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Redistricting Docs Leaked, Show GOP Consultants Tried To Skirt Fair Districts Laws

Documents containing memos, maps and emails from Gainesville-based Data Targeting regarding the state’s 2012 redistricting effort have surfaced. They show political consultants made a concerted effort to work around Florida’s gerrymandering ban.

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City Of Lakeland Forced To Pay $160,000 Following Lengthy Public Records Battle

After a four-year legal battle over public records, the city of Lakeland is paying $160,000 as part of a settlement.

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Political Group Wants Court To Shield Redistricting Docs Ahead Of Appeal

Ahead of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, a GOP political consulting group wants a court to continue shielding the release of 538 pages of its documents relating to Florida’s 2012 redistricting effort.

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New York Times: Dolphins Football Player Got Special Treatment After Being Accused Of Abuse

In what is becoming a familiar story, The New York Times reported this week that local police in Florida gave preferential treatment to a football player.

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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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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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In Lawsuits Statewide, Questions of Profits and Public Records

Court records and emails reviewed by FCIR show how a foundation and a law firm make money off the Sunshine law.

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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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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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