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Child Death Stats In Florida Don’t Tell The Whole Truth

Despite reform efforts aimed at creating more transparency surrounding the death of children the state is monitoring, those deaths are still being undercounted, according to The Miami Herald.

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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 Court Charges Non-Profit News Org $132K For Public Records

A news organization seeking information about foreclosure policies in Florida got slammed with a prohibitively high fee for its public records request.

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Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 4: The Overview

Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.

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Scott’s Legal Battle Over Private Email Accounts Heads To California Court

Gov. Rick Scott has sought an attorney in California to try to protect some private email accounts allegedly used by the governor and his staff to conduct public business.

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Appeals Court Sends Redistricting Battle Straight to Florida Supreme Court

A divided state appeals court sent the the battle over Florida’s newly drawn congressional districts to the state Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

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Governor’s Inspector General Didn’t Act When Alerted To Prison Issues

The Miami Herald broke more news this week regarding the ongoing scandal in the state prison system. According to recent documents obtained by the Herald, Gov. Rick Scott’s inspector general received a letter about two years ago alleging corruption, cover-ups and abuse in some of the state’s prisons. Instead of looking into the allegations, the inspector general asked the very people accused of covering-up the deaths to look into the matter.

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GOP Redistricting Docs Go Before The Florida Supreme Court

A legal challenge over whether documents related to the Florida Legislature’s 2012 effort to redraw the state’s congressional districts can be made public is now before the state’s Supreme Court justices. The first hearing on the matter began Friday.

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Koch Foundation Proposal to FSU: Teach Our Curriculum, Get Millions

When the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.

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