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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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Report On Economic Incentives Shows Poor Return on Investments In Some Cases

The state released a report this week showing the results of the state’s investment in private companies. So far, the state’s records show the program—which is supposed to create private sector jobs—has had mixed results.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Supporters Have Money, Need Signatures And Court Approval

With 82 percent of Florida poll respondents in favor of marijuana-as-medicine, it appears Florida could become the 21st state with medical outlets selling pot.

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ALEC, Backer Of Stand-Your-Ground Laws, Faces Funding Issues After Trayvon Martin Shooting

The American Legislative Exchange Council is having some trouble raising money from its former corporate donors in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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