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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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Judge Says Florida Legislature Broke Law When Drawing Congressional Maps, Legislators Won’t Appeal

Last week, a circuit court judge ruled that the Florida Legislature broke state laws when drawing up congressional districts in 2012. Since the decision was announced, Republican leaders announced they won’t be challenging the ruling.

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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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Inmate’s Gassing Death Latest In Complaints Against Florida Prisons

Florida’s Department of Corrections (DOC) is under fire again for another round of allegations of abuse and corruption in the state’s prisons.

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State Officials Struggle With Controversial Fracking-like Incident In Southwest Florida

Florida’s environmental agency has started testing groundwater in Collier County after a Texas-based oil company used an unapproved method of oil drilling similar to fracking.

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Grand Jury Accuses State Agency Of ‘Deliberately’ Undercounting Child Neglect Deaths

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is in hot water, again. This time, a grand jury scolded the agency this week for under reporting child deaths in the state related to abuse or neglect.

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Human Rights Groups Call For Federal Investigation Into Scalding Death At South Florida Prison

A coalition of human rights and religious groups is asking the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into a scalding death that occurred at a state prison in South Florida.

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