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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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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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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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Former DEO Employee Wins Whistleblower Lawsuit Against The State

A former employee at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) won a lawsuit against the state. In the suit, she claims the DEO inappropriately reported thousands of Floridians to collections agencies, which has resulted in botched credit scores for many.

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Court Wants Another Ruling On Secret Redistricting Documents

The fight over whether 538 pages of confidential documents should have been made public during the 12-day redistricting trial continues.

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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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Redistricting Trial Ends, Some Questions Remain Unanswered

The 12-day long trial over whether GOP leaders in the Florida Legislature broke the law when re-drawing congressional maps in 2012 ended this week. After days of lengthy questioning, there are still some unanswered questions, though.

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