, Lewis informed the plaintiffs that he was “extremely skeptical” of that plan.

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Florida Jury Slammed Cigarette Company With Almost $24 Billion In Damages

This week a Florida jury imposed punitive damages of $23.6 billion on the country’s second largest cigarette company.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s Fundraising Event With CEO Of Private Prison Company Gets National Scrutiny

Gov. Rick Scott got some national media attention – again—this weekend following news that he held a campaign event in the home of the CEO of a controversial private prison company that operates a detention facility in Florida.

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Judge Throws Out Florida’s Gay Marriage Ban In The Keys

A circuit judge in Monroe County ruled Florida’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

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