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State Budget Standoff Raises Possibility of Government Shutdown

Amid the uncertainty, local government officials are growing increasingly frustrated with the historic levels of obfuscation coming from the Capitol Complex in Tallahassee.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s Drug Testing Fight Costs Taxpayers $775,000 In Legal Fees

Gov. Rick Scott abandoned his 2011 executive order requiring random drug screens for more than three-quarters of Florida’s state employees, as well as recipients of welfare programs. But not before racking up a legal bill that will cost taxpayers $775,000.

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On Earth Day, President Obama to Give Climate Change Speech in Everglades

The speech comes one month after FCIR reported that state employees were prohibited from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming.”

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State Newspapers Chastise Gov. Rick Scott and Republican Legislators Over Medicaid Expansion Stalemate

Over the weekend, major newspapers across the state banded together to speak up for hundreds of thousands of poor Floridians who won’t be getting Medicaid thanks to an obstinate Gov. Rick Scott and Republican majority legislature.

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National Media Discovers Jeb Bush is a Hispanophile

The fact that Florida’s ex-governor checked the wrong box on a 2009 voter registration form is not as damaging to his presidential ambitions as another report crediting his policies with ending affirmative action at state universities.

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Rick Scott Balances New Budget With Money That Might Not Exist

Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year includes $1.3 billion for Florida hospitals providing care to uninsured people. However, that pool of money might stop existing this summer.

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Whistleblowers Pushback Against New DOC Gag Order

The new leadership at the troubled Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) is working to ensure no one speaks out about problems at the state agency. However, whistleblowers in the state are looking to block this new policy.

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DCF Defends Child Death Reporting

State lawmakers grilled child welfare officials about troubles with child death reports coming out of their agency.

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AP, Florida Newspapers, Lawyers File Sunshine Lawsuit Against Gov. Rick Scott And Cabinet

News organizations have teamed up with lawyers and open records advocates to file a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet over the firing of the former chief of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

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Gov. Rick Scott Wants To Cut More State Jobs

The state’s ever-shrinking workforce will get even smaller if Gov. Rick Scott has his way.

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