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Florida Supreme Court Rules Secret Redistricting Docs Should Be Public

A legal challenge over whether documents related to the Florida Legislature’s 2012 effort to redraw the state’s congressional districts should be made public has been settled. In a unanimous vote, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a political consulting group must make public its 538 pages of documents relating to the effort.

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Report: Florida’s Hospitals In Jeopardy Of Losing Billions

Hospitals in Florida treating the state’s large uninsured population face losing billions of dollars in federal funding if state lawmakers continue to refuse expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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New York Times Continues Investigation Into Pam Bondi’s Connection With Corporate Law Firm

The New York Times published another story looking into Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s entanglements with a corporate law firm and one of its lawyers.

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ACLU To Launch Campaign In Battleground States Like Florida Aimed Criminal Justice Issues

The American Civil Liberties Union announced it will launch a multi-year campaign targeting battleground states such as Florida, in an effort to make criminal justice reform a key political issue during upcoming elections.

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Medicaid Expansion In Florida Less Likely Following Midterm Election

Whether or not the state will accept billions of federal dollars to extend health insurance to some of its poorest residents just became less likely.

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First Amendment Foundation Asks Gubernatorial Candidates to Weigh-In On Sunshine Laws

Following a tough couple of years for the state’s robust public record laws, the First Amendment Foundation asked Florida’s two gubernatorial candidates to answer a few questions regarding Florida’s sunshine laws.

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State Agency Loses Almost Two Years Worth Of Public Records

After a year of press inquiries, Florida’s Department of Corrections (DOC) told the Scripps-Tribune Capitol Bureau this week that “e-mails from January 2007 through September 2008 were destroyed.” The news of the massive public records loss, which an information officer with the agency called a “significant loss of data,” comes at a time when the DOC is under significant scrutiny.

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Pam Bondi’s Work With A Corporate-Backed GOP Attorneys General Group Under Scrutiny

The Tampa Bay Times/ Miami Herald and New York Times reported this week on Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s work with the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), and the influence of the group’s corporate donors.

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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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