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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 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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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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State Hires Outside Counsel For $20 Million Incentive Deal Gone Wrong

Gov. Rick Scott hires outside counsel to go after a special effects company that received $20 million in state funds and then went bankrupt.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gov. Rick Scott For 2011 Investment In Oil Company

An ethics complaint was filed against Gov. Rick Scott this week over an investment he made in 2011.

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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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Investigation Found Enterprise Florida Spent Half A Million Dollars On Lavish Restaurants, Hotels

The state’s economic development agency is under fire, again. This time, a recent report highlighted lavish spending by its staff, which prompted a watchdog group to ask the governor to launch an investigation.

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Another State-Backed Company Plans Massive Layoffs In Florida

A mortgage software firm that has received millions in state incentive dollars has announced it will lay off 744 workers in Florida by April.

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