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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law

This week the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that a Florida law setting strict criteria based on IQ test scores to determine a defendant’s eligibility for the death penalty is unconstitutional. Justices ruled the state’s law was too rigid.

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Voting Groups Ask Florida Supreme Court For ‘Secret’ Redistricting Documents

A week into the 12-day redistricting trial, groups challenging the Florida Legislature’s congressional maps are asking for Florida Supreme Court to overrule a lower court and require that political operatives turn over emails, maps and memos related to the state’s redistricting effort in 2012.

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Miami Herald: Allegations Of Abuse Of Mentally-Ill In Florida Prison

A new investigative report from The Miami Herald this week profiles a prison in Miami-Dade County where employees have been accused of abusing mentally-ill inmates for “sport.”

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Redistricting Fight Goes To Trial

An ongoing battle over whether the state’s newest congressional districts were drawn with a partisan bias will continue in a Tallahassee courtroom this week.

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Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll: Scott Administration Is A ‘Good Ol’ Boy System’

Almost a year after former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was asked to resign when she became embroiled in a federal investigation of a charity tied to a company suspected of racketeering, she is speaking out against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

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State Lawmakers Fail To Pass ALF Reforms, Again

Following a 2011 Miami Herald investigation showing neglect, abuse and death in the state’s assisted living facilities, lawmakers vowed to put reforms in place. However, three years later, the Florida Legislature has yet to pass anything.

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Florida In the Center of Climate Change Debate, Most State GOP Leaders Stay Silent

Climate change’s impact on Florida has been in the news recently, following the release of a new scientific report, the National Climate Assessment, which listed Miami as one of the cities that will be most critically affected by changes. In the wake of the report, President Obama urged action, while Florida’s Republican Senator questioned the science behind the report, and the Sunshine State’s Republican leadership remains quiet on the issue.

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Senator Bill Nelson Considered Gubernatorial Run

There was considerable media speculation leading up to this year’s gubernatorial race that Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, might consider a bid against Gov. Rick Scott. Well, it turns out Nelson did consider a run, but ultimately decided against it.

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Ballot Measure Allowing Next Governor To Pack the Florida Supreme Court Heads to Voters

This week, the Florida House of Representatives signed-off on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the next governor to appoint three justices for the Florida Supreme Court. The measure now heads to voters for approval on the 2014 ballot.

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Amid Reform Efforts, Another Child Dies On DCF’s Watch

As state lawmakers work to change how the state’s child services agency protects vulnerable children in Florida, another child died on the agency’s watch.

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